Wow! What a great camp and what a phenomenal group of young women working there!
Mira was a bit overwhelmed to see us and started to cry hysterically but she is settling back in to being with us. I think it was a mix of realizing camp was over, realizing she missed us and wondering why the heck we left her for a week. Rachel said Mira did not cry at all at camp so I know this was just the transition and those are often challenging for Mira.
Rachel, her counselor, was beyond fabulous! I would love to take her home and I wish that all of our sitters were more like her. She has incredible energy with a beautiful sense of calm and confidence. Mira had one seizure while at camp and it sounds like it was handled as well as it could have been.
We also had a great week with our boys and our youngest even got to experience one day and night where he was the only child which never happens.
So many thanks!
Netanel and Aviel’s parents are neighbors-just a two minute walk from each other. They are good friends but their boys are four years apart and, up until recently didn’t have much in common. Now they do. What can a ten-year-old have in common with a six –year-old, you ask. The answer is chilling.
Last year they each watched from the window as their friends mounted the school bus. Their knapsacks remained forlorn in a corner while their owners spent grueling days receiving chemo.
photo credit: Dana Kopel Continue reading Back to School
Thanks and Best Wishes to Ezer Mizion’s Chessed Empire
Words cannot express the superb level we were treated to at the recent Ezer Mizion retreat for families with a loved one suffering from cancer – and all this at no cost. Everything was so perfect; they did not forget even the most minute detail in their goal to give participants the best possible vacation.
The varied meals, enjoyable and fantastic programs, pool, jeep ride, the wonderful Shabbat in which they invested untold effort, with a performance by Srulik Hershtik and his choir and Reb Yosele Eisenbach for the children, amazing attractions, and the shirts with the Ezer Mizion logo that all the children wore, looking like one unified Ezer Mizion family…
The special staff of girls who helped out the families and the technical staff that worked around the clock… and especially to the one who stands at their head, Rabbi Chananya Chollak shlita, along with all the rest.
You gave us a lot of strength. With deepest appreciation, may you receive all the blessings of Hashem!
A family struggling with cancer
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”
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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July 3, 2014
Dear Ezer Mizion Administration and all concerned,
Re: Day Camps and Sleep-away Camps Operated by Ezer Mizion
I hereby wish to express my admiration and appreciation to the administration of Ezer
Mizion for running retreats and day camps for special-needs individuals with dedication
and great professionalism, with deep responsibility and sincere empathy.
We regard you as a professional and strong entity that works on behalf of the specialneeds
population with a sense of mission, in the goal of improving their quality of life
and allowing their parents a much-needed break so that they can rally new strength for
the upcoming year, while enabling them to accord their full attention to the other family
These frameworks are geared to create a safe and protected environment for vulnerable
children and youth and to provide them with a fun-filled social climate offering a range
of activities that contribute much to their development.
The exemplary manner in which Ezer Mizion carries out this task achieves all its goals,
and for this you are deserving of all praise.
In addition, the massive network of volunteers available to the organization is actively
involved in this important work. The volunteers serve as one-on-one counselors for the
special campers and create a de facto integration into society and life systems, as well as
“accepting those who are different” with all that this acceptance entails.
It is exhilarating to see the joy on the glowing faces of the campers and the shining eyes
of the dedicated volunteers, who experience the wonder of giving through the experience
of acting as a volunteer counselor for a special-needs child.
The array of camps that you run is a story of true values, which contributes immeasurably
to the strength of our society in Israel.
Dr. Shlomo Elyashar
Deputy Director-General – Rehabilitation Services
To the wonderful organization, Ezer Mizion, and the esteemed supporters,
I want to thank and express my deep appreciation to Ezer Mizion, an organization that contributes so much to very many families coping with the challenge of raising a special child.
Ezer Mizion’s summer camp program is the long-awaited time of joy for my daughter Rachel Nechama. All year long, Rachel Nechama, a Down’s Syndrome child, talks of Ezer Mizion. She waits breathlessly for the moment the next vacation will begin, and with it, Ezer Mizion’s unique summer retreat.
It fills her with so much joie de vivre enabling her to feel good about herself and progress further when the school year begins again. Continue reading A Special Thank You
Every summer, Ezer Mizion organizes fun-filled retreats for a range of special-needs children, giving them the chance to enjoy attractions they could never enjoy otherwise and providing their families with a well-needed break from round-the-clock care.
Many of the children at the retreat are entitled to Social Service Department subsidies, which help cover the lion’s share of the hefty cost. But we currently have 8 children and teens have used up their limited entitlement, and without a sponsor who pays for their summer camp experience, they will have to stay home. Continue reading Can I Come, Too?