Ohr Yerushalayim is an interwoven fabric of health, stability and support. The level of professional healthcare that is provided is matched by unwavering emotional support by dozens of volunteers who commit themselves to visiting our hospital patients at least once a month. The struggles and daily fears of the mentally distraught are met with outstretched arms of volunteers who lift spirits and wipe tears from those who face the challenges we sometimes take for granted.
Ohr Yerushalayim even provides musical therapy in the shape of a six piece band that visits numerous hospitals for the mentally challenged throughout Israel. Each hospital is visited once a month where a revival takes place as patients break into song and dance. Depression fades away, loneliness is replaced with friendship, feet start to tap and people finally find a voice they never knew they had. Even the staff members of the hospitals eagerly await the music and merriment that permeates the corridors of the hospital. During these visits, the volunteers offer refreshments and drinks to the patients and medical staff of the hospital.
It is one thing to be in a situation that requires professional care and accept it. It is quite another to look forward to a visit by someone who is eager to share your challenges and bring joy into your life. These regular visits create a lasting relationship between the patients and the staff of Ohr Yerushalayim. Speak to many ex-patients who are now functioning in society and they will tell you that they began their first steps of rehabilitation with lively music in their ears and warm feelings in their hearts.
It is my wish, hope, and prayer that Hashem will answer your personal prayers for all that is good, and He will awaken your heart to do acts of benevolence and charity. May you thereby merit to be a partner and a witness to our final redemption.
From Reb Asher Freund