On Thursday, May 31, a nationwide stem cell donor recruitment drive will take place throughout Israel. The drive is focused specifically on donors from the Iraqi, Yemenite, Georgian, Bukharan, Caucasian, Kurdish and Ethiopian ethnic groups. Continue reading Ethnic Under-representation
When 2 year-old Gilad was first enrolled in Ezer Mizion’s “Ma’on Shaked” Rehabilitative Day Care Center for Autistic Children, he couldn’t tolerate anyone sitting next to him. When anyone came near him, he would lash out in all directions, screaming and hitting. “In the best case-scenario, he would ignore other people,” says Smadar Wolfgur, the Center’s staff psychologist. “In the worst case, he would be annoyed by them.”
Today, the blue-eyed blond-haired child is very much part of the group. “Whenever he sees me, he motions me to caress him,” says Wolfgur. This seemingly miraculous transformation of a child who once would have been relegated to the “hopeless” category is a striking testament to the success of the experimental program, which was initiated just one year ago, in response to an urgent request by the Ministries of Social Services and Health.
Ezer Mizion’s Rehabilitative Day Dare Center, located in the Yaakov Fried Building in Bnei Brak, serves one-and-a-half to three year-old children with autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). It operates five days a week from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, as well as Friday mornings.
The tots in the program enjoy a warm, personal, and loving relationship with the dedicated professional staff that also includes a kindergarten teacher, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and developmental aides – with a ratio of 2 staff members for every child.
“These children are a riddle to their parents,” notes Wolfgur. “Most of them don’t speak, don’t communicate through gestures. Often the parents feel responsible for their condition. But today we know that autism is a developmental, neurological problem, and not psychological. Yet it is possible to help such children. However, massive treatment by the age of six, when the brain is still flexible, is critical.”
The Center’s staff maps each child’s needs and builds an individual treatment program for him or her. The Center’s major goal is to encourage each child to interact with other people and to develop communication skills, which will significantly improve quality of life for the child and his family. Some of the children can eventually be mainstreamed into a regular educational framework with the help of a mentor. Thus the therapist may hold a favorite toy next to her eye to force the child to make eye contact with her. Or, if he’s playing with a car, she will sit down on the floor and start playing with him. “The child would prefer to be with himself,” explains Wolfgur. “The therapist ‘interprets’ the child’s play as an invitation to connect. Thus she invites herself into his game and his world, all the while expressing pleasure and enthusiasm, in an attempt to compete with the objects for his attention.”
The Center, which began in 2006 with four children, currently has nine children and plans to expand. The group framework encourages social interaction and promotes communication and social skills in the children. Eight of the youngsters have registered major improvement.
Dear Ezer Mizion and especially the VOCA Communication Devices Loan Department,
We greatly appreciate the opportunity you gave us to try out such costly equipment to check and see if it is effective for us.
The special computer gave our child a chance at better and more understandable communication, and gave us the impetus to make every effort to buy him a computer. Continue reading Hope
I feel happily compelled to express our thanks, appreciation and admiration to the Ezer Mizion food services department in Jerusalem, under the direction of Mrs. Ditza Hertzberg. For many long weeks, we sat alongside a family member who was hospitalized after undergoing surgery in the cardiopulmonary department in Hadassah Ein Kerem. From the moment we made contact with Ezer Mizion, we received a hot meal every single day, served with a smile. Continue reading Every Single Day
Thank You from Mothers of Children with Mental Health Issues to their Support Group Leader
Dear Rivka, Ezer Mizion, and all those involved,
The time we spend together is such a warm, pleasant experience,
A weekly oasis, a breath of fresh air,
A station where we can fuel up with energy,
An opportunity to fill our lagging engines with love and tranquility,
A place that has an answer to our every question.
Have we been divinely fated to scale an impossibly steep mountain – Continue reading The Time We Spend Together
Dear Ezer Mizion Ambulance Team,
“…The wheels of time speed down the highway of life, dashing forward as in a hurtling race down the broad lanes,
Passing the various interchanges, crossing busy intersections.
Only on occasion, when something gets caught in the wheels… Continue reading Wheels
Dear Mrs. Lerner,
Several weeks ago, I accompanied my mother on a walk that Ezer Mizion sponsors for elderly women in the National Park. I was so impressed by the sense of responsibility exhibited by Ruth (the Ezer Mizion volunteer) that I felt that I must write to you. Her pleasantness and kindness are reflected by her warm smile and the very respectful way with which she responds to every question posed by the participants. She is personally acquainted with each and every one of them, and knows how to say the right word to each one. They all return her love, with love. Continue reading Love, Love, Love
December 7, 2011
Kislev 11, 5772
Ms. Chanie Taub
Ezer Mizion, Bnei Brak
Blood Donation Collections – In Appreciation
We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to Ezer Mizion, with whom we have been working in collaboration for years, and of course, to all the voluntary blood donors who came to donate blood at the special drive we coordinated together on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.
Our urgent call to you came in light of the desperate shortage in our supply of type O blood units, the result of an unusually high demand on the part of the hospitals, for treatment of two patients who needed transfusion of many blood units. Therefore, we asked you to coordinate an immediate emergency blood drive at Ezer Mizion’s Bnei Brak branch.
Within a short time, the donor drive was arranged, and in the framework of the drive, 272 (!) blood units were collected. These units helped us provide a response to the hospitals’ urgent demand for blood units and components.
A blood donation is always a life-saving act. When the blood unit supply at the hospitals dwindles dangerously, a blood donation serves as an even more noble and vital deed.
We thank Ezer Mizion as a whole for giving its sponsorship to such an important matter, which deals almost entirely with saving lives. We also want to thank you in particular for dealing with this matter with the utmost seriousness and importance, both in coordinating the donor drive on such short notice, in working to bring in so many donors to do this important act, and in standing by MDA’s blood collection staff throughout the course of the drive, with everything that it involves.
Please convey our thanks to all the donors who gave of their blood and their time on such short notice.
We look forward, now and in the future, to continued collaboration in donor drives under your auspices, with the same marvelous attitude and generous assistance.
Thank you again!
Professor Ayelet Shinar
Director of Blood Services, MDA
CC: RM”G Eli Bin – Director of MDA
TM”G Deror Richter – Director of National Blood Donation Network
We wish to thank G-d for sending us his wonderful agents at the Ezer Mizion Nativ Mental Health Family Counseling Center and for enabling us to benefit from their assistance.
Without going into details, we will just , say that our family was in serious distress and at our wit’s end trying to cope with a problem whose significance we did not understand.
Thanks to the efficient help of the people at the Center, the tragedy that could have befallen our family, G-d forbid, was prevented.
For the benefit of the public, the Center’s phone number is
C.L. Bnei Brak