Sam and Gabe's B'nei Mitzvah Project

Sam and Gabe's B'nei Mitzvah Project

About This Campaign

We are very excited to be having our b’nei mitzvah on October 24, 2020. This day is also going to be our 13th birthday! The synagogue is planning to do a zoom or livestream so everyone can view the service. Stay tuned for details on that.

When you have a bar mitzvah, part of the process is doing a mitzvah project to give back to the community.

For our project, our parents helped us choose to help with something very personal- the Ronald McDonald House. Before we were even born, we had a big struggle. When mom was pregnant with us, she was diagnosed with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, something that happens only in identical twin pregnancies. It’s where one twin sends all the blood/nutrients/fluid to the other twin through the placenta, leaving one twin depleted (that was Gabe) and one twin overloaded (that was Sam). It’s a faulty system which puts the pregnancy at great risk. In order to save our lives, mom had to have surgery on the placenta to separate it into 2 sections so each twin would have a share. The surgery was done at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in July of 2007 and during that time our folks stayed for a few weeks at the Ronald McDonald house in Camden, NJ.

In Sam’s words: I’m forever thankful for the Ronald McDonald house for giving my parents a safe place to stay while we were all suffering from TTTS.

In Gabe’s words: Thank you for helping me even before I arrived.

Because this organization was so helpful to us, we are helping raise money for them for our mitzvah project. We also plan to volunteer there preparing meals once Covid is over and they allow that again.

Please consider making a donation, we truly appreciate it. Follow this link to a campaign for Ronald McDonald House Greater Hudson Valley: https://give.rmh-ghv.org/campaigns/15306-meals-that-heal-2020

Thank you very much!

Sam and Gabe Rikon
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Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley

Campaign to Support Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley

At Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley we envision a world where all children have access to the medical care they need, and their families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care.  Thanks to our community of supporters we can offer families compassionate care by creating and running programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of sick children and their families.

When a child is battling a medical crisis, our House provides families with all the comforts of home and eases some of the burdens they face every day. Together, we continue to enable access to medical care for seriously ill children, allowing a family-centered care approach to treatment and giving families what they need most during this critical time -– each other. 

  1. Mrs. Mattie Perelman
    Mrs. Mattie Perelman gave a $118 donation
    Dedication In Honor of: Sam & Gabe Benjamin
    Mazel tov on your B'nei Mitzvah! Warmest wishes, Mattie Perelman & Mike Caruso
    5 months ago · Like
  2. Marsha Ackerman
    Marsha Ackerman gave a $189.97 donation
    Mosel tov to sandy and Gabes Bar Mitvah
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  3. Kristina and Joe DiCarlo
    Kristina and Joe DiCarlo gave a donation
    Dear Sam and Gabe, Mazel Tov! We are so proud of you and love you so much! You have worked so hard. Love, Kristina, Joe, Olivia and Isabella
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  4. Richard Lobel
    Richard Lobel gave a $250 donation
    Sam and Gabe - Mazel Tov! You did an amazing job at your B'nei Mitzvah. You should both be very proud to be raising money and volunteering for such a worthy cause. Enjoy your special day! - Best, The Lobels
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  5. Anne, Dave, John & Margaret Sellar
    Anne, Dave, John & Margaret Sellar gave a donation
    Very proud of the boys! Congratulations on their big day!
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  6. Donna Zippin
    Donna Zippin gave a $50 donation
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  7. Marissa Sweig Trigger
    Marissa Sweig Trigger gave a $52.98 donation
    Mazel Tov Sam and Gabe!
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  8. Stessa Fallon Peers
    Stessa Fallon Peers gave a donation
    Dedication In Honor of: Sam and Gabe Rikon
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  9. Randall Yang
    Randall Yang gave a $75.38 donation
    Happy Bar Mitzvah to Gabe and Sam from your friend Ivan
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  10. Nicole Tine
    Nicole Tine gave a $50 donation
    Dedication In Honor of: Sam & Gabe Rikon
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  11. An anonymous donation of $18 has been made
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  12. Joshua Rikon
    Joshua Rikon gave a donation
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  13. Jodi Cohen
    Jodi Cohen gave a $188 donation
    Gabe and Sam, Mazel Tov! We are so happy to be able to honor this milestone in your lives. The Ansari Family-Jodi, Alex, Eliza and Emmett
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  14. Patti and Marty Meth
    Patti and Marty Meth gave a $37.84 donation
    Dedication In Honor of: 6203727
    To Gabe and Sam, Both of you have been an inspiration and model to all families who encounter difficulty during pregnancy and after birth. Together you have conquered and continue to be an inspiration to all children and their parents. Mazel Tov and may God always be by your side as you continue to inspire the world. Love Patti and Marty Meth
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  15. Hillary Sweig
    Hillary Sweig gave a $100 donation
    Dedication In Honor of: Samuel and Gabriel Rikon
    Dear Sam and Gabe, You two have made your family so proud of you for this achievement and your commitment to Judaism by being called to the Torah as Bar Mitzvahs. Mazel Tov! 💕 Hillary
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  16. Mona Desai
    Mona Desai gave a $109.79 donation
    Mazel Tov, Sam & Gabe!
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  17. Michael Pollack
    Michael Pollack gave a $100 donation
    Mazel Tov!
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  18. Dennis and Marjorie Landsberg
    Dennis and Marjorie Landsberg gave a donation
    Congratulations on you Bar Mitzvahs Margie and Dennis
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  19. Gayle Sidenberg
    Gayle Sidenberg gave a donation
    Dedication In Honor of: Sam and Gabe Rikon
    Mazel Tov! with love, Gayle and Alan
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  20. Ashley Levi and Eric Katcher
    Ashley Levi and Eric Katcher gave a $200 donation
    Mazel Tov on your special day!
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  21. Sam Pollack
    Sam Pollack gave a $100 donation
    Mazel tov!
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  22. Trudy and Marvin Davis
    Trudy and Marvin Davis gave a $150 donation
    Dedication In Honor of: Sammy & Gabe Rikon
    With all of our love to Sammy and Gabe on this happy occasion. Great aunt and uncle Trudy & Marv
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  23. Rebecca Kniesel
    Rebecca Kniesel gave a $105.67 donation
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  24. Jonathan Houghton and Dory Hack
    Jonathan Houghton and Dory Hack gave a $360 donation
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  25. Laura and Les Sahr
    Laura and Les Sahr gave a $37.84 donation
    Mazel Tov!
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  26. Ronald Pollack
    Ronald Pollack gave a $156.72 donation
    Mazel tov to the Bar Mitzvah Boys and their whole family!!!!
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  27. Holli Newman
    Holli Newman gave a $105 donation
    Mazel Tov! Love Holli & Sue
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.
  28. Maxine and Andrew Benjamin
    Maxine and Andrew Benjamin gave a $450 donation
    Mazel Tov and lots of love to our Bar Mitzvah boys!! We are so proud of you! Grandma and Grandpa
    6 months ago · Like
  29. Sarah Aronow
    Sarah Aronow gave a $50 donation
    Mazel tov Sam and Gabe
    6 months ago · Like
  30. Leslie ,Carrie and Michael Rikon
    Leslie ,Carrie and Michael Rikon gave a $450 donation
    Mazl Tov
    6 months ago · Like · 1 person likes this.