This past week I visited the Calgary Bat-Yam Women’s Centre. I always love visiting CHW projects, and the Calgary Bat-Yam Women’s Centre is a particularly special place. The women are always so happy to have visitors, and are very welcoming.
Two of the women I spoke with at Calgary’s Bat-Yam Women’s Centre. Bat-Yam has been around since the mid-1940s, when it started teaching home classes for local women
During this particular visit, I ended up speaking with the women about Passover. As the holiday is quickly approaching, it was a hot topic among the women. They shared stories and fond memories of Passover celebrations over the years. As many of the women at the Centre were not born in Israel, each has their own unique Passover traditions.
We spoke about how everyone is preparing for the holiday and, of course, I received many invitations to the Seders! We shared laughs about how much time is spent in the kitchen, finding unique matzah recipes, and so much more.
It was so special to hear the women’s stories. I am sure that we will all have wonderful memories to reflect on about the coming Passover celebration.
To find out more about the Calgary Bat-Yam Women’s Centre, you can Go Here.
A group shot taken during my visit to Calgary’s Bat-Yam Women’s Centre. It was wonderful to see the difference this CHW funded institution has made in their lives
This week we celebrated Tu B’Av, the Israeli version of Valentine’s Day. What makes this holiday different from Valentine’s Day is that it is not only a romantic holiday. Tu B’Av is a time to be with all of your loved ones, from family to friends! On this wonderful holiday, you show your loved ones how much they are cared for. Everyone comes together to celebrate their love!
On Tu B’Av I like to reflect on the many lives that CHW touches. At our daycare centres we provide a home-like environment for children. At Hadassim Youth Village and Nahalal we provide secure and loving places for children and teenagers. At Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital and Assaf Harofeh Medical Center we ensure patients and families receive care and comfort. At our shelters and the Calgary Bat-Yam Women’s Centre we provide a warm, welcoming, and safe place for women and the elderly.
At CHW we strive to provide love and care to children, teenagers, women, and the elderly. It is wonderful to see all the love and warmth on this holiday and to know that CHW has a large role in ensuring that people throughout Israel are receiving the same treatment! Tu B’Av reminds us of the special people that we have in our life and how lucky we are!
Children celebrate Tu B’av at the Sandy Martin Daycare Centre in Ramat Hasharon.
A mother with her two children who underwent IVF at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital.
I will never forget one of my first visits to the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center when I came across one of their medical clowns. From a distance, I didn’t really understand what I was looking at. Oversized pants, fairy wings, and big red hair- this was not your typical patient. Once she turned around and began approaching me though, it was clear I was staring at a medical clown! Patch Adams here I come! I was excited to have my first interaction with a medical clown, despite having heard much about them. Thankfully, I have always been healthy enough to have never had the chance to meet one before now.
Avivit Vitkin couldn’t have been more pleased to answer the phone in her mom’s home in Afula, where she lives.
The call was to inform her that she was this year’s recipient of the Beatrice Mazoff Brownstein Scholarship. The first year fashion design student at the Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design was so thankful and grateful to have been chosen to receive such a gift. Working evenings and weekends as a waitress Avivit struggles to save up all the money she needs for her tuition and all of the materials the course demands. She must also help support the household income as her single mother is unemployed.
"It’s like it fell down to me from the sky. People I have never heard of and will probably never meet decided to help me." She was so touched by the generosity of strangers- a reoccurring theme in CHW’s history as most of the Israelis CHW helps throughout the years will never meet the volunteers and donors who make so much possible for them.
Only in her first year, Avivit already has a lot of be proud of. See what she has been working on in the pictures below.
Beatrice Mazoff Brownstein z’l Scholarship
This yearly scholarship was funded by Sara Mazoff Millman z’l, devoted sister to Beatrice Mazoff Brownstein z’l.
Beatrice grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Beatrice can be best described as a warm and considerate daughter, sister, wife and aunt. She was of modest means and circumstances, yet made a successful career in the retail fashion industry. She was a woman of valour who tried her best to be consistently engaged in acts of loving kindness.
In 1985, a scholarship fund was established to honour the life of Beatrice Mazoff Brownstein z’l. Through annual scholarships, it is hoped that the importance of each recipient’s accomplishments is reinforced and that young people will be assisted in overcoming whatever obstacles are in their paths on their quest to build better lives for themselves and their families.
May Beatrice’s memory always be for a blessing.
The WIZO Shelter has given me the best support I ever had in my life and it has restored my strength. I have received guidance on how to continue life as a single mom and to make it outside once I leave here.
Above all else, there is no better feeling than providing women and children in dire need with the help they otherwise may not receive.