Diamond ring donated by mistake returned to owner

Sharon Berman says, “when I realized that my ring wasn’t on me, I really hoped that it would be found.”

October 27, 2013 22:43
1 minute read.
Diamond ring.

diamond ring 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

It wasn’t until she was in a cab driving away from Ben- Gurion Airport, fresh off her flight from Switzerland that Sharon Berman realized that she was missing something significant – her diamond ring.

Berman’s flight to Israel, operated by El Al, included envelopes behind each passenger seat that asked for a small donation towards the Small Change Makes a Big Difference campaign. The fund-raiser supports ALEH, Israel’s largest network of facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities, and ALUT, the Israeli National Autism Association.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Berman added all of her spare change to the bag and looking back, figured this was the only instance when something could have happened to her ring. She believed that it fell into the donation envelope as she emptied her coin purse.

Upon arriving at her hotel in Herzliya, Berman saw a showcase for ALEH Israel’s boutique in the lobby, which included a collection of hand-crafted items and artwork by the children and young adults at the organization. Recognizing it as one of the charities that the donations benefited, she asked the front desk to call the charity, who put her in contact with Sarah Hershkowitz.

Hershkowitz worked with El Al and ALUT to find Berman’s ring and ensure that it was returned. Berman had her ring back within a day.

“When I realized that my ring wasn’t on me, I really hoped that it would be found,” Berman said. “But even if it wasn’t, I told myself that it was only a ring, and that if they thought I intentionally donated it and decided to use it for a good cause, then that would be okay.”

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night