The Israel America Foundation is deeply grateful to the people who have generously donated their time and funds to the charities we represent. Here are some of their stories and how their generosity helped make a difference.
Planned Giving-(Donor: Helen R. Oken)
The ‘Israel America Foundation’ specializes in Planned -Giving. One of the best ways of giving is through a bequest in your Last Will and Testament.
During one’s lifetime the obstacle to GIVING LARGE is that you need your funds to live on. But death comes at the end of life; and the Last Will ad Testament acts at death; and so in a Will you can leave all the assets you haven’t used to live on to leave behind to Family, friends and Charitable Organizations.
To a Jew, Tsaduchah or CHARITY is very important; Important while you live, and important when you leave the world.
If a man or woman has a family, then spouse and children, may be the first priority, or close relatives; but if a man or woman is alone, that good-works or charity is the important object.
For a Last Will and Testament to yield funds to help others; the deceased person must have managed their funds well and/ establish vehicles so that funds would be there to fulfill the purposes the deceased has left for.
When a person(either man or woman) dies in his own home, he has chosen the most comfortable and least expensive place to die.
How can one be assured of leaving the world in his own home? The answer is by executing a’Disability’- Trust. A’ Disability’-Trust is an “Intervivos -Trust” or living-Trust with particular wording that in the present can choose Trustees who may in the future pay the bills of a man or woman who becomes so mentally and physically incompetent that they would have to go into a ‘Nursing-Home” if they did not chosen in advance to die in their own home, and chose one, two or three Trustees, to manage their assets as well as hire aides to take care of them at home.
Usually, the person or persons chosen as Trustees, can also be Executors or Managers of the Will, and would also be chosen as a Health Care Proxy by the TESTATOR who will become the manager of a ‘Living-Will.”
it is very important to learn to Trust. And to be able to pick people that merit trust. A Health Care Proxy is able to speak and act for a patient, who because he or she is undergoing an operation or procedure is not fully conscious and able to direct a physician as to what to do or is comatose; the living-Will is what a person (before he becomes a patient) decides is the way he wishes to be treated if certain physical things happen.
When a person wants to make a Will, he must go to an Estate Attorney and explain his /her life circumstances;. He/she must give the Attorney all the names that one goes by, a intimate understanding of familial relationships such as spouses and children, & grandchildren & siblings, such as brothers and sisters and parents, &nieces and nephews; tell the attorney about assets, such as stocks, bonds. real-estate, etc. Additionally, one must remember not to set up conflicting instruments of distribution, such as Bank Accounts in Trust or Joint Bank Accounts
Helen R. Oken was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Israel America Foundation. I knew Helen for over 10 years when I first spoke to her about making a Will. She made a Will the first day of April 2008. She died 10/29/15. She an all-charitable Will. Her husband died some 30 years before of diabetes. She had no children.
She left for 4 American Charities and through our Organization, she left for 5 Israeli charities, and all but one for MEDICAL Research. The only Organization that was not Medical was Mishan’s Children’s Villages, for Orphans and children in Need. She was a kind and loving Woman. WE HONOR HER MEMORY.
A Chanukah Gift Trust for Two Thousand ($2,000) Dollars for 20 years at 7 ½% gives $150 per year totaling $3,000 in 20 years.
ABRAHAM PROSKY, A ‘Friend’ of the Israel America Foundation decided to contribute to the Chanukah- Gift- Trust five years ago. He requested that the income per year, instead of going to himself, go instead to ORANIM, the Academic College of Education for a grant for a Student-Teacher to help defray the tuition of a needy High- School Graduate, who deferred his/her army service, to mentor failing H.S. students in the vicinity of Haifa. (Haifa High Schools reported a 50% failure rate in the High-Schools of the North, which has a large Ethiopian and Russian immigrant population)
ORANIM, a ‘top-notch’ TEACHING- COLLEGE performs a social- service by mentoring failing H.S. students. Each ORANIM student is assigned 7 failing students by the High School Administrators.
The wonderful news is that 8.5% of the failing students who have been mentored by the Student-Teachers of ORANIM have graduated High- School and gone on to the Israeli Army and the chance to have a first class life in Israel.
ABRAHAM PROSKY is to be congratulated. His $2,000 contribution is allowing needy H.S. students to attend College, and he is thereby increasing the student-teacher population mentoring failing H.S. Students, who would never get anywhere if they didn’t graduate from H.S. and enter the army! This Chanukah with an additional $150 added, $1,250 will have gone to ORANIM, in the name of Abraham Prosky.
YOU, too can make an ENDOWMENT in your name for 20 years for $2,000. Please speak to Elaine Levitt, #212 869-9477.
*Funds Needed Now for Oranim
Below is a letter from Dr Roberta Bell-Kligler, Director Of The Oranim International School, in requesting THE ‘ISRAEL AMERICA FOUNDATION’HELP KEEP 3 STUDENTS NOW ENROLLED IN THE ‘MASA’ 4 MONTH PROGRAM permanently IN ISRAEL:
“As you know, there is a lot on our common plate now. We are getting excited about the possibility of a program in the summer conceived of by Prof. Zilbergeld. More on that later.We also need to deal with the programs and students already in our care.Following is an email we sent you back in October.Wondering if you were able to do anything about it.It would be great if these students (see attached letters) could continue their studies at Oranim.I am concerned that if there are no financial aid, they will have to stop their studies.Any help would be most appreciated. All the best to you and yours,
(1) Dear Sir/Madam,
I’m writing in the hope that you will provide me with some help. My name is Anastasia Lemyasava. In St. Petersburg, Russia, I studied English since I was 7 and later I graduated from St. Petersburg State University holding the bachelor’s degree in child psychology. I am currently participating in the MASA Program at ORANIM College. This summer I have been taking part in intensive English learning and I like it so much that recently I’ve decided to continue my education in the MASA M. Tech Program, with the intention of staying in Israel and later becoming an English teacher here. I have to pay for the M. Tech Program myself and cannot hope to do so without financial support. I would deeply appreciate any help I can get.
Thanking you in advance
(2) Dear Sir/Madam,
I am write to you with the hope that you can help me. I was born in Kharkiv, UIkraine. There. I have completed the full course of V.N.Karazin Kharkiv University Law Faculty. Now I am participating in MASA A.T.I. Intensive Program that I started in July. It is a four month preparation program for the international English Exam that also includes Hebrew- Lessons and introduction to Jewish Culture. Unfortunately the program is ending in one month. During my studies I realized that I would like to learn more about Israel and have the possibility to study Hebrew and English. I am wondering about repatriation to Israel. I enjoy studying at ORANIM and would like to continue in the MASA M. Tech program or become an English Teacher and share my experience with other students. The problem is that the new MASA grant covers only half of the cost of my studies but the total cost is 105006. Unfortunately I can’t pay the whole price myself and would deeply appreciate any help I can get from you.
Thanking you in advance,
I beg your pardon for asking you for additional financial aid so that I can attend M. Tech program in ORANIM Academic College. My name is Vladamir Karaev and my is dream that one day I will teach people and create new projects in education that will improve the method. I have a B.A. in Pedagogical Science and another in in Cultural studies. I have been in ATI Intensive Programatn ORANIM for four months and would like to continue. I have come to a point in my life that I really know what I want to do and will be relentless in making a success of myself. After the MASA I am going to make Aliyah and serve in the army. After that I hope to start teaching.
The second MASA grant covers only half the funds for my studies (50005), and the real cost is 105005. Unfortunately I can’t pay the whole price myself, because we are not allowed to work while participating in the MASA program and my parents are doctors. (Being a doctor in Russia is not a well-paying job,) I would be grateful if you could help me make up the additional funding. It would make the difference between my continuing my education or stopping and getting a job. My aim is to work hard and to graduate from this esteemed institution.
Thank you for your attention to this matter,
If you find it in your heart to assist these Oranim students, please contact Elaine Levitt #212 869-9477.
Marvin Reinstein Estate
Marvin Reinstein was born in Brooklyn, and lived with his mother until she died. He lived with his mother in Graften Street in Brooklyn in Brownsville.
In the second WW he served in the Army. Always very interested in Israel, He came into my office on October 22, 2001 and made out his Will. His wish was for the majority of his estate to go to assisting the Israeli Armed forces.
Marvin Reinstein died on December 7th, 2004. 17 years later, here is how Marvin’s generosity has been realized.
Soroka University Medical Center
50% of this bequest used by Seroka Hospital in the Negev. To establish a Ward for the rehabilitation of Israeli soldiers and airman who shall have been injured in combat, and another 50% to be used by the HaEmek Hospital. In Jezreel Valley Medical Center in Afula, Israel and the Lowenstein Rehabilitation Hospital in Raanana, Israel to establish a ward for the rehabilitation of Israeli Soldiers who shall have been injured in combat.
20% of the estate was given to conduct military science research at Tel Aviv University.. The Award was designated as the MARVIN REINSTEIN NUCLEAR MILITARY SCIENCE AWARD And a Plaque was affixed to a wall in the research section of Tel Aviv University bearing the inscription:IN HONOR OF MARVIN REINSTEIN.
20% was given to Oranim University in Tivron , Israel to create the MARVIN REINSTEIN ENDOWMENT FUND FOR SECULAR JEWISH STUDIES with its own curriculum which shall to enable teachers to educate Israeli Children in their Jewish Heritage.
20% was donated for a Professorship at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovath, Israel for the study of Nuclear and atomic Energy.
Five Research Studies funded by Israel America Foundation Testators in their Wills
(These are five studies that Bequests in Wills funded at Ben Gurion University of the Negev together with SIROKA Hospital(Kupat Holim Clalit Hospital in the Negev).
(1) Gut Microbiota Correction as a Potential Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
Prof. Vadim Fraifeld, Dr. Arik Segal, Dr. Yair Zlotnik, Dr. Itzhak Mizrahi, Prof. Michael Meijler, Prof. Marina Wolfson, Dr. Keren Moyal
1. Gut Microbiota Correction as a Potential Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) or placing a Healthy microbial community in the gut of a person suffering from Parkinson’s disease and testing for its benefits vis the Parkinson’s patient specifically in the area of constipation and motor symptoms.
(2) Use of feeding tubes in patients with end-stage dementia: the Israel perspective in the wake of a reform in health policy
Prof. Mark Clarfield, Prof. Tzvi Dwolatzky
.Use of feeding tubes in patients with end -stage dementia: The Israel perspective is in the wake of a reform in health policy- The Method chosen relates to whether it is based upon bureaucratic, ethical or medical reasons.
(There are two kinds of feeding- tubes: -Percutaneous endoscopy gastrostomy (PEG). The feeding -tube is placed into the stomach through the abdomen) particularly useful when Enteral nutrition is needed for a long time) and a Naso-gastric tube (NG) for short or medium time use and for aspirational use when there is a blockage). Since the Study began there were changes in elderly care, legislation and an overall growth of palliative care; so that instead of choosing from two hospitals the patients were chosen from 8 institutions of different kinds.. Collection of data should be completed in four months.
(3) Relative reliability, absolute reliability and concurrent validity of the Narrow Path Walking Test in people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Prof. Itzik Melzer, Dr. Marc Gotkin
Relative reliability, absolute reliability and Concurrent validity of the’ Narrow Path Walking Test’ in people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
The point is that 90% of the sufferers of( AML) have unstable gait, but 50% fall, and it is important to find out who will fall, so that they can be protected. ‘The Narrow-Path Walking Test’ maybe such an indicator!
(4) Effects of the use of movement monitoring on physical and cognitive function and subjective wellbeing of older people with minor neurocognitive disorders
Prof. Sara Carmel, Prof. Yaakov Bachner, Prof. Tzvi Dwolatzky, Prof. Itzik Meltzer
(5) Active euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in Israel: Attitude of older persons, social workers and gerontologists
Ilsa Wagner left for each of the 9 Charities of the Israel America Foundation; the sum of $50,000.
Here is how Ilsa’s funds were used:
(1) DISKIN Orphan Fund of Israel: DISKIN is based in Jerusalem Wgat began as an Orphanage, became Diskin Orphan’s Fund.. Diskin has a presence in Jerusalem, but what Diskin does with its Buildings is rent them out; the income of which will be used to pay the expeneses of an Orthodox Jewish boy who is an orphan. DISKIN wants the child to be raised in the bosom of his family, and until the boy reaches the age of 26 years of age, DISKIN wants to finance this child so that he receives the best of care that an Orthodox child can have with his parents alive and well. So they pay the bills of the Orphan raised in the bosom of his family.
$100- General Clothing
$500-1 year Clothing Package
$180: Holiday CLOTHING PACKAGE
Bar Mitzvah Party::$1,000
Bar Mitzvah Clothing::$800
SIMCHAS: Bar-Mitzvahs; Aufrauf or Sheva Brachot-
Shabbat Hatan/Sheva Brachot-$2,500
Kitchen Appliances: $2000
Sheva Brachot: $1,0000
Ilse Wagner donated $50,000 to AMAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGE -Here is how the funds will be dispersed:
Technical High School Scholarships or Grants
9th-12th Grade (14-18 years old)- Scholarships $350 per Year
Scholarships for Technicians and Practical Engineers (-19-20 years old) Pre-Army- $2,000 per Year
13th and 14th Student Scholarship: $500-$625 per year.
— One Third of the tuition is the amount that AMAL pays for Grants.
Grants for lower Level Courses for Technical Careers
Technical Courses- would be $4,500 (for the simplest Courses)
For Carpenters or Mechanics (In the calculation is the price AMAL pays the teacher. The teacher comes 2X a week for 30 Weeks-
Grants for High Level l Courses:
Technical Courses at the High Level for Technicians and Practical Engineer cost $50,000 in U.S. Dollars per Course per year. These Courses are not run 2X a week, but Courses run daily.and include software to do exercises as preparation for getting a technical Diploma from the Ministries (Ministry of Education ,Technology -Department or from the Ministry of Economic Professional Diplomas, in 3 Degrees: Basic Lever, Professional Level and Expert Level 1, 11, and 111.