2015-09-16 / Local News

Moorestown teen goes all out to restock flooded Camden library

MEET NORI HORVITZ…
By SALLY FRIEDMAN
For the Voice

AGE: 17

PARENTS: Steven Horvitz & Heidi Cooperstein

FAVORITE BOOK GENRE: Historical novels

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Tamora Pierce

GOAL: Author/entrepreneur

The love of reading was always there. By the time she was just a toddler, Nori Horvitz already was devouring stories, and by kindergarten, the enchantment increased even more.

“I always felt happy when I had a book, and I still have that feeling,” said this rising senior at Moorestown High, a young woman who seems much older and wiser than her years.

“Sometimes I can see myself in the characters in books, and I have such respect for authors,” said a young woman who has taken that passion to another level.

On a recent afternoon at the Moorestown Community House, Nori greeted dozens of participants in what she called a “Bookitcon,” a clever play on words about the importance of books and reading.

The event totally planned, organized and executed by Horvitz, was a fundraiser for a major project she had undertaken.

“I wanted to find a way to make books help people, and I found it at a school in Camden that had lost its library during a flood,” the articulate young woman explained.

Working with the JCRC’s BookMates, Horvitz identified the RT Cream Elementary School in Camden as a perfect beneficiary of books and funds to recreate a library.

“I was amazed when Nori called me—she was so mature and focused, and she put this whole event together on her own. I was frankly amazed!” said Rhonda Shevrin, director of BookMates.

For the Moorestown Community House event, Nori had assembled two dozen young adult authors for meet-and-greet sessions with supporters who paid a modest admission price to attend the event, all of which was donated to the cause.

It is estimated that through this 17-yearold activist’s work, the Cream School will receive about 2,000 books for its restored library. And yes, Nori is proud of that accomplishment.

She acknowledges that both her love of books and learning, and also her commitment to the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam, have guided her deep commitment to this project.

“I had my bat mitzvah in the historic synagogue in St. Thomas, where my parents were married, and that felt so special,” said Nori, whose family belongs to Adath Emanu- El in Mount Laurel.

The service commitment extends to her school life, where Nori serves as president of the InterAct Club, one that promotes social service and community action.

One of her mentors has been Moorestown High’s Adam Roth, a business education teacher who has helped her in her burgeoning entrepreneurial campaign.

Her parents, Dr. Steven Horvitz and Heidi Cooperstein, are so proud of their daughter.

Her dad admits that even he was amazed at how she has handled Bookitcon. “Nori got the job done,” he said.

Her mom’s megawatt smile as she watched her daughter handle authors, Bookitcon supporters, friends, family—and herself—said it all. .

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