Lag Ba’Omer Kindness Campaign: Do It For Donny

May 18, 2023

Yeshivat Frisch celebrated Lag B’Omer with a meaningful kindness campaign in memory of Donny Morris z”l, and grade-wide trips.

Last Monday morning, students and faculty were moved and inspired by the words of Mirlana Morris, the mother of Donny Morris z”l (and sister of Frisch faculty member Shira Kronenberg). Morris spoke to the entire yeshiva ahead of Donny’s second yahrzeit, about holding on to emunah following her son’s loss, and about the power of small acts of kindness—a huge part of Donny’s legacy that continues to shine so brightly for all who knew him and learn about his life.

Throughout the week, Frisch students engaged in different activities that enhanced the community of kindness in Donny’s memory. Students made brachot l’ilui nishmato; wrote thank you cards to teachers and staff throughout the week (perfect timing for Teacher Appreciation Week); collected many bags of clothing for Yad Leah; wrote cards for children with cancer, through Zichron Menachem and more.

On Lag B’Omer night, over 70 Frisch talmidim and talmidot went with faculty members Rabbi Michael Bashist and Racheli Israeli on a special Lag B’Omer trip to the Hilula of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. They started at the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, where they composed handwritten notes and shared personal tefillot. They then went to a celebration at Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, given by Rav Moshe Weinberger, where they sang and heard words of inspiration. The following morning, each grade got to take trips to different fun places in the New York-New Jersey area. Sophomores biked, flew kites and played ball on Governors Island, while freshmen, juniors and seniors enjoyed the attractions at American Dream Mall.