Residents, their families, staff and guests joined together in the well-tended garden of WIZO’s senior citizens’ home ("Beit Horim" in Hebrew) to usher in the new year and celebrate the home’s 30th anniversary.
The event was honored by the presence of Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, and the Israel Air Force singing troupe, which entertained the guests and also led them in some hearty group singing.
Opening the proceedings, World WIZO Chairperson Prof. Rivka Lazovsky said how happy she was to be present and to be among all the residents. She praised the Chairperson of the Senior Home, Rikki Cohen for her outstanding work, and that of the new manager Yair Efrati, and all the staff, who together truly make "Beit Horim" a warm home.
Mayor Huldai welcomed everyone and said how the city of Tel Aviv provides services to people of all ages and from all over the country. He emphasized the "extra services" in the city provided by NGOs – the most important of which is WIZO, with its daycare centers all over the city “and this beautiful place in the heart of Tel Aviv”.
Rikki Cohen pointed out that the original idea for the Senior Home was that of Raya Jaglom, WIZO’s Honorary Life President. The synagogue is named after her parents, where there is also a plaque in the name of Rivka Lazovsky’s mother, Anita Jamitovsky.
"Beit Horim" is situated in central Tel Aviv, next door to World WIZO’s Headquarters.