Dear Ezer Mizion administration,
I am the mother of a girl with high-functioning ASD and I participated in a support group for mothers, organized by your venerable organization. The group was led by Ms. Tichyeh Posen and Ms. Miriam Sarfaty, who, with each succeeding session, managed to give me and the other group members important tools and much emotional support.
Warm connections formed among the women in the group, based on our mutual openness and sharing of various experiences. We felt as if we had finally arrived at a place where people speak our language and understand us, even without words.
I cannot begin to describe the tremendous benefit I derived from these sessions. Every week, I returned home with renewed strength, new insights, and a “kitbag of provisions” to carry me through another few weeks of struggle.
May you be divinely blessed for your amazing work and justly rewarded for the warm and beneficial assistance that you so generously provide the public,
With deep appreciation,
My dear Orit,
Seeing your name on my ID screen was like a ray of light for me. In the middle of the raucous day, I knew that an island of tranquility, acceptance and release awaited me in the form of a group session that you, in your great dedication, made sure would work out just right.
Thank you and thank you again. May Hashem pay you your well-deserved reward!
23 Elul, 5775
Dear Ezer Mizion administration,
My name is Chana and for the last few months, I participated in the support group for mothers of children with ASD.
First of all, I want to thank you for the amazing support group you organized for us.
Ms. Tichyeh Posen and Ms. Miriam Sarfaty are two angels in the guise of humans. The understanding, attention, empathy, caring, information, professionalism, and feeling of “togetherness” that they projected is a great and powerful thing, truly one of a kind. They really did it in the absolutely best way possible.
We had sessions that were special, moving, breathtaking, elevating, packed with practical tools. Some sessions were sad… but all were very good and empowering. And every one of them was too short and finished too quickly… Please, if it is at all possible, I beg of you to organize for us a follow-up course with the group that started off together, because we have a lot more to learn and to hear from Ms. Posen and Ms. Sarfaty and we really need them.
I would like to add a special note of thanks to Orit, the devoted secretary, for her determination and dedication in passing on the messages to each one of us, without forgetting or missing anyone.
Thanking you in advance,
Erev Yom Kippur, 5776
Dear Ezer Mizion administration,
I just completed a support group/guidance series for parents of children with communication disorders (ASD).
The group took place once every week or two or three or monthly. It didn’t make a difference how frequently – I always waited for it eagerly and accumulated more and more questions and situations to bring up at the group for a solution.
It was a fantastic group! Though it was comprised of parents of children with different kinds of problems, ages, and opinions, this did not bother us in the least.
On the contrary! It was even more enlightening and beneficial!
We supported one another, were helped by one another, and all with openness and full validation.
I cannot begin to thank you for the opportunity to participate in this group.
For the wonderful group leaders, Tichyeh and Miriam, who have hearts broad enough to accept all our emotions and difficulties. I felt that they were really with us, giving each one their full attention, and boosting our inner strength.
I sincerely request that we continue on with this group, so that together, we can build and strengthen ourselves yet further.
I applaud you, Ezer Mizion, and encourage you to continue operating these groups. It is an absolute must for mothers caring for challenging children such as these, who need a place where they can share, express themselves, and get encouraging spiritual “pats on the back” as I did.
Many, many thanks,
and with hope for a continuation,
P.S. I would like to give particular mention to Orit, the wonderful “secretary,” who did her job seriously and responsibly. If not for her, the group would not have gotten off the ground. Thank you!
Summer is winding down and with it, Ezer Mizion’s summer camp program. “It’s very fulfilling,” says Aharon Levy, senior Ezer Mizion administrator upon the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Camp Program. This year about 4,000 participated in the day camps and retreats, 4,000 special needs children, special needs young adults, families dealing with cancer, mentally disabled and physically disabled. The common denominator of all the summer camp programs was the tremendous challenge posed every day and each hour of camp, which demanded comprehensive and uncompromising logistics, single-minded commitment, devoted staff and a cadre of enthusiastic volunteers.
“Here where I stand,” says Aharon Levy, “about 400 girls with special needs are enjoying a safe and professional retreat here, which accommodates all their unique requirements. The volunteers –one, sometimes two, for each child– underwent special training that taught them exactly what they would have to do. Continue reading Summing it All Up
Wow! What a great camp and what a phenomenal group of young women working there!
Mira was a bit overwhelmed to see us and started to cry hysterically but she is settling back in to being with us. I think it was a mix of realizing camp was over, realizing she missed us and wondering why the heck we left her for a week. Rachel said Mira did not cry at all at camp so I know this was just the transition and those are often challenging for Mira.
Rachel, her counselor, was beyond fabulous! I would love to take her home and I wish that all of our sitters were more like her. She has incredible energy with a beautiful sense of calm and confidence. Mira had one seizure while at camp and it sounds like it was handled as well as it could have been.
We also had a great week with our boys and our youngest even got to experience one day and night where he was the only child which never happens.
So many thanks!
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)