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Profiles in Courage – July 2018

When both spouses have cancer… Y., a 50 year old secretary from Haifa, is married with two adult children. Her husband, a machine operator, is currently being treated for lymphoma. In the midst of taking care of him, Y. was diagnosed with breast cancer and now, she, too, is getting chemotherapy. Though their children pitch in, they are having a hard time making ends meet. The Lemonade Fund, an emergency breast cancer financial relief fund, created for just such situations, has awarded them a grant to help them get through this difficult time.

Diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant… E., a 27 year old immigrant from Mexico discovered a lump while pregnant with her second child. She is now getting chemotherapy even while pregnant. Her husband works as an office cleaner, but he is overwhelmed with the duties of caring for his toddler and his wife at the same time. The Lemonade Fund sent this young family a grant to help them with day to day costs as well as to hire some extra help and we wish E. an easy delivery and a speedy recovery.

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Profiles in Courage – June 2016

We at the Lemonade Fund often see how cancer can devastate a family financially in no time. E., a 73 year old Russian immigrant, lives with her unmarried daughter in a small apartment in a development town in the south. Until E. was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, the salary from the daughter’s factory job supported the two women. Subsequently, E.’s daughter lost so much time from work caring for her mother, accompanying her to doctor appointments and treatments, that the family slid into financial crisis. Despite assistance from Bituach Leumi, (National Health Insurance,) eviction was a possibility. The Lemonade Fund awarded E. a generous grant, and E. and her daughter can breathe again and turn their focus back to E. and her health. We are, as ever, grateful to all of our donors, who help us make this kind of assistance possible.

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

Profiles in Courage and a Passover Recipe

Friends of the Lemonade Fund:

Been out of touch but very busy! The Lemonade Fund,www.lemonadefund.org, has been helping Israeli women with breast cancer at an increased pace since our last update. The following are profiles of some of the women who have received grants:
O., 37 years old, married with five children, ages 2-14, from the south. Recently diagnosed with breast cancer, O. had to take a leave of absence from her job as a kindergarten teacher while she undergoes chemotherapy. Her husband has had to take significant time off from his job to help care for O. and their children, and they are beginning to have trouble paying their bills. The Lemonade Fund was created to help families such as this; families that are hardworking and solvent, but who are pushed into financial crisis due to serious illness. It is our hope that our grants assist families with these temporary hardships while they recover physically, until they can get back on their feet. 
D., 30 years old, separated with two children, ages 2 and 7, from a city in the south. Her disease was diagnosed at an advanced stage and D. is getting chemotherapy to shrink her tumor prior to having surgery to remove it. After this she will need weeks of radiation treatments. Unfortunately, D. has no contact with her extended family and she gets little help from her former husband. She needs extra help and is now in severe financial distress. One of the things most important to D. is that she wants to be sure that her son, who recently started first grade, has enough clothing and books for school. The Lemonade Fund awarded D. a grant and we pray for her recovery.
The Lemonade Fund is also now, thanks to amazing volunteers, supplying home-cooked meals to two single Mom’s in the Sharon area who are having chemotherapy.
We are a simple charity. Money that comes in goes directly to women who have passed the application process. Apologies that we do not have fancy printed material or events, but know that the money that you donate goes straight to our recipients. Breast cancer in Israel is now striking 1 in 7 women. Please help us help these women.
And best wishes for a healthy, meaningful Passover! 

Passover Lemon Cheesecake

Gourmet  | April 2008

by Melissa Roberts




Passover Lemon Cheesecake recipe

photo by Romulo Yanes

Makes 8 to 10 servings

active time
30 min

total time
5 hr

Almonds and matzo cake meal make a wonderfully textured crust for this refreshing, citrusy cheesecake. After Passover, instead of pulling out the graham crackers again, experiment with other cookie crusts such as one made with shortbread.


For crust

  • 3/4 cup sliced blanched almonds, toasted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup matzo cake meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly


  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Equipment: a 9-inch springform pan
  • Garnish: julienned lemon zest


Make crust:
Preheat oven to 350F with rack in middle.

Pulse almonds, sugar, matzo cake meal, and salt in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a bowl and stir in butter until combined well. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of springform pan. Bake until crust is firm and a shade darker, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool crust completely in pan on a rack.

Make filling and bake cheesecake:
Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.

Beat together cream cheese and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add eggs 1 at a time, mixing until incorporated. Mix in zest and vanilla.

Put springform pan in a shallow baking pan and pour filling into cooled crust. Bake until filling is set 1 1/2 inches from edge but center is wobbly, 45 to 50 minutes (filling will continue to set as it cools). Transfer cake in pan to a rack and immediately run a knife around edge, then remove side of pan. Cool completely, 2 to 3 hours.

cooks’ note:Cheesecake can be made 2 days ahead and chilled, loosely covered.

Shari Mendes
Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund (IBCERF)
c/o ESRA
10 Tsabarim Street
Gan Rashal
P.O.Box 3132
Herzliya 46104, ISRAEL
email:     info@lemonadefund.org
to apply for assistance: Contact Anat at ESRA   09-950-8371

December 2013 – Profiles in Courage

Y., is a married, 39-year-old mother of four from the center of the country. She was just diagnosed with recurrent breast cancer, this time in the form of metastases to her lungs. To make her story that much more difficult, her oldest son was just diagnosed with leukemia. Her husband, who works in a correctional institution, has exceeded his paid family leave benefits and is now on leave without pay in order to care for his wife, his son and his younger children. Though formerly solvent, this family has been pushed into financial crisis due to the impact of serious illness. The Lemonade Fund, aka, the Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund, was created in order to help women like Y., and their families, and we awarded them a Lemonade Fund grant to tide them over during this difficult time.

The Lemonade Fund is a grass-roots organization with virtually no overhead.  More than 90% of the money donated to the Lemonade Fund goes directly to grants. We are able to do because of a conscious decision to keep things this way. Though we are an official, registered Israeli charity, we have no fancy offices, brochures, etc.,  – just direct  requests for your help. Please consider donating to the Lemonade Fund so we can continue this important work. (Donations will receive tax deductible receipts.)  Thank you.

TO DONATE: https://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE LEMONADE FUND: https://lemonadefund.org/about/

November 2013 Profilee, A., Has Passed Away

The Lemonade Fund received a call from A.’s social worker today telling us that she had died. (Story of A., our November 2013 Profilee is copied below.) Rarely have we been as struck by an applicant, and I stood still and cried. A.’s sister is taking care of A’s children, and the money that we sent to A. will go to her young children.

November 2013 Profile in Courage – A.

‘A. is a 32 year old mother of three young children living in the center of the country. She is of Ethiopian Jewish descent, and was recently separated from her husband. A. supported the family by working in a supermarket, stocking shelves, but had to stop working recently when she discovered she had metastatic breast cancer. She is now undergoing aggressive treatment and has moved in with her parents in the south so that they can help her care for her children as she can no longer do so alone. Throughout all of this, A. has not let go of a private mission – to complete her education. She petitioned the Lemonade Fund for financial help with necessities but she also wrote about her dream.  A. has been studying at night for a college degree and doesn’t want anything, not even serious illness, to get in her way. She says that it gives her hope for her future. We at the Lemonade Fund see our help as a complementary form of medicine. The mind-body connection is powerful, and a reason to be hopeful may be as important to A. as her chemotherapy. The Lemonade Fund is inspired by people like A., and it is we who are privileged to help her.

The Lemonade Fund, an offical Israeli registered charity, is the only Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund in Israel. We give grants to needy applicants in active treatment for breast cancer, regardless of race, religiion or nationality.  


To Donate: 

The Lemonade Fund is a welfare project administered by the Israeli volunteer organization, ESRA (English Speaking Residents Association.) Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt.

Online: http://www.esra.org.il/donation-form 

By Telephone: Call the ESRA office and make your donation by credit card (972) (9-950-8371).

By Check: (Israeli checks must be made out to ‘ESRA.’ )

In Israel, mail checks to:

ESRA, Lemonade Fund, POB 175, Raanana, Israel 43101

(American Checks must be made out to ‘PEF.’ Please attach a note earmarking the donation to ‘The Lemonade Fund.’)

In the US, mail checks to:

P.E.F. Endowment Funds, Inc., Room 607 317 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017 Tel: 212-599-1260.

Tax Exempt donation from the United Kingdom and other countries: Please contact the ESRA office to find out the best way of making your donation to ESRA from your country. Call ESRA +972-9-9508371, email: admin@esra.org.il

Breast Cancer Leading Cause of Death in Israeli Women

Breast Cancer Leading Cause of Death in Israeli Women

Breast Cancer is the leading cause of death of Israeli women. (Higher in Jews than Arabs for some reason.) Treatment is top notch. Then, why? Must beat this disease. (Reminder to schedule your mammograms.)

New simple blood test to confirm negative mammograms.


New simple blood test to verify negative mammograms. To help allay concerns about what mammograms may miss. Pilot for Octava Pink test in Italy and Israel. Interesting

October 2013 – Profiles in Courage

Many applicants to the Lemonade Fund this month. Here are two stories:

M. is a French immigrant with four teenage children and a husband who became too disabled to work, after their arrival. Until her recent diagnosis with breast cancer, M. had been the sole breadwinner in the family, (working as a salesperson in a shop.) M. is now unable to work due to the side effects of chemotherapy and their only income is her husband’s disability payments. This has caused a precipitous fall in their financial situation, which is now desperate. The Lemonade Fund was happy to award a grant to assist M. and her family during this difficult time.

E. is a young Ethiopian woman who came to Israel as a girl in 1989. She has four children, ages 2-12 and is now separated from her husband. She was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 bilateral breast cancer and is receiving treatment at a hospital in the center of the country. She moved north to live with her parents so that they can help her with her children, however her father is too old to help and her mother is overwhelmed with the task of caring for her grandchildren as well as her daughter. In addition, E. has to travel quite far for her bimonthly chemotherapy treatments. The Lemonade Fund issued a generous grant to E. and her family, and we pray for her recovery.

To donate to the Lemonade Fund: http://www.esra.org.il/israel-breast-cancer-emergency-relief-fund-ibcerf

We are considering expanding our services to provide meals, visits and transportation to treatments, for patients being treated at Breast Centers in the Raanana area, as  there is a great need for this. If we have enough volunteers we can do this.

We also need help in writing, translating (English to Hebrew,) and researching. This work may be done from home.

To volunteer, please send an email to: info@lemonadefund.org

Thank you!

Five years post diagnosis… what’s been learned

Five years post diagnosis… what’s been learned

Lemonade Fund offering meal assistance to local breast cancer patients


The Lemonade Fund is an Israeli organization that gives financial assistance to needy Israeli breast cancer patients who are in active treatment, Recently, a local friend and supporter of the Lemonade Fund needed help herself… help of a different kind. She knew it would be challenging to prepare healthy meals, for herself and her family, while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. The Lemonade Fund asked for volunteers to cook meals for her, and the response was overwhelming. At the same time, a social worker at a breast center in a nearby hospital mentioned that there are some patients who are completely alone, and who could use a kindly delivered, home-cooked meal more than anything, We are seeing a need, one that our generous community is able and eager to fill, and thus was born the idea of adding meal assistance to the menu of services offered by the Lemonade Fund.

If you’d like to prepare a meal now and then for a patient from the Raanana/Herziliya/Kfar Saba area, please send an email to info@lemonadefund.org and the Lemonade Fund will let you know how to sign up. The process is simple and straightforward and doesn’t involve long term commitment. Can even be a one-time thing. Please share this post.

How lucky are we that we can come together to help each other in this way! Thank you.