Help Us Pay Our Daughters Tuition. And Help Us Get Back On Our Feet at the Same Time.

$3,530 of $3,000 raised

raised by 34 people in 3 years

Hello :-) My name is Yoel (Justin) Oberman.

 

I am a husband to my one and only wife and a father of two beautiful girls ( 8 & 2)… with another on the way. This is extremely difficult for me to do. But on behalf of my family, I am trying to raise 3k to cover around half of our daughter's tuition next year which is $6000. The effects of raising the money will be felt imediately. Especially when it comes to getting back to life as normal and prepare for our new addition in October.

 

I know what you’re thinking. Nothing about that seems special or worthy of your attention. But if I could borrow less than one minute of your time, I believe you will understand what's going on and why we need your help.

 

You see, 5 years ago, despite my daughter, I didn't have have any of this. I was 34 years old. My father passed away. I fried out. My wife and I got divorced. She moved across the country with my daughter. And despite trying to jump start a new career in advertising, I was penniless and living in my mother's basement.

 

Life has been hard but good.

 

A trip to the Rebbe's Ohel changed all that. The fog lifted and I realized my family was worth fighting for. So I did. I set goals. I worked on myself. I went back to Yeshiva. I hustled. I prayed. And Baruch Hashem, I moved to Los Angeles, I got a job, remarried my wife and got my life and family back.

 

I have worked exceptionally hard to make it here. Despite several setbacks along the way, I have achieved my other goal of working at an ad agency that values me, where I am making great strides. In addition to my goals, my wife has become a sought after pre-school music teacher. She's a rockstar.

 

We have made great friends. We attend an amazing synagogue, with an amazing congregation, and an even more amazing Rabbi. I couldn’t be more thankful. Everyday I thank Hashem through personal prayer and mitzvot. I love our life and we are doing great socially, emotionally and with our careers. This are looking up.

 

But there's always a "But..."

 

Despite this, things are not going well financially. Divorces are expensive. And despite getting back together, we are still paying the legal and other costs. It was manageable for a while. We hustled and always had enough to pay for our rent, car payments,  debt and tuition. It was hard, but we were doing it.

 

All that changed after unceremoniously losing my job last December. The four months of unemployment and extra debt added up. Now we are so far behind that, even with a new job, it's been impossible to catch up and pay the bills. Especially the tuition for our daughters school.

 

The situation is even more difficult by the fact that on paper,  everything looks like we are doing well. Especially to the school tuition board. I have a job, an apartment etc. But the reality is that we are unable to make all our payments month to month. We need a bigger scholarship to help us get back on our feet.

 

Money is tight, even for the scool. We get that. And they don't feel that they should be responsible for paying our debt. Those are the words they used. They are tough words. But they are right. Our debt is our responsibility. Their only suggestion was that we "go raise the funds."

 

Unfortunately, both our families are unable to assist us. Which is probably a good thing to be honest. We’ve hustled more. Sold stuff. We even cashed in thousands of airline miles that I’ve collected since a teenager. Israel here we don't come!

 

But at the end of the day, no matter how hard we try, we simply don’t have the money.

 

So here I am.

 

For those of you that know me, you know it is very much out of my character to ask for much of anyone. Especially when it comes to money. But a wise man recently told me:  

 

"Sometimes Hashem puts you in a situation where you have to ask for help. Why? You may never know. But one thing is for sure. It gives someone else the opportunity to do a Mitzvah. That alone could be the reason. Who are you to deny what Hashem wants?"   

 

It is extremely difficult to request help, but more bearable than the thought of not being able to send our daughter to a Jewish school, drowning even further into debt and losing the means of making other future dreams possible.

 

We are crouching under our load. But the good news is that all we need is a little boost to get back on track. With your help, I have no doubt that the effects will be immediate.

 

We are not asking anyone to pay off our debt. 40k is too much to ask of anyone. That is our responsibility. We will do whatever it takes to send our daughter to school next year. But if we can raise 3k, it will remove so much tension and make such a huge difference. The immensity of which I cannot even begin to explain. Not only will it help a Bas Torah continue her Jewish education, but it will help Oberman Family 2.0 instantly get back on its feet. It’s two mitzvahs in one!

 

Just like my father Shmuel Berel ben Yitzak Meir z'"l, I have always felt a strong desire to give back to my community. Especially as a way of thanking all of the incredible people that have helped me get to where I am today.

 

I am writing this over the 9 days because I don’t have a choice. May each dollar you give add a brick to the Bais Hamikdash. Hopefully,  your dollar will be the tipping point that brings Moshiach. Then no one will have to ask for help anymore. 

Some people have contacted me asking if they could donate directly to the school. And the answer is of course! Contact me using the contact button for the details. 

If you can't help, maybe you know someone that can?

 

Thank you for your time

- Yoel Raphael ben Shmuel Berel 

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$3,530 of $3,000 raised

raised by 34 people in 3 years

Created by

Justin Oberman
July 2017

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Jhochmanmd donated

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Dischonbrun donated

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