A Special Visit from a Special Guest
August 1, 2007
Negev – Aug 1, 2007
On July 22nd ALEH Negev was honored to host the leader of the Likud party, former Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu.
Mr. Netanyahu met with Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, Chairman of ALEH Negev and long-time friend, and Rabbi Yehuda Marmorstein, CEO of ALEH, in the brand-new Paramedical Center. Overlooking the beautiful grounds of ALEH Negev, Mr. Netanyahu was updated on the status of the Rehabilitative Village and the plans for future development.
The group then set out to experience firsthand the sprawling campus and the outstanding services offered within it. They visited several homes and met with the residents. One could see the deep concern on Bibi’s face upon meeting the severely disabled young adults. When Bibi entered the boys’ home, Shachaf, a resident who loves visitors, took his hand and insisted that he come to see his room, and in particular, the DVD player he received from his parents for his birthday. Shachaf’s pride in hosting such an important guest was evident to all by the giant smile on his face.
The High Dependency Wing was the next stop on the group’s tour. They were particularly moved upon entering the room where Doron’s son, Eran z”l, had spent his last months. Doron recalled how he had been present during Operation Entebbe when Yoni Netanyahu, Bibi’s older brother, fell in battle. Doron had been by Yoni’s side during his last moments and now, Doron pointed out, Bibi was there to see the place where his own son had spent his final moments.
Uriel, a resident at ALEH Negev, presented Bibi with a beautiful silk challah cover created by the residents in an art workshop. Bibi promised to do all that he could to further the needs of ALEH Negev and ensure that it receives the recognition and funding necessary to operate at its highest level.
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