The patients hospitalized at the rehabilitation department mirror Israeli society; soldiers, terror victims, Haredi, religious, Arabs, Druze and Christians. Patients of all ages gather together for therapeutic painting workshop we offer. Our 'art students' are hospitalized for weeks and months on end, far from home, struggling every day to return to their mental and physical abilities. They repeatedly tell us how the weekly art workshops are like a ray of sunlight in the hospital routine.
Eran, a soldier wounded in Operation Protective Edge told us: "After losing my right arm I started painting with my left. It turned out better than any physiotherapy, not just for my body, mostly for my mind." Eran won't be able to complete his dream trip to the Himalayas, so he painted them instead.
Haverim has been offering the free art workshop at the Rehab. Dept. for the last nine years. We've helped hundreds of soldiers and veterans, survivors of war, terror attacks and 'plain' traffic accidents return to life - and joy - through art. They all come claiming not to know how to paint. And they all set down in front of a white canvas - and paint.
Healing war veterans with art therapy