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Y PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 By Uriel Heilman in the Ebola zone, IsraAid is providing psychos0cial coun- (JTA)--Even amid the selingandtrainingtoservice unceasing horrors of Sierra providers --health workers, Leone'sEbolaepidemic, itwas social workers, teachers, a case that stood out. police-- dealing with Ebola A 5-year-old boy had patients in Sierra Leone. The been found in his home in locals staffing Freetown's a remote village, the lone Ebola hotline are among survivor in a house riddled those receiving counseling. with the corpses of family "Dealing with the psycho- members. He needed to be socialtraumaiscriticaltoad- extracted; the bodies needed dressingthe Ebolaoutbreak," to be buried. Shachar Zahavi, IsraAid's The operator who took the founding director, told JTA call at the Freetown hotline in an interview. "A major that coordinates the dispatch deterrent to treatment is that of ambulances, police and people don't trust one anoth- burial teams was shaken, er. If you don't feel well, your Enter IsraAid. The lone Is- family immediately hides raeli or Jewish disaster relief you and you then infect your organization on the ground entire family. We're trying to The Jewish Pavilion's 2014 Chanukah Schedule The entire community is welcome to participate in the Chanukah services provided by the Jewish Pavilion. Dec. 5th @ 11:30 am at Lake Mary Health & Rehab Dec. 5th @2:30 pm at Southland Suites Dec. 7th @ 10:30 am at Springhills Dec. 7th @ 2:00 pm at Chambrel Dec. 9th @ 2:00 pm at Grand Villa Dec. 10th @ 2:30 pm at Health Center of Windermere Dec. 12th @ 11:00 am at Island Lake Dec. 12th @ 12:00 pm at Grand Villa Dec. 12th @ 2:00 pm at Horizon Bay Montgomery Dec. 12th @ 2:30 pm at Plantation Oaks Dec. 12th @ 3:00 pm at Village on the Green Dec. 14th @ 1:00 pm at Horizon Bay Boston Dec. 15th @ 10:00 am at Delaney Park Dec. 15th @ 3:00 pm at Winter Park Care & Rehab Dec. 16th @ 9:30 am at Terra Vista Dec. 16th @ 11:00 am at The Commons Dec. 16th @ 12:00 pm at Oakmonte Village Dec. 16th @ 1:00 pm at Westminster Towers Dec. 16th @ 2:30 pm at Lake Bennett Health & Rehab Dec. 16th @ 2:30 pm at Life Care Dec. 16th @ 3:30 pm at The Mayflower Dec. 16th @ 5:00 pm at Atria Dec. 17th @ 10:30 am at Savannah Court Dec. 17th @ 2:00 pm at Madison House Dec. 17th @ 3:30 pm at Arden Court Dec. 18th @ 10:00 am at Emeritus at Ocoee Dec. 18th @ 2:00 pm at Conway Lakes Dec. 19th @ 10:30 am at Regents Park/The Westchester Dec. 19th @ 11:30 am at Savannah Court Dec. 19th @ 3:00 pm at Savannah Court in Oviedo Dec. 23rd @ 3:00 pm at Longwood Health & Rehab Dec. 23rd @ 3:00 pm at TuscawiUa Nursing & Rehab Dec. 26th @ 1:30 pm at Serenades ~D teach police, social workers, health workers and teachers how to deal with people who are afraid of them--and how to manage their own stress and anxiety." Last month, IsraAid's work earned the organization a letter of praise and thanks from Sierra Leone's first lady, Sia Nyama Koroma. She also happens to be a psychiatric nurse, and when IsraAid held a two-day psychosocial counseling workshop last week in Freetown, Koroma cleared her schedule to attend the entire program, according to Zahavi. A 13 -year-old organization funded in part by U.S. Jewish institutions and federations, and supported by the Israeli government, IsraAid honed its techniques in other di- sasters, such as the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the 2013 typhoon in the Philippines. But Is- raAid staffers say Ebola is their most challenging crisis. "It's more difficult than other disasters, mostly be- cause it's an ongoing disaster and it's scary," said Yotam Polizer, IsraAid's regional director for Asia and now the person in charge of the Africa response. Polizer spent most of October in Sierra Leone and will head back there next week from his home base in Japan. IsraAid has brought four Israelis to Sierra Leone: two psychosocial trauma special- ists and two logistics experts. Next week another six will arrive, and Polizer isworking on hiring a team of locals. It's hard to recruit Israelis to join the effort, organiza- tional officials say, because they must be fit enough to work in grueling conditions required by Ebola protocols and be able to clear their schedule for at least six weeks: one week for training, three to four weeks in the field, and two to three weeks afterward to make sure they're not infected. Information 866.742.6855 www.c rstene Cornerstone is committed to caring for all hospice patients regardless of payer source or ability to pay. 100% Covered by Medicare & Medicaid IsraAid lsraAid psychosocial trauma specialists Hela Yaniv, left, and Sheri Oz leading a counsel- ing and training session for service providers in Sierra Leone, Oct. 27, 2014. And then there's the fear affected region. IsraAid has factor, been tasked with receiving "At least two to three times the two shipments going to a day people start to freak out, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and worrying they have a fever, helping integrate the clinics and they have to be calmed into existing international aid down," Polizer said. "It's very efforts run by such groups as Challenging." International Medical Corps, When he returns to Sierra Doctors Without Borders, and Leone nextweek, Polizer said the U.S. and U.K. armies. he'll have to reacquaint In the United States, the himself with the demanding New York-based American strictures of life in the Ebola Jewish World Service has zone, including taking his beenleadingtheJewisheffort temperature every few hours; to send financial help to the washing his hands with hot zone, funding 10 groups chlorine 20-30 times a day; in Liberia and one in Senegal refraining from any physical that are working to contain contact, even handshakes, the Ebol~ outbreak. with other people; and eating These groups' efforts in- only at three or four carefully clude using radio stations and vetted restaurants. Most dif- rural media organizations ficult of all will be trying to to carry out public educa- make sure not to touch his tion campaigns combating own eyes. Relief workers say Ebola's spread; training and eyes are the most easily in- equipping volunteers to de- fected part of the body. liver hygiene materials and IsraAid is the only official information pamphlets to Israeli presence in the Ebola local households; providing zone. But while Israeli De- psychosocial support and fense Minister Moshe Yaalon counselingtoEbolasurvivors declined a U.S. request to send and their families; renovating IsraelimilitarystafftoAfrica, a clinic to act as an Ebola the Israeli Foreign Ministry is quarantine and triage center; sending equipment for three andin one case, providingpri- mobile medical clinics in the mary medical care services to locals in light of the collapse of local health care systems. "When the outbreak grew in intensity this summer, we consulted our existing grantees in Liberia to find out which resources they needed to respond to the epidemic in their communities," said Ruth Messinger, the president of American Jewish World Service. "These local activist 5019096 groups were well positioned to take this work on because they were already well-estab- lished and trusted members Of their communities." AJWS has disbursed about $142,000 to its recipient or- ganizations and raised about $820,000 from donors. Most of that sum has come in over the last sixweeks, since AJWS increased its fundraising goal to $1 million from $200,000. Despite all the challenges ofworkingwith Ebola, Polizer said there have been moments of satisfaction. In IsraAid's stress management work- shops for relief workers and Ebola survwors, leaders em- ploy a variety of tactics. Role play exercises are designed to help Ebola survivors cope with people who stigmatize or reject them because they've had the disease. Health workers practice movement and dance therapy to help cheer them up, and breathing exercises to help them relax. The head nurse of one hospital outside Freetown came to one of IsraAid's stress management sessions burnt out and afraid after having lost more than 35 colleagues to Ebola, Polizer recalled. Instructors helped the nurse with a relaxation technique in which participants close their eyes and imagine themselves in a safe place. The nurse fell asleep, and when she awoke she was smil- ing. It was the first time since the outbreak began, Polizer said she told him, that she had enjoyed a proper sleep. Sarah Myers, daughter of Ernie and Theresa My- ers of Windermere, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Sarah is in the seventh grade at Gotha Middle School where she plays viola in the Gotha Middle School Chamber Orches- tra. Her hobbies and in- terests include music, art, drama, dance and television production. She has also been named to the Orange All-County Middle School Chamber Orchestra. Sharing in the family's simchawill be Sarah's grand- mother, Myrna Clear field; and granparents, Robert and Cielo Myers, and Joseph and Beatrice Shretzmann.