Mitzvot from the Heart: Molly Levine

Molly Levine with Jerry Ehrlich, Executive Director of Cornerstone Early Learning Center.

Molly Levine, United Hebrew Congregation

Jerry Ehrlich, executive director of Cornerstone Center for Early Learning, thinks very highly of Molly. “As a not-for-profit in which approximately 50 percent of Cornerstone families have an annual income of under $20,000, Cornerstone Center and Cornerstone families rely on the generosity of a caring community…generous individuals…like Molly,” Ehrlich said. “As a result, we were so honored when we first learned of Molly’s mitzvah project.  Then, when we saw the actual musical instruments (as well as the case of much needed wipes), we were floored! So many…for different age groupings…all assembled with careful detail and with a great deal of love.”

Molly, daughter of Brian and Gail Levine of West County, studies both flute and piano and enjoys playing with her school band at Crestview Middle School. It was important to her to share her love of music with the pre-school children at Cornerstone. 

For her mitzvah project, Molly requested friends and family to contribute either new or gently used early childhood musical/rhythm instruments to be used for future music programs. Items such as tambourines, egg shakers, triangles, wind instruments, maracas and drums were included. Diapers, pre-packaged snacks, pre-school toys and books were also generously donated.

When she dropped off the large bins of instruments and other items, Molly had the pleasure of meeting with Ehrlich. He was very welcoming and gave Molly a tour of the school. 

Afterwards, Ehrlich brought the instruments to various classrooms and the children loved them.  They also were very moved by the fact they were donated by someone who cares for them very much. As one 4-year old said, “If she were here right now, I’d give her a big hug!”

“Indeed, Molly’s donation not only enriched the curriculum at Cornerstone Center; it enriched the children at Cornerstone Center.  We were and are most appreciative,” Ehrlich said.

Since this was such a great experience for Molly, she is looking forward to volunteering at Cornerstone in the pre-school classrooms during her summer break. She said, “I hope to continue my musical education and share my knowledge and enthusiasm for music with other children.”

Cornerstone Center for Early Learning’s mission is to provide quality and comprehensive childcare and preschool education for St. Louis-area families of all economic backgrounds. The program enables parents and guardians to remain in the workforce by providing affordable childcare.

— Mitzvot from the Heart is compiled by Elise Krug.