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Chemda and Amos met at Yad Sarah's Day Rehabilitation Center in Beer Sheva, and decided to get married! Our "family" is elated over this first-time event * Story by Miriam Kopeika

Chemda Hofling and Amos Chayon invited all of their fellow members of the Rehabilitation Center to an engagement party at Amos's house . The future bride says that just as they accompanied her through some difficult moments she wanted them all to share the couple's happiness. She and Amos had known each other for several months before the romance began. When asked how it came about, Chemda replied that she had had her eye on Amos but was too shy to say anything to him about it. She requested a friend (wife of a fellow member) to speak to him. He began observing her open and modest ways and decided he would like to give love a chance, accepting an invitation to her home for lunch. After the table was cleared he asked her, "Would you like to be my girlfriend?" The rest is history. Amos says their love is pure, and adds that honesty, trust, and respect are the foundations for a good relationship. "The soul doesn't err and the heart doesn't lie," he affirms. The couple have both suffered similar losses, he being a widower and she a widow. That, together with the fact that they share rehabilitation activities, makes them feel they can understand each other better than anyone else can. Neither one can imagine that their relationship could have developed anywhere but at the Center. Being together so much on a daily basis gives people a chance to know each other well. Chemda says the group gave them the "push" to understand that second chances are also possible for people identified as "handicapped." She asserts that, "handicapped status is only a symptom, but every person is a full person." Everyone at the Center is viewed as a full person by the others and by the volunteers. Amos has four daughters and a soldier son who still lives at home. He gave his father the "thumbs up" for this new relationship. Providentially, Chemda's one daughter knew Amos before Chemda did, from the army, and is very happy for her mother. When asked if they had anything else to add, Amos said, "Everything is good, everything is beautiful. Let it continue so!" We all wish them "Let it continue so, for very many years to come!"

 
 
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Thanks to Shmuel Friedman, a high school student who has been volunteering at Yad Sarah's Givataim branch this summer. Helping out in the computer department,Shmuel also helps people carry borrowed equipment to their cars. We wish him the best of luck in his studies next year at a Jerusalem yeshiva. To volunteer, please call *6444

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Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, describes how as the music played, the patient with Parkinson's stopped shaking * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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Our Mobile Dental Clinics Go National
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