Community Service at Ichilov Rehab Center by Anice Stark

Anice and Marion

Wednesday, February 12, was our last day at the hospital.  We started one week later than usual, as the hospital was undergoing a medical assessment.  When we arrived on our first day we were giving a royal welcome.  Since it was only my second time helping at the hospital, I was surprised by how many of the staff recognized me and welcomed us.
The residents, who are there for rehab, weren’t sure at the beginning what we were doing there, but welcomed us as we were helping them, even though we didn’t always speak the language.  But some Yiddish, some English and sign language helps. And, we learn the Hebrew words for breakfast items.  Each day, we served them breakfast.  Among the other jobs we do is put away the laundry,  some paper work, as long as Hebrew is not needed. What ever we do is so much appreciated.  The 3 weeks we were there felt like a short period of time but we felt we contributed something.  The closing comments from the Chief Doctor and nurses and anyone we came in contact with, – say…”please come back again next year!”  And, so our friendships have been formed!
All being well, I hope to return to this rewarding experience.

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