“While the entire world witnessed the complete devastation brought to the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan,” said Alan Rusonik, San Diego Jewish Academy’s Director Judaic Studies, “my students were approaching me asking, ‘What are we going to do?’ Whether or not we would do something, was never a question.”
The answer to their question is San Diego Jewish Academy’s Typhoon Relief Craft Fair.
“One of our staff members regularly participates in local craft fairs,” added Rusonik. “She believed all of the vendors she works with would be happy to take part in a relief effort.”
She was right. Close to 30 craft vendors have agreed to take part in SDJA’s Typhoon Relief Craft Fair to be held on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Suggested entry donation is only $5 per person (children under 12 free) and parking is free.
One-hundred percent of the vendor fees raised (the fee crafters pay for participating) and 100 percent of the $5 admission fee will be donated to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The crafters will also be donating a portion of their sales from the fair.
In addition, SDJA will be selling food and refreshments and 100 percent of those proceeds will also be donated.
“We thought a craft fair would be an ideal way to engage the community while raising needed funds,” said Dustin Woods, dean of students for SDJA’s upper school. “It’s a perfect time – just before Thanksgiving and Chanukah – which happen to fall on the same day this year.”
SDJA has a long history of organizing large-scale service projects that benefit the victims of natural disasters. In 2005, the school raised over 30 tons of supplies for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, in 2010, SDJA raised over $100,000 worth of medical supplies for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, and in 2012, SDJA was able to raise over $22,000, which was donated directly to aid groups “on the ground.”
“We know this will also be a teachable moment for our students,” added Daniel Sussman, SDJA’s lower school principal. “This is why we didn’t just ask our parents to donate money. Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is a Jewish value we teach at our school, and the best way to learn is often through action.”
Both SDJA parents and students – from preschool through high school — have been calling, e-mailing, and asking, “How can we help?”
For more information on the craft fair, please contact Alan Rusonik at 858-704-3738 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about San Diego Jewish Academy, visit www.sdja.com