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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021

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Ariel Lurie

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Aryeh Lurie is the founder and director of Yad Ezra V’Shulamit, an Israeli humanitarian organization dedicated to the needs of impoverished families, regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity, age, and location of residence. The group distributes 3,000 food baskets every week, and 15,000 more during holiday seasons. The children who attend Yad Ezra V’Shulamit Children’s Centers are provided with a nutritious meal, academic tutoring, and an enriching social environment. Lurie -- who lives with his family in Jerusalem and was himself born into an impoverished home -- made a personal promise to overcome the challenges of poverty, achieve financial stability, and help others do so as well. He named the organization after his parents and modeled it according to the values of charity and kindness which they instilled in their family and community. (Photo: Yad Ezra)

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