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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! 
Shari

Passover Lemon Cheesecake

Gourmet  | April 2008

by Melissa Roberts

 

 

 

Passover Lemon Cheesecake recipe

photo by Romulo Yanes

yield
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.

ingredients

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

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:

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

preparation

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
972-9-950-8371
email:     info@lemonadefund.org
to apply for assistance: Contact Anat at ESRA   09-950-8371
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Two Recent Thank You Letters to the Lemonade Fund from Grant Recipients

To the Lemonade Fund:

My name is R., and I want to express my deep thanks for your decision to help me financially.at this time.

This grant has helped me enormously to get through this difficult and dark period in my life, in a more optimistic and positive way.Your generousity has been very meaningful to me. Bless you.

With many thanks and blessings,

R.

To the Lemonade Fund:

I want to thank you from the depths of my heart for the financial help that you granted to me. I am very grateful that you considered my request and gave me help. Your grant made it possible for me to pay for rides to examinations, doctor visits and chemotherapy treatments. The help brought me a hopefulness and ease of spirit during this very difficult time.

Thank you very much,

N, (This applicant was referred by a Social Worker who saw N.’s difficulty. Prior to receiving a Lemonade Fund grant, N. had to take several public buses to get to the hospital, a true hardship while undergoing harsh treatments. She applied for a grant to help her specifically with transportation. The Lemonade Fund grant allowed her to pay for private drivers when she needed them.)

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.  

PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION RIGHT NOW…Thank you.

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

November 2013- Profiles in Courage

The Lemonade Fund had a record number of applicants in November. Many stories, but one stands out in singular sadness and bravery:

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.

Please consider making an end of the year donation to the Lemonade Fund. Thank you!

(We would also be grateful if you would share this message with others and introduce them to the work of the Lemonade Fund, the Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund. We give financial assistance to needy Israeli breast cancer patients who are in active treatment, so they can concentrate on the more important work of getting well. )

To Donate

The Lemonade Fund is a welfare project administered by the Israeli volunteer organization, ESRA (English Speaking Residents Association.)

Your donation, for which you’ll receive a tax-deductible receipt, can be made in the following ways:

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

3 Years! A Personal Message

Though the Lemonade Fund, www.lemonadefund.org, would never turn away donations, today I am personally asking for something other than money.

Three years ago this week, in July 2010, specifically on the Jewish day of Tisha B’Av,  I received the news that I had breast cancer. The year that followed was difficult, but I had excellent medical care, faith and support, and I am happy to say that I felt fine by the following Tisha B’Av.

As they say, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. A serious illness is terrifying, and one can focus on little beyond survival. During that initial year I was also struck by how costly it was to be sick and I became concerned about patients who were dealing with breast cancer and poverty at the same time. Thus, exactly one year later, in August 2011, on erev Tisha B’Av, the Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund, aka, the Lemonade Fund, was born. Since then, the Lemonade Fund has given one-time grants to many needy Israeli breast cancer patients, to help alleviate financial pressure while they are undergoing treatment.

While I am heartened that we can help these patients financially, there is another way I would like to ask for your help. Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, begins tomorrow evening. The fractious nature of Jewish society is often blamed for the historic tragedies that befell us on this day, and we hear many calls for Jewish unity at this time of year. Great idea, but how do we implement ‘tikun olam’ (repairing the world) at a grass-roots level? How do we begin?

Personally. One to one.

At the Lemonade Fund, our focus is illness. Most of the women (though men can get breast cancer, all of our grantees to date have been women) 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.

Please take a moment on Monday night/Tuesday to have these women in mind. If it is your way, please pray for them. (You can read many of their stories on the website.) 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. Pray for them.

That’s all. Thank you.

With collective acts of good, we can become closer and turn this day of destruction into a day of happiness and reconstruction. Petty hatred is incompatible with compassion. Illness knows no boundaries; enemies share hospital rooms and heal together. I have had the good fortune, thank God,  to see this date, Tisha B’Av, transformed into an anniversary of recovery, of hope. May we all merit to continue in this direction, together.

Thanks, Shari

Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund (IBCERF)

c/o ESRA
P.O.Box 3132
Herzliya 46104, Israel
email: info@lemonadefund.org
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Financial Cost of Having Cancer

Financial Cost of Having Cancer

Suleika Jaouad, age 24, has been chronicling her experience with cancer. In this column she touches on the financial cost of having cancer. Even with universal health insurance (as we have here in Israel,) the ancillary costs of a serious illness are substantial. Great article. Thanks to charities such as the Lemonade Fund that help patients cope financially while undergoing treatment.

Hot Lemonade for October

HOT APPLE CIDER LEMONADE
1 gal. apple cider
6 oz. lemonade
6 oz. orange juice
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. whole cloves
1 tbsp. whole allspiceCombine cider, lemonade, orange juice and brown sugar in pan. Heat over medium heat. Place spices in cheese cloth and add to cider. Serve warm.

The Lemonade Fund, http://www.lemonadefund.org, was founded as a response to devastating news.  After getting over the shock of a breast cancer diagnosis, I was fortunate to be able to concentrate on the all-consuming job of getting well.  During that initial year of treatment, I was often struck by how costly it was to be sick and wondered, how do impoverished women do this? Income is often reduced due to time off from work and yet there are a myriad of new illness-related expenses. Having a serious illness  teaches you that there are things that you can and things that you can’t control. We couldn’t necessarily cure cancer, but we could alleviate some of the financial pressure in the neediest among us. Thus was born the Lemonade Fund, an official Israeli charity that grants short term financial assistance to needy breast cancer patients (from all segments of the Israeli population, women and men, of all races and religions,) during the first year of treatment.

Now after more than a year of successfully making lemonade out of lemons,  we aim to continue this good work.  We are receiving grant requests from all over the country. One of the women who received a grant this month is a single mother of three children, who was recently  diagnosed with serious disease. One of her children is a 17 year old daughter who survived a terrorist attack and is just getting back on her feet. The mother is now unable to work and the family is having trouble making ends meet. It was  a privilege to be able to help her.

If you haven’t already, please consider making a donation to the Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund (IBCERF) aka, the Lemonade Fund, in honor of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To donate:

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

By Telephone: Call the ESRA office and make your donation by credit card (011 972 9-950-8371).

By Check:
Tax Exempt Donations in
Israel: Mail checks to ESRA, POB 3132, Herzliya 46104 (include cover letter designating IBCERF.)
Tax Exempt donations from the United States of America:
P.E.F. Endowment Funds, Inc., Room 607
317 Madison Avenue,
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212-599-1260.

Make check out to PEF but please include a covering letter stating that your donation is earmarked for ESRA, specifying  IBCERF.

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.
http://www.esra.org.il/contact-esra