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.

Sandy's Greenhouse

Our Planet, Our Future

Every day is earth day at the Neve Hanna Children’s Home in Israel.  Through education, our children learn there are many things they can do to help improve and protect the earth.

Through the Horticultural Therapy program, our children learn where their fruit and vegetables come from, as well as how much effort, care and natural resources are needed to have them in the end, on our plates.

Over a year ago, our children were involved in our greenhouse project, when we soon realized that we should explore gardening/horticultural therapy for the mental and physical well-being of our children and teenagers.  The children began learning many skills, and appreciate the importance of nurturing their environment and the planet.  While planting and gardening trees and plants, they learned that trees provide food and oxygen.  They help save energy, clean and detoxify the air and help combat climate change.

Together we are changing children’s lives and improving the environment.  Our planet, our future.

Go to http://www.afnevehanna.org to learn more about our children and the remarkable projects and programs we continue to establish.

The Teenage Project: Girls Striving For Success!

Michal, a therapist, accompanies the teen group to all their meetings and therapy sessions. Working with Michal and the teenagers is a young lady, Bat-El, who grew up at Neve Hanna Children’s Home and is working as a Group Leader. She and her husband met as young children at Neve Hanna and began dating as teens. The couple and their two lovely children live on the premises at Neve Hanna

Bat-El is a vital example, an excellent, beautiful role model for the girls participating in the teenage group. She is a success story.  The Teenage Group holds meetings while the girls prepare dinner. This togetherness is of utmost importance. Conversations pop up quite naturally and cover very pertinent personal issues.  The girls also meet monthly with women personnel from Hewlett Packard, either on campus or at Hewlett Packard. They instill social and professional skills. Hewlett Packard stresses that with education and desire they could accomplish success in whatever the girls choose for themselves. There should be no need to settle.

Neve Hanna Children’s Home is changing children’s lives!  www,afnevehanna.org

The Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo

For Neve Hanna children, this is much more than a place where they can watch, feed and pet the animals.  It is the place where they have animal-assisted therapy. During therapy, animal-assisted therapists watch children interact with the animals and interpret their behavioral patterns. Through the interaction between the animal and the child a vast variety of issues is addressed without the need for verbal expression.

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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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Janet and Irwin Tobin Honored

Janet and Irwin Honored

January 31, 2018, Tel Aviv – Janet and Irwin Tobin were included among other esteemed honorees at the 40th Anniversary of the Masorti Movement.

Janet and Irwin were recognized for their dedication and contributions through their work at American Friends of Neve Hanna supporting the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being, sponsoring the Jewish learning B’nei Mitzvah program, fostering Neve Hanna’s connection with the Noam Youth Movement and the Tali Educational Fund, as well as a plethora of other activities associated with the Masorti Movement.

Go to www.afnevehanna.org to learn more about the remarkable programs and projects that they continue to establish at American Friends!  Mazel Tov, Janet and Irwin!