An Interview with Rachel Cloth

Rachel Cloth (center) with her siblings, parents, and grandparents

Rachel Cloth (center) with her siblings, parents, and grandparents

In honour of her Bat Mitzvah, 13-year-old Rachel Cloth funded a gymnastics program for at-risk youth in Bat Yam, Israel.

What inspired your project in Israel?
“I always knew this was what I wanted to do because I love gymnastics. It’s really meaningful to me. I wanted other people to feel how I feel when I do gymnastics, even if they don’t have the money to afford it. It’s a lot of fun, and it really builds your self esteem – you feel like you’re a part of something special.”

Why did you choose B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy?
“My mom heard about the program, and it sounded like a perfect fit. I really liked the idea of doing something in Israel in honour of my Bat Mitzvah – I thought it would be really meaningful.”

What is your inspiration for giving?
“I learned about tzedakah in school, and it’s always been an important value in my family. I am very lucky, and I don’t really need anything, but other kids don’t have anything and need help.”

What would you say to others your age about getting involved?
“I feel great about helping people do gymnastics because it’s something I love. Other kids can choose something they love so it is more meaningful for them. You don’t really understand how much you can change someone else’s life.”