A Lemonade Fund Perspective on the Ninth of Av

“God, you have drawn me up and not let my enemies rejoice over me. My God,  I cried out to you and you healed me.” (Psalm 30)

It would be easy to be depressed about what has been happening in Israel lately. We are being attacked, within our borders, and we are doing our best to defend ourselves. In truth, there have been losses of many bright young men in the prime of their lives, or of innocent civilians, and the cry of mourners can be heard in almost every corner of our land, of our region. We are facing formidable foes, and though we are united in our resolve and strong in military might, it is human nature to be fearful and sad.

We at the Lemonade Fund deal with assisting people who are seriously ill. Those who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness face the personal battle of their lives. They succumb to hopelessness at times, and fear is their steady companion.

How, then, do we find hope during times of such profound worry and sadness? The Ninth of Av, the saddest day of the Jewish year, begins tonight, and the meaning of the day lends a clue to finding solace during hard times. Tisha B’Av commemorates one Jewish tragedy after another, each one could have threatened future Jewish sustainability. Yet, through it all, we as a people have survived. It is said that baseless hatred between Jews, between brothers, brought about these periods of destruction. More likely, it was a lack of kindness, consideration and tolerance that caused us to work against one another. We are powerful when we come together, as the current situation in Israel has shown. As a nation, we are experiencing unity as never before, and there are immense national and spiritual benefits to this. Our enemies haven’t rejoiced over us.

If this terrible war can help us to learn about the benefits of unity and we can continue to act with kindness and tolerance toward one another, something good will have come out of all of this.

As we did at the same time last year we at the Lemonade Fund ask that you take on simple acts of goodness. (The Lemonade Fund was founded during the week of Tisha B’Av and this week we mark our 3 year anniversary.) Our particular focus is illness. Most of the breast cancer patients who have received Lemonade Fund grants are desperately ill. The poor often don’t get medical help until disease is advanced. Many are young and single parents. Children are impacted. Many of our recipients are from communities in the south that have been particularly hard hit during Operation Protective Edge.

Please take a moment tonight and tomorrow to have these patients in mind. If it is your way, please pray for them. (You can read many of their stories on the website, http://www.lemonadefund.org/profiles.) Volunteer at the Lemonade Fund; we welcome all volunteers. Or reach out to someone you may know who is ill. Call them, text them, visit them, connect with their caregivers and offer support. Reach out to a stranger who is needy or lonely. Just Reach Out.

May this day go from being a day of mourning to a day of celebration. May we all stay safe and see peace soon.

Thanks, the Lemonade Fund.









Profiles in Courage – June and July 2014

S., 44 years old, from a city in the center of the country, applied to the Lemonade Fund when she felt she had no where else to turn. S., recently diagnosed with breast cancer, lives with her elderly mother (who requires full-time care) and her husband who is no longer able to work as a butcher due to mental illness. S. was unable to have children but has worked for many years with disabled children. Due to the side effects of chemotherapy she is currently not working and her small family is living on minimal disability payments. She has fallen behind on many payments as well and debts are piling up. The Lemonade Fund was created in order to help breast cancer patients weather difficult financial times so that they can concentrate on recovery. S. was awarded a generous grant and we wish her a swift recovery.

T., 61 years old, is a divorced mother of three, living on a small pension in a fourth floor walk up in Kiryat Malachi, a town in the south that has been hard hit during Operation Protective Edge. Breast cancer, originally diagnosed seventeen years ago, has returned and metastasized. She is in a great deal of pain and applied to the Lemonade Fund for help to pay for pain medicines that are not fully covered by insurance as well as for assistance with travel expenses to the hospital where she is being treated. (Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva.) We at the Lemonade Fund hope that T.’s grant will help alleviate some of the considerable pain and stress that she is under at this point.

Young Family Asking for Help

The Lemonade Fund was notified of a family in the Sharon area that needs help. The mother, suffering from late stage breast cancer, is in intensive care. The father said that what he and his children want most right now is for people to pray (and recite psalms) for his wife. He said it would comfort them greatly to know that this is happening. His wife’s name is Bracha Rachel Yetta bat Hindel. (The name Bracha was added this week.) At some later point we may be called on to help the family in other ways, such as with meals or financial assistance, but for now they are asking only for prayers. Thank you.

Breast Cancer Patient requests your prayers and good deeds

A good friend of the Lemonade Fund, Etana Sarah bat Hadassah, is herself undergoing a biopsy today to determine the extent of the spread of cancer to her abdomen and liver. She has asked that we pray for her and do good deeds. She is an amazing woman who has never complained, has only asked, during each bout with this illness, that we pray and do good to others, in her name. She may see this as part of her ‘medicine,’ and it has been working. Many have been helped, thanks to her. She has been fighting this disease for a while and we are with her in the hope that our actions can help her continue in her fight.

Thank you.

The Lemonade Fund

A Living Room Concert to Benefit the Lemonade Fund

A LIving Room Concert to Benefit the Lemonade Fund

List of Sponsors and Information Booth Participants: 2014 Women’s Health Awareness Evening

Thanks to all who participated in/helped out at the Lemonade Fund Women’s Health Awareness Evening on May 12. The event was fun and informative. Some amazing women donated their services and shared their expertise. Worth getting to know them!

Delicious Refreshments:

Sara Spigler
Savtush deli
Achuza 130

Gorgeous Lemony Room Decoration:

Shani Folkman
Event Planning by Shani Folkman

Assisted by:
Debby Brooks
Interior Design

Health Information Booths:


We offer many styles of yoga classes for all levels and all ages (including kids) in english and in hebrew.


Gabi’s Pilates
Personal Pilates Training
Phone 054-570-3443
Email gabispilates@gmail.com


Cindy Solkin, Holistic Health Coach and Nutritionist, phone: 054-4288998 or mail: cindy.solkin@gmail.com


Wendy Lehmann, House of Colour Israel,
Personal Styling
phone: 054 427 2809 or mail: wendy.lehmann@houseofcolour.com

Physical Therapy and Personal Training:

Debbie Waltuch, Physical Therapist, Personal Trainer

Occupational Therapy:

1. Jan Gassner, Occupational Therapist
I am available for consultations and treatment in either English or Hebrew in the following areas:
Ergonomics – advise and set up home or office work computer stations so as to prevent muscular injury and facilitate a healthy and efficient work environment.
Senior safety – address fall prevention for older individuals and assist in modifying the home so they can safely remain in their familiar environment.
Therapy treatment for various arm and hand injuries, repetitive stress injuries as well as measuring for pressure garments and silicone scar treatment (for swelling, lymphodema or scar remodeling).
For more information, call 052-5552460

2. Sharon August-Dalfen MSc. OT (rehab.)
Occupational therapist, specializing in expressive therapy & technology across the lifecycle.

Naturopathy and Accupuncture:

Lilit Bendel

לילית נתיבאור
נטורופתית מומחית
מומחית לפוריות
מטפלת IPEC מומחית
מסטר NLP ודמיון מודרך

Reflexologist and Logotherapist:

Devorah Kur
Devorah is passionate about the relationship between mind and body and empowers people to deal and grow through their challenges. Reflexology is beneficial for all ages. It is about bringing balance and wellbeing to the body. With adults, it helps back and neck problems/pain, digestive issues/diseases, hormonal balancing, thyroid issues, cancer and the effects of chemotherapy, urinary problems, pregnancy related issues, infertility (male and female), menopause, sleeping problems, depression, anxiety and migraines.

I am happy to offer anyone coming to me through the Lemonade Fund FaceBook page a 10% discount off a treatment.

Devorah Kur

Profiles in Courage, May 2014

B., 53, from Sderot, is very ill. She has breast cancer that has metastasized throughout her body, and she will probably stop all treatment soon and enter hospice. Her only income comes from Bituach Leumi (National Insurance) and amounts to NIS 4300/month. The family has decided to move up B.’s daughter’s wedding and has requested assistance with buying B. a dress for the wedding. The Lemonade Fund awarded B. a grant to help her family with this request. We wish B. and her family a mazal tov and we wish B. peace in the days to come.

P., 33, is an immigrant from Romania living in a town north of Tel Aviv. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments to shrink her tumor prior to surgery. After surgery she will need radiation treatments. P. is divorced with two young children, ages 4 and 7. Her older child is severely autistic and needs extra help, and P. can’t rely on her ex-husband or any extended family. P. told her social workers that she is concerned about money because she had to take a leave from her job as a kindergarten teacher due to the side effects of her treatments. Until now she made ends meet with her income and alimony, but without her job, money is very tight. Bituach Leumi will hopefully provide her with some benefits, but approval takes time, and P. needs help now. The Lemonade Fund awarded P. a grant to help her during this critical time, so she can hire extra childcare and focus on getting well.

Another way to help: The Lemonade Fund is currently providing two young single mothers who are in treatment, in the Sharon area (Raanana and Kfar Sava,) with a Shabbat meal once a week, on Fridays. The commitment is to provide one meal to one of the mothers, no more than once every four months. If you are interested in signing up, please write to: info@lemonadefund.org. Thanks!

To donate: http://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/


Would you pay privately for a mammogram?

Dangerous mammogram controversy


NY Times article dated, May 7, 2014


A personal note. As one who had no family history and no symptoms, were it not for a mammogram, my breast cancer diagnosis would likely have come at a more advanced, more difficult to treat, and likely more deadly stage. This article and others like it gloss over important facts, such as our inability to discern which women are ‘at risk’ and should be covered (I wouldn’t have met the criteria,) and the personal ‘cost’ of diagnosing breast cancer at later stages (riskier treatments; more chemotherapy, more mastectomies.)

Hidden in the article is the statement that ‘Diagnostic methods these days catch most cases of breast cancer that can be effectively treated, and much of what is picked up by universal screening is over-diagnosis.‘ What are these ‘diagnostic methods?’ (Mammograms and then, if needed, sonograms and MRI’s.) Would all of these ‘effectively treated’ cases be caught if women had to pay for screening out of pocket? How much does a mammogram cost? Anywhere from $500-$2700 is typical. Where is the study showing what percentage of women would forego screening if they had to pay privately for it, and what the impact of this would be on number of diagnoses, and on staging, treatment and mortality? And as for over-diagnosis, another term that medical economists love to tout when talking about mammograms…let’s talk about how to address over-treating rather than over-diagnosis.  As one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer as the result of a mammogram, I’d prefer to have been wrongly diagnosed even if it meant having to undergo an unnecessary procedure. I would bet that 100% of the 40,000 or so women who are diagnosed each year in the US and the 4,500 who are diagnosed each year in Israel, would agree with me on this one.

One could argue, but the worst part of these discussions is the unintentional fallout. It is confusing women and they are not getting screened.

Thie controversy over mammograms will be one of the topics to be discussed at the Lemonade Fund’s WOMEN’S HEALTH AWARENESS EVENT, Monday, May 12 in Raanana.



Oops! Corrected Address for Women’s Health Awareness Event

Oops! Corrected Address for Women's Health Awareness Event

Women’s Health Awareness Event (in English) Monday, May 12, 2014.

Mammogram Controversy

Come to Lemonade Fund’s Women’s Health Awareness Evening (in English) to hear about the latest controversies about screening.

RSVP:  shari@lemonadefund.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/480634542039654/


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