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Running Rabbi Takes His Message to Vegas

Rabbi Benjamin David, co-founder of a group called the Running Rabbis, has urged clergy members of all faiths to run and walk in the name of social justice since the non-profit’s beginning in 2005. Though the group has raised thousands of dollars for organizations like Team for Kids and Achilles International by running in large, mainstream events like the New York City Marathon and Chicago Marathon, on December 4, he will be part of a group that takes to the streets in the Rock N’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, the world’s largest night time running event.

Rabbi David is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Sinai of Roslyn and lives in Port Washington. He started running in middle school and has completed 12 marathons to date. In Las Vegas, not only will be attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon by completing the marathon in 3:10:00, he will also be raising money for a charity called Josh’s Team. Josh’s Team, a growing charity in the New York area, raises money and awareness for a rare debilitating disease called Ataxia Telangiectasia or A-T for short. The fund takes its name from Josh Stamm, who grew up in Goshen, NY and passed away of the disease in 2007 at the age of 27. Rabbi David and his wife, Lisa, who is also a runner, raised in excess of $5,000 through their campaign.

For more information, visit the website x97ch3/donate/joshsteamvegas.