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Woodmere resident Rhonnie Fischman makes a difference

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Rhonnie Fischman was one of several people that received the Town of Hempstead’s Make a Difference Award at a ceremony at the Merrick Road Park Clubhouse in Merrick on Oct. 29.

Fischman, a Woodmere resident, is on the board of directors for the Hewlett-based Center for Adult Life Enrichment, an organization that runs activities and programs for seniors, volunteers with Rock and Wrap It Up!, the Cedarhurst-based poverty think tank that has created methods and continues to seek ways to fight hunger, including through food recovery and donation.“[She] has made a huge difference in the lives of the needy,” RWU founder Syd Mandelbaum wrote on Facebook.

Eddie Edelstein, the executive director of Temple Beth El in Cedarhurst, said that “everything Rhonnie does is with kindness and empathy.” She established a Bikur Cholim group (Hebrew for caring for those who are not well) that entails taking people to synagogue, visiting hospital patients, making calls to homebound people, sending food when needed and checking in with people. Edelstein added that Fischman has a way to motivate others to help.