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You Made My Day

Haifa Home Update

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2 Sep 2020
You Made My Day

“You made my day. I feel so special, loved, and appreciated on this special day for me,” repeated Rita several times after we brought her to the activity center of the Haifa Home for a "cup of coffee." There she discovered that our staff was ready to surprise her with a party to celebrate her 86th birthday!

These gestures of love and attention do wonders for the Holocaust Survivors living in the Haifa Home. In the Home's new activity center our team has been organizing birthday parties for residents like Rita complete with balloons, decorations, cakes, and music. These moments of celebration and togetherness bring lots of joy and happiness.

The Haifa Home and Aliyah

Over the past several months, the Haifa Home has become home for two Holocaust Survivors who chose to make Aliyah in the latter years of their life.

ICEJ: Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors

Meir, who immigrated from Romania only three years ago, came to live in the Haifa Home a couple of months ago. Renate, who was born in Germany and lived the past 50 years in the United States, made Aliyah only seven years ago.

Getting used to a new country and culture at an advanced age is challenging, and learning a new language is close to impossible. Renate’s coming to the Home was due to the difficult personal circumstances she was in, and the decision to take her in was, therefore, made quickly. Our volunteers helped to pack her belongings when she moved to the home.

Emerging from Isolation

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.

ICEJ: Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors

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.

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.”

Art with Color

IICEJ: Haifa Home for Holocaust SurvivorsIn the art room, some of our residents create the most colorful art projects of their choice. Claudia, for example is an art therapist who is helping 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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