I have been living in Israel for 3 years. I am still on all the 'Old Country' email lists and look on longingly about all the Golf Outings that are advertised at various times during the year.
Whenever I participated in the day's events, I always enjoyed the entire atmosphere camaraderie's, food, and of course the golf. If a trip stateside coincided with one of the various outings I would have attended, I would try to work my hectic schedule into the outing, but - more often than not - it was not possible.
Living in Beit Shemesh, having a day job and not being an ardent 'twice a week' golfer, my golf skills waned and my rounds became few and far between. Which has been a shame because the year I made Aliyah, the Caesarea Golf Course reopened its beautiful Pete Dye designed championship course. I was able to play every few months but not more.
Shortly after arriving to Israel, friends and family started turning to us for advice on where to go and what to do as they found themselves on the JFK-Ben Gurion express once again. They are always looking for the 'out of the way', 'off the grid', 'never did that before', thing in Israel. Invariably the suggestion was met with 'been there, done that'.
Until one year when my friend Simmie visited from West Hempstead. He was investigating different yeshivot his high school senior was interested in attending the following year. He also knew there were quite a few others that were traveling to Israel the same Thanksgiving weekend.
After an exhaustive yeshivah search he found himself with an afternoon free. Having done practically everything else in Israel, he wanted to play golf. A few phone calls later we had two foursomes and a tee time at the Caesarea course. We followed up the round at a restaurant in the Herzalia marina and one of the participants commented on what an absolutely great and different day this was.
This began the wheels turning in our heads. If; with a few quick phone calls, we can organize a great golf day, why not make this into an annual event and raise money for a worthwhile cause?
Playing golf, eating food, having fun and all done in the name of raising money - we right away came up with a worthy organization: Ezer Mizion.
Our relationship with Ezer Mizion began six years ago. Simmie introduced me to the organization and on one of our many trips we had packed some gift bags or brought some clothes and we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to tour their facility and deliver the goods to a welcoming recipient.
We discovered that Ezer Mizion has its hand in so many areas. It may be a family whose mother is struggling with cancer and unable to cope or a frail octogenarian desperate to maintain his independence or perhaps a special child frustrated by failure.
The prime division is its International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry. Our tour of the place was where we learned about the registry.
They had just initiated the testing of every IDF recruit and their numbers of specimens in the bank was growing along with their costs. They estimated if the number of people in the bank was 1,000,000 they would have a 97-99% certainty of being able to provide a match for any Jewish person that would, G-d forbid, need it. Clearly this was a suitable match for our fundraising efforts. Saving one soul is akin to saving the world. Currently they are the fourth largest registry in the world behind the USA, Germany and Brazil. They are the largest Jewish registry.
Irv Hackel played an important role in helping us arrange for a speaker to come and give us words of inspiration while raising money for Ezer Mizion. Other events and circumstances led us to the logical next step, raising money for Ezer Mizion via a golf outing in Israel. As far as I know there are no other ones like it. With Simmie spearheading the US efforts and my being in Israel and arranging the logistics, we inaugurated the Annual Turkey Shoot Golf Outing in Support of Ezer Mizion's Bone Marrow Registry.
This was not as simple as making a few phone calls, but everyone we spoke with was enthusiastic and eager to help. The golf course was happy to help us with the planning. Holy Bagel gladly jumped aboard as a sponsor and provided breakfast and lunch. After all said and done we had 24 golfers, had an incredible amount of fun and raised a lot of money.
Afterwards there was a unanimous agreement to make this an annual event. Many people who heard about it after the fact pledged to play the following year.
There are some things that you hear a lot about, but do not really grasp until you encounter them in real life. Only then do you suddenly truly understand all that you heard or saw on the subject, and realize that - until now - you really had no idea what it was all about.
That's what happened to me recently when, for various medical reasons, I had to travel from my home to the hospital, back and forth, repeatedly. When I attempted to use public transportation, I learned that I would have to take three different buses in order to reach my destination. My health situation could not tolerate all that time on buses. Taxis were way out of my budget. I was at a loss of what to do. Then suddenly, the "good angels" I had heard so much about appeared out of nowhere and opened my eyes.
A friend referred me to Ezer Mizion's Transport Division. It was there that I discovered an entire world of busy activity, humming quietly underground - or more accurately - above the ground, on the asphalt roads. I revealed an entire network of volunteers, regulars and occasional, at set hours and odd timers, with big vehicles and little ones. Among them were very busy, rushed people, who are anything but bored. Nevertheless, they were all there on call, like soldiers at a drill, quick to respond to every request from Ezer Mizion's coordinator to come help another Jew.
I don't have to describe the distress of patients and their families, some of whom unfortunately suffer for long periods of poor health. Much of that time, they spend on the roads, between home and the hospital. The other family members, and especially young children, get caught in the middle, desperate for a bit more attention and less isolation and distance from their harried parents.
The endless travel time turns from an inconvenience into a nightmare, as the lengthy trips steal away big chunks of time from the children, and the long hours spent outside the home come at the youngsters' expense.
You cannot possibly understand the tremendous kindness in the mitzvah of facilitating speedy, comfortable transport of patients and their escorts, until you go through it yourself. We hope that no one should have to go through the experience and that everyone's loved ones will stay well and healthy, and that by just hearing about it, people will come to a true understanding of how significant volunteer driving really is!
Ezer Mizion's volunteer transport network is based on the caring and cooperation of hundreds of drivers who devote time and patience, driving their own cars and paying for the gas, to pick up patients and their companions and get them to their destination.
At this opportunity, I suggest that drivers devote some thought to this important topic. Whoever feels he can find the time to help out in this important chesed should speak to one of the organizations he is familiar with and offer his assistance to drive patients and their family members. In this way, more Jews can be helped to get through their difficult times with relative ease and comfort and to gain valuable time for the benefit of the patients and their children.
May all Jewish patients experience full recovery and render all these chesed avenues unnecessary!
After years of a protracted struggle against lymphoma, my remaining option was the possibility of a transplant from an unrelated donor. Thanks to you and to the remarkable enterprise established by Ezer Mizion, a compatible donor was located for me. During the course of the treatments I underwent, two additional donations were required. You mobilized the effort to save my life and did whatever was necessary to cure me. You did everything willingly and graciously, but also with determination stemming from the mission you voluntarily undertook.
Words do not suffice to express what I feel these days, now that I am liberated from a prolonged period of hospitalization. During this time there were more than a few difficult moments, and the bone marrow donations you organized for me with a willing heart, within a very short time framework, enabled me to recover.
I still have a long way to go, but I feel strengthened and hopeful about the success of the process. This is in large measure due to your exceptional generosity and kind-heartedness, and to all the good people who helped - and first and foremost, you.
It is wonderful to know that there are still good people like you, who volunteer day and night, for the purpose of literally saving lives. May such good deeds increase and may a cure be found for all those in need of one.
I volunteer - usually on a weekly basis - to sit by the bedside of a patient in one of Jerusalem's hospitals.
There are other volunteers from Ezer Mizion who drive me there and back.
While in the hospital, there is an Ezer Mizion volunteer giving out tasty meals (or snacks, depending on the time of day/night). I have seen how these gifts of food have really made a difference in the lives of the family of the patients.
Some people are sitting there day and night and can't leave to try to find a normal meal. Ezer Mizion comes along (with a smile too) and provides them nourishment to continue the vigil by their bedsides.
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To our new Ezer Mizion family,
That has no boundaries of time,
Nor boundaries of will,
Whose power of giving
Is beyond all imagination.
Our blessing is
That you be blessed with strength and much ability
To continue and sweeten the path
With the great insight and pleasantness
That we have had the merit to see in you.
I wanted to thank you for the Sweet Retreat that strengthened, enriched, pampered.
Thank you for all the activities, both for mothers and daughters, giving us all a chance to rest a bit from our day to day occupation and to see that, in essence, we are all the same. We all share the same challenges, with our children always around us and in our hearts, and dependent on our constant care.
We could see that you thought of everything, and that it was all meticulously planned.
May Hashem give you all your well deserved reward. Thank you, and best wishes for good health for all.
To my great sorrow, my acquaintance with Ezer Mizion in recent years stems from my wife's serious illness. In the recent past, she has undergone difficult At the time, she recovered. Unfortunately, during this past year, she had to resume treatments.
This is not the place to describe all the trials and tribulations we are going through but to share our gratitude for giving us a precious gift called "life."
Our everyday life in this world is filled with non-stop challenges – day after day and hour after hour of endless running, aggravations, fears, anxieties and doubts, without a moment's rest. From Ezer Mizion, we receive peace, tranquility, happiness and… life.
At these very moments, my wife is getting ready to go to a hotel in Nir Etzion. I heard her this morning getting up with a song on her lips and singing to the children as she got them up to go to school and kindergarten (and this after yesterday's treatment…) She was so excited that a trip was in the offing to grant her life.
We have not yet gotten over the Chanukah event that you organized for the children at the farm, which gave all of us a boost of joy and vitality. We still bask in the memories of past events that brought us joy and…life.
At moments of tension, of medical tests, of thoughts about things that we fear to say in words, we recall these exciting events, picture the smiles on the faces of our happy children – and thanks to you, we receive life.
These moments of "joy and life" are worth a fortune to us. If we could, we would keep those moments alive forever. If we could, we would stop the "film" and remain suspended in this state of joy and life without returning to our challenges, but…
At present, all we can do is, at the very least, to say – thank you for everything, and to express our deep appreciation for your tremendous life-giving enterprise.
Dear Tehilla, Avital and Orit,
There are sweet little kids, hardly noticed at all
And bigger kids that everyone always recalls.
These children are stars that twinkle so bright,
Illuminating the world each day with their light.
But if they are the stars, then you are the sun
Kindling the glow in each and every one.
Darkness and pain, from them you release -
Illuminating their path with softness and peace.
Like the sun in the sky, you shower your light
And make sure that for them, everything's just right.
You work with these souls the whole year, throughout
Their deep, hidden feelings, you gently draw out.
And then after a year, when they grow and they learn,
Comes the great summer camp for which all year they yearn.
Tehilla and Avital, the summer camp coordinate,
Planning and arranging a program that's great.
Orit organizes the line-ups - simply amazing,
A smile on her face, her mouth always praising.
Thank you all for the love that you lend,
And the faith and hope that in Naomi you extend.
Thanks for all you do to take such good care,
Keeping her happy and occupied the entire year.
Special thanks for everything!
Naomi's big sister,
I work as a pre-school teacher, in Pre 1A. I joined the "Active Nurturing Playground" project last year.
I feel that the Active Nurturing Playground (ANP) has opened new horizons for me in my work with children in the sensory-motor area. This is a very crucial area at the pre-school age, since, as is well known, physical movements are the first skills that develop in the young child.
The ANP project created an enabling environment in my pre-school class, one that enables all the children, not just those with challenges. All of the children have an opportunity to engage in sensory motor activity in a fun and enjoyable way that effectively enhances the learning process, social skills and behavior.
The ANP gave me the tools to more easily pinpoint the child with challenges and to help him as much as possible.
In addition, the project gave me marvelous tools and the ability to pass information on to the parents and to clearly define their child's difficulties. In this way, I am able to foster in them trust and acceptance. As a result, they are willing and able to act on the recommendations given to them.
The ANP kit contains varied and challenging equipment. The mentor, does wonderful work, conveying her subject in a comprehensive, clear and structured fashion.
Her cooperative efforts with us, the pre-school teachers, and with the children in the group, produce real results in the field. Here is a striking example of a case in point:
The mother was ill with cancer, and her hospitalizations were frequent. Each time the mother was hospitalized, the child was passed from one neighbor to the next, until a family was found that would take her on a regular basis each time the mother was not at home. In addition to this difficult family background, she also had personal challenges.
There was a gap of two years and three months between her and her classmates. She had difficulties in organization, language retrieval, and understanding instructions. At snack time, she would become very dirty and this automatically created social rejection as well.
Into this mess stepped the wonderful project of the ANP.
Before we became involved with the ANP, we worked a lot with the child in group and individual work. The miracle was that the girl's motivation to learn was very high. She was willing to give up on free play time in order to progress and learn. In addition, she received therapy once a week at the Child Development Clinic. Still and all, her progress was in tiny, baby steps.
The minute we started working with her in the ANP, it was as if the cork was pulled out and everything started to move. She needed this motor activity in a massive, basic and consistent dosage.
We came to a stage that the Child Development Clinic wanted to close her case. They said: "The child has closed gaps in an amazing way. What happened? A miracle?" No!
She simply had not had the opportunity until now to engage in so many varied activities. We divided the children of the class into groups of five, and included her every time. In this manner, she had many opportunities to upgrade her abilities with the teacher's guidance.
I feel that Ezer Mizion has succeeded in giving us a product that we can use. This is a project that suits us perfectly – its content, the lectures, the mentoring staff. In this way, a bond of trust is formed between us, them, the children and the parents – and the results are self-evident.
This entire project is not something that "was, and is finished." It is a new direction that has penetrated and will remain forever.
It's just wonderful – thank you! We will be very happy to keep up the fertile collaboration in other projects in the future.
I am a teenage girl. I participated in the Lev Same'ach summer camp, and I also spend time once a week with a special child. I have a tremendous love for Hashem's special children. When I went to the Tel Aviv performance of Ahava Rabbah, presented by a cast of special children, tears came to my eyes. The dozens of innocent faces looked to me like flowers blossoming before my eyes. I felt like stretching out my arms and embracing every one of them, "Angels! I want to touch your purity, your divine perfection!" I could hardly contain my feelings.
Just one day earlier, I was in the Newborn Ward of the hospital, and I saw a tiny, perfect baby, just born. It seemed so simple and self understood that the new parents would bring home a healthy baby, wrapped in a warm velvety blanket. I couldn't help thinking of other mothers, whose little "chicks" come in a different guise…
Yet, I felt that Hashem above turns to His angels and boasts: "Look at my precious children. See how they cope with challenges – and how they help others cope. Look at Ezer Mizion, and see the power of 'Ahava Rabbah' – vast love."
How fortunate we are that we have an organization like this, that giving hearts such as these reside among us.
Dear Children's Division of Ezer Mizion,
We want to express our feelings about the beautiful time we spent with you. I never thought that a speech therapy session could be such a positive experience. You would think that it would pose difficulties for a family – but for us it was simply a pleasure. Every day, the child asked – when are we going to Miriam?
The warmth, patience and tranquility that Miriam Tzarfati radiated to the child (and to me, when I accompanied him) was something special. Today, a half year after starting therapy, you can hardly recognize him as the same child. His speech has improved fantastically. His calmness and control have also shown marked improvement.
The entire staff of the Children's Division was just wonderful – smiling Shosha, gentle Re'ut, and Rachel from the game room, who came up with the wonderful idea of sending games home with us – in short, everybody!
May you be blessed in all your endeavors,
With our deepest appreciation,
The M. family and little David
Dear all the angels involved in this holy work!
As the mother of a counselor who participated in Ezer Mizion's summer camp in Petach Tikvah, I wanted to express to you my tremendous appreciation for allowing my daughter the privilege to be with you, give of herself, and discover her hidden strengths.
Words cannot capture the tremendous, elevating experience that she went through and is still drawing from until today – in addition to the fact that the camp opened her eyes to a different world, a world where every single person is of no less value than herself.
I feel that these days contributed a great deal to deepening her inner world and developing her character. She can hardly wait for the joint weekends for the children and counselors!
My blessings for your continued wonderful work~
To my dear teacher
Words cannot express my thanks for your wonderful therapy.
Every minute was an experience, every moment was filled with enjoyment.
For the marvelous attitude, the heaps of patience and understanding, and for helping me progress and learn happily –
May Hashem bless you and may you succeed in all your endeavors!
At the conclusion of the first half year of its operation, we want to thank Ezer Mizion for the marvelous afternoon program for special children in Elad. Words cannot describe the devotion, dedicated care and tremendous love which our children receive there every single day. We are constantly amazed by the creative projects, the nutritious meals, and the amazing work of the outstanding, warm staff, which invests all its energy in boundless giving!
We sing the praises of the one conducting this remarkable "symphony," Ms. Sarah Susan (Susie), an exceptional director who dedicates all her time and her entire soul for the benefit of these special children. Our heartfelt thanks also go to the devoted workers Estie Rozhin, Bosmat Chalfon, Leah Kaufman and Malkie Hoffman.
In these few months, our children have progressed unbelievably in speech, motor skills, life skills, and more … The calmness, smile, and beaming joy that illuminates their face when they get home at 6:00 (!!) in the evening is our greatest feedback that they are enjoying this afternoon program very, very much. And, of course, we are given the opportunity to rest and devote time to the children's siblings.
With Hashem's help, may we together merit seeing our special children's education and growth. May you be Divinely blessed, and may we all enjoy nachat from all of our offspring!
Wishing you boundless blessings from Above"
The Y., F., A. and T. families
I am in the midst of supporting my spouse in his battle with cancer. Every day, I have the opportunity to observe your special dedication, as you deliver the lovingly prepared delicacies to the patients and their accompanying family members. You do not bring only food, but also a cheerful spirit and a glowing smile - all quietly and modestly, in the spirit of the verse, "Love kindness and walk humbly." You bring with you much encouragement which is so important to help us get through these most difficult hours... May you be blessed, and may there be many like you in the Jewish people! With my deepest thanks
A letter sent to Rivka Friedman by Gali, a cancer patient who participated in the London trip, 40+, mother of three: London 2009 - Trip for Women with Cancer As I sit here, on a hard wooden bench in the waiting room at the Tel Hashomer MRI Institute, catching my breath after the latest, maddening phlegm attack that overcame me on my way from the car to the C.T. scan, the whole thing seems like a distant, faraway dream, not something real and tangible. Just five days ago, I got back from abroad, from London, from a luxury trip, from an unforgettable experience, from an island of enormous pleasure that fell in my lap right in the middle of the tragic insanity that has possessed my life for the last year and a half. Just five days ago, I landed in Israel with another twenty four courageous women, each coping in her own way and on her own special path with the dreaded illness - cancer. So ended an enchanting adventure, full of light and hope, that we enjoyed thanks to the efforts of Ezer Mizion and under their close supervision. It was the most beautiful gift I received in my entire life. When Rachel, the social worker of the oncology ward in Tel Hashomer, called to tell me that soon a group of women with cancer would be organized for a trip abroad, and that I was going to be among them, I was more than a bit surprised. My life experience in recent times has taught me that most telephone conversations are bitter, damp with tears, bringing depressing news, or dealing with enervating, endless bureaucracy. And here, all of a sudden - a glimmer of happiness, of hope and sweet anticipation, right in the middle of an ordinary spring day. Before long, in answer to my curiosity, the captivating details began to arrive, suffusing me with real, invigorating excitement. I learned that Ezer Mizion (an organization that exists since 1979, its raison d'etre - to ease the physical and emotional pain of people suffering from serious illness) has been organizing trips abroad for groups of children with cancer for the last several years, and recently began implementing the idea of organizing a similar trip for women. This time, in 2009, there would be two groups, one consisting of young teens and the second adult women, most of them mothers, with the common thread being that they all have cancer. Some are newcomers to the disease, while others have been ill for years - but all are fighting a fierce, draining battle, full of heroism and courage, against this stubborn enemy. The trip is organized by the amazing Ezer Mizion staff here in Israel - Dr. Bracha Zisser, director of the Oranit Center, Rivka Friedman, Ezer Mizion coordinator of care for mothers with cancer, Edit Ever, Yomi Dzialovsky, Brach Meir, Cookie and Amalia. With the exception of Bracha Zisser - who was with us spiritually and virtually, if not physically - all the rest joined us on the trip, appearing each day like heavenly angels, full of an inconceivable and interminable capacity to give. And believe me, even when one of us (yes, yes, I plead guilty...) stretched their patience to the limit with somewhat self-centered behavior - it was all received with a smile, understanding, and endless love and warmth. Where did we go? It doesn't really make that much of a difference. It was the dynamics, everyone's unending energies, the genuine desire for life and pleasure that determined the trip's success, and according to these parameters, it was a lot more than just amazing. But, in any case, we can certainly mention that we stayed at a dream hotel called "Victoria Plaza", ate at luxurious restaurants, and visited an assortment of tourist spots and entertainment centers, such as - the huge wheel called the London Eye that gives a panoramic view of the city, the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum, the special, rib-tickling Duck Tour - an old, yellow, creaking bus that turns into a boat when it slides into the Thames River, manned by a sweet British fellow, with a great sense of humor, who made a special effort to give us a good time. As befits proper London tourists, we watched the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, only after visiting the House of Representatives and House of Lords in an exciting, well-planned tour led by Lord Janner, an awe-inspiring, congenial Jew in his eighties. We also strolled down the streets of London, emerging at the queen's second palace - Windsor castle. And all this is just a small sampling of all the wonderful sites we visited. Uri Geller, with his traditional hospitality, hosted us in his breathtaking estate, as if we were members of his household, no less. With generosity and patience, combined with a lot of attention and flowing love, Geller told us about his life, his work and especially shared with us his doctrines and belief in everything that has to do with the power of suggestion - in our case, in the specific context of healing the body through positive thought. When we parted with him, in addition to giving us his E-mail address in case we should want to be in contact with him, he also gave us genuine crystals that would help foster the positive energies in our body. It was so encouraging to once again receive such a flow of positive energy. Thank you Uri, and thanks in our name to your wife Chana too. It's hard to pinpoint what exactly was the high point of the trip - Was it the enthusiastic dancing at the theater, to the songs of the Ababa group in a sweet musical presentation, "Mama Mia", that nobody missed, no matter how tired or worn out she was? Or perhaps the spontaneous evening in the hotel lobby that went late into the night, with each of us opening up and telling personal things about our lives and our very complex feelings regarding cancer in particular, and life in general? It could well be that the prize for "most memorable moment" should go to the "no holds barred" shopping spree that we had on Oxford Street, when we spent the lavish "pocket money" that we got from Ezer Mizion - a real festival of giggles and unbridled fun. One event that any of the women would certainly point at as an incomparably beautiful and emotional experience was the dinner to which we were invited, that took place at the home of the Monheit family in the Golders Green neighborhood. The hosts, Sylvia and David Monheit, together with their daughters and the rest of the London Jewish community, under the able direction of Shoshana Maurer, organized, donated, and did everything - and I mean everything - so that our stay in this marvelous city would be especially wonderful and unforgettable. Shoshana tirelessly joined us from early morning until the wee hours of the night - taking care of all the details and organization with a humble smile and all her soul. Gentle, friendly Vered also linked up with us for two of the days. We met all of them that evening at the lovely Monheit family home, where we were royally served an elaborate, particularly tasty meal, full of culinary delights and tempting delicacies that were lovingly prepared with great effort by the women of community. Beforehand, and certainly afterwards, we all burst into lively dance together with our hosts to the accompaniment of Jewish melodies and songs whose words full of hope and faith simply could not leave you apathetic, no matter how weak or pained you felt. For a time, we forgot everything and really felt, with all our hearts, that we were very, very, very happy. When we loaded the suitcases on the bus that would take us to Heathrow airport at the end of intoxicating days (luggage that weighed twice as much as what we had brought with us due to the shopping, presents and other items that were added), I noticed for the first time the collapsed wheelchairs that were stuffed into the bus with great difficulty. It seems that the Ezer Mizion staff, ready for the worst case scenario, had brought the wheelchairs along for the trip, along with Dr. Elana Telman, who came along as a volunteer, leaving at home a husband and small children, just to make sure that we were all feeling good and receiving any medical support we might need. Fortunately, nobody had need for the wheelchairs, the medication, nor even the services of Dr. Telman; we simply enjoyed her very pleasant company. So, a great big thank you to all those who helped, organized, gave of themselves, donated and did on our behalf. A full length article would never suffice to capture in words all that you gave us. This trip was a rare kindness and a pure pleasure. Allow me to express the hope that nobody - ourselves included - should ever know sadness or illness, and that we should meet again soon, strong and happy, for a celebration trip, a trip for people who are healthy. Just a plain trip, a plain, ordinary trip. Yours forever in deepest appreciation, Gali P.
I want to write a bit about Ezer Mizion, but first, I want say that no words sufficient to describe what my family and I feel about this special organization. My name is E. and I am a 32 year-old mother of three. A year ago I became ill with breast cancer, and my entire world came crashing down. In the hospital I was told that there is an organization that organizes a summer camp for several days and I was asked if I want to come, together with my family. In truth, my first reaction was: What is there for me to do in a camp in my situation, after surgery - maybe cocoa and a roll and at the most a bracha. Nonetheless, we decided to go and from the very first minute we realized that we would get everything except the cocoa and the roll. The tremendous investment and organization were immediately obvious. We were so touched by the personal treatment and the warm embrace each member of the family received- as if he were the only one in the world. A jeeping trip, a visit to the Knesset, a trip to the Kotel, Luna Park, and much more were only part of five unforgettable days. Since then we have kept in touch with Mrs. Rivka Friedman, who has become like a second mother to us. Every telephone call we received from her relayed only good news. Ezer Mizion has helped us with many things and we learned that for these dear people, giving is fun; putting a smile on someone's face gives them pleasure. Ezer Mizion also helped us with our difficult financial circumstances. They fully equipped our son for school, and gave us scrip to help us enjoy the holidays. May they be blessed and may the Creator bless them all with health and long days.
Thank you note from an employee at the Rehabilitation Catering Service to her "colleagues" at Ezer Mizion To the wonderful staff and social workers I work with you, and greatly enjoy your wonderful attitude, The help and support that each of you give. And above all - "Ezer Mizion" - which I truly feel is an "Ezer" - a help. You all help people, and I see it every day in your department. Best wishes for much success and a pleasant vacation. Miri K. (who never forgets you)
Dear Yaniv and Hila, Today, Ya'arah learned wonderfully! The VOCA computer is absolutely fantastic and is very helpful in keeping her up with the lesson. For a child who is speech impaired, she is doing very well. I worked with her individually on worksheets in the holiday folder. We had pages on which all kinds of words were written, some connected to Purim, and some not. Ya'arah understood the task, typed in each word on the computer and when the picture appeared, she determined if the word was connected or not and checked off the answer on the worksheet. It was absolutely tremendous!
I had just finished the preventive therapy, which was particularly difficult for me. The "fun day" you sponsored was the first time in a long time that I felt alive. Something else important happened. Your volunteer explained that I had stopped eating not only because of the nausea but also because of fear, and that day I made a decision to start eating again! Therefore I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your welcome initiative. The day gave was a major step on my path to recovery!