In honor of our B’nai Mitzvah on August 20th, 2015, we have decided to raise money for the Bet Elazraki Children’s Home in Netanya, Israel. We are doing this in lieu of accepting gifts from friends and family. That is because the children of Bet Elazraki need the help more than we do.
This Home, run by director, Yehuda Kohn, is a very special place for children who have either been abandoned, or removed from families because their parents are unable to provide proper care. As a result, they may arrive at Bet Elazraki in significant emotional distress. The Home cares for children of all ages. The children come from all over the country. In addition to lodging, the Home provides therapeutic treatment to help the kids, and sometimes the parents of these kids, to learn how to cope with their life circumstances. When we visited the Home this past summer, we toured 6 different buildings that house and feed the kids based upon age and gender. On the tour we learned that the most important goal of all of the counselors (and of course, Director Kohn) is to provide each and every resident with as normal a childhood as possible so they feel they are living just like any other kid. For example, each child’s photograph is taken several times a week in order to accumulate photo albums of each child’s memories. Also, there is a room specialized for birthday presents so the children get proper recognition on their birthdays. Even though Bet Elazraki Children’s home is so distant from us, we would still like to contribute, with your help, to their success.
One moment that especially stood out to us during our visit was meeting their choir, which is comprised of children who have a love for music and performing. We share this love with them and we would like to do what we can to help them pursue their passion even more. When we visited, we sang side by side with their choir, and immediately realized that one thing missing from this amazing Home is a music room full of instruments. We tend to look to music as a form of pleasure, comfort, and at times, therapy. We would like them to experience the same joy as we do.
Starting on January 1st 2015, the two of us have jointly committed to spend 2 hours a week rehearsing music for 5 months. At the end of May, we will record a CD and provide it to everyone who sponsors our project for his or her listening pleasure. We appreciate any help you can give us in assisting these children by donating enough money to buy various instruments for the children at Bet Elazraki.
Annie and Eli Rubinson