The Queens synagogue Young Israel of Jamaica Estates (YIJE) will host its fourteenth annual L'Chaim 5K Run/Walk for Israel this coming Sunday, June 14.
Registration for the race, whose proceeds will go to medical, security and welfare needs in the Jewish state, will begin at 8 a.m. followed by an opening ceremony at 9 a.m.
Trophies will be presented to the three fastest males and females in each age category.
In addition to the race, YIJE will also be hosting a festival the same day featuring musical entertainment, free vendors, food and a mega raffle with a trip to Israel as the grand prize.
Noting the success of the 5K in past years was YIJE's spiritual leader, Rabbi Shlomo Hochberg.
“The first 5K in 2002 was a response to the second intifada at that time," he explained. "We depend on the sponsorship of generous donors and have so far successfully raised nearly one million dollars in funds over the past fourteen years.”
“The beneficiary organizations of the funds raised provide a variety of services that include feeding the poor and the infirm, providing medical and security equipment, building security roads and communities, and giving financial and emotional support to victims of terror attacks," Rebbetzin Karen Hochberg elaborated.
"Ultimately, the goal of the L’Chaim 5K is to bring families and communities together to have fun and demonstrate their support for Israel.”