Congratulations are in order: "Yad Ezer L’Haver" has inaugurated the new "Yad Rosa" offices and the new Distress and Assistance Center in Haifa
"Yad Rosa" is named after Rosa Sabag, the mother of the founder and chairman of the association, Mr. Shimon Sabag, a woman of immense grace, who gave encouragement and strength to the suffering and lost● "Yad Rosa" will operate 24 hours a day throughout the week and serve as a primary telephone assistance center for the loaning and distribution of medical equipment, Medicines, hot food and the distribution of food packages to Holocaust survivors and the elderly ● An elite "biker unit" was established to support the logistics system at "Yad Rosa" and provide an immediate response for the benefit of Holocaust survivors and the elderly in Haifa and the region ● Founder of the organization, Mr. Sabag: "For me this is a historic event and a dream come true precisely during this difficult and challenging time within the Corona crisis. It was very important for me to open "Yad Rosa" now ● Former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Mrs.Nava Boker was appointed honorary president of "Yad Ezer L’Haver" " ● Nava Boker: "It is a great honor to be part in this tremendous and important enterprise of Mr. Sabag especially during this difficult and challenging time. "Yad Rosa" is an example and role model of costless love and mutual guarantee and I will act as long as necessary to promote them" ● Volunteers needed for assistance -Call Yad Rosa call 8607*Discreetly, and with very little background noise, the opening of the "Yad Rosa" Distress and Assistance Center, headed by Mr. Shimon Sabag, founder of "Yad Ezer L’Haver" was held on Thursday, October 1, 2020, in all its glory and splendor. The center will lend and distribute medical equipment and supplies, as well as products and food packages for Holocaust survivors and the elderly. The impressive ceremony took place in the shadow of israel's ongoing coronavirus crisis and in accordance with the Guidelines and Limitations of the Ministry of Health.At the beginning of the event, our organization Rabbi Yaacov Maman, blessed the founder of the organization, Mr. Shimon Sabag, and all those present with good health and praised the organization’s long-standing activity for the community, concluding his blessing with the traditional Shehecheyanu blessing: “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion”.The event was held in presence of founder and Chairman of the "Yad Ezer" Member Mr. Shimon Sabag, Former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Nava Boker, The organization’s long-time Rabbi, Hon. Yaakov Maman, Vp of the organization Adv. Itai Suissa, Director of Community Relations of the organization, Ms. Tami Sinar, Mr. Yigal Danino, Attorney for the organization who is currently volunteering on reserve duty as commander of Medical Corps in the Northern District of the Home Front Command, Dr. Isabella Greenberg, the psychiatry specialist and former director of the Psycho-Geriatric Service at "Rambam" Hospital, who voluntarily accompanies holocaust survivors residents of our organization for many years, Daniel Shotov, the organization’s computer and IS manager, who will manage the "Yad Rosa" office, MDAIS volunteers, and volunteers and activists of "Yad Ezer L’Haver".The inauguration of the new "Yad Rosa" offices in Haifa during this difficult time of the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic is a very significant step-up in the preparations of "Yad Ezer L’Haver" for the coming years due to the ever-widening social and economic gaps in Israeli society. "Yad Rosa" is named after Rosa Sabag, the mother of the founder and chairman of the association, Mr. Shimon Sabag, a woman of immense grace, who gave encouragement and strength to the suffering and the lost and will serve as a distress and telephone assistance center for the loan and distribution of accessories and medical supplies. It was founded in cooperation with the Zionist American organization "Bnei Zion"."Yad Rosa" also provides assistance and first aid with the distribution of various food products and food parcels. "Yad Rosa" primarily prioritizes Holocaust survivors, the elderly, low-income families in need, and many more who need the medical equipment and food, but have no means to pay any guarantee or deposit. In the initiation phase, Yad Rosa's new center and hotline will operate around the clock 24 hours a day and throughout the week. It will be manned on a full voluntary basis by some 30 telephone receptionists of the national service, who will receive continuous and direct assistance from dozens of "Yad Rosa" and "Yad Ezer L’Haver" volunteers.The new "Yad Rosa" offices, located on Balfour Street in the Hadar HaCarmel neighborhood of Haifa, will provide extensive services for the loan of medical and rehabilitation equipment. The equipment is provided to applicants free of charge, no guarantee or deposit required. "Yad Rosa" operates on a come -take -use and return basis for all medical and rehabilitation equipment. Even in the extreme case of no-return of the borrowed equipment "Yad Rosa" will not pursue the patient."Yad Rosa" is equipped with orthopedic beds, wheelchairs, shower chairs, treadmills, appliances and oxygen generators, oxygen balloons and standard medical supplies and a variety for all demands. Anyone arriving at the office without credit card or a check for deposit will still receive everything they need.At the beginning of the moving event we saw tears in the eyes of the founder and director of the "Yad Ezer L’Haver" organization Mr. Shimon Sabag as he said: "For me today is a historic event of tremendous excitement. The vision of establishing Yad Rosa and the distress and assistance center comes to fruition is a dream come true for all holocaust survivors, the elderly and the weakest in the community. "Yad Rosa" we inaugurated here today has always been my dream and I am happy, excited and moved when I see how "Yad Rosa" materialized before my eyes.We can't allow anyone in need to be left without a crutch or wheelchair because they don’t have a deposit of a few hundred shekels to leave. We're here, to complete the need for quite a few people in this country who can't purchase a loaf of bread a week, so they certainly won't be able to leave a deposit for a wheelchair or orthopedic bed they need. I hope that this operation of grace of "Yad Rosa" will be one of the most important and prominent in the State of Israel, and that its offices will expand in Israel and provide services to all demands. I recently purchased 20 new motorcycles to be used by the new "biker unit" currently an integral and important part of Yad Rosa's multi-component logistics system for support of elderly people, single mothers, low-income families and more in Haifa, in the Krayot area and in the near north.The biker unit will operate as a kind of elite unit to provide an immediate and first response in food packages, including hot food, medicine, etc. in response to the urgent calls we receive throughout the day and night in our call center. "Yad Rosa" is for me the fulfillment of a dream in the development and upgrading of the life work of the "Yad Ezer L’Haver" organization, which I founded over 3 decades ago, with the slogan and biblical verse "And love for thy evil like you" engraved on the organization's modeling. Wishing us all that the name would give us the strength, to continue to do only good and to help everyone in need. Wishing everyone a lot of strong and erring good health and a happy holiday!".A few minutes before the conclusion of his moving speech, Mr. Sabag said: "One of the goals of "Yad Ezer L’Haver" is also to respect and strengthen successful, active women who change the world and this time I would like to mention the woman of all of us and announce here our dear and amazing friend of the organization, a wonderful and charming woman, former deputy speaker of the Knesset, former Knesset member Ms. Nava Boker. This week, the Executive Committee of Yad Ezer L’Haver decided to name Nava Boker honorary president of the organization. Nava Boker, a volunteer at the association twice a week, has been helping the organization voluntarily in every way for over six months, and despite the Corona crisis plaguing Israel, she gave heart and soul for one sacred and outstanding cause: put a smile on the faces of Holocaust survivors and the elderly. Nava is a social bulldozer and a fascinating woman with a big heart, faith, courage and a lot of caring, Not many are the women who act like her, unwearied and without profit, just to give hope to all those who have almost lost it, and in general give hope to all of us!". Nava Boker is proof to the verses: " Love thy neighbour as you love yourself,” as well as "A woman of valour who can find ? ", so, it was decided in the organization to appoint her honorary president"During the event, she also spoke movingly, saying: "I would like to thank you, founder and chairman of "Yad Ezer L’Haver", Mr. Shimon Sabag, who has been working tirelessly and steadily for decades towards the realization of your vision for assistance and help to the community and for the benefit of thousands of survivors, the elderly, low-income families, including all those in need. It is a great privilege for me to take part in this magnificent and important endeavor, Shimon Sabag's life's work for more than three decades, and especially during this difficult and challenging time.I was excited today to participate in the opening of the new and elaborate center, I have no doubt that this is a welcome initiative that accurately expresses the verse: "Don’t reject me in my old age. Don’t forsake me when my strength fails. " and aims to save lives and embrace the elderly in their loneliness. The organization’s other projects are ana model and example of free love and mutual guarantee and I shall work as long as I need to promote them."It should be noted that "Yad Rosa" has an additional branch that serves as an equipment center, located on HaNeviim Street in the Hadar neighborhood of Haifa. The new offices of "Yad Rosa", the new "Yad Rosa" organization, and the new help center are located at 9 Balfour Street in the center of the Hadar neighborhood in Haifa a few meters from the "Yad Ezer L’Haver " organization. Yad Rosa needs volunteers, and if you want to contribute and help, this is the moment! Call the call center at *8607 any time.Photos: Oksana Shlomov, Adir Yeziref.
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