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Diabetes or not—here we come!!!

January 26, 2011

Every teenager wants to be at one among his peers. And if he is not? If he must, of necessity, do things that appear strange to his peers? If the simplest encounter, like a spontaneous decision to meet at the pizza store, requires a complicated inner calculation that causes him to seem standoffish as the others animatedly discuss the pros and cons of olives or mushrooms? If the teen is imprisoned within the walls of diabetes and that trip to tomato sauce heaven necessitates a- what seems to his friends as bizarre- finger stick as others casually place their orders?

For a Yeshiva student living 24 hours in a dormitory, this can be a straining situation that keeps him on constant alert. As one of the boys put it – “Dealing with diabetes occupies many gigabytes in my brain.”

To periodically release the valve on the boys’ unremitting tension, Ezer Mizion arranged an action-packed trip on a vacation day. The exuberance of the group was tangible and fairly shouted: Here we come…diabetes or not!  On that special day they could let down their defenses and act naturally with contemporaries who are in the same boat.  “We understand each other better than any doctor,” one of the boys pointed out, “because they know it all in theory, but we live it. And that gives us the best understanding there is!”

The 35 boys who participated in the trip enjoyed an exhilarating jeep ride through the beautiful southern Israel landscape, breathing in the cool, crystal clear air and rappelling the mountain with the abandon of someone who has been able to leave his heavy, personal baggage behind. The boys basked in the relaxed social interchange, devoid of the usual undercurrent of tension stemming from their constant need to hide their condition.

They glowed at the characteristic Ezer Mizion “TLC” – in the form of individual kits containing a flashlight, pen, single serving of carbohydrate, booklet and sun visor. “You can’t imagine what a good feeling it is to know that people are thinking just of you.”

After a delicious barbecue, complete with smoked steaks and kebab and other low carb ‘boy foods’, the teens concluded their action-packed day with a visit at Yeshivat Hanegev with the Rosh Yeshiva Harav Yissachar Meir, who inspired the boys to rise above their limitations.

The group expressed their deep thanks to Yehudah Silver, field trip coordinator who made the arrangements, Rabbi Weintraub, who skillfully provided the social, emotional accompaniment and set the tone, Yael Neiman, the moving force behind the scenes at Ezer Mizion’s Juvenile Diabetes Support Program, and Shai Agentek, of the Agentek Company, who helped finance the trip, distributed gifts and came along for the ride, injecting his own spark of sensitivity among the participants.

Above all, they thanked Chananya Chollak, Ezer Mizion’s International Chairman, whose genuine caring put support of Juvenile Diabetes patients on Ezer Mizion’s packed agenda.

Accompanying their gratitude was a longing. One boy expressed it for the rest of them:  “The jeep trip was larger than life. Could we do it again sometime?”

For further info: http://www.ezermizion.org

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Drafted For Life

January 19, 2011

In a festive ceremony marking five years of lifesaving collaboration between the IDF and Ezer Mizion, Brigadier General Avi Zamir, Head of IDF Human Resources Department, congratulated Rabbi Chananya Chollak, founder of Ezer Mizion, on a job well done. Ezer Mizion’s International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry has saved the lives of cancer patients the world over, whose only chance of survival had been a bone marrow transplant. To ensure success, both transplant donor and recipient must match genetically. Ezer Mizion’s Registry, the largest Jewish registry in the world, has over 547,000 potential donors. Its five-year partnership with the IDF, encouraging new recruits to join, has enriched the registry with young, healthy donors who will remain for a maximum length of time and whose genetic makeup stems from a diverse range of Jewish ethnicity. The large influx of IDF recruit registration, therefore, allows for a much greater chance of successful genetic matching than that of the general population. “We’ve done it together,” replied Rabbi Chollak with a handshake of sincere, shared joy.

The project, which started with the August 2005 induction cycle, has experienced great success. So far, 145,892 new soldiers have joined the Registry. From among these, 771 matches have already been found and 149 life-saving transplants were carried out. Ezer Mizion is responsible for taking the samples and financing their genetic scanning through fund-raising efforts. This collaborative effort with the IDF reflects a sincere and important acknowledgment by the IDF of Ezer Mizion’s broad and proven coordinative capabilities.

Mr. Motti Zisser, CEO of the Elbit Imaging Company (the company that sponsored the Ezer Mizion collection station at the Induction Base), spoke of the significance of blood as symbolic of a strong, close bond between one human being and another, and of the sanctity of life which comes into full, moving expression in this project linking new IDF draftees to the Bone Marrow Registry.

Dr. Bracha Zisser, director of the Registry says: “Ezer Mizion salutes each and every soldier who has selflessly joined the Registry to save the lives of people whom he has never met.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, a prestigious wall plague was unveiled with the names of those soldiers who have been privileged to donate their marrow to save a life. Soldiers and bone marrow recipients, together with their thankful families, gathered to view the plaque in a moment of overwhelming gratitude towards those whose efforts have borne the fruit of life itself.

For further info: http://www.ezermizion.org

Annoyance, Frustration, Panic, Relief

November 4, 2010

I thought I understood before. But it wasn’t until afterwards that I realized that I hadn’t understood more than a drop in a veritable ocean of love and caring. I have been volunteering for five years in Ezer Mizion. I drive patients and their families to the hospital and back. In the course of these trips, I am exposed to countless stories about the marvelous things that Ezer Mizion does. One of these stories had been especially shocking. Read on and you’ll see why.

I’ll never forget that day. I saw the telephone number of Ezer Mizion on the screen. It wasn’t like them to call me at work. They knew that my volunteer hours are in the evening. I ignored the call. “I’ll get back to them later,” I promised myself. But they kept at it – another ring and another. Finally I picked up, very irritated by the interruption.

“Could you come pick someone up from Tel Hashomer Hospital?”

“Is it so urgent?” I asked in an angry, irritated tone.

“I called you for lack of any other alternative. Do me a favor. They will be waiting for you in a half hour at the Emergency Room.”

“I can’t do it. I can’t leave work now, my boss will never allow it.”

“Let me speak to your boss,” the coordinator on the line suggested. I understood that the situation was desperate so. I gave her my boss’s number. If he gave the okay, I would go.

To my surprise, my ordinarily tough boss immediately authorized my trip. “These Ezer Mizion people are angels,” he murmured lost in thought of recalled incidents. In moments, I was on my way to the parking lot. I knew that a family was waiting for me at Tel Hashomer’s emergency entrance. I did not dream for a moment that …

I got to Tel Hashomer, and looked around for the family that needed me so urgently. Instead of a family, I saw Eli, a veteran Ezer Mizion volunteer, coming towards me. If Eli is there, why do they need me? Unless…The family that I was supposed to take care of…could it be…? That’s when it finally clicked.

Slowly and gently, he told me that my wife had been critically injured in a car accident on her way to work. She sustained a serious head injury. From that moment on, until today, Ezer Mizion has been at our side in every possible area.

They arranged for professional medical advocates to check at all times that my wife was getting the best possible care during the long rehabilitation period. They sent volunteers to our home to be with the children. They sent hot meals. There is no way in the world that I can repay them for what they did. For me and my family, Ezer Mizion is a tremendous source of boundless chesed, and we owe them everything!

For further information on Ezer Mizion: http://www.ezermizion.org

 

 

A Special Graduation

November 4, 2010

Graduation. A new beginning. We all know the traditional phrases but at Ezer Mizion’s Music Room, these phrases took on a new meaning, a special meaning.  The girls at Ezer Mizion’s Beit Chana Activity Clubs for Children with Special Needs presented a unique concert  marking the conclusion of  a year’s music lessons.

The Activity Clubs program features a music room that is used for: group music activity, individual emotional therapy, drumming sessions, choir class and music lessons. The music lessons follow a unique approach adapted for children with developmental challenges, which replaces the regular music notation with colors.

Despite their special needs and challenges, the youngsters performed superbly. Some even managed to play full songs.

The joy of the parents at the accomplishments of the children, whose every moment is clouded with failure, was palpable. And the joy of the children…there faces were not large enough to contain the self-satisfied grin of triumph. We did it!

There is no doubt that this kind of “success experience” build’s the self-confidence in these children and contributes immeasurably toward uplifting their self-esteem.

Believe in me, these children beg the world. You’ll see how high I’ll go.

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US Ambassador Visits Ezer Mizion

November 4, 2010

In an effort to get his finger on the pulse of the inner workings of this tiny Middle-East country, US Ambassador to Israel, Mr. James B. Cunningham, visited Ezer Mizion, Israel’s Health Support Organization, which has served Israel’s population since 1979.

 

The Ambassador was accompanied by his wife and embassy staff, including Ms. Bonnie Gutman, Counselor for Public Affairs, Mr. Leslie Smith, Senior Program Assistant at the embassy’s Public Affairs Office, Mr. Joseph Tordella, Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer, and others. They were escorted by Rabbi Yaakov Asher, Mayor of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Chanoch Zeitbart, Vice Mayor and municipal council members and Rabbi Aaron Dovid Davis, Director of the International Division at Central Agudath Israel in Jerusalem. 

 

The Ambassador, together with his celebrated entourage, was given an overview of Ezer Mizion’s broad scope of programs and its history. Never had the visitors seen an organization whose services ranged from geriatric care and prophylactic programs to varied undertakings to enhance the lives of the special child; from hi-tech equipment for the speech impaired to professional therapy for the child with cancer.  The ambassador was introduced to Ezer Mizion’s International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry which has saved the lives of so many cancer patients around the globe whose only chance of survival had been a bone marrow transplant. The presentation ended with a video of the emotional meeting between a bone marrow donor and an American cancer patient whose lifesaving transplant was facilitated by Ezer Mizion. The audience was brought to tears by the recipient’s expression of thanks to his donor and to Ezer Mizion.

 

Two Down syndrome girls then presented the Ambassador and his wife with a lovely oil painting and an exquisite piece of jewelry, both created by the girls at Ezer Mizion’s Beit Chana Activity Clubs for Special Needs Children. The ambassador was impressed upon hearing of the atmosphere of love and encouragement engendered by highly trained professionals and devoted volunteers at Beit Chana who have constructed programs enabling these children to grow and flourish and say to the world, “Yes, we can!”   

 

 

The girls enthusiastically told the guests: “We love coming to Ezer Mizion. This is our home! We have so much fun here. Would you like to see the club?” Ambassadors are very busy people. The schedule was tight and the hour was late. But one word from a very special child caused the hearts of assemblage to melt and the Goddess of Schedules to crumble. “Please?” she asked. The Ambassador and his wife – who were about to leave – turned around and went upstairs to visit the Beit Chana Activity Clubs where they graciously greeted a large group of special needs children together with the professional staff and many volunteers.

 

The tour of Ezer Mizion was an eye-opener for the Ambassador where he was able to see how Israel’s Jews care for one another. The Ambassador was deeply impressed with Ezer Mizion’s activities and saluted Chananya Chollak, who founded Ezer Mizion with his wife Leah in their modest apartment. “I am grateful for this opportunity to view up close an organization that grew from eight volunteers to 11,000 volunteers who work under a diverse, wide-ranging professional staff.” Jew helping Jew-this is what makes Israel the amazing country that it is.

Ezer Mizion: Their Challenges/ Our Mission.

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Honorary Bar Ilan Doctorate Awarded to Founder of Ezer Mizion

November 4, 2010

The chareidi alumnus of Ponovezh Yeshiva sits draped in a collegiate cap and gown alongside a former Supreme Court Justice, the advisor to the Queen of England, two Chemistry Nobel Prize winners and others who have made history in their fields. Each is being honored for their achievements with a doctorate from Bar Ilan University.

“I never planned to make history,” says Rabbi Dr. Chananya Chollak, Founder of Ezer Mizion. “I feel good when others feel good. It all began in 1979. I was just married and my father in law was ill. He was in and out of hospitals during that first year and I got to see what life is like for the ill. I met a dialysis patient who had to pay for ambulette transportation three times a week. He couldn’t afford it but what could he do? Dialysis was his lifeline. I got a few friends together and we outfitted a van with the professional equipment that he needed and we all took turns driving him. There was a young girl hospitalized with a life-threatening disease whose parents were running themselves ragged staying at her bedside. I got a few friends to volunteer shifts to give the parents a break. The original eight volunteers have grown to 11,000.”

There probably is not a single resident of Israel that hasn’t heard about Ezer Mizion and many have family members who have benefited from it at one time or another. The original ambulance has become a fleet of 18 with many volunteers using their own vehicles. The disabled, the elderly all know Ezer Mizion’s phone number and use it regularly to keep their appointments for therapy, treatments, routine medical visits and even an occasional dream trip to the Kosel or to  visit a likewise disabled family member whom they haven’t seen in years. Volunteers deliver meals prepared at Ezer Mizion’s Food Division to family keeping vigil at the hospital bedside of a loved one. Others deliver food baskets to homes of the wheelchair-bound, the cancer patient and the octogenarian desperately trying to maintain his independence. Rabbi Chollak, who lives by the motto See Something Do Something, has undertaken many other projects since the early days of his marriage. Departments dealing with the terror orphan, the speech impaired, the special child, the mentally ill and the cancer patient are just a few of the many that have sprung up like mushrooms, each division professionally run, offering the latest in hi-tech equipment and regular workshops and therapy headed by experts in their field.

Rabbi Chollak tells of a large family whose father was ill. The mother, drowning in her own sorrow, brought her whole family of eleven children just to talk. I gave the oldest child a card with my phone number and told him to call me any time. The four year old whispered in my ear, “Can I have one also? If I hear my father moaning in his sleep, can I call you?” “And do you think she didn’t call? My phone would ring many times in the middle of the night. This little girl was terrified hearing her father’s cries.”

Rabbi Chollak beams with joy when he is reminded of his Persian children. The mother was ill with cancer. We helped them with food, took the children on trips, tried to be a parent to those suffering children. There were no relatives, not even an elderly grandparent or a distant uncle. Less than two months after the mother passed away, the father began experiencing symptoms. In six months he was gone. The Social Service Department had planned to scatter the children among different families. The oldest, a twelve year old girl, came to me: “Could we live with you,” she asked in all innocence. The major burden would fall on my wife but she came through like the dedicated soldier that she is and all four were adopted as part of our family. 

No one envies Rabbi Chollak of his job as Town Major. For years, the municipal authorities have delegated the job of informing the family of the death of a loved one. It must be done and Rabbi Chollak does it- with compassion, with empathy , with love. A tear forms in his eyes as he recalls some of these visits. “Two children were on their way to visit their mother in the hospital. I was asked to meet them there as their mother was no longer among the living. It started at the time of terror attacks in the Gush Dan area. I was asked to help out in informing the families and have been doing it ever since. Having a policeman appear at the door is shocking. I try to give it to them in little pieces.”

Rabbi Chollak sits in his office on the top floor of the giant Ezer Mizion Jacob Fried Building. On the various floors, a vibrant chessed momentum in progress. Dozens of volunteers, division heads and project directors scurry through the halls and thousands of people seeking the organization’s services stream through its corridors. They come from all parts of the country- religious, secular, Ashkenazic, Sephardic. As you enter its portals, you pass the security check manned by a chareidi fellow of Persian extract, one of the four children adopted by Rabbi Chollak and his dedicated wife, Leah, in addition to their own twelve children. Each person is entitled to the full gamut of humanitarian assistance offered by the organization free of charge.

It’s the end of the day and Rabbi Chollak is drained. His eyes are bleary. He had joined a trip as ‘one of the volunteers’. His cell phone rings for the thousandth time that day. “Tomorrow I’ll meet with the head of the department to hear what else can be done. The bleeding in the brain has stopped. That’s a good sign.” he comforts the distraught family member.  The doctorate is just an honorary title. It did not turn him into a medical doctor, even though his medical knowledge is vast. But sometimes one cannot help but wonder if the honorary doctorate is more than honorary.

“What’s your opinion on the divisions between the secular and the chareidi in Israel?” he was asked. “When President Ezer Weizmann inaugurated the Oranit Center for Children with Cancer and Their Families, he said that Ezer Mizion is the bridge between the religious and the secular and he was right. We demonstrate by example that there are no barriers and that the only thing concerning us is that everyone should be healthy. One of the foremost projects is the Bone Marrow Registry. We called on the public to help save a boy in critical condition. In one day no less than 62,300 people came to the centers. Do you see polarity here? Do you see hatred? I see nothing but unity. Nobody gave any thought to differences in ethnic extraction or religious affiliation. Everyone stood quietly in line and registered to be tested as potential donors for patients they didn’t even know.”  When people try to get Rabbi Chollak to talk about division, he talks about unity. When they bring up hatred, he talks about love. His face shines with a gleaming light and it’s impossible to get him to talk about anything negative.

“This should be published. People have to know,” Rabbi Chollak is told. “I am at my office a little after eight in the morning and leave between one and two at night. Our devoted staff doesn’t know the difference between day and night. We have no time for PR. We’re too busy doing.”

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Inauguration of New IDF Testing Center

February 16, 2010

In 2005, the IDF and Ezer Mizion’s International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry entered an agreement whereby every IDF recruit passes through the Bone Marrow Registry station as part of the induction process and is given the opportunity to join Ezer Mizion’s registry through a simple blood test. It was the hope of Ezer Mizion that soldiers would opt to register for genetic testing as potential donors to help Jewish cancer patients whose only chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant. “In my dreams I saw numerous soldiers joining, but I never believed that the station would become such a center of attraction for so many,” said Dr. Bracha Zisser, Director of Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry. And so, to accommodate the unforeseen need, Ezer Mizion’s Blood Sample Collection Station has been newly renovated. IDF Human Resources Director, Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir, IDF Chief Medical Officer, Brig. Gen. Dr. Nachman Esh, International Chairman of Ezer Mizion, Chananya Chollak, and other IDF key personnel converged to inaugurate the new station at Tel HaShomer Induction Base.

“In addition to being an entity that protects the safety of the State of Israel, through its cooperation with Ezer Mizion, the IDF has also become a health protection network for the Jews throughout the world,” added Dr. Bracha Zisser. Dr. Zisser also pointed out that IDF soldiers are actually found to be suitable donors much more frequently than Israeli civilians, because they represent a broad spectrum of the ethnic groups among Jews.

“Ezer Mizion’s remodeled collection station that we are inaugurating today presents us with an opportunity to enlarge the registry and help Jews all over the world  whose lives depend on stem cell transplants,” said Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir during the ceremony. “Every year thousands of people worldwide are diagnosed with diseases that can only be cured with the help of bone marrow transplants, but only about one third of them find a donor through their family members. Everyone can help by donating bone marrow, and through a simple blood test, the right bone marrow can be found for any patient.”

“We are proud of the increase of IDF soldiers donating bone marrow,” said Maj. Gen. Zamir. In the four years since the establishment of the station, almost 120,000 IDF soldiers have joined Ezer Mizion’s Registry. “We train our soldiers to fulfill their military duties and missions at all times, however complex and sensitive they may be, and still remain human. There is no closer or more important bond between one human being and another, between someone who is in need and someone who is able to give than donating bone marrow, and especially when talking about a donation that saves someone’s life,” added Maj. Gen. Zamir.

Cpl. Roy Shogar, a Field Intelligence Corps combat soldier, joined the Registry on the day of his induction. Last July he was contacted by Ezer Mizion because he was found as a matching stem cell donor. He happily went ahead and donated his stem cells that saved the life of a 30 year old cancer patient.

“As they promised, the process of collecting the stem cells didn’t hurt at all,” he said and added that he is waiting impatiently for next year when he will be able to meet the patient who has recovered. “It is an amazing feeling to know that you have the ability to save someone’s life. I recommend that everyone who can should join a stem cell registry and back what is being done to save people’s lives.”

 
   

 

   

 

 

 

   
 
 
 
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Gardens That Heal: A Prescription for Wellness

February 16, 2010

Ezer Mizion’s Malka Hager Fitness Center has incorporated Horticulture Therapy among its services for the senior population.Malka Hager Fitness Center Project Chayil volunteers – who give over nutrition workshops, lectures on balance and coordination, perform hearing tests, etc. – participated in a training course on Horticulture Therapy for the elderly.The course trained them in seed, sapling and sprout planting techniques, plant cultivation, types of plants and their characteristic needs, the use of pesticides and general safety measures.

A major portion of the course dealt with herbal gardening and the health and healing powers of the different plants. The halachic mandates relating to plants were also addressed, including kilayim, shmittah, traditional blessings (e.g. minei besamim, atzei besamim, etc.), and more.

Horticulture therapy is the modern professional discipline that uses planting and gardening activities to help people improve their physical and psychological wellbeing. Horticulture activities include plant propagation, flower arranging, nature crafts, and indoor and outdoor gardening.

These activities offer opportunities to stimulate cognitive and sensory development and allow for decision making, problem solving, sequencing, focusing and following directions. Horticulture therapy group sessions promote communication and encourage cooperation and sharing. They also develop fine motor skills, strength and activity tolerance (Wichrowski, Chambers and Ciccantelli, 1998).

Research has demonstrated that these garden based activities can reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, reduce muscle tension, improve concentration and enhance feelings of productivity and self-worth that often are lost by the senior population (Ulrich and Parsons, 1992; Rusk 2003, unpublished data). The program also provides opportunities to introduce or to reacquaint the elderly with the wonder and benefits of nature: sun, exercise and beauty.

 

Ezer Mizion Awarded Coveted Israel Prize

February 16, 2010

On Israel Independence Day Ezer Mizion was awarded Israel’s highest award, the Israel Prize, for Lifetime Achievement and Exceptional Contribution to the State of Israel and Society.  

Rabbi Chananya Chollak, Founder and International Chairman of the organization, and Dr. Bracha Zisser, Director of Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry, accepted the award on behalf of Ezer Mizion.   

The prestigious Israel Prize is awarded annually on Yom Haatzmaut in a state ceremony in Jerusalem, in the presence of the President, the Prime Minister, and other top officials.

Ezer Mizion was chosen to receive the prize this year by the prize committee in recognition of its role as the largest and leading organization in Israel providing para-medical assistance to sick and disabled people.

Ezer Mizion’s staff includes 11,000 trained volunteers in 25 branches throughout Israel.  The organization benefits over half a million people annually, irrespective of their religion, nationality, or gender.  

One of its major enterprises is the International Bone Marrow Donor Registry, which is the largest Jewish registry in the world, with more than 350,000 potential donors listed.

Ezer Mizion’s wide variety of services includes assistance to cancer patients, providing hot meals to family members at the bedsides of loved ones in hospitals, free ambulance transportation for medical treatment to people with limited mobility, lending medical and rehabilitative equipment, assistance and support services to the elderly, treatment for physically and mentally challenged youngsters and adults, and more.

“Ezer Mizion’s contribution to those who are ill, functionally challenged or are in a crisis situation is a model of dedication, compassion, and the volunteering spirit,” noted the judges in selecting Ezer Mizion to receive the 2008 prize.

Members of the audience at the prize ceremony were apparently familiar with Ezer Mizion, and when Rabbi Chollak and Dr. Zisser went up to receive the award, the audience gave them a standing ovation!

The Little Policeman

February 16, 2010

Neria is a six year old bundle of mischief with an impish grin. But Neria’s grin seems to be hidden lately in the dark shadows of a nightmare. Neria has cancer. He is currently fighting for his life and receiving treatment at Schneider Pediatric Hospital. Like hundreds of others before him, Neria is living with his parents at Oranit,  Ezer Mizion’s Guest Home for Children with Cancer. While Schneider’s Hospital provides the treatment, Ezer Mizion focuses on emotional therapy for Neria. Under the guidance of professionals, he is encouraged to express his feelings via paint and clay. Story Hour is geared to spotlight his anger, helplessness and frustration and the clinically-safe petting zoo allows him to take responsibility for soft, cuddly animals who ‘need him’. 

Even cuddling a hamster paled in comparison to the joy experienced by Neria on “His Special Day”.    Like so many boys his age, Neria is enamored by the police force. “When I grow up,…” he announces with shining eyes. Ezer Mizion staff listened. Ezer Mizion staff heard. Their own eyes shone with tears wondering if he will grow up. Neria had a wish and Ezer Mizion had a goal: to bring deep joy to this brave, little boy, thereby raising his spirits and helping him fight his battle.

Ezer Mizion’s Oranit staff approached Sergeant Beni Ba’adani from the Petach Tikvah Police precinct with a request. The city’s police commander, Chief Superintendent Alon Aryeh, graciously accepted the challenge and arranged a visit for Neria, accompanied by his excited parents and Ezer Mizion staff.

The visit started in the office of the police station commander who presented Neria with a real policeman’s cap, border police beret and a policeman’s shirt. The blissful Neria sat on the chair of the station commander dreaming his dreams. Neria was then welcomed by the commander of the Civil Guard, Superintendent Hilah Chamu, who presented him with a miniature police car. The police demolition expert allowed Neria to operate the police robot by remote control and all this was topped with a ride through the city in a real police car with its siren wailing.

‘Officer Neria’, policeman for a day, ended his dream with promises to all his new friends to return when he grows up. …and may it be!