Sunday, 23 April 2017

Accessibility at the Botanical Gardens in Jerusalem

I'm having some difficulty deciding what order to post these photographs. Both of them tell an important message.

I hope you enjoyed your Pesach. During Chol HaMoed we had a wonderful time exploring some of the nature in Jerusalem. Our first trip was to the Botanical Gardens. What a beautiful place! We very much enjoyed the variety of plants, landscaping and the contrast of different sections.

Being an occupational therapist, one detail struck me and that is the accessibility ramps for those who find walking difficult. The above image illustrates one of very many ramps provided to enable anyone with a stroller or in a wheelchair or walking with a walking frame to be able to enjoy the Botanical Gardens too. 

When we were leaving, we noticed the sign found in the image at the start of this post. The sign states in both Hebrew and English "The accessibility ramp was made possible by an anonymous donation". I was so impressed and touched to read this. Firstly, not everyone understands the need for an accessibility ramp let alone wishing to make it a reality by providing for the expense to build it. Secondly the fact that the person made an anonymous donation shows that their intention was to assist those who will benefit from the accessibility ramp and not in order to gain any glory for themselves. I was so touched to read this notice. It definitely added a very positive flavour to the already wonderful trip.

Have you visited the Botanical Gardens in Jerusalem? If not, make the time to spend a good few hours there. There are many ramps so accessibility can not be your reason for not visiting. 

Enjoy and let us know what your favourite section was or what you enjoyed the most about your visit.

This post is prepared for you by
Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story" and co-author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom".

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Pesach Preparations in Jerusalem

Preparing for Chagim in Israel is always an experience! We never know what to expect or what challenge will crop up. A few years ago, we had no table for Pesach and no lights either. At the last minute someone kindly helped us obtain some kind of light and we found a folding table to enable us to put our food somewhere. Not the kind of experience we wanted and the run up to Chag was a challenge to say the least.

Last year our landlord insisted we had to move right before Pesach. We still had a contract but that did not prevent him from finding all kinds of manipulative ways to force us to move. So 2 days prior to Pesach we had to move. The move was one I would rather not remember. Having no fridge was one of the greatest challenges. We had moved to an unfurnished apartment and hence needed a stove too. We purchased a stove in a hurry and thought we obtained a good brand.

Well as the run up to Pesach has arrived, so our next challenge has hit. Take a look at the image of our stove. Yes, it is still within the year of having purchased the stove. No the pieces are not removed for cleaning purposes, they were removed by the company as the stove has a fault. It is taking daily phone calls to find out what is happening with our repair and lots of prayers to receive our stove and parts on time. We can not use either the stove top or the ovens. Eating has become rather interesting, lots of salads. It's enough that space becomes a juggling act as each item is cleaned, it would be so nice to be able to use our stove to cook regular meals.

So, please support our services and products and help us to be able to enjoy the Chag in a normal manner. Most of all, to be able to have a nice hot meal on Seder night would be so amazingly, wonderful.

You can help us by purchasing one of our books:
 - "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" a nature story for children by Eliyahu and Shoshanah Shear, illustrated with photographs.
- "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" in Hebrew by Eliyahu and Shoshanah Shear
- "Relationships" a teenage novel by R.A. Kahn
- "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story" by Shoshanah Shear

Purchase one of our Gifts or Freelance services via our website If you do not see the creative gift you are looking for, do send us a request. We are happy to provide a quote and work on commissions to meet your unique needs.

Are you in need of occupational therapy intervention? Occupational therapy is offered by Shoshanah for women, teenage girls and children in Jerusalem.

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This post is prepared for you by
Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story" and co-author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom".


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