The Final Push
May 14, 2017
Ezra Schwartz was a young man who touched the lives of everyone he met. This unsassuming, charismatic, curious, athletic and sweet teenager had a blend of fun and sincerity that made his positive impact reverberate far and wide.
After his tragic murder in a November 2015 terrorist attack, hundreds - then thousands of people - came forward to tell stories of how he made lonely campers feel welcome; how he charmed teachers and counselors; how he taught friends, cousins and teammates to see the fun and the good.
One of the prominent themes in his life was a passion for sports, and in particular, baseball. He wrote his college essay about playing wiffleball for days on end with his three younger brothers. And because baseball was such a central part of his life, it is only fitting that a baseball field in Israel - a place he loved dearly - will be named after him.
Ra’anana is a hub for baseball in Israel with hundreds of youngsters participating in and around the area on a weekly basis. The local field was razed in the Summer of 2016, leaving these eager little leaguers without a field.
The Ra’anana municipality has committed a piece of land for the field. In partnership with The JNF and the IAB (Israel Association of Baseball) we are raising $350,000 by Spring of 2017 to make this dream become a reality; we hope to call out "Play Ball!" by September 1st, 2017.
Please watch the clip and consider giving a tax-deductible donation to help build a new baseball facility in Ra’anana through JNF Project Baseball. For gifts over $1,800 and other naming opportunities, please contact:
On behalf of Ezra's family, and all the players & coaches in Israel, THANK YOU.
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