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A Helping Hand and a Listening Ear

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A Helping Hand and a Listening Ear

Homecare often hears stories from aging Russian immigrants who have lived through war and tyranny. As trust grows, the stories come.
Rivka was 3 years old when she and her older brother fled with their mother to escape the German invasion of Russia. After the war they returned to find their house taken over, and the shocking discovery of a heap of skeletons nearby. Later these victims of Nazi Germany were given a proper burial and their memory is honored each Holocaust Memorial Day.

In Russia, when Rivka and Rosa’s family lit the Sabbath candles, it was done in secret. Stalin’s harsh repressions meant any expression of Faith was forbidden. Younger sister Rosa was born after the war. Rivka’s father had been killed at the Front and mother remarried a widower who had four children. He lovingly cared for all the family Rosa recalls, in spite of the very difficult conditions in which they lived such as the bitter cold and shared accommodation with several other families.

Although Rosa was restricted in her studies because of being Jewish, she became a teacher. Then in 1990 following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Rivka and Rosa came home to Israel. Rivka could not follow her profession and had to accept factory work. However, she was happy to be there. “My father always said, ‘go to Israel”, she tells Homecare’s Corrie.

Homecare visited Rivka each week to assist her during her two years of illness and when Rivka passed away, Rosa could not bear Homecare’s visits to cease. A special person to talk to, someone with whom she could share her heart, and above all, Nurse Corrie had helped care for her beloved sister.

The faithful service of Homecare provides not only practical assistance but deep friendship.


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