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Changing Lives in the DAN Department for Creative Human Design at Hadassah Academic College (HAC)

Olina is a third-year student in The DAN Department for Creative Human Design at Hadassah Academic College (HAC), where she is following her dream to find a career in a creative field. For students like Olina, trying to complete her post-secondary education during a pandemic, it can be difficult to remain optimistic and continue working hard. When COVID-19 first hit, Olina feared for her future, worried she would never reach her goals.

Olina’s worries were all alleviated when HAC launched emergency initiatives to assist students. HAC is providing full assistance to students, so they can access classes online, as well as receive emotional counselling and financial aid. Throughout the pandemic, HAC has continued to adapt to the changing realities to ensure students can advance their studies in a safe and supportive environment.

Now that restrictions have been eased, The DAN Department of Creative Human Design currently operates a hybrid mix of online and in-person classes, allowing students to take advantage of the cutting-edge facilities and advanced technologies on campus, including 3D printers and computer systems.

Olina, who also works in the computer lab to assist students, shared, “It’s been a very difficult year, but we’re all helping each other.  We’re studying in small capsules so we can take turns accessing the studios and equipment we rely on.  We also set up a service desk where students can send in their files and we then take turns printing the designs and delivering them to the front gate for pick-up.  Learning in such a supportive and creative environment has made all the difference.”

The ongoing support has also ensured that graduating students can successfully complete their final year without compromising the quality or design of their projects.  For the first time in the history of HAC, the year-end design exhibition was launched exclusively as a virtual, on-line exhibition.  Titled ‘Human First’ the exhibition highlighted innovative design solutions to address medical, neurological, and social challenges through a variety of applications, technologies, and wearable devices.

Whether empowering people with dementia and children with allergies or transforming urban spaces into safer and healthier environments, DAN Department students like Olina are on track to become the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs making the world a better place for all humankind.

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The CHW Debbie Eisenberg and Gary Levene Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Shamir Medical Centre – Alma’s Story

*some details were changed to protect the privacy of the family

Little Alma woke up in the middle of the night crying in anguish. Her mother, Jana, tried everything to soothe her cries, but nothing seemed to help the severe stomach pain Alma was experiencing. Alma had always been a healthy and happy toddler, so as her condition worsened, Jana feared the worst. Jana wrapped her daughter in a blanket and rushed her to the emergency room at Shamir Medical Centre.

Alma was immediately admitted to the CHW Debbie Eisenberg and Gary Levene Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), where the experienced medical team were quickly able to stabilize her. After a series of tests in the new, state-of-the-art facilities, an ultrasound of the abdomen revealed that Alma had swallowed five small magnetic balls, pieces from a toy recently given to her older sister.

Dr. Adi Kanushi (see image), one of Alma’s pediatric surgeons, said, “This was a life-threatening medical condition that could worsen to the point of creating a hole in the intestine and a widespread infection in the entire abdomen.”

Lucky for Alma, the surgical team at the CHW PICU was able to successfully remove all the magnets, leaving the little girl with no permanent damage.

With the ordeal now behind them, Jana was relieved to share:

“We had no idea that Alma swallowed anything; let alone something so hazardous. It was the scariest night of our lives, but we felt reassured the minute we walked into the CHW PICU. We knew that our daughter was in the most caring and capable hands. As parents, we’re so grateful to the entire team for their life-saving work.”

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Coping with COVID-19 by caring for horses at CHW Nahalal Children and Youth Village

Georgia is smiling – and for good reason. At the age of 12, she got a fresh start at CHW Nahalal Children and Youth Village. She feels supported after years of struggling at school. Thanks to a tailored program that targets at-risk children, Georgia is receiving the emotional and learning support she needs to thrive.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia found her happy place at the Therapeutic Riding Stable, where she enjoys one-on-one coaching and works alongside peers to care for horses.

“I started coming here during lockdown. At first, I was afraid of getting close to a horse, and now I’m riding on my own! I’m learning to take charge and believe in myself.”

Professional instructors help students set personal goals and overcome challenges through riding and caring for horses, which help to reinforce self-confidence, promote teamwork and enhance social and communication skills.

Rebekka Dullman Britain, Head of the program, reflects on the unprecedented period;

“The stable felt like the only island of sanity We stepped up our efforts to help students reduce the anxiety and stress brought on by the pandemic. Lockdown was an opportunity to also get them more involved and I could see how relived they were to be in a safe place. The daily routine and support we provided helped them cope better with the chaos and build resiliency.” 


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Designed for Success at CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design

Maya Ebrahem is a fourth year Fashion Design student at CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design, and is also a recipient of The Nathan and Lily Silver Scholarship.

Maya often felt isolated and alone growing up along the northern border of Israel. She loved to escape into the world of fashion, spending hours researching the latest brands.

Her grandmother taught her to sew and embroider using traditional Druze techniques, passed down from generation to generation. Despite having no formal training or access to art classes, Maya’s talent and drive earned her a spot at CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design.

“I’ve always dreamed of becoming a designer. The joint Fashion Design and Education Degree was the perfect fit for me. My goal is to design and teach art to children in the underserved area where I live. I want to make sure they’re not left behind- like I was.”

Known for its cutting-edge approach to preparing students for the future, the Academy quickly turned the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity. Through a hybrid of virtual and capsule classes, students from all disciplines learned to innovate at The Marilyn Libin and Jed Gaines Fab Lab.  Maya mastered the latest design software and experimented with the most advanced 3D printers and laser cutters, creating modern pieces that reflect the times.

Now in her final year, Maya is eager to apply her studies and launch her career.  Her valuable skills are in high demand, as the fashion industry rapidly moves towards digitization and new technologies.

“I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to experiment in this way.  My instructors taught me to embrace technology and expand creatively. I’ve developed a signature style inspired by my love of mixing tradition with technology. It’s the future of fashion- and I’m ready to lead the way!” 

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Giving Birth in The Labor and Delivery Department at The Rady Mother and Child Center at Hadassah Mount Scopus

Rivka gave birth to her fourth child at Hadassah Hospital. But this time was extra special.

“When your mom is the midwife, it’s no surprise that your baby feels so calm in her arms!”

The proud grandmother, Dina, is a veteran midwife. She has stood by and supported countless women through a positive and empowering birth experience.

Ensuring a safe and healthy environment has always been top priority. Thanks to the upgraded facilities at the new Labor and Delivery Department on Mount Scopus, Hadassah can provide the highest level of excellence in medical care.

Since opening the state-of-the-art department, the number of births have spiked by thirty percent! Over 5,700 newborns were welcomed into the world this past year, bringing new hope and new life. With enhanced COVID-19 protective measures, mothers and babies are in safe hands- even in the midst of a pandemic.

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