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Despite the full lock down in Israel, CHW Netanya Technological High School is in full swing, running sessions for students through distance learning over ZOOM.
Eyal Levy, Head of the Patisserie Program, shares his secret Passover Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies with CHW.
“Baking brings people together. During challenging times like these, it’s important to keep busy and stay positive. I hope our CHW friends across Canada will find as much comfort and joy in baking as we do here!”
CHW Netanya Technological High School
Kosher for Passover Recipe:
Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies
|1 teaspoon||Vanilla Extract|
|½ cup||White Sugar|
|½ cup||Brown Sugar|
|1 cup (6.2 oz)||Bittersweet Chocolate|
|100 grams||Margarine or Butter|
|½ cup||Matzo Cake Meal|
|2 tablespoons||Cocoa powder|
|1 teaspoon||Baking Powder|
|Pinch of Salt|
|2/3 cup||Pecans (coarsely chopped)|
|1 cup||Chocolate Chips|
|½ cup||White Chocolate (coarsely chopped)|
Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) – Mount Scopus campus. After a tiring shift, Dr. Momen Abbasi, 29, is working on his latest creation. It’s a cartoon of Little Red Riding Hood staying home, rather than risking infection or infecting her grandma with coronavirus.
“I use my drawings to spruce up what are often dull medical PowerPoint presentations,” says Abbasi from his home in the Beit Tzafafa, a neighborhood in Jerusalem. “They are also useful when showing children and adults parts of their body before a procedure so they know precisely what’s going to happen.”
From an early age, Abbasi was undecided between his passion for art and desire to become a doctor. At Hadassah Hospital, he’s found a home for both his skills.
Abbasi grew up in Silwan, a hillside Arab neighborhood near Jerusalem’s Old City. His father is the managing director of Al-Quds newspaper and his mother – a chemistry teacher. Abbasi loved playing video games and was fascinated by the animations, as he moved his avatars around colorful digital worlds.
“I never studied animation, but started drawing in sixths grade. Using programs like Photoshop and Flash, I gradually learned how to build characters,” he says.
All three of his older siblings went into medicine or dentistry. Abbasi studied medicine in Jordan, and returned in 2015 to work at HMO, where he is an intern with a focus in nephrology.
“My first corona-related drawing was a hat-tip to the medical teams in Hubei, China – a medical knight, fighting the epidemic.”
As the virus came closer to home, so did Abassi’s drawings – trying to advise the public on best practices.
Once we are over the corona crisis, Abbasi hopes to further develop his artistic work to help HMO.
“I love this hospital. Mount Scopus is like one big family. What I’m considering doing with my artwork down the road is to use it with Hadassah medical students – for example by creating flashcards to make nephrology study a little less dry. I also want to deepen the use of drawings with patients. You can see it helps put them at ease.”
When 35-year-old Sarah* went into labour, she knew that her delivery would be different from what her family and friends described. Having been quarantined at home for a week, Sarah was brought to the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Ein Kerem, when she went into labour.
Thanks to the communication between the Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance team and the HMO medical team, a special isolated and fully equipped room was prepared away from regular delivery rooms in anticipation of Sarah’s arrival.
Sarah recalls feeling scared for her life and the life of her baby, as she tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival at the hospital. With the help of two midwives, fully geared-up in protective suits, she successfully gave birth to her beautiful baby boy.
Due to her diagnosis, Sarah was separated from her newborn son and was taken to an isolation unit, where she will remain until she recovers from COVID-19. The support, dedication, and care of her midwife who stayed by her side until the transfer, truly touched Sara.
At this time, Sarah is fighting to become healthy, and is counting the days until she can reunite with her child. While the separation is difficult for both mother and child, Sarah knows that the supportive medical staff at HMO is doing everything they can to ensure her son is healthy and cared for. In the meantime, she receives frequent calls and photo messages from the maternity ward and is regularly updated on her son’s condition by the attending physician. “Thank you so much!” says Sarah in her messages, “You made me so happy and moved by what you are doing for me. I am worried about my baby from afar and feel helpless, but I am so grateful for your concern and devotion. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
“This exciting and extraordinary event illustrates how vital communication between the MDA teams arriving from the field and the team at Hadassah is – which is commonplace, but important these days,” said Prof. Zev Rothstein, CEO of Hadassah Medical Organization.
*the name has been changed due to confidentiality.
Amidst the current development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is experiencing closures of centres, institutions, and non-essential services. Many parents are challenged to keep their children’s routines at home as they would have at daycares.
Jana Malca, Head of the CHW Terry Schwartzfeld Ottawa Daycare Centre in Acco, found the recipe for success during these unsettling times:
“It’s been tough for everyone since the mandatory closure of all educational institutions in Israel, including our very daycare centre. All of us are still learning to adjust to this new reality and trying to cope. I was surprised to receive so many requests from parents, struggling during feeding time with their children at home.
We decided to share our daily menu and feeding schedule so that parents could continue the routine at home with their children. When we heard parents were still struggling with recipes, we also started making videos of the most popular dishes!
So far, we have created step-by-step instructions for the most loved dishes, including our homemade vegetable soup, chicken stir-fry, and fish ball recipes.
We have a special bond with our children and their families. Although we cannot come together at this time, we are always here to support them, and we continue to communicate with them daily. I believe when life presents lemons, make lemonade!”
In February 2020, a story about an Israeli parent whose child was saved at The Debbie Eisenberg and Gary Levene Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh), went viral. The family’s heartwarming experience in the midst of a difficult battle to save an innocent life touched so many people who were compelled to share the story on their social media.
The little boy was rushed to the PICU with obstructed breathing. He was admitted and received a life-saving procedure by the operating doctor who was called from home to deal with this medical emergency. When describing the situation, the boy’s father recalls that he “witnessed the sacrifices that medical professionals make each day and the dedication of countless doctors, nurses, and accompanying staff.”
With unrest surrounding the political elections, the boy’s father remembers feeling relieved as the hateful discourse remained outside the hospital doors. Instead, what he witnessed in The Shamir Medical Centre (Assah Harofeh) was a miracle of diversity, where the importance of attending to every patient transcended politics and religion.
Bemused, the father explained: “Over the course of several nurse shift changes, we had the most incredible people attending to my son’s needs. There was an older woman with a Russian accent, an Orthodox Jewish nurse, and another originally from Morocco. Every single one of them took care of my baby as if he was their own! Witnessing the care and affection my child was shown by the staff in this difficult time has added joy and optimism to our otherwise perilous situation.”
The father was grateful for the high level of medical proficiency and that the team worked together to save his son’s life, but he was particularly astonished by the diversity of the staff, all of whom represent a microcosm of the Israeli society. Seeing Christians, Jews, and Muslims of different backgrounds and views work together and put the lives of children before any external pressures of political or racial discourse, helped him trust the team attending to his son’s life even more so. He expressed that people who do things from their heart, are not defined by their differences, but by their actions and care they show to others.
Although the little boy still had a few more days remaining at the hospital when the story was posted, the father shared his belief in the capable caring hands of the medical staff at The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh). With a renewed faith in humanity, he is encouraged about being part of the diverse and beautiful Israeli society, where people are people and will do anything to bring the best out in each other!