The establishment of the new building in Mote Gur Street in the Maginim area will enable a significant expansion of the diverse services provided by Yad Sarah to the city of Modi’in and the entire region. We hope the new building will be ready by Chanukah next year.
The new building will spread over a 900 sqare meters area, and will include: a center for medical equipment lending, a demonstration area and a medical consultation area, legal advice area for senior citizens, offices to accommodate Emergency Button services, a center for providing volunteers for home visits to the home-bound, and other services.
In addition there will be a 600 sq.m. medical equipment storage area. The branch will initially function on one floor, with a possibility of expansion to a second floor in the future.
Isaac Gindy, the donor of the building, came for the Ground Breaking Ceremony accompanied by his family, including his son Avraham who celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in Israel. Also present in the ceremony were Moshe Shechter, the first Mayor of Modi’in, who was instrumental in providing the area for the building, the rabbies of Modi’in: Rabbi David Lau, Rabbi Eliyahu Elharar and Rabbi Ya’akov Chekutai, City Council member Moti Gruner, Modi’in Director General Yoram Carmon, City Engineer Rami Raz, and dozens of the branch volunteers, with their Head - Eli Rosenberg.
The President of Yad Sarah, Uri Lupoliansky, said in his greetings:
“Sometimes it seems like the expansion of a city comes hand in hand with the parallel expansion of the activities of its Yad Sarah branches. We have been witness to cities that have expanded in accordance to the Yad Sarah branch that has developed in the area, and the Modi’in Yad Sarah branch was started 13 years ago by Eli Rosenberg and a crew of volunteers that came from throughout thecity. Thank you Eli for advancing the activities of the branch that provides assistance to all in need”.
He added: the Rambam states that a city that does not have a Charity Fund is not a community. A city that does not have members who care for each other, and help their brethren saying ‘Chazak’ (‘Be Strong’) – is not a Jewish city”.
Yad Sarah is a symbol of caring by volunteers who come to it to help and assist each in accordance with his ability. And wherever a community exhibits more expressions of caring we see the development of a Yad Sarah branch”.
The President of Yad Sarah summarized: “Here in Modi’in we see indeed a community that has crystallized a group whose members are intent on providing assistance to all in need in all areas, whether it is providing care for the sick, assisting the elderly, or to all handicapped.
In this place – with the caring it exhibits – we want to, and have to, expand the branch so we can provide help to even a larger community in need, and we are going in the right direction. With G-d’s help by next year we will be able to dedicate the building that will provide assistance to the entire region“.
Eli Rosenberg, the Head of the branch, said that the Yad Sarah building will be a beacon of caring and empathy – a house of Ahavat Chinam: Free Caring. Rosenberg thanked the mayors of the city – past and present, Moshe Shachter who allocated the area, Moshe Spector who intensified the connection with Yad Sarah, and Haim Bibes who made possible the realization of the dream.
Rabbi Lau, the Rabbi of the city of Modi’in, who in the past was a volunteer in Yad Sarah, blessed the donor family and the activities of Yad Sarah. Moti Gruner, a member of the City Council, who is in charge of Youth Culture and Sports – and a friend of Yad Sarah – brought the greetings of Haim Bibes, the Mayor.
Between the greeting Shir Buchnick¸ a Matnas Music Center student, headed by Ronit Cohen, played the violin, accompanied by Masha Furman. At the beginning of the ceremony Daniella Stromberg entertained the audience with her flute. Our appreciation to all.