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A FAITHFUL FRIEND

BY: MAXINE CARLILL

Homecare often hears stories from aging
Russian immigrants who have lived through
war and tyranny. As their trust in the ICEJ staff
grows, more of their stories come to light.

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A HIDDEN HERO

BY: KAYLA ELLINGSWORTH

In 1941, when German forces were poised to conquer Kiev in Ukraine, six-year-old Sergei was standing at the door of his house with his young mom. A group of Soviet soldiers came to evacuate them, barking the
order, “Take papers for you and the boy, nothing else. You have to leave in 10 minutes, otherwise you will be killed.”

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GIVING COMFORT TO JEWISH FAMILIES AFTER TERROR

BY:  MAXINE CARLILLE

The sigh of relief in Israel was palpable. Lockdowns, further lockdowns, and restrictions! Now it was almost over. A year of challenges left behind. Yet suddenly, the sense of freedom was gone. A lockdown of a different kind was triggered by repeated barrages of Hamas rockets. For nearly two weeks, especially in southern Israel, residents spent days and nights in bomb shelters.

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ZACHAR’S STORY

“I HAVE FOUND FREEDOM IN ISRAEL”

B Y: MAXINE CARLILL

Every week, Homecare climbs the stairs with a small bag of groceries to visit Zachar and supplement his meager cupboard. Since he is 94 and nearly blind due to a war injury, he carefully handles each item, which is the way he ‘sees’ these days. Afterwards, comes the most important part of the day for him: The cup of tea and a listening ear.

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25 YEARS OF HOMECARE
‘CALLED FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!’

BY: ICEJ STAFF

There is much reason to celebrate! Twenty-five years ago, the ICEJ’s Homecare program for Russian Jewish immigrants was launched when nurse Corrie Van Maanen joined the staff. Homecare is still going strong as many elderly and disabled Israelis receive weekly visits, nursing care and a dose of encouragement from Corrie and her team. Your faithful support throughout the years have made this possible.

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HOMECARE VISITS BREAKING LONELINESS FOR ELDERLY ISRAELIS

BY: ICEJ STAFF

Since 1996, ICEJ Homecare has provided nursing assistance, physical care and emoti onal support to many elderly and disabled Russian immigrants in Israel. But due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the families we visit and help on a weekly basis, most of them elderly, had to remain in their homes and were not allowed to have visitors. This was very difficult, as they eagerly await the visits of Corrie van Maanen of ICEJ Homecare each week. She has built up relationships and trust with them over the years and we became as family for them. 

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WINDS OF CHANGE

BY: MAXINE CARLILL

During Hanukkah, a season of light, we would like to share a story of how some light was shed into a family’s life. A young girl, one of nine children, lived in an impoverished home and suffered from behavioural problems. This concerned her single mother and psychologist, yet one donation from Homecare made all the difference. 

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EMERGING FROM ISOLATION

BY: MAXINE CARLILL

For elderly Russian Jews visited by ICEJ Homecare, the Corona pandemic’s abrupt change of lifestyle was a shock. These elderly immigrants often feel uprooted from their land of origin and now were cut off from their children and grandchildren. In the first weeks of restrictions, the Homecare team brought groceries to their apartments and developed a ‘doorstep ministry’ as we conversed with them from the stairwell. Now we are allowed a few in-home visits and went to check a little closer on some of these dear Israelis. 

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ICEJ HOMECARE DELIVERS A SWEET SURPRISE!

BY: LAURINA DRIESSE

The gift bags were set out and ribbons perfectly measured for tying around 120 beautiful holiday presents in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah in early September. Each gift bag contained a magnetic fridge notepad, a lovely handmade mug, specialty teas grown around Israel, and a jar of honey, thoughtfully wrapped together in a new dishtowel and finished with a ribbon and little pomegranate symbolising this special holiday season. The gifts also came with a unique card designed by ICEJ Homecare nurse Corrie van Maanen with a scripture verse from Isaiah 12:2. 

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HOMECARE HELPS TROUBLED HEARTS FIND RELIEF

BY: MAXINE CARLILL

The city of Jerusalem is suddenly awakening Though still missing the usual throngs of tourists, life is coming back to streets that are filling with excited people. Whlle young people and families enjoy their freedom aftera year ofseveral corona lockdowns, the elderly assisted by ICEJ Homecare are hesitant to bellere that they can go out and about. They noticeably suffered from the year ofisolation and are taking time to orercome the loneliness and find the courage to finally leave the house.

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