Cycle of Life – MMY Rides On


In memory of Elicia Brown Pomeroy

“Good things come in small packages” may be a classic idiom. But in MMY 5778, one of the best things has come in the form of quite a large package. After last year’s students were welcomed into MMY with the inauguration of our new gym room, this year’s students were greeted with our brand new set of bicycles! Donated in memory of Elicia Brown-Pomeroy, עליזה אלקה בת טדרוס, the newest addition to the MMY world has far surpassed everyone’s expectations.

Rabbi Katz, usually one to be excited about any and all donations, was skeptical when first approached with the idea of a bike donation. “Perhaps because I never learned to ride a bike myself and I am quite happy with driving my car, I couldn’t imagine anyone would actually ride a bicycle around Yerushalayim. Boy was I wrong! The bicycles have turned into the hottest item I can remember in a long time.”

MMYers have taken advantage of the bikes on a daily basis.  One student, Eliana Feifel from Chicago (pictured above with her friends), shared with us her excitement about this new service. “The new bicycles in MMY have been such a great addition to the school that everyone has been able to benefit from. These bikes provide us with such a positive opportunity to exercise, learn our way around, and hang out with friends in a fun and exciting way. MMY is located in such a beautiful area, and with these bikes, we are able to appreciate it more. I have personally enjoyed taking advantage of my free time by riding along the local bike path by Tachana Rishona and discovering various beautiful parks in the MMY area. I am truly so thankful to the donors of these bicycles because they enhance our school and help keep the students happy and healthy!”

Elicia Brown Pomeroy, a writer and journalist, passed away this year at the age of 48. You can read more about her at http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/remembering-elicia-brown/

MMY is honored to be able to share in keeping Elicia’s memory alive.  In an email to her husband Jeremy, Rabbi Katz summed up MMY’s feelings. “I must tell you, the girls were very ‘taken’ when I announced this on the first day of school and they continue to LOVE using the bikes daily. It is very special for us all that these aren't ‘just bikes’. Every time they get used and are enjoyed, Elicia's memory is a part of it.  The girls meander around the roads and pathways of Yerushalayim Ir Hakodesh and Elicia's memory is with them.”

In honor of Chanukah, we share an article Elicia published that expresses her thoughts about finding light amid the darkness of her illness.  https://www.jta.org/2016/12/16/life-religion/at-hanukkah-finding-light-in-a-time-of-illness-and-darkness.

May our students’ enjoyment serve as a nechama to her husband and family. 


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