Dear Friends of Myriam’s Dream

The “Great Recession” has its impact on people all over the world; but none feel the pain more than the elderly who live on the edge of life in Israel and Eastern Europe. As resources shrink and prices rise, the needs of the elderly increase unbelievably.

Photo of meal preparation for the homelessMYRIAM’S DREAM reaches a small number of these people when they are in the greatest need. Through our volunteer emissaries who travel or live in Eastern Europe and via organizations in Israel, we have been able to offer significant assistance. Our work, however, is dependent on you who provide us with the funding to offer medicines and food to elderly Jewish men and women who live in such poverty that they often do not know where their next meal is coming from.

MYRIAM’S DREAM supports projects in Israel that bring elderly people out of their homes to meet and enjoy a hot meal. When these elderly men and women are together, they prepare meals for children who lack the resources for lunch in their schools. They work on craft projects which are shared with children in their neighborhoods and shelters. Like our work in Eastern Europe, when elders are too fragile to leave their homes, they receive a visit and delivery of meals.

Photo of child and senior citizen artisans

As you can see from the grant sites selected, many of the programs that receive grants from MYRIAM’S DREAM promote the interaction between the generations. Just as Myriam first brought Israeli schoolchildren to see elderly Israeli citizens at work repairing damaged schoolbooks, so does MYRIAM’S DREAM continue to seek ways to bridge the gap between old and young. At a time when many elderly people are legitimately afraid to venture too far from the security of their homes, it is even more critical to provide safe havens in their neighborhoods where all share Myriam’s dream of intergenerational understanding.

MYRIAM’S DREAM is careful to monitor the work of all of our grantees. As we are a totally volunteer organization, our only expenses are fundraising efforts through two mailings each year.

We depend on our donors who have been extremely generous through the years, enabling us to distribute more than $1,000,000 to support these important organizations that aid the elderly. This was the dream of Myriam Mendilow when she established her first workshop in Jerusalem and it continues to be our dream as we spread her vision throughout the world.

We hope you will join with us.

Photo a Elderly ladies making bread.