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NFTY Honors Activist/Actor Scott Wolf with Social Action Award Sponsors Semester of Higher Education for Sudanese Refugee
PHILADELPHIA, PA Feb. 18, 2007 Scott Wolf, of Party of Five, Everwood and The Nine fame, will now be known as Scott Wolf, of the 2007 NFTY Social Action Award winning fame. He was honored last night for his work with the Cheir Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping refuges from Darfur and Southern Sudan.
I am truly humbled and honored to be awarded the NFTY Social Action Award, Wolf said to the more than 1100 teens gathered at the 2007 NFTY Convention. Receiving this award from such a meaningful organization makes it all the better.
The Chier Foundation, founded in December 2005 by Wolf, his wife and a group of Park City, Utah residents, is dedicated to helping the Lost Boys and Lost Girls from Sudans long civil war. Chier means the North Star in the language of Dingo. Chier was chosen as the name of this foundation because for so long these young men had to use this star as their guiding light in survival and now it represents hope. For more information on the Foundation visit www.chierfoundation.org.
Wolf, who grew up in a Reform Jewish household said, There is no more important value to me than the idea that we are all created in the image of God. That is why we have started this foundation. To date the Chier Foundation has raised more than $100 thousand dollars to help fund the higher education of the Lost Boys.
With Wolf, Jiel Michael Yai, one of the thousands of Lost Boys now living in the United States, spoke about his experience in working towards his degree in economics noting, I came to this country two and a half years ago. I was able to go to school for a while, but I had to stop. Thanks to the beautiful people at the Chier Foundation and beautiful people like you, I am able to continue my education. Jiel Michael Yails comments were met with thunderous applause. He later said to a small group, My goal is to make the Sudan a better place for human life.
The Reform Movement has long worked to ending the genocide in Darfur. The North American Federation of Temple Youth as part of the Reform Movement has organized letter writing campaigns, attended major rallies throughout North America and created educational programs for its members.
The largest gathering of its kind, NFTY Convention provides Reform Jewish high-school-age youth the opportunity to present their vision and priorities to the world. The NFTY Convention is a unique time for teens to sing, pray, interact and spend time with friends new and old! For more information please visit www.nfty.org/convention.
The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.