Many bar and bat mitzvah students find a meaningful way to mark their simcha with a chesed project, but Gavriel Friedbauer’s unique project is fine-tuned to his family’s history, indicating deep family love and sensitivity.
Gavriel was inspired by an article he read in The Jewish Link about Dr. Eitan Okun’s research on Alzheimer’s disease at Bar-Ilan University, where they are working on a vaccine to prevent Alzheimer’s. This summer, when they visited Israel for Gavriel’s bar mitzvah, Gavriel and his family took time out of their schedule to visit Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan and met with Dr. Okun, who took them on a tour of their Paul E. Feder Alzheimer’s Research Lab. “Although I cannot help my grandmother, I hope to help prevent others from getting this disease in the future,” says Gavriel.
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