Filmmaker Meir Kay went out to the streets of Crown Heights, asking passersby who they would nominate for the Yocheved Gourarie Kindness Award and surprising them with special gifts.
Meir surprised the nominees with gift cards from stores, restaurants, bakeries, beauty salons, and flower shops, to continue spreading kindness.
The Kindness Award honors Yocheved Gourarie obm, and celebrates the acts of kindness―specifically of teachers, friends and classmates―that create a culture of empathy and support within the Crown Heights community.
Children in Chabad schools in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and other locations have been invited to nominate a teacher or friend that inspires them with their kindness.
Over 80 submissions have been received, with many more coming in daily.
The response has been overwhelming, with people being nominated by students, friends and family. Submissions have been received by people from all walks of life who were inspired by Yocheved Gourarie’s story.
Award recipients will be chosen from nominations made at kindnessaward.com. Nominations should be thoughtful, focusing on the people who made themselves present in the moments of silence, pain, transition and growth. Friends and educators who saw you for, well, you. Winners will be chosen across three categories, thanks to the funding of its generous sponsors. First prize will award a Morah and a Rebbi with a prize amount of $15,000 each. In the second category, a childhood friend will be awarded $5,000, of which half will be given to one of three charities selected by the Gourarie family. Third prize―to award a classmate―is still to be determined.
The closing date for nominations is October 19th.
An Award ceremony will follow.