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Beyond the Bottom Line: Accountants Honor ALEH's Director for his Work
Sunday, February 1st, 2009
Feb 1, 2009
Accountants work with straightforward numbers, facts and figures. But, recently, they recognized a man whose life’s work has dealt with the human faces behind the statistics.
Yehuda Marmorstein, Director General of ALEH, was honored by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel for his achievements in establishing the ALEH network of homes and programs for Israel’s most severely disabled population.
Two years ago, the Institute of CPA’s embarked on an initiative to publicly recognize people whose work has made a “significant difference towards improving the society we live in, and who have, through their actions, set a personal example for others, and effected real and lasting changes supporting the larger community.”
This year, Yehuda Marmorstein was chosen as an honoree, in recognition of his tireless efforts in promoting the welfare of ALEH’s cognitively and physically disabled children. Other awardees included Dr. Hanita Zimrin – founder of the Israel Association for Child Protection (ELI), and Beni Landau – researcher and innovator in the area of high-tech, who has worked to advance the cause of higher education for soldiers and students.
The prestigious ceremony was held at the Avenue Convention Center at Airport City, near Ben Gurion. A festive dinner followed, in the company of over 1,000 guests; including Israel’s President Shimon Peres, Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fisher, and other noted businessmen and public figures.
As Yehuda ascended the podium to accept the award, he noted: “By rights, every one of the caregivers at ALEH, who give the children so much devoted love and attention, should be on this stage beside me. I am honored and privileged to be a part of ALEH, and I see this evening as an acknowledgement of our important work in promoting the welfare of the most vulnerable segment in Israeli society.” He added that, for him, seeing a cognitively disabled child smiling with joy, pressing a keypad or creating a piece of artwork was the greatest reward of all.
The applause that met his words echoed in the packed auditorium, and its reverberations are still being felt throughout the entire network of ALEH. We likewise salute Yehuda Marmorstein for his dedication to ALEH’s children for nearly a quarter of a century, and thank him for the encouragement and support he provides on a daily basis to the extended ALEH Family.
In keeping with the occasion, here are some numbers to ponder:
– The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel is a voluntary body of licensed accountants established 75 years ago. Today, over 11,000 Israeli Certified Public Accountants are members of the Institute.
– ALEH, founded some 25 years ago, now serves over 650 physically and cognitively disabled children and young adults, helping them grow beyond the confines of their prognoses. The network boasts 4 homes – in Bnei Brak, Jerusalem, Gederah and the Negev, where the children are cared for – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
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