For all of our inter-religious sniping and fighting, for as difficult as it can be and is to be Jewish in 2017, the stories of Adam Krief and Ayelet Galena remind us of what the American Jewish community is really made of.
After Ayelet Galena died, her parents wanted to be sure a second child would be healthy. Doctors pinpointed her deadly genetic mutation — and now the couple have little Akiva.
Hindy Poupko and Seth Galena shared their daughter Ayelet’s struggle with a rare bone disease, which ended in her tragic death. Now they are celebrating the birth of a son.
Ayelet Galena’s mother Hindy Poupko made last year’s Forward 50 for taking her ailing daughter’s fight for life to the internet. A year later, the girl’s legacy lives on.
Seth and Hindy Poupko Galena know what it’s like to lose a child. The parents of Ayelet Galena decided to do something to ease the pain of Noah Pozner’s family.
I learn a lot about leadership by overseeing the painstaking but ultimately rewarding process of compiling the Forward 50 each year, of trying to identify the American Jews who have had the greatest impact on our lives in a variety of fields, from politics to culture to sports. And I learn even more about leadership by analyzing how these 50 profiles are read.
Six months after the death of Ayelet Galena, the toddler continues to have an impact. A donor drive in her name has resulted in 42 bone marrow matches and five transplants.
Yesterday was the anniversary of my father’s and stepmother’s deaths, which I marked with the lighting of memorial candles, a good cry and, for the fourth consecutive year, a Facebook post. By the end of the day, the post, and accompanying photographs, had garnered more than three-dozen comments and “likes.”
If you want to show someone you care, you need to show up. Virtual empathy does not replace your presence; it is merely the easy way out of trying to be kind to a fellow human. Writing a few words on a website or tracking the progress of an ill person are certainly thoughtful gestures. The problem is that there are those who, having made those gestures, will believe their quota of meting out kindness to another has been fulfilled, that they need not do more.
What happens when Jewish parents decide to share with the blogosphere their toddler’s fight to survive? Gabrielle Birkner tells a tale of hope and loss for the Internet age.