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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

24 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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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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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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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had several experiences with the organization all of which were very positive. I have had the opportunity to visit the Bet Shemesh facility many times during my trips to Israel. I always come away feeling uplifted after I see the smiles on the faces of the many individuals that attend the facility. They are very well cared for and are receiving wonderful care during their attendance at the facility.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An absolut fantastic organization that helps all groups in a community. From the elderly that cannot always be cared for at home to the young whose families may not have a money to feed them. I have bought my baby to a baby parade to give joy to old people and my son has helped perform for elderly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, run by dedicated people who help enrich the lives of the elderly ,particularly loss afflicted with memory impairments.Provide them with a structured ,enriching and fun program to spend their time at with peers who become their friends!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Melabev serves the needs of many people and at all levels. When my mother in law made aliyah, she had some memory loss, but was physically stable. The Bet Shemesh moadon was just about to open, and she was the first on the list! B"H, it did open soon after she arrived in Israel. The kindness, loving interest, concern of all those associated with Melabev was constantly in motion. Her caregiver, who attended the moadon with her, also felt the great affection that was given to her as well. For the family members, as my mother in law declined, it was a difficult task to watch. Melabev staff never showed anything but concern and caring as she lost many of her abilities, including needing tube feeding as she could no longer swallow. They always treated her with the greatest of dignity and love. They showed great appreciation to her caregiver as well as she managed the most difficult of situations. We are forever greatful for all that Melabev gave to my mother in law...it is how they treat each and every individual client in each moadon.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Don Channen and I work as a volunteer at Melabev Beit Shemesh. I give a class on keeping kosher in and out of the home. This subject always gets a big response because kashrut is very significant to elderly Jews who grew up before kosher food was so available. Most of them were raised in kosher homes and still keep kosher today. During my class, I like to describe a certain situation involving questionable food and the members have to decide if they can eat it. I was delighted to discover how passionate the seniors can get about this topic. It's a good feeling to facilitate an enthusiastic argument between normally quiet members and it's a lot of fun as well. One time I brought in a bottle of tequila that had a worm inside it and passed the bottle around asking, "Are we allowed to drink this?" Everyone had a strong opinion one way or the other and they made some pretty good jokes besides. I was surprised how much the elders knew about certain kosher practices and customs. A few of them told me how their Bubbes used to kasher pots and silverware and some remembered seeing their fathers shecht chickens for Shabbes. I enjoy volunteering at Melabev because I forget about old people sometimes. In Ramat Beit Shemesh you don't see too many and my elderly relatives live in the states so I rarely visit them. Being at Melabev is like a step out of time. The members remind me of my grandparents and there is sweetness and slowness about them that I find very relaxing. Melabev Beit Shemesh is a great place but they could use a bigger and better facility. I understand the place is growing and they need more space. That is the only thing they are lacking because the staff is both professional and creative and the activities are very well thought out. There's a lot of positive energy at Melabev, it's very upbeat despite the fact that most of the seniors there are coping with difficult physical and/or mental disabilities. Hashem should bless Melabev with all the financial assistance it needs to continue serving the elderly. Everybody gets old someday and some of us may end up there. If it's me, I'll bring my tequila.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Melabev is no ordinary eldercare center. I've been the music volunteer for 4 years, and people often ask me if it's depressing, working with the memory-impaired elderly. One visit to Melabev would show you that it's not depressing but uplifting to work there. The warm,loving staff are constantly smiling and interacting with the clients, and there's always a sense of expectation: what's on the program for today? The activities are not just fun eg bingo,music, or beneficial eg yoga, but often have a charitable purpose eg making sandwiches for poor children, preparing care-packages for soldiers, or candy and gift bags for kids in hospital, which gives the clients a wonderful sense of self-worth. Although the clients can't always remember what they did the previous week, the staff are always coming up with new and interesting programming- one week a magician, the next week a noted local lecturer. The staff make a particular effort to create intergenerational activities which make the seniors feel loved and valued by the community at large, eg the bat mitzah program which teaches pre-teens about the importance of caring for the elderly and brings the girls into the eldercare center to work on projects with the clients, and the Melabev monthly "baby parade", where moms and their babies and toddlers come to sing and dance with the clients- the seniors just adore the babies and sometimes find it hard to hand the babies back to the moms! Melabev staff also organize seminars for the families and carers of the clients, to help them better understand the needs of their loved ones. The only problem with Melabev Bet Shemesh is that they don't have their own premises and have to make do with cramped, inadequate quarters in a local community center, which doesn't even have disabled bathroom facitilites. Apart from that, it's one of my favorite places to spend time, and I truly hope that if I'm a ever a senior in need of eldercare, that there'll be a place like Melabev Bet Shemesh to care for me!

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Melabev 11/12/2009

Dear "musikef" - we are working towards the funding necessary for the purpose-built facility - and hope it will happen sooner rather than later.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering at Melabev, and ever since I got here, I have only experienced kindness and generosity. The people that I work with are wonderful and they dedicate themselves 100% to Melabev and to helping out everyone that is involved. From the point of view of the people that are donating, I constantly see the same people coming back time and time again to give more and to help out in any way that they can. I constantly see new donors coming, as well. This organization knows no bounds, and it goes above and beyond what you can imagine. The amount of people that Melabev has helped out is innumerable, and I can only begin to imagine the amount of people that it will continue to help in the future.

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Melabev 11/12/2009

Dear Tova, We really appreciate your help! Tizki l'mitzvot! Susan

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for melabev, I have received an enormous amount of satisfaction these past three years. Seeing the professionalism of a very dedicated staff and the joy and appreciat- ion the patients have for them, is most reward- ing. After having worked ten years here in the diamond and jewelry industry, and upon retire- ment, I decided I needed to do something that would make me feel good. And it's a wonderful feeling when you see the smiles on their faces knowing that you have made them happy.I see the difference in the patients lives and know the time I give at Melabev is time and energy well spent. And Melabev has made a big difference in easing the burden on the families of our patients. Lore

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Melabev 11/12/2009

Dear Ernest, Your volunteer work is very appreciated!