With an impressive time of two hours and 14 minutes, Yehudah Weitz, an 11th-grader at the Jewish Educational Center’s Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy in Elizabeth, completed the annual ING Miami Marathon Jan. 25 — and helped support critically ill children.
Yehudah, of West Orange, was a member of Team Lifeline, which supports Chai Lifeline, raising $3,778 for the organization that assists children with cancer and other critical illnesses. He ran in honor of his cousin Aliza Bornstein, who was born last summer with Down’s Syndrome. “I was concerned how her abilities and disabilities would affect her,” Yehudah said. “Since she lives in Israel and I have only had a chance to see a photo of her, I felt that being here in America, this was a way I could help.”
Yehudah’s race time puts him in the top quarter of the over 25,000 race participants from all around the world.
Meeting him at the finish line was his mother, Shaina, herself a JEC Bruriah High School alumna and faculty member. “I am more proud than I could ever describe,” she said. “Thank you to everyone who supported him and made donations to help him in this amazing accomplishment.”
Yehudah’s father, Ron, said he is “very proud of him and all the hard work he put in and with raising funds. I know that he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.”