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Hydrotherapy Center at ALEH Negev Opens With a Splash!
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
Hearts and spirits were buoyant, as friends and supporters of ALEH gathered together at the inauguration ceremony of the new ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran therapeutic swimming pool complex.
The Ruth and Zev Glick Hydrotherapy Center, dedicated by Dana and Mati Kochavi in memory of Dana’s parents, will provide the village’s severely disabled residents with intensive hydrotherapy treatments to enhance their physical, cognitive, and emotional faculties. The Hydrotherapy Center will also serve as a focal point for the entire southern special-needs population.
The inaugural event opened with a gala reception for the honored guests. Masada Sekeli, Director of the village, provided a guided tour of the Paramedical Center, a cutting-edge treatment facility to which the pool has been annexed. From there, they continued on to the Hydrotherapy Pool complex, where they saw residents of the village enjoying the therapeutic benefits of the water. The buoyant smiles of the residents clearly demonstrated their enjoyment and feeling of freedom.
Major General (Res) Doron Almog, Chairman of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, expressed the feelings of all concerned when he thanked the Kochavi family for their generous dedication. “You have chosen to commemorate the memory of your loved ones by helping to support the weakest among us in society,” said Almog. “In doing so, you have become an integral part of the ALEH Family.” Dana and Moti Kochavi, accompanied by their daughters, were clearly moved as they unveiled the new Hydrotherapy Complex in the presence of their family and friends.
Amongst the distinguished guests in attendance were: Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer, Roni Chizkiyahu, Director of Bank Supervision; Adv. Tida Shamir, General Counsel for the Bank; and Eddy Azoulay, Chief of Staff to the Governor.
Other dignitaries included noted businessman Shlomo Eliyahu; Major-General Benny Gantz, IDF Deputy Chief of Staff; Rafi Elul; Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Malka; Dr. Gabi Picker, Mrs. Rhoda Fischer, and other Members of the ALEH Negev Board.
Presiding over the event was Yehuda Marmorstein, Director General of ALEH, who lauded the participants who had gathered from all over Israel to join in the special event.
Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer spoke movingly as he relayed the fact that he felt it an honor to be counted amongst ALEH’s friends and supporters. Fischer took the opportunity to extol the efforts of his wife Rhoda, President of ALEH Negev Board, who works tirelessly to support, assist and recruit on behalf of the village and its residents.
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Kotel and the Holy Sites of Israel and an ALEH Board Member, also praised the special connection forged with the extended Kochavi family. Rabinowitz thanked the Kochavis for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of ALEH’s special-needs population – “lofty souls in disabled bodies, who present us with the opportunity to perform the ultimate loving kindness on their behalf – without even the expectation of a thank-you.”
The event concluded with a special presentation by a special boy. Ariel Tabachnik, an autistic boy from a school in Petach Tikva, sang to those assembled in a moving performance. The performance, and the acceptance, encouragement and support from the crowd, truly embodied ALEH’s vision: that every child, regardless of disability or level of impairment, deserves to benefit from the best available care and develop to his or her fullest potential.
We are deeply grateful to the Kochavi Family for the magnificent pool they have helped to build – thereby enabling ALEH to achieve these important goals.
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