IAJF Board and community members visit a number of IAJF's recipient organizations each year to view firsthand IAJF's impact. Each of these visits was meaningful and moving, as can be seen from the impressions they shared afterward.
May 15th Visit to Holon Institute of Technology
The IAJF-HIT Research Center was launched in May, aimed at investigating new methods for the detection of illegal underground tunnels and communication systems. IAJF President Robert Kahen met with the leadership of HIT and attended a special event marking the opening of the center. Professor Motti Haridim, Head of the Research Center, laid out the center’s goals and accomplishments, and a road map for the next steps in the mission of creating a better and safer future for Israel’s citizens.
May 16th Visit to Yemin Orde Youth Village in Hatzor Haglilit
IAJF President Robert Kahen and his son, Young Leadership Division member Dr. Michael Kahen, visited the Yemin Orde Young Men's Leadership Program and attended a ceremony for the IAJF-initiated and supported scholarship program. The Vocational Training Scholarships program helps students not only learn practical skills for sustainable, in-demand careers, but also cultivates their self-worth and motivates them to pursue their dreams. In attendance at the ceremony were sixteen program graduates who had received IAJF’s scholarships.
June 15th Visit to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon
IAJF Vice President Hercel Harounian, accompanied by his wife Fariba and son Jason, a Young Leadership Division member, met with Dr. Ron Lobel, Deputy CEO of Barzilai Medical Center, and Michael Shichor, a hospital volunteer. They toured the facilities and discussed the unique challenges of managing a top-rated medical facility within six miles of the Gaza border. IAJF representatives viewed some of the equipment donated by IAJF, as well as the brand-new fortified building that was inaugurated earlier this year and the IAJF-sponsored IVF surgical department. The IAJF representatives also met with Professor Eyal Antebi, head of the gynecology and delivery departments, who personally thanked the IAJF for its longstanding support of the Medical Center.
June 15th Visit to Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village in Southern Israel
IAJF Vice President Hercel Harounian, along with his wife Fariba and son Jason, visited the Aleh Negev Village for severely mentally and physically challenged Israeli children and youths. The IAJF representatives toured the Complex Nursing Center, Central Garden, and Amphitheater. They also had a special opportunity to meet and even play with the children. Avi Vortzman, the CEO of Aleh Negev, presented IAJF with a plaque for past contributions to the Residential Medical Clinic Building and expressed gratitude for IAJF’s recent sponsorship of a Group Therapy room at the Rehab Neuro-Orthopedic Hospital.
June 24th Visit to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem
IAJF Chairman Shahram Yaghoubzadeh toured Shaare Zedek Medical Center with Akiva Holzer, Director of Special Projects. They viewed the cutting-edge Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as well as the Emergency Room and Trauma Unit, all supported by IAJF. Mr. Yaghoubzadeh received an update from Professor Jonathan Halevy, Director-General of Shaare Zedek, on the anticipated opening of a new Department of Surgery and Cancer Center. The hospital leadership thanked the IAJF personally for its ongoing support which enables constant striving for medical excellence and expansion of services.
June 25th Visit to Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer
On a recent visit to Sheba Medical Center, a leading medical center in the Middle East, IAJF Chairman Shahram Yaghoubzadeh toured a Trauma Unit central monitoring station sponsored by IAJF. He also visited the recently opened Department of Emergency Medicine and the adjacent planned simulation center that IAJF has pledged to support. Mr. Yaghoubzadeh met with Professor Yitzhak Kreiss, Director-General of Sheba, and Professor Elhanan Bar-On, Head of the Center for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response, who both personally expressed their appreciation for IAJF’s strong support of the hospital and the Center.
June 25th Visit to Notnim Tikva
IAJF representatives were hosted at the Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba Tel HaShomer and taken on a tour by Shmuel Moshe, Notnim Tikva’s CEO, and Dr. Omer Bar-Yosef, Director of Pediatric Clinics. The guests met with patients and family members who have benefited from Notnim Tikva’s volunteers and support. They visited the Music Center and the onsite professional recording studio for children treated at the hospital. IAJF Chairman Shahram Yaghoubzadeh joined in on the drums during a recording session with two of the children. He accepted a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the IAJF and received a Thank You sign prepared by the children in gratitude for IAJF’s commitment to sponsor a multimedia system for the music center.
June 26th Visit to Rambam Health Care Campus in Northern Israel
IAJF Chairman Shahram Yaghoubzadeh and IAJF President Robert Kahen visited the Rambam Health Care Campus and met with the hospital’s director, Professor Rafi Beyar, and International Relations Director Dr. Esther Golan. They discussed the plans for the soon-to-be-built Eyal Ofer Heart Hospital, where the IAJF has sponsored a post-procedure follow-up care room. In addition, department heads updated the guests on the newest imaging and robotic modalities used at Rambam, as well as the underground parking lot that converts to a hospital in an emergency. IAJF’s ongoing support has been essential in Rambam's efforts to provide state-of-the-art healthcare and facilities to the people of Northern Israel.
June 27th Visit to Beit Ruth Village in Afula
A team of IAJF leadership including Chairman Shahram Yaghoubzadeh; Executive VP Kouros Torkan, along with his wife Karen; and IAJF Treasurer Frank Shahery, along with his sons, Young Leadership Division members Kevin and Daniel, visited Beit Ruth Village for at-risk young girls. During their visit, they met with Iris Twerski, the village managing director, Mor Lipin, the program manager, and members of the counseling team. They toured Beit Ruth’s Residential House and School and the IAJF-sponsored art, music, and therapy rooms. The group enjoyed a musical performance by Beit Ruth’s music class and participated in a special ceremony unveiling a plaque recognizing the IAJF for its support.
June 29th Visit to TeLeM at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek
IAJF Vice President David Emrani and IAJF VP Frank Lalezarian along with his wife Flora visited one of the Kibbutzim operating the TeLeM program, which offers living arrangements, employment, education, and life skills courses for Ethiopian youth. During their visit, the IAJF representatives met several recipients of IAJF-sponsored scholarships for vocational studies. They also met with Eitzik Shafran, TeLeM Program Manager, and Moran Rosenberg, TeLeM Program Coordinator, toured the Kibbutz, and visited the “TAMA” plant, a world-leading manufacturer of crop packaging products.
April 5th Visit to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem
Touring the new Sarah Westman Davidson Tower and underground operating rooms; meeting with Hadassah Director, trauma care expert Prof. Yoram Weiss.
"Hadassah Medical Center was established over one hundred years ago with the mission to extend a hand to all, without regard for race, religion or ethnic origin. We are proud to be a partner with this fine institution that provides the most modern medical care not only to the people of Israel but also to those who travel there for advanced care in hope of a cure."
~ Shahram Yaghoubzadeh
(left to right) Shahram Yaghoubzadeh, Faranak Amirsaleh, Yvette Yaghoubzadeh, Mahyar Amirsaleh, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Eliezer Hemeli, and Lin Meir-Drori at the underground operating rooms.
April 12th Visit to Amigour Sheltered Housing in Kfar Saba
Viewing recently completed rent-subsidized residential units that are home to 143 elderly people; meeting Holocaust survivors and immigrants; performance of the in-house senior choir; unveiling a plaque recognizing the IAJF's support.
"It was so wonderful to see these seniors spending the rest of their lives living together as a family."
~ Hercel Harounian
(left to right): Fred Ohebshalom, Shahram Yaghoubzadeh and Hercel Harounian with Amigour senior choir
July 2nd Visit to Yemin Orde Youth Village in Northern Israel
Meeting with staff and graduates of the Young Men's Mechina, a gap-year program for disadvantaged immigrant youth; meeting recipients of IAJF vocational scholarship program who are Mechina graduates who have completed their military service.
"It was so heart-warming to see an organization taking these young guys who do not have supportive families, under their umbrella, giving them guidance, and teaching them some skills and profession in their vocational school, to make them productive and successful members of society. They deserve full support."
~ Frank Lalezarian
(left to right) Yemin Orde student, Director of the Mechina Eyal Eldar, Hersel and Farnaz Torkian, Alex and Mina Peykar, Lin Meir, Frank and Flora Lalezarian at the Yemin Orde godjo, a traditional Ethiopian hut
July 2nd Visit to TeLem at Kibbutz Maagan Michael
Touring Plasson, the kibbutz's plastics factory employing Telem graduates; meeting Telem staff and recipients of IAJF vocational scholarship program who spoke about their achievements and the possibilities ahead of them due to IAJF support.
"Over 1,000 graduates who received these lifesaving skills already succeeded in developing a career and leading a more productive life."
~ Hersel Torkian
Alex and Mina Peykar, Hersel and Farnaz Torkian, Frank and Flora Lalezarian, Lin Meir and TeLem graduate and staff at Plasson Factory
July 13th Visit to Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village in Southern Israel
Touring the multifaceted facility providing a home and a safe environment to children and young adults with severe disabilities; visiting the new clinic sponsored by IAJF.
"Aleh Negev is thoughtfully designed to cater to [residents'] needs and strengthen their physical and cognitive abilities. It is the only place of its kind and serves as a model for hope around the world. It's such a happy place and really makes me believe we all have the ability to change the world for the better."
~ Mina Yaghoubzadeh
IAJF Young Leadership member Mina Yaghoubzadeh by IAJF plaque at Aleh Negev
July 28th Visit to Sunrise Day Camp on Long Island
Participating in Volunteer Day; touring camp facilities; meeting staff and volunteers who contribute daily to bettering the lives of children with cancer and their families, free of charge.
"It was a sad, rewarding, and moving experience. I was glad to see that through people's and organizations' generosity, these kids have some normality in their lives and in the life of their siblings. It makes me proud that IAJF has decided to support this worthy cause."
~ Ben Moosazadeh