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Brooklyn, NY - Buy a Dreidel, To Fight Dyslexia

Published on: December 10, 2009 03:45 PM
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Yossi Gross, owner of Toyriffic, Flatbushs newest modern Toy Store, located at 2919 Avenue I, between Nostrand Avenue and East 29th StreetBrooklyn, NY - Mrs. Leah David is hoping to beat dyslexia using one dreidel at a time.

The executive director of Ohr Halimud  is crafting the four sided tops used during the Jewish holiday of Chanukah to help raise money for her organization, a not for profit group that helps kids with the developmental learning disorder learn to read.

Mrs. David, along with parent volunteers, staff members and students, began the making the dreidel’s last year. “We set up a little Moishe’s workshop,” she said. The hope is that the sale of the dreidels, along with dreidel kits, can help the organization meet its $540,000 budget, money that covers overhead and community outreach.

For now, the dreidels can be purchased at Toyriffic, a new shop located at 2919 Avenue I. Store owner Yossi Gross said he’s not making a dime from the sales — but is hoping to help out a good cause, and maybe do a mitzvah in the process. “There aren’t many schools like this, and it’s something that the neighborhood we live in, the Orthodox community, needs,” Gross said.


So far, he said, the dreidels are flying off the shelves like hot potato pancakes. “There are really beautiful,” Gross noted. The dreidels cost $10 and the kits cost $5. The dreidels are all one of a kind, and crafted out of Venetian glass, giving each one a mosaic-like appearance. About 30 dozen have been made, and four dozen sold, David said.

Founded seven years ago, the Ohr Halimud , Hebrew for “the light of learning,” is located at 1681 42nd Street, on the border of Kensington and Borough Park. The group has grown to include a girl’s school, after school tutoring program and a teacher training program.

To reserve a dreidel or a kit, call Toyriffic at 718-377-8697.

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 Dec 10, 2009 at 05:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Yossi is a great man, I believe him when he says he isn't making a penny off these sales. I hope his store is very Matzleach.


 Dec 10, 2009 at 08:33 PM anonymous Says:

Is there a similar school for boys with dyslexia?


 Dec 11, 2009 at 05:37 AM Anonymous Says:

I don't get it. Even if they sell all 30 dozens @ $15 that's a whopping total of $5400 assuming zero cost of production. Hardly seems worth the effort.


 Dec 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM Anonymous Says:

My oldest daughter is/was dyslexic. She overcame this disability only with the continued help of her mother working with her each and every day for years. My wife made her read a book or two each week, sat with her every evening with her homework. She went to college, graduated with two majors, went on to earn several other certificates in her field of employment, and is now back in nite school working towards her RN degree in nursing, while being a housewife, working full time, breeding show dogs, and rehabbing 1/2 houses a year, and taking an art course each semester. If the parents help the children, it is an every day and never ending duty for the parent. When she went to college, she was well prepared. We also gave her a list of famous people in public, and private life gleaned from the internet on this subject.


 Dec 11, 2009 at 01:44 PM Anonymous Says:

To number 3, you obviously are a rich man, if $5400 is not worth the effort! I work in a school and I know that EVERY PENNY COUNTS! Go ahead and make it worth these honorable people's efforts!
Good Shabbos


 Dec 12, 2009 at 07:00 PM Anonymous Says:

To #4 I am glad your daughter B"H is doing well. Yes, ther are many children suffering from various forms of dyslexia. Many of which are also suffering from a great lack of self esteem, due to not being able to keep up within the walls of the regular classroom. Leah David, is addressing this issue and giving them the tools to learn, using a The Ort and Gillingham Method, which has proven to be very successful with these types of children. She and her staff, together the parents are doing a great job, in assisting each child to reach their own potential. They are to be commended for their efforts!


 Dec 13, 2009 at 10:27 AM Leah David Says:

Reply to #2  
anonymous Says:

Is there a similar school for boys with dyslexia?

We don't have a boys school yet, but we do offer After School Reading Tutoring at our Center for ALL CHILDREN. Please call 718-972-0170 for details. Thank you all for your kind words. Our children sold the kits and it has been a great lesson in language skills, math, organizational skills, social skills, business skills, healthy competition and much much more. At Ohr HaLimud we believe that every child has the right and ability to learn to read!


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