Jerusalem 2020

March 12 2021 Running Hand in Hand for Disability Inclusion

Josh Orlian

Hi! My name is Josh Orlian, and I am returning for my third Team Yachad race in the NYC spring half marathon on my 19th birthday. The cancelation of the Jerusalem marathon will not stop me from running for inclusion.

I've been involved with Yachad since 2015, and have loved every moment of every shabbaton, event, and especially marathon. Yachad is my second family, and I would do anything to spread the message of inclusion, even if it means months of agonizing physical, and mental training.

About a month before I flew down to Miami for the 2019 marathon, I got a call saying that a friend of mine, Sammy Farakas Z"L, had passed away the day before his 16th birthday. I had been with Sammy two weeks previously in Miami while I was on vacation, and we got to talking about what was happening in our lives. I happened to have brought up that I was training for my first full marathon, and that I wanted to quit because I wasn't a runner, and it wasn't worth the pain. One of the last things I would ever hear my friend say was the following:

"Just keep running"

On January 27, 2019, I ran my first full length marathon. During the race, I had one thing on my mind: 26.2 For Sammy. Those words written on my chest and Sammy’s name on my heart.

Yachad is an incredible organization through which I share the mission to make those with mental and physical disabilities feel like they’re truly part of the group; we make sure we do things B’Yachad. That day on the course, Sammy and I ran B’Yachad.

In May of 2020, I intend to complete my second half marathon (adding up to 52.4 miles from my Yachad races), hand in hand for inclusion.

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  • Irena Nochenson $360.00

    Joshua- I am so proud of you and your devotion to this tremendous cause that I know means so much to you. Just keep running!

  • Team Yachad $250.00


  • Tina and Joey Orlian $500.00

    We are so proud of your determination to make a contribution to this great cause that means so much to you, and to honor your friend, Sammy, at the same time. "Just keep running."

  • rachel Mansdorf $100.00

    Go Josh!

  • Randi and Arthur Luxenberg $100.00

    Kol Hakavod to you, Josh! Randi and Arthur Luxenberg

  • STEVEN SPECTOR $250.00
  • Alvin& Edith Orlian $100.00

    We are so very proud of you. We love you .Grandpa Al and Grandma Eydie

  • Sarah & Avromie Adler $18.00

    Looking forward to seeing you in Jerusalem. We are thrilled that you are part of the Yachad family! Sammy would be extremely proud of you

  • Jacob Plotsker $54.00

    Just keep running Josh. Good luck! Leora & Jacob

  • tamar and gabe feder $100.00

    Good Luck Josh!!! Tamar and Gabe

  • Jeremy Abramson $18.00
  • David and Jamie Feit $18.00

    Great work Josh! David and Jamie Feit

  • Anonymous $36.00
  • Jessica & Shlomo Ressler $72.00

    Kol Hakavod Josh!!

  • Alon and Sheri Krausz $180.00

    Kol Hakavod, Josh! May you go from strength to strength

  • Michah Gottlieb $50.00
  • Joel Rothman $100.00
  • Robert Z. Brody $36.00
  • Aitana and Perry Perlmutter $100.00

    Good luck Josh

  • Ari & Adina Shrage $100.00
  • Ray and Pam Newman $100.00

    Good Luck- Don't stub your toe :) Ray and Pam Newman

  • Anonymous $18.00

    L’ilui nishmat Nissan yitzchak Ben shlomo zalman “Sonny”

  • Pinky Gartenberg $36.00

    So proud of you joshua

  • naomi klinger $50.00

    Amazing !

  • Yehuda Goldberg $18.00

    Go get em Josh

  • Weinberger Family $18.00


  • Michelle Rattinger $36.00

    Go Joshie go!!!! Love you and always cheering for ya!

  • Ellen & Dean Ungar $36.00

    Good Luck!

  • Jonathan & Deena Moskowitz $150.00