David and Cecil Rosenthal, inseparable brothers known for their love for life, were among those taken too soon during the 2018 massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. 'The Boys' were kind-hearted and loving in nature like so many of Beit Uri’s special residents.
The Rosenthal family asked people to share random acts of kindness in their memory and truly witnessed this during their recent visit to Beit Uri. Emotional songs were sung next to wooden plaques flanking trees in memory of the brothers. Ceramic plates and a woven carpet with the Tree of Life image made by residents of the home were greatly appreciated.
Your donations helped upgrade the equipment to make these wonderful products and give pleasure to so many people.
'Don’t wait for happiness. Create it. Let’s show we are stronger than hate as we truly witnessed in Beit Uri' said mother of the boys Joy Rosenthal.
Thanks again for your support !
Rosenthal Family next to trees of remembrance
Kobi (blind) ready to present tree of life artwork
Global Giving donations have continued to come in on a daily basis, each making a difference in the lives of Beit Uri residents. The new ceramic kiln purchased together with the clay rolling machinery for the blind were used around the clock last week – rolling, cutting, painting and firing tiles for the new assisted living building plaque.
Yossi – blind and mentally challenged, enthusiastically turns the clay wheel creating strips of clay which were cut, designed and painted by Amos and Shai before placing in the kiln, fired, dried and hung for all to admire !!
You have helped beautify the surroundings and enable residents to work creatively on upgraded equipment. For that we are truly grateful .
As we end 2018, Beit Uri has completed its third and large workshop-transforming purchase in 3 of the 14 daily creative and domestic working areas and we are closing in on a Global Giving total of $20,000 ! Following the addition of a large industrial-size ceramic kiln, significantly upgrading the output of products, an electric saw was bought for the carpentry workshop. Wooden sofa bases in each of the 9 residential buildings as well as doors, cupboards and armchairs are being produced by 30 residents during morning and afternoon hours. The labor-saving electric saw enables increased production, improving wood products and expanding on the range of furniture created for the village.
3 years ago Dor, a 25 year old, cheerful young man with a severe behavior disorder and epilepsy, left the secure school classroom setting to join the carpentry workshop The change resulted in total refusal to cooperate with daily activities and violent outbursts. In time our young carpenter began to concentrate on minor tasks, sandpapering and chiseling for longer periods of time. Today he happily comes to work, is capable of independently taking tools and starting to carve wood. With help, he saws and hammers and is able to participate in every stage of woodwork construction. According to the head carpenter, “Dor has made leaps and bounds in his ability to work in a team and finish a job. He is so proud of the decorative gate he is photographed with ".
In the domestic workshop the loading and unloading of the dryers, has been boosted with the recent purchase of a 20 kilo industrial dryer. All 9 residential buildings housing over 100 residents, now have their clothes washed, dried and delivered by early afternoon every day.
Your donations help improve daily life in Beit Uri.
Thanks for enabling this special population to work and live with dignity
We recently completed a wonderfully exciting GlobalGiving campaign exceeding our $15,000 goal to update the run down arts and crafts equipment used daily by over 70 Beit Uri special needs residents.
The high-quality products created and produced by the many workshops in the village work throughout the year producing candles, baskets, ceramics, recycled paper items, wool and weaving masterpieces, carpentry and mouth-watering baked goods and a wide selection of jams. All are sold in the in-house café gallery and in country-wide bazaars, where Beit Uri residents proudly sell their wares.
The first long overdue and eagerly awaited-for purchase with your donations has been the ceramic kiln used to fire bowls, mobiles, wall hangings, kitchen utensils and tableware.
With improved equipment we will be able to enhance the effectiveness of the residents' employment, by creating higher-quality goods and help increase Beit Uri's overall sustainability.
Our own son living in Beit Uri, plays his part in producing and working in a unique environment and together with all his peers gains a great sense of pride in giving give back something to the society that cares for them.
Thank you so very much for your generosity and for being part of this wonderful project. Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Chanukah and Happy Christmas to all our donors !
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