New playground opens at Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest

Todd and Liz Ruderman and family members join Rabbi Yossi Harlig and Nechama Harlig for the dedication of the new playground.

Members of Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest, 8700 SW 112 St., and volunteers and participants of The Friendship Circle gathered Mar. 25 for the dedication of the center’s new playground. A new swing set, fort with a slide, basketball court, benches and picnic tables now provide a place on the Chabad campus for families and children to gather under the shade trees.

The Mordechai Yehuda Playground was donated by Chabad members Todd and Liz Ruderman, in memory of Morton Ruderman, who passed away last October. Morton Ruderman, father of Todd, was the founder of a global health care technology firm and a leading philanthropist in Boston’s Jewish community.

At the breakfast and dedication ceremony, the Rudermans were joined by Todd’s mother Marcia, and family and friends from Boston.

“Chabad is so special to us,” said Ruderman. “It’s so nice to come here and see people so happy. We hope this playground will help attract more families to this wonderful place.”

Rabbi Yossi Harlig and the director of Chabad’s Hebrew School and The Friendship Circle, Nechama Harlig, thanked the Ruderman family for their donation.

“The addition of this wonderful playground furthers our vision to make Chabad a community center and a home away from home for families and children,” said Nechama Harlig. “This playground will enhance the many programs, classes and events that we offer.”

Before the Ruderman family cut the ribbon to officially open the playground, Nechama Harlig introduced “those who will enjoy the playground most.” One by one, children from the Hebrew School, Chai Five Mitzvah Club and The Friendship Circle spoke to thank the Ruderman family for their generosity.

“This is so awesome, you really rock!” said Diego Gonzalez.

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