Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
CHW, in conjunction with World WIZO, supports various programs that aim to advance of the status of women in society. Programs of this nature have a tremendous impact on the lives of the women who participate in them.
One program in particular is the Women’s Leadership Course, which focuses on instilling leadership skills, strengthening gender awareness, imparting practial tools, and introducing women to female trailblazers as a means of inspiring them to embark on their own social initiatives.
Marisa is a graduate of the Women’s Leadeship Course who, through the skills gained in the program, was able to spearhead a project that is making waves across Israel.
Marisa always wanted to make a positive contribution to society and help women in need. Working as a doula, Marisa discovered that many women who came from small villages or African countries were ill-prepared for childbirth.
Marisa wanted to reach out to help these communities, however, she did not know how to do so. Marisa learned about the Women’s Leadership Course and decided to enroll in order to gain the tools and guidance that she felt were lacking.
The skills that Marisa gained in this program gave her the confidence and abilities to begin a pregnancy coaching program that specifically assisted new Ethiopian immigrants in the preparation and birthing process.
Marisa shared her sentiments that, “a good birth is a good both for the mother and the baby. My goal is to empower these women.” Through Marisa’s initiative, she has helped many women become informed and feel at ease during this overwhelming time of their lives.
The Women’s Leadership Course not only impacts women like Marisa, but it also creates a ripple effect of change.
Hadassah’s Bone Marrow Transplantation Department Receives Prestigious Recognition
In recognition of its quality performance in harvesting stem cells from live donors and performing bone marrow transplants, the Hadassah Medical Center’s Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cancer Immunotherapy has received the honor of accreditation from the prestigious Joint Accreditation Committee (JACIE) of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT).
“This prestigious recognition creates tremendous opportunities for joint research and collaboration with leading departments worldwide,” notes Prof. Reuven Or, the Department’s director. “The rigorous process of receiving JACIE’s recognition,” he explains, “was extremely demanding. We understood that JACIE’s recognition would formally line up our department’s amazing work alongside other leading bone marrow departments across the globe. Therefore, we created a quality assurance team within our department to assure that all of the JACIE’s standards and criteria were met to the highest degree.”
JACIE, jointly established by the ISCT and ESBMT, aims to promote “high-quality patient care and laboratory performance in stem cell collection, processing, and transplantation centers through the development of global standards and an internationally recognized system of accreditation.”
Vicky grew up in a difficult home with minimal support from his family. When he arrived at CHW Netanya, he was very discouraged and lacked confidence. However, Vicky’s teachers refused to give up on him, spending time with him every day to help rebuild his self-esteem and put him back on the path to success.
Over time and with perseverance, Vicky regained a better sense of self-worth, pushing himself to succeed both academically and personally; this led to Vicky becoming one of the top hairdressers in Israel! As a matter of fact, Vicky has started his own chain of hair salons.
At the beginning of 2015, L’Oreal hosted an event andinvited prestigious hairdressers in Israel to take part; Vicky was among those selected. L’Oreal honoured Vicky and his achievements by awarding him with a certificate of excellence in customer loyalty.
As if his year was not busy enough, Vicky recently married his long-time girlfriend. Those in attendance included Vicky’s teachers, whom he thanked for helping him get to where he is today.
Vicky’s story is an example of how hard work and a proper support system are two important parts of fulfilling your dreams.
CHW supports WIZO as they provide assistance to children, women, and families in Israel. One of CHW and WIZO’s pillars is advocating on behalf of women’s rights, and one way they do it is through women’s leadership programs.
These leadership programs aim to impart practical skills on women through training and mentorship. One such program seeks to help single mothers in finding a steady and secure job, in turn improving their own lives, and the lives of their children.
Oshra, the head of the program for single mothers, shares, “I am honoured to have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and helps those in need.”
Oshra discusses how many women who have entered the program have trouble believing that they will find success, often feel hopeless, and worry that they are failing their children. However, Oshra goes on to explain that it does not take long for these strong and capable women to grow and take control of their lives.
Through this program, women not only gain transferable skills for employment, they also receive needed support, and as a result, they gain the confidence to pursue their goals and achieve their dreams.
This year, CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village opened the first French speaking Na’aleh Program in Israel. This program receives children from French speaking countries including France, Morocco, Algeria, and Switzerland.
Currently, CHW Hadassim is home to 25 children who have come to Israel to participate in this life-changing program. The majority of these children, aged fourteen, have left their homes and families in order to live and study in Israel. CHW Hadassim provides these children with a warm home and safe environment.
The incredible work being done at the CHW Hadassim French Na’aleh Program has caught the attention of many people in Israel, including the media. Recently, a local newspaper from the city of Netanya wrote a prominent article recognizing CHW Hadassim’s excellent efforts to establish this program as well as including interviews with some of the Na’aleh children.
The journalist, Tzipi Kapal, interviewed Na’aleh students about their decision to leave their homes and come to Israel, and how they are feeling now that they are in CHW Hadassim.
All of the children shared that they experienced at least one act of anti-Semitism against them in their respective countries. In fact, the French Na’aleh Program was established as a direct result of the increasing anti-Semitism found in Europe. In response to this sad reality, CHW Hadassim, with the support of the Jewish Agency, Youth Aliyah, and the Ministry of Education, established this program.
Eli, one of the children from the Na’aleh Program, shared that he recalls playing at recess and having other children approach him, shoving him as they called him derogatory names. He shared that the teachers watched but did not step in to protect him. It was at that moment that he, along with his parents, made the decision to send him to Israel.
Rafael, another Na’aleh student, shared that despite being in Israel during the last war, he feels safer in Israel during missile attacks than walking down a street in Paris.
All of the children agreed that while this has been a very big and challenging adjustment, they would not choose to return to their respective homes. They love the friends that they have made thus far and look forward to making more. They say that they feel loved and well looked after at CHW Hadassim.
CHW expects to have double the number of students for the French Na’aleh program for the upcoming school year. Please support us by clicking here to donate, allowing us to build more classrooms and provide a safe learning environment for Jewish French teenagers from around the world.