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Raquel Rub, President, S. Florida Council, NA'AMAT USA, has announced that a 'DIAMOND AND EMERALD MAGICAL CELEBRATION", honoring 9 distinguished members of OR and MAZAL chapters will be held on Thursday, January 21, 6 pm at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. The dinner will honor NA'AMAT USA: 90 YEARS OF STANDING UP FOR THE WOMEN AND YOUTH OF ISRAEL.

The nine honorees are: Bertha Feldman, Adela Katz, Moty Landman, Esther Manopla, Fortuna Menda, Rebeca Minor, Yoly Nothman, Adela Petasne, and Rosita Rosenthal. Communities represented by the honorees are Sunny Isles, Golden Beach, Aventura, Hollywood, Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables. Serving on the celebration committee and receiving reservations are Rebeca Yohai, Or chapter, Matilde Behar, Or chapter President, and Anabel Peicher, Mazal chapter. Dinner reservations are $100 per person and can be made with the S. Florida NA'AMAT USA office at 305-576-6213 or email naamatusa@gmail. These two NA'AMAT groups represent the Latin American members of the organization in the S. Florida area.

Proceeds will benefit the 90th anniversary project, a very special effort to raise funds to build a Women's Health Center in the city of Sderot in the western Negev. The city has been an ongoing target of rocket attacks by Hamas ad other radical terrorist groups since 2001. Studies have found that air raid sirens and explosion have caused severe psychological trauma to the children who live there. At least 75 percent of children aged 4-18 in Sderot suffer from post-traumatic stress, manifesting itself in any number of ways, sleeping disorders and severe anxiety. The women in Sderot are so preoccupied with the health and welfare of their families, many do not have the time to travel out of their area to seek preventative health care for themselves; in fact the city is infamously referred to as the "Bomb Shelter Capital of the World." But for most of the residents of Sderot, there is no other choice.

Because of the volatile situation in Sderot, there is a serious shortage of doctors and regular health services. NA'AMAT USA, nationally has committed to raise funds to help build a Woman's Health Center in Sderot. NA'AMAT will be renovating an existing building and our hope is that the Israeli government will match the funds we raise--to make this dream a reality. NA'AMAT'S current Women's Health Center in Karmiel will serve as a model for the new facility in Sderot. Women who have had very little health care, who have never even had a mammogram or a complete physical exam will one day be able to get the preventive care they need that this Health Center will provide.


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