In Memoriam: David Weissman
It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the passing of the Center’s dear friend and board member David Weissman. David passed away after battling with a persistent pulmonary infection on February 15th, 2021.
Anyone who knew David, knows that he worked tirelessly to raise money for the purchase of new wheelchairs for the children at the Center. There’s no better way to honor his memory than for us to purchase 10 new wheelchairs at a cost of $3,600 each. Please help us to continue David’s legacy of love for children with disabilities in Israel.
David will be greatly missed by the Center’s leadership, by its volunteers, by its staff and most of all, by the children and families who benefited from his kindness and endless love.
Coronavirus Update / Emergency Relief Fund
“Whatever the future brings, the answer will always be – Challenge Accepted!”
The Israel Sport Center for the Disabled closed on March 15th and reopened in June.
Our fears that many of our members would be afraid to return were shattered by the quarter-mile traffic jams on the street leading up to the Center on opening day. In fact, we have been averaging 400-500 entries per day, higher than summer 2019!
But things are not the same as they once were: it’s not the face masks, it’s not the health declarations or the thermometers, not even social distancing. It’s something deeper. It’s a sense of uncertainty, a feeling that anything can happen, and what seemed unimaginable just a few months ago became a reality in an instant.
Just as we were settling into new routines, the second wave created new shutdown policies. Our pools and fitness center are now temporarily closed and we await more information that can impact our services.
To meet the immediate needs of the Center, the AFISCD established an Emergency Relief Fund. Donations of all levels are welcome and will be used to offset the loss of income incurred during the closure and to cover the additional expense related to the compliance of new health and safety regulations. May all our athletes continue to go from strength to strength.
The American Friends of ISCD is committed to providing ongoing financial support to the Center, empowering children and youth with physical disabilities from all backgrounds to participate in physical and psychological rehabilitation through sports in order to attain the goal of leading productive and successful lives in Israeli society.
To guarantee long term financial security ensuring the reach of ISCD to every Israeli child in need.
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