|June 14, 2010
Tammuz 2, 5770
Jewish Federation New Website
"E-Ring" (Employment Related Information and Networking Group) provides information, opportunities for networking, and emotional
support to those engaged in the job-seeking process. It is open to
all, free of charge, and provides speakers from local organization on
topics related to job-seeking and training. The next meeting will take
place on Friday, June 18th at 1 p.m. at the JCCDC. Employers' Relation Coordinator for Vassar College, Susan Smith, will do a workshop on Interviewing Skills. The meeting for July meeting will take place on Friday, July 23 at 1.p.m. For further information, please contact Linda Tafapolsky, Psy.D., Director of Jewish Family Services at 845-471-9817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Ring is a program of Jewish Family Services, a division of the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County
On Thursday, June 3, just three days after the Gaza flotilla raid, 15-year-old Muhammed Kalalwe was working in his family's fields. They live in Jenin, a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, bordering Israel's Jezreel Valley and the city of Afula. The boy noticed a deadly viper snake and tried killing it with a rock, but the dangerous creature struck out and bit his right palm.
Screams and panic ensued and within minutes, the boy's father, Hafed, grabbed his stricken son and rushed him to the Jenin Hospital. They were ill-prepared to treat the boy, had no anti-serum and decided to send him by ambulance to the Emek Medical Center in Afula, Israel.
Emek, which was founded 86 years ago, is a community hospital that serves a culturally rich population that is equally divided (50/50) between Jews and Arabs. It has a mixed medical staff of Jews and Arabs, and its guiding philosophy is coexistence through medicine.
Hafed later related that he was genuinely afraid to be taken to Emek because he was sure that they would be ignored and not even spoken to. His son's palm and arm were critically swollen and the pain was unbearable.
The humanitarian reality of Emek shocked both the father and son as they were immediately greeted in Arabic, rushed into the ER where Emek's multi-ethnic staff administered life-saving anti-serum and brought the boy back from the brink of death.
I asked the father how he felt now about Emek Hospital and the Israelis he has come into contact with. "Our people do not know the truth about you and our medicine has a long way to go," he told me. "My son and I are not the same as we were before this happened and I will share this with my family and friends."
As he spoke, he gesticulated determinedly in a classic Middle Eastern style and when we shook hands as I wished them both well, the grip was firm and real. I have shaken many such hands and gazed into many Palestinian eyes that have seen a reality here at Emek Medical Center that they never expected to see.
Opportunities for Jewish Activities
Monday, June 14th - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, June 14th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Monday, June 14th - Major Gifts Event in support of the 2010 JFDC Community Campaign
Tuesday, June 15th - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple
Wednesday, June 16th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
Thursday, June 17th - Prayer and Torah Study in Rhinebeck
Thursday, June 17th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC. Call 471-0430 for more information
Thursday, June 17th - Torah Study at Schomre Israel
Monday, June 21st - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, June 21st - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Tuesday, June 22nd - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple
Tuesday, June 22nd - JFDC Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 23rd - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
Thursday, June 24th - Prayer and Torah Study in Rhinebeck
Thursday, June 24th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC
Thursday, June 24th - Torah Study at Schomre Israel
Friday, June 25th - Ernest Michel to speak at Beacon Hebrew Alliance
Monday, June 28th - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, June 28th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Tuesday, June 29th - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple
Tuesday, June 29th - Vassar Sisterhood Book Club
Wednesday, June 30th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
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