Heddy Belman To Be Honored

Heddy BelmanAmerican Friends of Neve Hanna honors Heddy Belman on November 17th at Pine Brook Jewish Center, New Jersey. 

Heddy Belman is a valued member of the Board of American Friends of Neve Hanna. She serves as the Chair of the Development Committee working diligently to engage Foundations and obtain Grants to support programs needed for the children of Neve Hanna.

She was born in Quito, Ecuador, to wonderful parents who were survivors from Rumania. My parents journey, with the help from an aunt and uncle, in America, took them from Bucharest to Paris to Equator, because the US was not excepting such immigrants at the time.

Dad z’l was a lawyer in Europe with a doctorate in political science, and her Mom z’l studied medicine.  Each had to adjust and reinvent themselves a few times and on a few continents before ultimately coming to America.  Facing many challenges along their way, their main mission in life was to make her life beautiful.

As a result of their examples, Heddy did well in school and graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in linguistics and education. She worked and taught in the business world successfully and raised a beautiful family, with her awesome husband Michael. They continue to fill their lives with love, pride, joy and gratitude!!!

Throughout her American journey, Heddy has always treasured her involvement in the Jewish community. After joining Pine Brook Jewish Center in 1985, she served on many committees in varying capacities. She is also a Board member of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, AZM, MercazUSA and served as a delegate to the last WZO Congress.

During a recent trip to Israel, Heddy and Michael visited Neve Hanna in Kiryat Gat and saw how the Children’s Home provides love and support to children from disadvantaged homes. Over decades, it has literally changed children’s lives and helped raise them to be productive, loving and successful adults.

AFNH recognizes and honors Heddy and looks forward to many years of friendship and service.

 

 

Bat Mitzvah Experience Shared

Kiryat Gat, Israel, July 2019 – Co-Presidents, Janet and Irwin Tobin, spent an incredible day with Rabbi Liron Levy and our four Bat Mitzvah girls, Diana, Inbal, Tair, Oren and May, the Israeli volunteer, who was also Bat Mitzved.  They chatted all morning and the girls spoke freely about their families, what it means to become a Bat Mitzvah and their future dreams and the wonderful year they completed studying with Rabbi Liron.

Their Bat Mitzvah discussions centered around how they could remain a child while start taking on responsibilities of adulthood. Rabbi Liron stressed that they should choose a mission most important to them and incorporate it into their lives, adding more responsibilities within time.

The girls started with awareness and caring for others– being especially conscious, making sure that they treat their flat mates and each other respectfully. This expanded to include others that are different from themselves to better understand other perspectives. They are being attentive to a young man, with special needs, that was hired to work at the Petting Zoo and the in-house bakery. They expanded their horizons by visiting a Druze community and met Israelis that are not Jews. They also interacted with a group of blind people and were astounded to learn how well they function with everyday life.

The girls enjoyed talking and telling Janet and Irwin that if they put their hearts along with much effort and education, they could achieve their dreams. One girl wants to become a Veterinarian. She loves working with the animals and now that she became a Bat Mitzvah, she is permitted to work at the Petting Zoo. Another wants to be a doctor, another a kindergarten teacher and a soccer player. They included Janet and Irwin in the discussions, wanting to know how they met and all about their children, grand and great-grandchildren.

Upon completion of their year of study, they excitedly recapped many celebrations – parties and trips. Last February, a trip to Mt. Hermon, where they saw snow for the first time and even enjoyed one of the simplest pleasures, making and eating snowcones with juice. Followed with dinner at a Rosh Pina restaurant ordering whatever their hearts desired. In July, the finale, a trip to Eliat to swim with the dolphins.

For their Bat Mitzvah gift to Neve Hanna, the girls requested making ceramic clocks for each of the flats. This was inspired by their love of making mezuzahs (Hiddur Mitzvah Project) last year.

The girls requested that Janet and Irwin attend the Bat Mitzvah rehearsal, for the ceremony, that took place July 11 at the Egalitarian section of the Kotel. They also practiced their song and dance that they will preform at their Bat Mitzvah luncheon party.

The day Janet and Irwin spent with these very special Bat Mitzvah girls was one of the best days they ever had on a visit to Neve Hannah – just tops. Their expressions of joy and excitement, for the present and future, is an experience Janet and Irwin will never forget and continue to talk about way into the future.

Mezuzahs are Available!

MezuzotMezuzahs are still available for purchase!  Be a part of our Hiddur Mitzvah Project!

In appreciation for your participation, you will receive a duplicate mezuzah as the one you donated.  With your generous donation and support, our children will continue to grow and thrive.  We hope you will be inspired to send a contribution in recognition of our shared dedication to building a bright future for the children of Neve Hanna.

Learn more about this special project at https://afnevehanna.org/hiddur-mitzvah-project

You may download and print the form.  Please make checks payable to American Friends of Neve Hanna.

All charge cards are accepted on our website:  afnevehanna.org   Click on DONATE and charge using Network for Good.  All donations are tax deductible.

Changing Children’s Lives through Music Education

Sunday, April 29, 2018, members and supporters of American Friends of Neve Hanna gathered together at Abigael’s in New York in love and support of the Neve Hanna Children’s Home.

The evening’s mission was to raise funds and bring awareness to the new Music Education program at Neve Hanna.  In lieu of our staff member, Lisa Pollack’s 50th birthday and the 45th anniversary of the Neve Hanna Children’s Home, we kindly asked for donations made to the music program.

Our guest speaker, guitarist, Tony Romano discussed the importance, beauty, value and benefits of music therapy education.  He performed several songs following the discussion.

Neve Hanna is changing children’s lives through music and you can too by donating at https://www.afnevehanna.org/donate

 

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Tour Israel June 2018

The children of Neve Hanna are the future of Israel!  Another way to show your support for our children is to Tour Israel May 30 through June 12, 2018 with the American Friends of Neve Hanna!

We’re celebrating both the Neve Hanna Childrens Home and 70 Years of the State Of Israel!   We’re very excited to being a part of the B’nai Mitzvahs of our children at the Kotel!  

Highlights include:

  • Neve Hanna
  • Rosh Pina
  • B’nai Mitzvahs of the children at the Kotel
  • Mt. Herzl
  • Yad Vashem
  • Israel Museum
  • Masada
  • Ahava Factory
  • Tel Hazor and Tel Dan National Parks
  • Boat Ride on the Kinneret
  • Tiberias
  • Beit She’an
  • National Park City of David
  • Davidson Archaeological Park
  • Hurva Synagogue
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Robinson’s Arch
  • Dead Sea
  • Zichron Ya’akov
  • Caesarea
  • Kibbutz Hanaton and much more!

Contact our office at info@afnevehanna.org or 212-870 2980.  There’s still time to register!  What an exciting time to be in Israel – Join us!