Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
Israel Youth Award 2016
Self-development, hard work, determination, and passion is what the Israel Youth Award is about. This award began 8 years ago in Israel, and over 50 years ago as the International Youth Award in the UK.
Last week, at CHW Hadassim, a special award ceremony was held for recipients of the Bronze and Silver award from WIZO supported youth villages that included CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, and CHW Nahalal Youth Village.
In attendance was British Ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, Mayor of Even Yehuda, Avi Harari, and CEO of the Israel Youth Award, Yossi Friedman.
Mr. David Quarrey, spoke at the ceremony addressing the nearly 200 young recipients and commending their dedication and success at such a young age.
Professor Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of World WIZO Executive shared her impressions of the Israel Youth Award saying, “If you want to achieve something, you can, and you can fulfill your dreams.”
In order to receive these awards, each child is responsible for committing a minimum of 5 hours a week to this program. The children participate in community service, personal skill, physical recreation, and a journey that covers distance of 35km.
The recipients of this award are unique children who possess remarkable qualities, especially in the face of major obstacles they have needed to overcome in their lives. Included in the recipients of the award were students from the French Na’aleh Program.
Recently, the children from the Agriculture Department participated in a three-month long experiment, in which each child was tasked with creating his or her own recipe to ferment fresh olives. The olives used for the experiment were home-grown by the students on the youth village.
At the conclusion of the three months, after the olives had gone through the process of fermentation and curing in each student’s unique concoction, a panel of judges participated in a taste testing and voted for the tastiest olive recipe.
According to the head of the Agricultural Department, Haim Ziv, since olives are one of the key components in Israeli Mediterranean cuisine, and olive trees can be found across the country, choosing to highlight olives as part of the students’ agricultural study was a natural decision.
The students had an excellent time being creative and challenged. And, of course, the panel of judges certainly didn’t mind having to taste them all!
This video, brought to us by HuffPost Women, uses a simple approach to address the subtle sexism that women face on a day-to-day basis.
48 experiences are shared by women aged 4 to 84: judgments that have been made against them that their male counterparts are not subject to.
This video powerfully shows the difference and impact of these kinds of sentiments, from being told to fix your appearance, to having your ‘attitude’ criticized in the workspace. This brings to light the reality of sexism in our society.
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) is part of the campaign to raise awareness for equality and women’s rights in Israel, Canada, and around the world. Through various programs, CHW is leading the way in ensuring that women are given the strength to follow their dreams, that girls are empowered, and women have a safe haven away from domestic violence.
The Unlimited Potential Program (UPP) encourages women to pursue a higher education through a vocational degree. These women are given the support through a program that teaches women practical skills for the workplace. This, in turn, assists them in finding a job, which allows them to achieve financial independence.
The Women’s Shelters make sure that any woman, and her children, who are victims of domestic violence have a safe place to turn. It equips women with the tools to heal and overcome their tragic circumstances and return to society as capable, confident, and independent women.
These are examples of the ways in which CHW actively works to combat sexism, and empower both young girls and women.
Rabbi Eitan Muelme was one of the victims of the massacre carried out last year during Morning Prayer at a synagogue in Jerusalem. Eitan was severely injured and rushed to Hadassah Hospital for immediate care.
Eitan spent months in the ICU and underwent rehabilitation. While he has a long road ahead, Eitan is recovering and has re-gained the life that he thought he has lost.
Now, one year after the terror attack that took the lives of four men and left many with both physical and emotional scars, Eitan returns to Hadassah Hospital with one purpose: to give back to the place that saved his life.
While Eitan was recovering at the ICU last year, he vowed that should he survive this ordeal, he would come back and return the favour. In the spirit of Chanukah and the holiday season, Eitan dedicated hours to volunteering at Hadassah Hospital as he brings joy to patients and gives back in any way that he can.
Eitan and his family credit his survival to the remarkable care and facilities at Hadassah Hospital. It is the state-of-the-art facilities at Hadassah Hospital, including the recently-opened lower level operating department, established with support of CHW, that are giving patients and their families a true sense of hope.
The lower level operating department houses modern and high-tech operating rooms that enable groundbreaking surgical procedures and have the capacity to function during natural disasters and in times of war. This not only saves lives, but will instill patients with hope and security during their times of need.
CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village provides numerous programs for the children who live in the dormitories and family units. The youth village strives to ensure that each child’s needs are met. One such program, Coaching for Life, operates at CHW Hadassim in order to meet the needs of the Ethiopian children who reside there.
Coaching for Life is a mentorship program that pairs an Ethiopian child with an adult volunteer. The aim of the program is to provide children with a positive role model.
The program runs over the course of the year and includes interesting trips throughout Israel. Recently, the children from the program were taken on an exclusive tour to the elite air force base, Nevetim, in the Negev.
At Nevetim Airbase, the children met with soldiers from the Hercules Squadron, one of the most elite units in the IDF. This unit is responsible for military, civilian, and humanitarian aid both domestically and internationally.
This is an especially meaningful unit to the children’s heritage as it was the Hercules Squadron who carried out Operation Solomon; the mission that airlifted over 14,500 Ethiopian Jews to Israel over 20 years ago. These children were so moved to learn about their history. Many of them shared memories of their grandparents telling stories of that mission and how it saved their lives.
The aim of this excursion was to provide these children with an unforgettable experience that would inspire them to dream big. The children were encouraged to pursue their education and remain dedicated to their goals.
Two students shared their impressions from the visit. Shai, a grade 12 student, said, “I always dreamt of becoming a pilot but I never felt like I would succeed. This trip and meeting pilots who are like me, showed me that this is possible. This visit strengthened by will to become a pilot.” Esther, a grade 11 student, expressed, “This visit makes me want to follow my dreams. I know that no matter what I decide to do in life, I will succeed.”
These are such special and meaningful sentiments to hear from the children. It is clear that this trip had a tremendous impact on them!