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American Committee For Melabev Inc

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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: The American Committee for Melabev helps provide funding for Melabev day care centers, home care programs and related services for older adults with Alzheimer's symptoms and their families.

Results: Melabev day care centers and a home care program enances their quality of life and sense of well being.  Our professional staff offers paliative activities for those at the end of life.  We offer the family caregivers models for caregivers, guidance, counseling and support.  Our Institute for Studies in Aging (Geriatric Institute) offers accredited courses for professionals in the field of eldercare regardless of their place of work.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 500 older adults in our day care center and home care programs.

Geographic areas served: Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Melabev once a week for 10 years. They have a wonderful program for senior with dementia and physical disabilities. We really see a difference in their personalities once they are out of their house and together with other people. They participate in our music sessions and arm chair yoga, baking,etc. The staff and all the volunteers are doing an amazing job.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering once or twice a month at Melabev Beit Shemesh nearly a decade ago. The conductor of my women's choir asked if I could accompany her singing on the violin. At the time I wasn't very good at playing chords, but with some rehearsal we were able to put together a program, and the people at Melabev started asking if I could come on my own.

The seniors would ask me to play favorite songs, and often I didn't know them, so I learned them (or learned to play them properly!). This process continues - in fact, in a second I'll take a listen to the song "The White Cliffs of Dover" which, it turns out, I don't know... yet.

The atmosphere at Melabev Beit Shemesh is like a family, and when I arrive every other week, it's like coming to visit relatives who are all really happy to see me. By now I know about what songs different people like and why. We've had conversations around the music. We play many things all the time, over and over and neither their enjoyment or mine ever pales - music is like that. You don't say "oh, I don't want to sing this song, I sang it last week!"

I grew up singing in the car with my family and when I'm playing at Melabev and everyone is singing along, I have the same safe feeling of being with people in a happy way, we can sing loudly or softly - the music doesn't demand that we be cheerful and bouncy - we can each enjoy it in whatever place were are at that moment.

If you are ever in Israel, you should come visit - it is a really fun place, with a staggering variety of activities going on all the time. If I'm there you can ask me to play a song - and if I know it - I will!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Melabev is a truly wonderful Day Care Center for The Elderly. Having worked In a Senior
Center previously before making Aliayah , I can honestly say that The Manager and staff of Melabev , Beit Shemesh are the most dedicated, caring group of people I have ever worked with. They often put the clients before themselves and have very original and unique programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Melabev Beit Shemesh one morning a week. It is definitely my most meaningful, fulfilling, and fun morning! Everyone, the clients, staff, national service young ladies, and fellow volunteers are smiling and happy to be there. We all work together to make each other's day a rewarding experience. My favorite part of the day is when I just sit and talk. Each person in Melabev is an individual with their own story to tell. Each person adds something so special to our group. Melabev is a wonderful, important, and very special organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I occasionally volunteer in Melabev. It is a truly inspiring place where people with dementia can come to be stimulated in a warm, nurturing atmosphere. The staff is unbelievably giving, patient, and loving. Everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Melabev is a remarkable place!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a support group for adult children of dementia sufferers. The group was facilitated by the Melabev social worker. Each week, I came out of the meeting with crucial information, coping strategies, and true support. Melabev is a life line for families of dementia patients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Melabev has made it possible for my dad to make Aliya at age 82. The organization held my hand through the entire process of getting an amazing caregiver as well as provide him with a loving, warm environment on a daily basis. In his first week he came home one day and said "this was the best day of my
Life" all due to Melabev - their staff is exceptional! Give, give, give - an amazing place!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working at Melabev for nearly six years. The love and warmth that each participant receives is beyond words. Many families experience fears and worries when dealing with Alzheimer patients- Melabev is the perfect address. Melabev helps not only the seniors but the families too. The seniors are also involved in the community so they feel a sense of giving too- the seniors are involved in projects like making packages for soldiers and for needy families, making sandwiches for hungry childrenbar and bat mitzvah programs baby parades and so much more. Melabev is just a wonderful place

1 Hadassah L.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Alzheimer's is a terrible disease which devastates families emotionally and financially. Melabev is doing its part to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer's sufferers and for their families. It runs day care centers to engage and occupy the elderly and help improve their memory.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With the state of care for Alzheimer's sufferers in Israel today, Melabev are far ahead of the curve! Well worth looking into and supporting!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Melabev is a great orginazation they are so dedicated to the elders i love going there to volunteer The Melabev bat mitzvah program is amazing

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just wanted to take a few seconds of your time to comment on what a wonderful program Melabev of Bet Shemesh is. I have been involved in a few facets. Firstly, I brought my children when they were infants and toddlers to there monthly baby parade. It was so wonderful to watch the elderly clients interact with these babies. The joy on their faces was priceless. Next, my 11 year old daughter is involved in there bat mitzvah program. They cook and deliver food to the elderly and partake in some of the programs at the center. I can truly say she is gaining more from this project then the Melabev members. Melabev is very well run by a team of excellent and special individuals. I hope this program continues for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked at Melabev and have gotten others to volunteer as well. I'm a balloontwister and Stilwalker and I've volunteered as well as gotten my son's class to volunteer as well to twist balloons and distribute them at Melabev. Overall, I've found the experience to be both worthwhile and very rewarding. Bringing something fun and colorful made a impact and I hope to keep coming back to bring smiles to the people there. Seeing the older people wearing balloon hats and holding balloon animals always bring a smile to my face as well

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am writng to share some thoughts about Melabev's wonderful program and staff. I have driven some of the elderly to Melabev programs and have always been impressed and touched by what I see. The director is always there awaiting the day-program seniors with a very pleasant and warm greeting. It is a very organized program and the people there seem very happy and busy! I am also familiar with Melabev through a Bat Mitzva program which my daughter attends. She is learning "hands on" about true chesed and how to help people within her community who may be less fortunate than she is. Through Melabev the girls are helping prepare and deliver meals to the needy and/or homebound, as well as working on projects together with the seniors at the day program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My grandparents went to Melabev twice a week for 5 years. At first, my grandfather was hesitant to join a group where his old age would be emphasized. His first time going changed his whole perspective. The outpuring of love and dedication from the staff and their contagious excitement turned him around completely. After that, my grandparents couldn't wait until Sundays and Tuesdays came along and there was nothing important enough that could happen to get them to cancel. I myself was priveleged enough to attend Melabev a few times. Besides the variation of activities and the love and excitement of the staff, I was completely taken with the happiness that radiated from my grandparents while they were there. I say "Thank you Melabev for your wonderful program which infuses life, fun and friendship into those who feel like they may be forgotten."

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Melabev is a very worthy organization, which helps elderly people suffering from memory loss related illnesses. I have volunteered for them on numerous occasions and have seen the great work they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter just started the Melabev Bat Mitzvah program. She and her friends cooked and packaged meals under the supervision of the Melabev staff and they then delivered the packages to needy families and homebound elderly. It was an amazing experience. We are looking forward to the rest of the activities on the program- making arts and crafts with the elderly at the Melabev center that they will package as gifts for needy children, entertaining the elderly etc.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After answering the call of Melabev's Jerusalem head and founder (Leah Abramowitz) to set up Melabev Beit Shemesh, I was lucky enough to come upon Shoshana Lichtman, an experienced Geriatric Community Nurse, with a growing family, and a reputation for community volunteerism. I just knew this was the person to run the Beit Shemesh Melabev Center for the elderly! Shoshana has made this program double its days of service (from one to two, to four working days a week!), has increased her original budget of one staff member besides herself to a full and active staff of professionals, and has a treasure of volunteers all vying to come and work in this fun, warm, smiling and always active environment at Melabev Beit Shemesh! Melabev Beit Shemesh provides much needed respite for families of Dementia (Alzheimers and Related Disorders) families, and gives a day of care and fun and meaning to the Dementia and other seniors. I am so very proud of Melabev Beit Shemesh! When I visit or volunteer (singing), I am always in tears, from being so moved at seeing the joy on the faces of the participants, the volunteers and staff. This is a miracle place which blossomed so greatly under the management and leadership of Shoshana Lichtman! They are 5 Star!!! Barbara Brown BSW/MSW, Founder of Melabev Beit Shemesh

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you to all the wonderful people who volunteer at Melabev.May they all be blessed to stay well and continue to give of themselves for many years to come.B'hm, they are really special. Chani

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Confusion, terror, aggravation, and fear. Those words amongst many others are triggered in a person's mind when he hears the word “Alzheimer’s Disease". An Alzheimer's sufferer is vulnerable and hopeless. He is vulnerable and hopeless when he has yet been introduced to Melabev. Melabev is a wonderful organization giving hope and life to those whose days left are few. Melabev gives the Alzheimer’s patient a reason to wake up in the morning and hope for a brighter future. Melabev has day care centers for elderly around Jerusalem and in Beit Shemesh. As the daughter of the director of the Beit Shemesh branch I really know what goes on there. The optimistic attitudes and golden hearts of the warm and caring staff at Melabev is what keeps the place going and keeps the patients alive! The staff at Melabev prepare many activities. They have baby parades, a monthly unique sandwich project (preparing sandwiches for local needy children), preparing packages for IDF soldiers, arts and crafts, music, magic shows, and many more enjoyable and productive activities. Melabev has a great computer program that focuses on memory and cognitive skills. What is really special about this organization is that it stresses the act of giving. Melabev functions mainly on donations and volunteer staff. I wish this wonderful organization much continued success.