2013-14 Grants by Myriam’s Dream

CLICK – Community Leadership in Innovation for the Elderly – is located in Hod HaSharon, a municipality close to Tel Aviv. CLICK provides vocational, educational, social and cultural services to the aged.. Each senior engages in new activities that allow him/her to feel productive and a part of a larger and vibrant community.

DIPLOMAT HOTEL – replace isolation with activity, provide medical essentials
Built as a luxury hotel in the early days of the State of Israel near the center of Jerusalem, this aging institution was converted to a home for the elderly. Most of the residents are immigrants from the former Soviet Union who made aliyah in the 1990’s. Arriving with few resources and having few options to create a new life for themselves in their latter years, these olim find themselves without sufficient resources to manage their health and medical needs. Through the efforts of volunteers, residents are provided with additional resources to supplement their diets and medical needs.

ACTION FOR POST SOVIET JEWRY – clothes, fresh food, medical & health supplies
Providing resources for elderly Jews who are living and surviving amongst some of the harshest conditions in the Ukraine and other regions within the former Soviet Union is key to the mission of MYRIAM’S DREAM. The APSJ has long shared this mission by locating individuals throughout the community who serve as emissaries to locate those who are forced to live on the meager funding provided to pensioners. Through the funding provided by MYRIAM’S DREAM, elderly throughout the region receive medical supplies and food packages.

BEIT FRANKFORTER – Sandwiches from Grandma
Every child deserves a healthy lunch during the school day and summer recess. 14 schools and more than 450 children in and around Jerusalem are recipients of daily and weekend lunches, 500 sandwiches and fruits made by the hands of volunteer Beit Franforter elders.

MYRIAM’S DREAM BOOKBINDERY for schoolbooks and prayer books
We have long valued the place of actual books in our schools and synagogues across the continent. Maintaining the quality of the book covers and bindings has become the mission of a group of senior volunteers who devote hours to restoring volume after volumes that are sent to the Bookbindery. Using their outstanding skills in their small workshop along the New Jersey shore, the elders refurbish books in all conditions. Children from schools in the area frequently visit.

VINNITSA – food and medicines for homeboundVinnitsa
Founded in 1363, the city of Vinnitsa is about 160 miles west of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and has a current population of almost 400,000. During the Holocaust, the Nazis slaughtered 28,000 and virtually wiped out the Jewish community. After World War II, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) helped fund the rebuilding of the Jewish Community Center and the regrowth of the Jewish population. When JDC withdrew its financial support about a decade ago, one resident – Gregory Shmulevitch – who was acquainted with the work of MYRIAM’S DREAM, volunteered to organize a project consistent with MDI’s mission. Thus, in 2005 Gregory quickly identified a group of 20-25 elderly homebound Jewish neighbors and began to deliver desperately needed food and medicines. Today in Vinnitsa, Gregory has doubled his clientele and expanded his program as well.