“In This Camp, There’s No Room for Sadness”

Kol Ha’ir – Bnei Brak – Shvi’i
By Efrat Miller
“The retreat takes place in a pastoral, tranquil, vacation village, and all the programs we run include humor and good cheer”pr summer camp

Day camps for sick children, special-needs young adults, and special-needs girls, a sleep-over camp for teens – and that’s just a partial list * Last summer, Ezer Mizion ran no fewer than thirteen different day-camps and retreats for 2347 children and patients and their families * “For us, it’s not just a vacation – it’s fuel for the whole year,” sums up one of the mothers * On the threshold of the 2014 summer programs, we went out to hear about it first-hand from both sides – both from the organizers and volunteers, and from the parents of sick children who went out to charge their batteries.
From time immemorial, “summer” and “camp” have gone hand in hand. “Kayta,” the root of the word “kaytana” (the Hebrew word for camp) means “summer” in Aramaic. When we hear the word “camp,” we immediately think of frolicking children, attractions and trips, counselors hoarse from singing, and the characteristic scent of water parks.
But when you say “Ezer Mizion camps,” an important component is tacked on to this association: Participants in these camps belong to one of the special population groups for whom camp is not just a way to pass the long summer vacation, but rather – and primarily – a “gas station” where they can refill their tank with physical and emotional energies. These are people whom life has presented with complex struggles, and the major contribution that the summer programs grants them is expressed throughout the year that follows, until… the next summer camp.
We went out to survey five out of the thirteen summer retreats and day camps operated by Ezer Mizion in the summer of 2013 from up close, and we returned absolutely awestruck. Continue reading “In This Camp, There’s No Room for Sadness”

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I’m Nervous…

Menachem Weiss, a “special” teen, reports every week to Merkaz Ha’inyanim on an angle of life that he alone can talk about
Winding Up the Summer
Shalom dear readers!
It’s that time of year and I’m nervous again.
Ezer Mizion’s retreats for CP guys like me are fantastic. They’re a lot of fun. Being with friends who share the same experiences is…well, I have no words to describe it. But still I get nervous. pr spec CP Matan 2014 10487420_342417442577865_7608780507596901650_n
One retreat is always not so far from home, and if there is a problem, someone from my family can come right away.
I’ve been going to these retreats for many years now, since I was a little boy. And each year I arrive feeling tense. Continue reading I’m Nervous…

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Lag Ba’omer in Meron – Even for the Mobility Impaired

pr ambulance new logo no peopleIMG_6403Last week, on Lag Ba’omer, the Hilula of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, all the various authorities worked feverishly to enable the masses of Jews to come to Meron safely for the traditional prayers at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

In spite of the complex logistics involved in handling the hundreds of thousands converging in a small area within a 24-hour period, traffic moved smoothly most of the day. In order to reduce the crush on the roads, only public transportation vehicles were allowed in to the area for the course of the Hilula.

This year once again, Ezer Mizion was assigned full responsibility to transport the handicapped and mobility impaired population to the gravesite. People with valid handicapped I.D. cards came to the Parod parking lot via the Sheva intersection, where Ezer Mizion ambulances, manned by courteous, experienced drivers, were waiting to shuttle them all the way up to the site.

 

Each year, more and more mobility-impaired individuals allow themselves to make the trip on Lag Ba’omer, thanks to Ezer Mizion’s special transport service, carried out by dedicated drivers with genuine concern for their passengers’ welfare.

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Dancing without Legs

Menachem Weiss, a “special” teen, reports every week to Merkaz Ha’inyanim on an angle of life that he alone can talk about

Shalom dear readers!

Last week I had a wedding in Jerusalem. Guess who got married? My most recent counselor at the Ezer Mizion Retreat for CP patients.  On the one hand, I was very happy about the wedding, because it was time he got married. Continue reading Dancing without Legs

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Purim in Spite of CP

The Heichal Chanah Congregation hosted an especially lively Purim party for members of thpr spec CP matan Purim[party 2014 2e Matan Club for special needs teens and young adults, a project of the Ezer Mizion branch in Petach Tivkah. The party took place in the beit knesset courtyard with the active participation of the community’s families and children, who all danced together and made sure the event would be absolutely perfect.pr spec CP Matan Purim party 2014 1 Continue reading Purim in Spite of CP

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Me,Too…Please?!!!

Written by Parents of Benjy Abramowitz, a C.P. patient from Petach Tikvah.

“Ima! I also want to learn in Yeshiva!” our son Benjy begged us 18 years ago.

Benjy had CP but his mental capabilities were like everyone else’s. He had feelings like everyone else. And most important, his spiritual needs were like everyone else’s.  pr bldg Continue reading Me,Too…Please?!!!

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A Real Blah Day

Shalom Dear Readers,

You knows, some people call me a hero. But I’m just a regular teen who has ups and downs like everyone else. Last week was a down. Way down.

That absolutely terrific Ezer Mizion retreat was over. It was hot and muggy. And to make matters worse, my attendant was on vacation.pr sad-sulk MH900433818 A real blah day. I was just hanging around…well ok, I was sulking…I was bored, upset, hoping something nice would happen.

My family felt bad for me. That’s because they’re real special people. They had every right to be angry at me. I wasn’t very pleasant to be around.

Then the bell rang. Continue reading A Real Blah Day

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CP & All

Last week I was at the Ezer Mizion summer retreat for kids with CP. There aren’t too many fun things that I can do and I really look forward to Ezer Mizion’s fun days throughout the year. pr wheelchair gen 2I’m a teenager like any other teenager. I love to do exciting things, share good times with friends and all that. Inside I’m just like everyone else. I have opinions, I get mad and I love a good ball game. There’s just one problem. You guessed it-the CP. Continue reading CP & All

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CP and Fun??

Menachem Weiss, a “special” teen, reports weekly to Merkaz Ha’inyanim on an angle of life that he alone can talk about

 

Hi, it’s me. Menachem Weiss. I’m the teen with CP. I hate describing myself like that. Actually I’m a fun-loving guy who takes life seriously but also knows how to have a great time. And I happen to have CP. But the truth is the CP really does color my life a real lot and, anyways, you wouldn’t remember who I am unless I remipr spec cp summer retreat 2013nd you about the CP. So lets start all over…  Hi, it’s me. Menachem Weiss, the one with the CP.   Continue reading CP and Fun??

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