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MBD AND MISAMEACH Makes Waves on the Hudson

This past Sunday, Mordechai Ben David went on a cruise in the Hudson River. A dozen crew members and four hundred passengers joined him aboard the magnificent Vista Jubilee. From shoving off to docking was only three hours, but the experience was once-in-a-lifetime.

Misameach did what they do best: bringing smiles to children’s faces. Hundreds of patients and families from Bklyn, Monsey, Monroe, Lakewood, were treated to an afternoon cruise with the best in the Jewish entertainment world. MBD led a kumzitz on the boat, with Beri Weber accompanying. Shlomo “Hadarshan” Juravel was a comic relief, and passengers enjoyed an elegant buffet cuisine.

Sno-cones, cotton candy, balloons, clowns, giftbags, and live music/kumzitz, were all provided for the children and their families. As the boat passed the Statue of Liberty and other famous NYC landmarks, a live show was performed by the NYPD Harbor Unit. A police escort was present for the entire boat ride as well. The patients disembarked rejuvenated, hopeful, and – most importantly – smiling. The three-hour operation was labeled a resonant success.

Misameach is a volunteer organization based out of NJ which provides entertainment and relief to patients with serious illnesses and their families. They currently have services in the tri-state area, Maryland, Boston, and along much of the East Coast.

To become a part of this worthy cause, go to or mail your tax-deductible donation to Misameach, 326 3rd Street, Lakewood, NJ 08701. May Hashem alleviate the pain of klal yisroel.