Boyz n the Hoodies

A KING David Yavneh Boys' pupil is doing his bit for charity before his barmitzvah in Israel next month.

Joel Handler, of Broughton Park, and his friends each wore a hoodie at school to raise money for Boys Town Jerusalem.

All those who wore the hoodie were asked to donate 1, raising 250.

Boys Town, which was established in 1948, takes boys from the edges of Israeli society and provides them with education, focusing on technology, coupled with pastoral care.

There are currently 950 boys aged 12-20 in its care.

Joel, the son of Ziona and Noam Handler, is twinning his barmitzvah celebrations with a pupil at Boys Town.

The 12-year-old, a Year Eight pupil at Yavneh, will also raise money by running five kilometres at next month's Jerusalem Marathon.

"What Joel is doing is so appreciated," said Ian Kamiel, Boys Town Jerusalem's UK executive development director.

"Thanks to him and all those who are contributing to his fundraising efforts, one of our students is going to have a barmitzvah he will never forget."

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