We drove up a country road. So quiet. A chipmunk flitted across the path, the leaves gently danced in the breeze. What a contrast to the scene as I alighted from my car. Children were jumping up and down in excitement. Young parents were grabbing their children’s hands and running towards the field. Toddlers were shrieking with joy, having no idea of what the excitement was about but delighted to join in the medley of happy shouts. And what was the excitement about? Continue reading Rx: Fun
We came to you about a year ago, after a friend recommended to us to take part in your activities for cancer patients and their families, and we were privileged to meet remarkable people.
In a very stormy period of our lives, you provided an all-encompassing response for us and for our children, who found refuge in the Lego Club led by Maor and in the weekly game club, which they will always remember as an enjoyable family experience in the midst of a trying period of grueling treatments. Continue reading A Letter Meant for You, Our Dear Friends and Supporters
To the Staff at Ezer Mizion’s Cancer Support Division,
Companions in Our Journey
This pasuk (verse) in Mishlei (Proverbs) expresses my feelings. At the beginning of my son’s illness, I felt inside literally like a “broken spirit.” The difficulty and the challenge presented me with seemingly impassable obstacles. For example, I experienced anxiety and stress that led to sleeplessness, eating problems, restlessness, etc.
When I came to Ezer Mizion and asked for help, in the knowledge that this was the right address, they responded immediately, happily and with plenty of optimism and hope. You sent me an amazing psychologist with years of experience and professionalism, who had a deep understanding of exactly what I was going through. Continue reading “A man’s spirit will sustain [him in] his sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?”
I consider it my privilege to express to you some of the enormous gratitude I have towards Ezer Mizion, and in particular, to the entire staff of the Cancer Patient Support Division.
After already having lent your support to my family during my husband’s illness, you went on to help me personally by funding emotional therapy. Over the last few months, I underwent two series of therapy based on the “Journey” approach, arranged through Ezer Mizion’s trusted intervention. Continue reading A Letter Meant for You, Our Dear Friends and Supporters
The K. family’s living room was well-lit. But neither the sparkling chandeliers nor the glowing fluorescents could banish the darkness that prevailed there.
As long as there were only suspicions and conjectures, they managed to somehow suppress them. But when the unequivocal results arrived, they could not ignore the facts anymore. The father of the family, the supporting pillar, the broad shoulders that carried the entire family – was diagnosed with cancer.
Malka felt as if the sky had crashed down on her. At night, on the tear-drenched pillow on the ward, she had a frightening dream, blacker than black. Continue reading Light in the Tunnel (Mishpacha 12/14)
Letter from one of the patients participating in the Support Group Make-up Event:
Beloved Ezer Mizion staff!!
I want to thank you personally for the special, wonderful evening you arranged for us.
I am at the beginning of the recovery stages from this draining illness that exhausts body, soul, and spirit. Continue reading A Letter Meant for You, Our Friends and Supporters
By: Meital Yasur Beit-Ohr, Health Reporter
A Double Simchah: Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah and Defeating Cancer
Ohz Bassa from Rechovot is only a 13-year-old kid, but he already knows what real struggle is all about and can teach people a lot older than he is how not to surrender, even to the toughest of life’s battles. Yesterday, he was called up to the Torah and on Tuesday, the auspicious day when “ki tov” (it was good) is mentioned twice in the story of Creation, he celebrated both his bar mitzvah and his victory over cancer. Continue reading A Double Celebration
Thanks and Best Wishes to Ezer Mizion’s Chessed Empire
Words cannot express the superb level we were treated to at the recent Ezer Mizion retreat for families with a loved one suffering from cancer – and all this at no cost. Everything was so perfect; they did not forget even the most minute detail in their goal to give participants the best possible vacation.
The varied meals, enjoyable and fantastic programs, pool, jeep ride, the wonderful Shabbat in which they invested untold effort, with a performance by Srulik Hershtik and his choir and Reb Yosele Eisenbach for the children, amazing attractions, and the shirts with the Ezer Mizion logo that all the children wore, looking like one unified Ezer Mizion family…
The special staff of girls who helped out the families and the technical staff that worked around the clock… and especially to the one who stands at their head, Rabbi Chananya Chollak shlita, along with all the rest.
You gave us a lot of strength. With deepest appreciation, may you receive all the blessings of Hashem!
A family struggling with cancer
משרד הרווחה והשירותים החברתיים
לשכת סמנכ”ל בכיר (שירותי שיקום)
02 5085400 רח’ ירמיהו 39 , מגדלי הבירה, ירושלים 91012
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July 3, 2014
Dear Ezer Mizion Administration and all concerned,
Re: Day Camps and Sleep-away Camps Operated by Ezer Mizion
I hereby wish to express my admiration and appreciation to the administration of Ezer
Mizion for running retreats and day camps for special-needs individuals with dedication
and great professionalism, with deep responsibility and sincere empathy.
We regard you as a professional and strong entity that works on behalf of the specialneeds
population with a sense of mission, in the goal of improving their quality of life
and allowing their parents a much-needed break so that they can rally new strength for
the upcoming year, while enabling them to accord their full attention to the other family
These frameworks are geared to create a safe and protected environment for vulnerable
children and youth and to provide them with a fun-filled social climate offering a range
of activities that contribute much to their development.
The exemplary manner in which Ezer Mizion carries out this task achieves all its goals,
and for this you are deserving of all praise.
In addition, the massive network of volunteers available to the organization is actively
involved in this important work. The volunteers serve as one-on-one counselors for the
special campers and create a de facto integration into society and life systems, as well as
“accepting those who are different” with all that this acceptance entails.
It is exhilarating to see the joy on the glowing faces of the campers and the shining eyes
of the dedicated volunteers, who experience the wonder of giving through the experience
of acting as a volunteer counselor for a special-needs child.
The array of camps that you run is a story of true values, which contributes immeasurably
to the strength of our society in Israel.
Dr. Shlomo Elyashar
Deputy Director-General – Rehabilitation Services
A delivery to a major toy store? A tremendous boost to his cash flow? Fabulous profits? Yes, but not in the usual business sense. The profits are in the heavenly sphere. Mr. Meir Kahana, manager of ISRATOYS has donated hundreds of games and toys to bring joy to the children at Ezer Mizion Oranit Cancer Support Center. As is well known in the medical field, the spirit has a great effect on the ability of the body to fight illness. Mr. Kahana has provided the ultimate in “vitamins” for these children, enabling them strengthen their spirits and hopefully win their battle for life!