Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
Baby Vassilios, a newborn from Cyprus, was born with a serious heart defect that left doctors believing he would not survive.
When Gabriella Taufeno’s was pregnant, during a routine ultrasound, the doctors discovered that her unborn baby had a heart defect called “transposition of the great arteries with intact ventricular septum.” This meant that the two main arteries to baby Vassilios’ heart were reversed, and as a result, were causing the blood flow to circulate differently than a healthy person’s heart. This is a severe condition, with very low chances of survival.
When Vassilios was born in Cyprus, the physicians attempted to insert a shunt into the delicate baby’s heart. Unfortunately, the procedure was not successful, and both the doctors and parents were beginning to lose hope. This is when the medical team at Hadassah Hospital was brought onto the case.
In the words of Dr. Ira Erlichman, pediatric intensive care physician, “I called Prof. Eldad Erez, the pediatric cardiac surgeon, he said the chances of success were very low, but our Prof. Erez is daring and brilliant and he agreed to take baby Vassilios.”
Together, Dr. Erlichman and Dr. Yulius Golander, the senior pediatric cardiologist at Hadassah, flew to Cyprus to retrieve Vassilios. This was a dangerous journey, the doctors explained, as the infant, being in such a dire medical situation, needed to survive the flight and drive to Hadassah Hospital.
However, baby Vassilios is a fighter, and upon arrival to Hadassah, he was rushed into the operating room. The surgery was a success, and after only 10 days following the invasive procedure, Vassilios’s parents were able to return home to Cyprus with their healthy little boy.
Vassilios’s Dad expressed his gratitude to Hadassah Hospital and Israel saying, “Thank you very much Israel and thank you Hadassah.”
Read the original article on the Hadassah website here.
On this day, we commemorate the Jews being saved from a man named Haman who was plotting their murder in the ancient Persian Empire. As it is a triumphant day, people dress up in celebration.
For many, the ability to celebrate one’s religion and identity freely is taken for granted. However, the reality is that for many people, this is not a possibility.
In fact, many children from the French Na’aleh Program at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village had never publically celebrated Purim. The children shared that in their home country of France, many feared openly celebrating a Jewish holiday due to anti-Semitism and fear for their safety.
As a result, the Purim celebration last week was many of the French Na’aleh children’s first time dressing up publicly for Purim, and freely rejoicing the holiday with their peers.
These children left their home country in the hopes of a more secure life and brighter future. It is because of CHW’s support that we see the smiles on these children’s faces; providing them with more than a safe home, but also a fun-loving environment.
Take a look at the gallery below to see more pictures from the Purim celebrations!
The students at CHW Hadassim have been reaching for the stars and winning awards!
CHW Hadassim offers a Space Program for students interested in learning about science and outer space. The students study astronomy, the evolution of stars, satellites, the storage of information in space, and so much more!
Recently, the students participated in the annual Ilan Ramon Space Olympics Competition, hosted by the Weizmann Institute. Over 400 classes competed, and only 15 of them could move on to the finals. Not only did the students from CHW Hadassim make it to the finals, they won 2nd place! The CHW Hadassim students invented a special telescope that can be used in classrooms. The team included 38 students from Grades 8 and 9. Their teamwork allowed them to be one of the top schools in the competition!
This Space Olympic Competition is a demanding program that requires creativity, problem solving, and teamwork. Students must also apply all of the technical skills and scientific information that they learned in school.
How do you teach children compassion and empathy? CHW Netanya Technological High School has taken the right approach! For the past six years, the students from CHW Netanya have undertaken a community service project. The project involves the students reaching out to a local Retirement Home to engage with the senior citizens that live there.
This week, the school opened its doors to the senior citizens. They were welcomed to take part in specially planned activities to create a day of fun, learning, and getting to know one another.
The Management Stream students created a workshop that helped to familiarize the group with computers and the internet.
This is an excellent opportunity for the community and students to connect with one another and create strong relationships, all while teaching the children the importance of caring for others and giving back to the community.
The Principal, Benny, along with fellow teachers at the school have dedicated their lives to instilling within these children the importance of volunteering and helping others. This has become an annual tradition that the students, senior citizens, and faculty have come to cherish!
This week, we celebrate International Women’s Day! What better way to celebrate this day than to honor one of CHW’s inspirational women of the week, Darya Levitan.
Darya comes from Russia, is part of the Anieres Elite Academy Program at CHW Nahalal Youth Village, and is making major waves in the world of mathematics!
Darya came in third place at the Israel Mathematics Olympiad, second in the International Taharut Ha’Irim Mathematics Olympiad, and is now part of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Joseph Gillis National Math Olympics!
The most recent competition that Darya participated in was the Joseph Gillis National Math Olympics, where 250 high school students competed. Including Darya, only 50 of the participants were girls.She was one of the only girls to place in the top 100!
Darya is on the path to success, recently completing the intense entrance examination to be part of the Technion-Nahalal Program at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Currently, she is taking undergraduate level courses in Exact Science and Technology to help prepare for the Engineering Degree that she will complete at the Technion.
Darya shares her feelings since her arrival at CHW Nahalal:
“I came from a little Russian town called Naberezhnye Chelny. I wasn’t given big perspectives there and wanted to find a new life in Israel. Over the three years I’ve been on the Anieres Program I’ve got smarter and grown up; it’s changed my life completely! Here I’ve received support from the school, from counselors, from Anieres and from the new friends I’ve made. And studying at the Technion is very interesting for someone like me who’s always looking from something new to learn. It’s given me a true sense of belonging to Israeli society.”
We love seeing Darya’s dreams become a reality, and CHW is excited to follow her inspirational journey!
Link to original article: http://www.ort.org/news/anieres-elite-academy-student-shines-at-national-maths-olympiad/