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Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multiple Disabilities

Champion for Children

We all know that Keren Or changes the lives of its students and their families, but sometimes we discover that our work has far-reaching and unexpected impacts. Take, for instance, the story of Miriam Peskowitz. Miriam, a recently retired part-time employee in the New York office, devoted 28 years to making a difference in the lives of blind children with multiple disabilities.

It all started in the summer of 1985 when Miriam first heard about Keren Or in a TV news clip during a visit to Israel. She was intrigued by the story of families coming together to provide the best possible therapies for their special needs children, and later discovered there was a position available at the organization in New York. Since then, she has been a frequent visitor to the Jerusalem campus and is one of Keren Or's proudest champions.

To Miriam, Keren Or is a singular place because of all they do for the children and their families. During her first visit to Keren Or, she remembers watching the children singing and dancing in celebration of the beginning of the Jewish month of Adar. "It struck me how happy they were and the scene was so moving that it stuck with me forever," Miriam recalls. She has seen firsthand how the children "make amazing progress with the constant attention and stimulation they receive."

Miriam knows that the impact Keren Or has had on her own life pales in comparison to the impact it has on the children's families. "This place helps families who could not otherwise cope and provides an education that very few families in Israel could afford," she says. Miriam continues to be committed to Keren Or's mission because it is "so successful - enhancing the lives of children who are blind with additional serious disabilities, helping their families and thereby helping Israel."