A Low Point

November 12, 2021

Dear Amudim Family,
 
What we see on the surface of someone’s life does not always reflect what is brewing beneath the outer layer. And when struggles and pain are left unchecked, they can lead to cracks that inevitably break the core. No one should have to suffer alone; and Amudim is here to ensure that if someone needs help, we will assist in finding every resource necessary to help rebuild what’s broken. 
 
Dina* seemed to have it all until everything came crashing down. A loving husband, two great kids; she was living the dream she had yearned for since she was a little girl. But soon after the birth of her last child, she began experiencing severe depression combined with suicidal ideation. She couldn’t get out of bed and felt that she had no reason to live; the fact that she couldn’t pinpoint a reason for why she was feeling this way when life seemed so good just exacerbated her feelings of pain and guilt. After months of no change, Dina’s husband decided he wanted out of the marriage and took the children with him. After a quickly arranged divorced and losing custody of her kids, Dina hit rock bottom and was admitted to the psychiatric unit in a local hospital.
 
One of Dina’s friends thankfully reached out to Amudim; and our case manager was able to coordinate getting in touch with Dina to gain consent to speak with her doctors. Together with them, her friend and Dina herself, we created a discharge plan that would allow us to help Dina get the proper treatment she needed. Once Dina was able to safely leave the hospital, our case manager assisted her with finding the appropriate resources and support that she needed to get back on her feet. After several months of treatment, Dina began the slow but steady step down to a lower level of care. Baruch Hashem, she is now living independently, holding down a job, and is in the process of getting back shared custody of her children. With Dina’s permission, we also reached out to her parents and began recreating the support system she needs to move forward to a healthier and happier future. 
 
If you or someone you know is struggling, contact us anytime. 
 
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.

WEEK ENDING: November 12, 2021

184 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week

Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.

EMERGENCY TRAVEL​

RECENTLY UPDATED
 
We are very pleased that many of the restrictions and obstacles pertaining to traveling to the State of Israel have been eased effective November 1st 2021. We know that changes will continue to happen, and we will continue to update the site as they occur. Click here for more.
 
Updated Israel Tav Yarok ‘Green Pass’click here for the most recent guidelines and everything you need to know.

SOCIAL MEDIA​

THIS MONTH

This week Amudim Israel ran a workshop for the Shaarei Chesed community on understanding & preventing child sexual abuse, presented by Atara Weinstein, MSW, as well as a student mental health education program for Amudim Israel Sephardic Division, presented by Dr. Yaakov Freedman.
(Photographed: left – right) Scott Orlanski, Centers Health Care, Gal Swiss, Israel MOH and Zvi Gluck, CEO of Amudim
 
Since April of 2021, Amudim has partnered with the Israeli Consulate in New York, after receiving a request from the Vice Consul, Kesem Macover, to assist with setting up a vaccination program for the staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working abroad across the United States. Together with Israel’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pharmscript Pharmacy and Centers Urgent Care, we hosted 2 full days of vaccine administration, and again, a few weeks later, 2 full days, for the second dose. 
 
This week, Amudim assisted with the vaccine booster administration, for 5 full days; partnered with Pharmscript Pharmacy, Centers Urgent Care, and ELAL.