Doing good in Israel
ed deed — to give elderly people a chance to social- ize, and to create a warm and intimate family atmo- sphere at every meeting.
notably successful in the future. We wish the same success to all other charita- ble organizations in israel and around the world.
One can say with cer- tainty that this beneficient organization will contin- ue to be, with God's help,
Sol levy, Freelance ob- server, for International Life magazine
Bella's Warm Home, Hanukah celebration.
Meeting of Warm Homes hostesses.
The person responsible for the activities of Warm homes in israel, Sofia Bor- isov, addressed me to one such home, situated in the northern town of Maalot.
Warm Homes Seminar. Bella Sverdlov (second row, third from right), Sofia Borisov (fourth from right). International Life Magazine
There are around 100 charitable organizations and funds successfully working in israel today. in 1969, the charitable organi- zation JDc-eshel was co- founded by the american Jewish Joint Distribution committee and the Gov- ernment of israel. in its 40 years of work the fund has achieved considerable suc- cess in helping repatriates, and particularly the elder- ly, get settled in their new country:
20 new buildings have
been constructed to house 3,500 elderly;
224 medical clinics of-
fering 24-hour home ser- vice have been established;
more than 90 different
medical studies have been conducted to learn more about the state of health of elderly israelites, to try to explain the phenomenon of high life expectancy (an average of 85 years!);
Gerontech has been found- ed with cooperation of the Metropolitan Jewish health
System in New York city.
The JDc-eshel fund works in close contact with american colleagues, who provide critical moral and material support.
One of the first pro- grams established by JDc- eshel was Warm homes, the goal of which is to create a warm gathering place and social network for groups of elderly indi- viduals with similar back- grounds, and provide them with meaningful activities which enhance their quality of life.
The hostess, Bella Sver- dlov, Doctor of Science, retired in 2002 from the world-famous “iskar” fac- tory. an emotional, ener- getic person, Bella couldn’t just simply sit and to do nothing, so she proposed to Sofia to open a Warm home. The first meeting of “Bella's home” took place in summer of 2006 on the eve of the Second lebanese War. To no small degree, Bella's profession- alism, optimism, fearless- ness and dedication helped those who flocked to her like moths to a flame in or- der to wait out the horror of hezbollah's rocket at- tacks. Bella regularly invites specialists to speak about Judaism and Jewish tradi- tions, as well as psycholo- gists, poets, and musicians. her home has established the lovely tradition of cel- ebrating Jewish holidays and the birthdays of par- ticipants. For years, gath- ering in her small, com- fortable apartment really became a second home for
ly conducts conferences, seminars, and courses for the hosts of Warm homes, at which participants ex- change stories of their experiences. Despite the economic crisis, they con- tinue their good and need-