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ALEH Jerusalem High-Dependency Wing Opened in the Presence of Israel's President Shimon Peres
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
May 26, 2010
It was an evening of hope and thanks, of warmth and unity.
It was an evening that touched the heart and left an indelible impression of what we can do when we all work together, on behalf of the most vulnerable children in Israel today.
Over the past few years ALEH Jerusalem has been at the forefront of a pioneering concept on behalf of the disabled: the establishment of a rehabilitative hospital in a home environment for children with complex medical conditions requiring long-term nursing care. Its new High-Dependency Ward will offer 28 of Israel’s most disabled children an unsurpassed quality life, with opportunities for education, rehabilitation and social activities within a medically safe environment. Most important, it will give them the warmth and love of a home dedicated to their very special needs.
The Grand Opening brought together the many extended members of the ALEH family. There were the Israeli government officials and ministers who made the project a national concern; caring foundations and individuals from all over the world, including Gibraltar, Switzerland, Israel, Panama, the U.S., London and Russia; ALEH’s devoted staff who care for the children 24 hours a day; and the dedicated parents and relatives of the ALEH children. All came to celebrate the realization of the commitment to never abandon any child, and to provide them with every opportunity to live as normal a life as possible.
The evening began with a tour of the newly built High-Dependency Ward, part of a 3-floor expansion to ALEH Jerusalem’s current facility. In every corner and every room one could hear the participants expressing their wonder. Every detail had been meticulously planned to give the ward the look of a beautiful hotel and comfortable home, completely removed from the cold, clinical atmosphere of a typical hospital. The ward’s huge windows overlooking Jerusalem’s magnificent hills, its high ceilings, state-of-the-art washrooms, spacious 2-bed bedrooms and private closets are all designed in colors and modern furnishings that any child would delight in.
The mezuzah-affixing ceremony by the foundations and individuals who believed in the project from the very beginning marked ALEH’s appreciation for their very generous support. The unveiling of the plaques in their honor was but a touch of the recognition they deserve: The Bonita Trust, the Dorset Foundation, Keren Hayesod, the Matanel Foundation, the Rashi Foundation, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation; and the Wohl Foundation.
Other prominent sponsorships included the Dembitzer Family Snoezelen Sensory Room; the Betesh-Weinberg Doctor’s Room; the Falic Family Physiotherapy Room; the Landau Family Educational Wing; the Garber Family Lobby; the Alberto Cohen Intensive Care Unit; the Morris Beracha Medical Unit; the Frank Lewis Medical Unit; and the Meir Sharam Bedroom Dedication.
The Gala Dinner took place on the second floor of the new extension, which will one day house a special education school as well as the logistics center for the entire building. With the backdrop of the sun setting on the magnificent Jerusalem view, attendees enjoyed a Chinese-style dinner served in beautiful taste. A lovely Jerusalem boys’ choir added interludes of music and song.
The dinner was led by Yigal Ravid, popular Israel news anchor, who graciously introduced the honored guests. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat had warm words for ALEH’s work, which he called “life changing” for him personally. Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer spoke warmly as well. ALEH’s Director General, Yehuda Marmorstein described ALEH’s dreams, its scope and the pioneering changes it has made in society’s acceptance of the disabled. He thanked all those who devote themselves to ALEH’s children: donors, government officials, staff, administration, parents and friends alike.
The highlight of the evening was the arrival of President of Israel Shimon Peres, honored guest speaker. Mr. Peres spoke of the smiles and joy that ALEH brings to the faces of its children. He added that he is proud to be associated with ALEH and its mission of building a better future for these children and all of Israeli society.
Toward the conclusion of the evening several foundation representatives and donors took to the podium, all expressing their heartfelt gratitude at being part of this groundbreaking project. Thunderous applause greeted the generous pledge of Mirel Shevily, toward the building of the special education school on the unfinished floor we were standing on.
May we all join together once again in joy and happiness, as we go on to complete this new project on behalf of our precious children!
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