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Paper Making Training Course

Last week, we began our very first paper making training course! Our Bookbinding instructor taught Michael, Simeon, and Mark how to make recycled paper.

Once they learned the basics of paper making Dinka, who is one of our experienced paper makers, helped them continue to practice and perfect their skills. Although Dinka is from Ethiopia and does not speak Russian they were able to use body language and modeling to overcome language barriers.

Next month, we plan to teach another group of bookbinders how to make recycled paper!

Click here to see some of our recycled paper products.


Lasting Friendship

Solomon and Leonid, two of our metalworkers, have been friends since they were young professionals working in a factory in Uzbekistan. They both studied electrical engineering and Solomon also has a second degree in economics.

Solomon made Aliyah in 1998 and Leonid in 1999. Unknown to each other, they moved to the same neighborhood.  Leonid and his wife joined Yad LaKashish 13 years ago. He is an expert metalworker; creates beautiful hamsot (decorative hands) and jewelry.

In 2013, Leonid encouraged Solomon to join him in the Metal Workshop. Now, Solomon, Leonid and Leonid's wife Sofia walk to the bus together every day, over a kilometer each way. 

Their instructor, Adina, says, “Whenever I say it's hot out they always remind me that it isn’t hot here. They tell me Uzbekistan was hot- over 40 degrees Celsius. And when it’s cold, they remind me that it isn’t cold here. Siberia was cold, this is paradise.” 

May they be healthy and enjoy many more days of friendship!

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Celebrating Diversity

Born in Jerusalem in 1947, Chaled began working at Yad LaKashish in 1988 following injury from a serious car accident. “The social worker referred me to Yad LaKashish so that I wouldn’t be alone every day without anything to do. I was sure I wouldn’t last a week. I never dreamed that I would stay for 30 years!”

Chaled appreciates the diversity of Yad LaKashish. Currently, he is celebrating Ramadan and enjoys sharing his customs with others in the Ceramics workshop.

“Just like many of the people here, I observe fast days. We also follow the lunar calendar, but without a leap year. At the end of this month we will celebrate a big three day holiday and I will go visit my family but otherwise, it’s all like usual.”

Chaled appreciates the warm, positive atmosphere at Yad LaKashish and feels accomplishment and satisfaction at work each day. Chaled firmly believes that “keeping your mind and hands active is the key to wellness.” In the ceramics workshop, Chaled’s superior technical skills and meticulous work made him the perfect person to provide quality control for items before painting.

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Visiting Elisabetta

Bat Or and Eran are part of a joint program with a middle school in Jerusalem’s city center. Every Thursday, four students from the 8th grade class come to volunteer at Yad LaKashish.

As part of the program, we place special emphasis on creating inter-generational connections between the elderly artisans and the student volunteers.

Bat Or and Eran volunteer in the Textiles, Appliqué and Children’s World departments. When asked what is most meaningful for them about their volunteering, they noted that they enjoy building relationships with the people in the departments.

Eran is happy to help with the problems they have with their phones.

Bat Or, spoke about the difficulty she feels when people are sick and must miss work for long periods of time. She created a strong bond with Elisabetta early on in her volunteering but Elisabetta has been home sick for some time.

Before every holiday we visit the elderly who have not come for long periods of time because of illness or recovery from a fall and present them with a holiday gift. The pair expressed a desire to visit Elisabetta and so our social coordinator invited them to join her during her trip to see Elisabetta.

The students prepared a blessing for her and brought chocolate with them. The meeting was very moving, Elisabetta was extremely happy to see them and called them “my students.”

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Pesach 2019 Newsletter

We hope you enjoy reading our Pesach 2019 Newsletter which offers an inside look at the production of our new Seder plate as well as life advice from one of our elderly artisans. 

Click here to read our Pesach newsletter!

Once Upon a Seder Plate

Purim at Yad LaKashish

This Purim, we hosted over 120 students from three different institutions! We had a wonderful time dancing, eating hamentaschen, and celebrating the holiday with our visitors. Thank you to Solomon Schechter Westchester, Yeshivat Orayta, and Young Jerusalem for spending your Purim morning with us.

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B'nai Mitzvah Projects, Am Shalom


After visiting Yad LaKashish, Ari and Noah G. chose to raise money for us by selling our handmade products in their home community.

Lucas F. asked that donations in honor of his Bar Mitzvah be made Yad LaKashish. After his Bar Mitzvah, Lucas came to visit us and was able to meet and get to know the deserving elderly artisans that his efforts supported.

Mia Z. visited Yad LaKashish three years before her Bat Mitzvah and knew from that day that she wanted to use her Bat Mitzvah Tzedaka Project to help support the elderly artisans. Mia sold products from Yad LaKashish at her synagogue and donated the money she made to Yad LaKashish in support of the Pesach bonus given out to each of the elderly artisans to help them celebrate the holiday with dignity. 

We are inspired by the dedication and hard work of these 4 Am Shalom B'nai Mitzvah students. Thank you for supporting us and sharing our mission with your home community. 

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