Over seventy guests, including family and friends of WIZO Austria Honorary President Dr. Hava Bugajer, gathered at the WIZO Parents Home in Tel Aviv for the inauguration of the newly renovated library dedicated in the memory of her mother, Hana Gleitman z"l.
WIZO Holland also contributed to the renovation.
The date of the ceremony, December 28, 2018, was chosen specifically because it marked what would have been the late Hana Gleitman's 100th birthday.
Dr. Hava Bugajer, together with her brother Dr. Yehoshua (Shuki) Gleitman and Hava's son Michael (Guri) Bugajer, affixed the mezuzah to the doorway of the renovated library. Dr. Bugajer then cut the ceremonial ribbon to the entrance to the library and unveiled the dedication plaque bearing her mother's name.
Left to right: Dr. Yehoshua (Shuki) Gleitman, Dr. Hava Bugajer & World WIZO Chairperson Prof. Rivka Lazovsky
After greetings from World WIZO Chaiperson Prof. Rivka Lazovsky and Riki Cohen, Chairperson of WIZO's Parents Home , the guests heard from Mr. Emile Morad and Mrs. Hava Sela, two residents of the Parents Home who shared their emotional life stories and expressed their sincere gratitude to WIZO and the Gleitman-Bugajer families for renovating their library.
Dr. Gleitman then shared several amusing warm anecdotes about his mother Hana Gleitman z"l.
Finally, Dr. Hava Bugajer spoke about her mother, WIZO, and what the renovation of the Parents Home library means to her, her family and to the residents who will benefit from it.
Many distinguished guests attended the ceremony including: Karin Maier-Winter - President WIZO Austria , Mrs. Yana Hauptmann - Vice President WIZO Austria and Mr. Karl Hauptmann, Mrs. Rita Dauber - Treasurer WIZO Austria, Simone Graumann - President of WIZO Germany, members of WIZO Switzerland, members of the WIZO Executive, and family members and friends of the Bugajer, Gleitman and Landau Families.
WIZO Austria Honorary President Dr. Hava Bugajer (left) with current WIZO Austria President Karin Maier-Winter
A devoted WIZO leader, Dr. Hava Bugajer served as President of WIZO Austria for a record 12 years.
"A few months ago, you visited our Parents Home, and saw the run-down state of the library," World WIZO Chairperson Prof. Rivka Lazovsky said in her opening remarks. "You decided there and then to renovate it, thinking of and caring for the residents of this WIZO facility. For this Hava, you have our deep recognition and gratitude. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your charitable gesture in memory of your dear mother that improves so significantly the living conditions of our senior residents. As you can see now, the library is bright, cosy and very appealing."
Photo Credits: Kfir Sivan