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Haifa Home for Survivors September Update

Emerging from Isolation

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2 Sep 2020
Haifa Home for Survivors September Update

The 70 elderly residents at the ICEJ’s assisted-living home for Holocaust Survivors in Haifa are slowly, cautiously emerging from the isolation of coronavirus lockdown in their rooms. They are relieved to be alive and well, happy to see each other, and grateful for the daily, loving care provided by our Christian team on-site all these many weeks.

Retirement homes in Israel and worldwide were hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, with some decimated by the virus that has particularly targeted the elderly. But we are elated to report that not one of the Holocaust Survivors under our care at the Haifa Home contracted the coronavirus. And in fact, they have all been remarkably healthy for their age over the past two months of the lockdown, thanks to all the hearty meals, vitamins, medical checks, and daily visits provided by Yudit Setz and her six Christian coworkers at the home.

All of the sudden I felt like I was imprisoned. I couldn’t do the things anymore that I used to do like visiting friends, going out for coffee… The light in the midst of this dark time was the daily knock on the door and the visit of the ICEJ team. They took me out for a walk, brightening up my day with good talks and laughter when I felt depressed and taking care of my needs. I am very grateful."

- Rita, a resident at the ICEJ Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors

When the quarantine period began in March, the residents had great difficulties with the sudden isolation. “Our ICEJ team became their only lifeline to the outside world and their main caregivers seven days a week,” explained Yudit Setz, who heads our Haifa Home team. “We visited their homes daily to find out how they were coping, took them out for little walks, did physiotherapy, checked their medical needs, and repaired things in their homes. These may seem like small things, but they often made a huge difference in their day-to-day lives. They looked forward to our knock on their door and the human contact that broke the loneliness and brightened their day.”lping the residents create art pieces.

Even with her dimming eyesight, Bluma, a Haifa Home resident, works every afternoon in the art room on various projects. She has made a storage box for her medication and a vase for the beautiful tulips she received as a gift from friends.

Help us continue administering care, love, dignity, and respect to Holocaust Survivors.


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