Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester was honored to host Homer Bush, former major league baseball player and member of the 1998 World Champion New York Yankees.
“Mr. Bush was inspiring,” noted fifth grader Jake Meyrowitz. Following a film highlighting his baseball career, Mr. Bush spoke to Temple Beth El middle schoolers about his road to becoming a professional athlete and his time with the New York Yankees. In heartfelt and sincere terms, Mr. Bush spoke to the audience about his childhood, growing up in East St. Louis with his seven siblings and single mother and his drive to achieve athletic success. After his presentation, Mr. Bush graciously stayed for pictures and autographs and spoke informally with the attendees.
“As a die-hard Yankees fan, it was truly inspiring for me to see Homer Bush share the lessons of his life to our youth,” stated Temple Beth El’s Assitsant Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman. “He spoke beautifully about the need to plan, the need to work hard, and the need to be part of a team, which are such vital skills for our kids to learn.” Fifth grader Ryan Raicht said that Mr. Bush’s message of “always having a plan and working hard to realize it” was something that he would always remember.
This event, organized and sponsored by the Temple Beth El Junior Youth Committee, was intended to teach Temple Beth El middle schoolers about sportsmanship, achievement, and pursuing dreams. Temple Beth El’s Junior Youth Committee was formed to encourage kindergartners through eighth graders to become more involved and interested in events at Temple Beth El.