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Ethan’s Story

On June 29, 2013, at URJ-Goldman Union Camp Institute, a summer camp near Indianapolis, a sudden burst of lightning struck on the athletic field where Ethan was out enjoying some Ultimate Frisbee with other campers. Everything changed for Ethan in that one moment. He was taken in critical condition to a local Children’s Hospital, where the doctors and nurses worked around the clock to stabilize him and assess his injuries. Ethan suffered a severe brain injury as a result of his injuries.

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July 26, 2019

Six years after lightning strike, ‘time for a celebration’

July 19, 2019

You may have heard of a Golden Birthday (when you turn the age of your birth day). How about a “Platinum” Birthday? Not sure if that’s a real thing, but that’s what we are calling today!

Happy Platinum Birthday to Ethan, who is 19 today, July 19, in 2019‼️

We love you so much!

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November 15, 2019

In memory of Cindy Cohen and her support of the Kadish family.

David Cohen

October 13, 2019

Donating in honor of Julia and Bill Weinstein's birthdays. Chag Sameach from Asher and me!

Katie Ross

August 2, 2019

Ethan's birthday is the same day as my wedding anniversary. I remember being at the cottage and hearing about the lightening strike at our beloved G.U.C.I. As will be chanted during the Torah service at the end of this Shabbat's reading, "Chazak chazak"...we wish you all continued strength!

Tara Abrams

August 2, 2019

Keeping your entire family in our thoughts & prayers.

Susan Loether