Joey Brody, a resident of Great Neck Estates studying at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah in Ramat Bet Shemesh for his gap year in Israel, completed the 5K Jerusalem Winner Marathon, among 40,000 participants on Friday, March 15.
Brody’s sponsored run was for Team Our Place, an organization that employs a multi-faceted approach to counseling, rehab and guiding troubled youth in their return to mainstream society.
Its inspiring executive director, Rabbi Aryeh Young, is a charismatic teacher at Rambam Mesivta H.S. in Lawrence, from which Brody graduated last May.
The Jerusalem Marathon is unique in its setting. Runners pass by fascinating historical sites which illuminate 3,000 years of the history of Jerusalem, the unified capital of Israel. Brody is pictured nearing the finish line to the theme song of “Rocky” with two of his teammates, Sammy Merzel of Silver Spring, Md. and Shlomo Silberberg of Los Angeles.