A Small Drink…A Big Thank You

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Hot meals delivered to family members at the bedside of the seriously ill

It was a normal day. Just like every other Wednesday. Miriam* got the kids off to school, straightened out the house, put in a load of laundry and then left for her volunteer job delivering hot meals to families spending hours at a hospital bedside.  Continue reading A Small Drink…A Big Thank You

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Israel’s First Stem Cell Harvesting Center Established Outside of a Hospital Opened by Ezer Mizion

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Ezer Mizion team together with Deputy Minister MK Yaakov Litzman and the Health Ministry viewing one of the first stem cell harvesting at the new center

A cancer patient is in need of a transplant. A search takes place and a genetically matching donor is finally found. The donor, the hero of this saga, is then placed in the uncomfortable position of having to spend up to seven hours in a hospital setting as his blood is drawn and the stem cells are removed for the transplant. For years, Ezer Mizion had dreamed of changing that. This dream has now become a reality. Continue reading Israel’s First Stem Cell Harvesting Center Established Outside of a Hospital Opened by Ezer Mizion

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Because of You!

website bmr update templateBONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

JANUARY 2019
28 transplants, 22 from donor pools
3,061 total transplants
962,242 members in registry

Transplant Countries
Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA

Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, UK, USA Continue reading Because of You!

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Battling the Stigma of Mental Illness

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Battling the stigma of mental illness

Stigma — one of the more difficult aspects of mental illness that patients and their families encounter again and again — is the subject that took center stage at the annual seminar held by the Ezer Mizion Mental Health Division’s Family Counseling Center, together with Israel’s Health Department.

The well-known authority in the field, Professor Avraham Weizman, head of the Mental Health Center research unit at Geheh and director of the Flossenstein Center for Medical Research at Tel Aviv University is deeply involved with people in this sector and is in constant contact with Chananya Chollak, Ezer Mizion International Chairman. Prof. Weizman discussed the effects of stigma in the overall protocol when dealing with mental health patients. The statistical data and studies he presented were intended to refute many of the common stigmas regarding people with mental illness.

Chananya Chollak spoke about the damage that concealment causes by preventing people from obtaining the appropriate treatment in time. He called upon the public to display responsibility and get help as soon as possible, so as to increase the chances of optimistically resuming life routine. How many times have professional staff members cried to him, saying, “If only he had come to be treated earlier! The prognosis would have been so much better.”

Prominent community leader, Rabbi Moshe Stein, a dayan on Rav Wosner’s beis din, discussed the halachic (Jewish Law) issues relating to mental health. He emphasized that it is important to present the true story to the Rabbis who will be discreet in advising when and how much should be revealed and to whom.

Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein, mayor of Bnei Brak, greeted the seminar attendees and lauded the tremendous contribution of Ezer Mizion in general, and particularly their Mental Health Division, to the Jewish people. Ezer Mizion offers a variety of psychological support services and rehabilitative programs for people suffering from psychological disorders, emotional issues and mental illnesses. These services include:

A Big Brother/Sister Program that pairs individuals suffering from mental illnesses with trained mentors who provide companionship, offer assistance with basic daily function, and teach the skills necessary for independent living.

Rehabilitative employment centers that provide mentally handicapped people with basic vocational training and employment, and ease their integration into free market employment.

A psychological referral team that recommends appropriate psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors to people grappling with emotional disturbances, mental health issues or difficult relationships.

A network of psychiatrists and psychologists throughout Israel who provide their services at a discount to patients referred by Ezer Mizion.

A 24-hour crisis hotline for non-medical emergencies, including mental health crises such as suicide attempts or severe manic episodes.

As the seminar closed, the hundreds of participants expressed great satisfaction at having received so much knowledge and empowerment in the subject of mental health as a whole, and specifically in the area of stigmas. Attendees hope to have more similar lectures which will gradually affect public opinion and look forward to a time when mental illness will present no more of a stigma than any medical condition.

Ezer Mizion provides services to over 660,000 of Israel’s population annually in addition to its Bone Marrow Registry which saves the lives of Jewish cancer patients the world over.

 

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Rx: Smiles

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Raising the spirits to partner with the body in curing cancer

No adoring Grandma and Grandpa took a turn to snip off a bit of his sweet, little curls. There was no hair to sweep up from the floor. No peyos (sidelocks) adorned his little face. But there was a yarmulke and tzitzis and there was joy. The family celebrated his upsherin (celebration of first haircut) , his first milestone, with joy, with hope and with prayer that there would be many more milestones to celebrate in the future. Continue reading Rx: Smiles

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Because of You!

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December 2018 – Bone Marrow Donor Registry

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

31 transplants, 23 from donor pools
3,033 total transplants
955,562 members in registry

Transplant Countries
Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Poland, Turkey, UK, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Israel, UK, USA

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Donor Pool Name

 

Dec. 2018 Transplants

 

Total Transplants

Anonymous BG 1 2
Boeing Company 1 11
Tzvi Menachem Bornstein 1 1
Brazil Community 3 149
Damaghi Family 2 56
Y. H. Dimri 1 3
Elliott & Lynn Dolin 1 4
Judi & Maurice Falk 1 3
Florida 1 1
Gutwirth Fndn, Meir Mizrachi, Adv. 1 1
Hope4Adam 1 7
Mark & Feigi Marmurstein 1 9
Neeman & Shech Families 1 2
Mendel & Molly Pasternak 1 2
Protea Retirement Village 1 1
George & Pamela Rohr 3 58
Shaul & Esther Shammay 1 4
Weiss Family 1 7

Continue reading Because of You!

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Playing Twenty Questions in the Hospital Room

Image result for twenty questions image Sara felt helpless. Her grandmother felt helpless. Each one frustrated, until Sara remembered a course she had taken three years ago.

Sara obtained the email address of her former university teacher, Yonit Hagoel Karnieli, Director of Ezer Mizion’s AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication) National Center and sent her the following message: Continue reading Playing Twenty Questions in the Hospital Room

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What Does it Mean?

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Gravesite of Rav Meir Baal HaNes

DIVISION OF CANCER SUPPORT. What does it mean? What does it mean to support a victim of cancer? Some answers are obvious. Helping out with the kids, providing meals, transportation, offering therapy to patient and members of the family that are finding it difficult to cope – all these will certainly be included. And then there’s the not so obvious. Continue reading What Does it Mean?

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A Soul Comes Home

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Cancer Support at Ezer Mizion

He was ten years old. Every child knows that after ten comes eleven. It is as certain as night following day.  For a small number of children, though, it may not be. These children, too mature to have the devastating information hidden from them, yet oh so young, oh so pure …these holy souls … have risen to levels unimaginable to their peers.

The cancer had almost paralyzed him. His breathing was weak and oxygen was necessary to keep him alive. He lay there, more soul than body. But what a soul! This young child, whose thoughts should be on collecting stamps and his latest chol hamoed trip, had one wish: to daven (pray) at the kotel in order to  come closer to the Creator of the world, perhaps for his last time as a human being of flesh and blood. Continue reading A Soul Comes Home

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The Bas Mitzvah that Almost Wasn’t

pr L2L Bat Mitzvah Oct 18 9pr L2L Bat Mitzvah Oct 18 1What happens when the pillar holding up the structure begins to wobble? And the walls that had lost their prop fall to the floor? The building that had appeared to be solid now topples, breaking into smithereens.

pr l2l bat mitzvah Oct 18 2pr L2L Bat Mitzvah Oct 18 3The Berger* family was such a structure. Mr. Berger was the strong parent whom everyone leaned upon. His wife was his helpmate, relying on him to make decisions, small and large. Emotionally, she was not capable of playing the leader and that was just fine as long as the status quo remained. But then cancer entered the family structure and Mr. Berger was no longer able to offer his strength. His condition was grave and, without the pillar that she depended on all of her married life, his wife could no longer lead the family.

pr L2L Bat Mitzvah Oct 18 8pr L2L Bat Mitzvah Oct 18 10A sick husband, a traumatized wife, bewildered children were left to each fend for himself with no support at a time when it was so desperately needed. But not for long. Ezer Mizion was notified of the situation and they took charge. Various departments were brought onto the scene to provide for both practical and emotional needs. Rides to the hospital, hot meals, someone to do homework with the kids, someone to hold the house together, fun days for the kids, retreats for the whole family to raise their spirits, professional therapy for each member of the family and so much more.

pr L2L Bat Mitzvah Oct 18 5pr L2L Bat Mitzvah Oct 18 4Ezer Mizion became the new temporary pillar with its staff of caring people whose only goal was to ease the plight of a Jewish family in trouble. Heavily involved in the details of their life, it was only natural that they soon heard about Malky* who was soon to be twelve. No Bas Mitzvah plans were in the offing. Who had emotional energy to even think of such things? But Ezer Mizion staff did. They pictured the smiles. They pictured the family togetherness. Both so rare these days. And they got to work.

pr L2L Bat Mitzvah Oct 18 6pr L2L Bat Mitzvah Oct 18 7With so many joining in with their specialties, the result was fantastic. It is not likely that any girl ever had a Bas Mitzvah as nice as Malky*’s.

Ezer Mizion cannot cure the patient but, with the help of all of you, our supporters around the world, we can be there for them when it hurts.

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