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"DAY CENTER" PROGRAM

Art group in Day Center  Overcoming loneliness is the main purpose of this program. This program is for disabled people who are not bedridden and can take care of themselves partially. Their physical abilities are very limited that is why when they stay home alone, they become nervous, short-tempered, depressed, and their general condition is getting worse. Day Center does not substitute other programs, it works jointly with them, and its main purpose is to help people like these to fill up the gap of relations.

  Every day the groups of 10-12 people arrive to the Day Center and spend there a few hours. This time is dedicated to different classes, discussions of the problems of relations between individual and society, medical consultations given by Hesed physicians, and, first of all of course, to socialize and help each other. Elderly people with joy reveal their hidden talents and it inspires them to live and socialize.

  The participants of the program listen to the following lectures: "Health of elderly people", Jewish History and Tradition", "Jews in modern world and Israel", "Jewish music and culture" and many others. These lectures are read either by outside teachers or the clients (many of them are highly educated and have a broad outlook). Despite of venerable age and limited mobility they have precise mind and encyclopedic knowledge. Thus, Liya Frishman is not only a historian but also a poetess. Very recently her friends from The Day Center have congratulated her with the edition of her second book of poems. Professional musicians and musicologists study Hebrew and Yiddish songs and the chorus sings them with pleasure at Community holidays.

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