“Thank you for coming! Thank you for what you do,” said students in the Alisa Flatow International Program and Shana Ba'Aretz who showered AFN Board member Stephen Flatow with appreciation after he addressed the school last week. He praised their courage: “You’ve taken a leap of faith, travelling thousands of miles from home, taking a chance on yourself, learning about yourself, learning about faith,” he said, recounting a similar Nishmat journey pursued by his daughter, Alisa, hy”d, when she was 20, before her life was tragically cut short in the 1995 Kfar Darom bus bombing. With Nishmat Dean Rabbanit Chana Henkin by his side, Mr. Flatow said, “I’ve learned that when we get knocked down by human events, we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and continue. It’s often difficult, but I’m committed to striving for a higher purpose.”
"Dear students, every moment is an opportunity,” said Rabbanit Henkin, who was deeply moved by Mr. Flatow’s remarks. “Alisa, at four years old, completely changed the trajectory of her family. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself: What do I want to do with my life? What does this mean to me? What are my responsibilities?” Nishmat’s Alisa Flatow International Program is the ideal place to wrestle with these questions.