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BAR – UND BAT MITZWAH – KINDER AUS BERLIN MACHEN KINDER
IN UNSERER TAGESSTÄTTE IN RISHON LE ZION GLÜCKLICH
Liam Reich und Shirel Feingold-Studnik aus Berlin feierten supertolle Bar- und Bat Mitzwah Parties mit ihren Familien und ganz vielen Freunden.
Für Beide war es völlig klar und selbstverständlich, dass sie an ihrer Freude auch Kinder aus Israel teilhaben lassen wollten.
Mit Spenden aus ihren Bar- und Bat Mitzwah-Geschenken wurde es möglich, dass die Kinder in unserer Tagesstätte in Rishon LeZion einen neuen Spielplatz mit wunderschönen Spielgeräten bekommen konnten.
TODA LIAM! DANKE LIAM! TODA SHIREL! DANKE SHIREL!
WIZO CHAWERAH Irina Wittmer aus Mainz bei WIZO in Israel
IT IS GOOD TO BE PART OF IT
(Thanks to my dear WIZO-Chavera Dr.Rachelle de Vries who supported and improved my humble English!)
Every year in June my husband Volker and I go to Israel to spend two weeks-holiday there. We meet friends, hike in the desert, sit at the beach. Breathing in Tel Aviv, one inhales more air, than in any other place in the world. It seems to be just like this.
However, this year, in addition we had the great pleasure to visit projects which are supported by WIZO. Deputy Chairperson Avital Blumenthal came to our hotel to pick us up. Together we went to the Luba and Moshe Korn Day-Care Center which is sponsored by “my WIZO group” in Germany. We were received most kindly by Sagit Simon, who has been director of the day-care for the last sixteen years. She explained to us how the work with the children is organized and showed us the rooms with the different groups.
All the children seemed to be very content and interested in what the teachers were arranging. Singing, dancing, painting. When the door was opened they gaily dashed outside to play in the yard with their little bicycles and cars. It was heartwarming to see and hear all this. What surprised us and made us especially satisfied is the fact that the delicious meal (for lunch we got a taste of it) is freshly prepared everyday by the center´s cook. Immediately we thought of our WIZO Gala in Frankfurt, where sponsorships are offered to cover the annual costs for the meal for one child or more. I must admit it really makes a big difference if you know the theory that a child somewhere in Israel gets food from your support or have seen the children who enjoy what´s offered to them.
Everything was delightful, we left looking forward and curious of visiting the next project which (as Avital explained to us in the car) is supported by WIZO South Africa.
Together we entered a nice house in a well kept street in Herzliya. Eli and Ariella, a very friendly couple, was waiting for us and showed us around. After having raised their own daughters (as members of a Moshav), they now live in this house as foster parents to eight children, whose biological parents are not able to keep them at home because of difficult circumstances. And that´s the point that struck me most. The kindred mothers come and see their children from time to time or take them home for a weekend. It was revealed, that these wonderful foster parents not only have to deal with the children but also with their mothers (or fathers as necessary). I said to my husband: ”These people must be Saints to live such a life.” But actually they provide a real family for these children (teens most of them!), caring for them day and night.
Just when we went out into the little yard, which is a cozy place for the big family to sit and relax in, Tova Ben-Dov and Janine Gelley came in together with a WIZO member and her husband from South Africa. It was proof, that WIZO members all over the world not only are sponsors but that there is a special bond between them. As if we were old friends we all drank coffee and ate the delicious cake together which Ariella had prepared for us.
We got the impression that the foster parents, striving for a fulfilled life are not heavenly people but are down to earth knowing very well what they are doing and that they really love the children they are responsible for. They told us that WIZO owned four more houses in the neighborhood with foster parents and they all have good relations with each other.
What a blessing!
Most of those children, who are old enough to leave the foster family, call and come back from time to time to the places where they´ve found care. That is how the parents are rewarded. The seeds they plant present them with love in abundance. And it is good to be part of it. It is good to be a WIZO member!
EIN HESSE IN YAFO
JÖRG-UWE HAHN, hessischer Staatsminister, ließ es sich nicht nehmen, anlässlich eines Kurzbesuches in Israel eine WIZO-Kindertagesstätte in Yafo – in der Nähe von Tel Aviv – zu besuchen.
Er war beeindruckt von dem großen persönlichen Engagement der Erzieherinnen, die ca. 90 Kinder – davon ein Großteil aus arabischen Familien – bis zu 12 Stunden am Tag liebevoll umsorgen und betreuen. Begleitet und mit wichtigen Informationen versorgt wurde er von der Vorsitzenden der Welt WIZO Prof. RIVKA LAZOWSKY sowie von JACKY SCHNABEL, dem Ehemann unserer Deutschland-Präsidentin DIANA SCHNABEL. Wir schätzen es sehr, wenn auch Politiker ihr Interesse an der Arbeit der WÌZO vor Ort bekunden, und wir wünschen uns, dass in Zukunft noch mehr politische Repräsentanten Deutschlands unsere WIZO-PROJEKTE in Israel besuchen werden.