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K–news Parshas Beshalach

January 10, 2014

Meet the Kisharon therapists

9 Shevat 5774



Our easy read triumph The last K-News of 2013 was distributed shortly after the International Day of Disabled Persons and was produced in easy read to champion the day and maximise the inclusion of all the people we support. Easy read also gives

News will be produced entirely in easy read.

donors the opportunity to see the world through these eyes. The easy read format was received with great enthusiasm and as a result we will be incorporating it into as many of our communications as possible. From today, K-

by Dr Beverley Jacobson Kisharon Chief Executive

News will have two pages of easy read in every issue – see pages 7 and 8 – and once a quarter K-

The most exciting spin off is the interest it has stirred among the people we support, many of whom have expressed a desire to contribute to the process. So in 2014, watch this space for our aspiring reporters as their potential is developed.

A new home and a new job for Avrom Life is changing in leaps and bounds for Avrom Gruber. Weeks after moving into a new supported living flat in Montpelier Rise in Golders Green, he has started his first job. Avrom is working at Steins Food in Wembley, packing and labelling boxes. Support Manager Robert Speker, said: “It is wonderful that Avrom has

found a job that suits his needs and which he enjoyed so much on his first day. This will hopefully act as the springboard for Avrom to gain even more independence. “Our thanks to Rabbi Shlomo Weltman, Adult Services’ Employment and Opportunities Manager, for finding a suitable work placement for Avrom.”

safety first at The Drive The London Fire Brigade called in at The Drive to install smoke alarms and talk to men living at the supported living house about fire safety. Support Manager, Robert Speker, said: “The visit was to ensure that safety measures are in place and that the men had a better understanding of fire risks.”

Transport of delight for Day School pupils Pupils from Kisharon Day School’s Blue and Purple classes stepped back in time with a visit to the London Transport Museum. Lyna Panas, 16 Plus Curriculum Coordinator, said: “We sat in the first train from the 1800s and learnt how they have developed over the years. We talked about the museum and what we had seen on the way home. Clearly, everyone gained a great deal from the experience.”

Front page picture: Trainee therapists join the Kisharon team. For the full story, see pages 4 and 5


Kisharon Head Office: 54 Parson Street, London, NW4 1TP ● T: 020 8203 2233 ● Helpline: 0844 496 4636


welcome to the world of work Everything you need to know about work is being taught to two teams of men supported by Kisharon in a course run by Norwood. Around seven men in Hendon and the same number in Stamford Hill are learning about different jobs, cvs, interviews, employment contracts and the unwritten rules of work like turning up on time, dressing smartly and health and safety. Rabbi Shlomo Weltman, Kisharon’s Adult Services Employment and Opportunities Manager, said of the 15-week course: “Although some of

the men are already working, the course teaches facts they might not know, and stresses that working is not just another activity but that it carries considerable responsibilities.” Course participants study for a half a day each week and in Stamford Hill visits to work environments have been arranged. Here, the men have combined their learning with decoupage artwork which may subsequently go on sale. Daniel Hyams teaches the men in Hendon, while the Stamford Hill instructor is Irit Garty.

Hendon class. From left: Meir Halpern, Simcha Ballon, Eli Cohen, Chaim Dovid Rotenberg, Support Worker Eliezer Chontow, Instructor Daniel Hyams,Yonaton Lev, Moishe Delange, Support Worker Yossi Feldman and Bezy Gluck

ve been learning Here’s what the men ha and how to write one. CV: What it is, what information to include lication form. Job application: How to complete an app s learn that catering, retail, Working environments: Candidateing and delivery can all provide jobs.

c sett administration, industry, a domesti ructors entails and why it is important. Inst Interviews: What an interviewexp erience a mock interview. stage role plays so candidates can it’s necessary and the meaning Employment contract: Whatt.this is, why of different sections of the contrac ssing properly and being polite. The unwritten rules: Timekeeping, dre t the men are clear about the Importantly, the course ensures tha , voluntary work and difference between work experience paid employment.

Spring is sprung It may still be winter, but spring is in the air at Kisharon’s Adult Day Centre. Kisharon teamed up with St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre for people with learning difficulties to create a living wall of plants and flowers in the atrium of the centre in Parson Street. The week before, the men had also worked together, using plants to create a Star of David on the roof garden of St Joseph’s in St Joseph’s Grove, Hendon. “The idea for this project was a Mitzvah Day initative ” explained Kisharon’s Volunteer Coordinator, Lara Domjam, who organised the sessions with Kennett Westmacott, Activities Centre Manager at St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre. Kisharon Head Office: 54 Parson Street, London, NW4 1TP ● T: 020 8203 2233 ● Helpline: 0844 496 4636



Kisharon and therapies:

Here’s how we do it Kisharon has been given the exciting opportunity to take on nine new trainee therapists from Goldsmiths University and the Institute of Integrative Arts and Education, supervised by fellow music therapist and Manager of Day Support, Education and Therapies, Aviva Braunold. “We now have dance and movement therapists, art therapists and integrative arts therapists on each of the three sites in Day Services, working with small groups and individuals according to need,” she said. “We have taken one or two

trainee therapists in the past, so this increased intake allows more trainees to work with Kisharon, while providing the people we support with beneficial therapies which are not funded in councils’ financial packages. “As a fellow therapist, I see the great benefits of the trainees’ work and was keen to increase the therapies we offer without having to compromise other aspects of peoples’ programmes. I made contact with the university to increase our intake and we have since had further requests for

trainees to do their placements here. “The arts therapies are ‘action’ therapies rather than ‘talking’ therapies because they allow the client to explore issues and experiences through an art form. This is beneficial for people with learning disabilities as it allows them to have free expression of thought and meaning within a safe space without the restrictions of verbal communication. The people we support have said, ‘I like going to art. I can paint and talk about things that are bothering me. It helps me feel better’.”

Taylor Smart Art Therapist Canadian-born Taylor has a BSc Hons degree with majors in Psychology and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. She has extensive volunteering experience, teaching arts-based programmes to children and elderly people with learning difficulties. Now studying for a masters degree at Goldsmiths University

she runs art therapy sessions with men and women at Parson Street. She said: “Clients are encouraged to use art materials to express their feelings, thoughts and emotions. It can be effective for those with learning difficulties and has been used to support communication and social relationships.”

Samantha Maria List Art Therapist A qualified teacher with a BSc Hons in Psychology, Samantha is in the second year of a part-time MA in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University while also working as Senior Inclusion Leader for primary schools in Greenwich. At Kisharon, she does art therapy with the Stamford Hill women’s group.


She said: “These sessions allow the emotional world to be explored and understood more readily through making art. As expression through language is difficult for people with learning disabilities, this self-expression through exploration can convey feelings that may never be put into words.”

Kisharon Head Office: 54 Parson Street, London, NW4 1TP ● T: 020 8203 2233 ● Helpline: 0844 496 4636

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t Integrative Ar ts Therapis MA Racheli is a second year Ar ts in student at the Institute for (IATE). Therapy and Education awing, Through painting and dr musical puppetr y, clay, sand and ents instruments, the three cli enjoy Racheli sees each week a safe, expressing themselves in therapeutic environment. y with the Integrative psychotherap ng the ar ts involves interconnecti ent seven ar t forms with dif fer tations. psychotherapeutic orien

Eve, who works with the Stamford Hill men s’ group, is studying a masters degree in ar t psychotherapy at G oldsmiths University . She sees ar t therapy at Ki sharon as a means fo r clients to make links between their ar twor ks , thoughts and feelings . Eve said: “It is a crea tiv e way to manage chal lenging behaviour an d an exploring process to understanding one’ s emotions. It can he when one has limite lp even d or no speech; expr ession is in the ar t its elf.” Eve uses digital med ia, photography, inst allation and painting. studied at the Nanyan She g Academy of Fine Ar t, Singapore and Loughborough Unive rsity.

Chin-Lien Natascha Hsu Dance Movement Therapist Trained as a professional dancer and special education teacher in Taiwan, Natascha worked in mainstream school for five years. Realising the importance of communication and creativity for people with special needs, she is now studying for a masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University. Natascha, who works with the women in Stamford Hill, said: “Dance movement psychotherapists are specially trained to help make sense of the dance and movement that connect us to ourselves, to each other and to the wider world.”

Anna Wood Hadas Yanai Dance Movement Therapist Israeli-born Hadas works with the women’s and men’s groups at Parson Street. She is studying for a masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University. Hadas said: “I am pleased to be at Kisharon for my professional training and I am convinced that it will be a profound experience.”

st t Psychotherapi Dance Movemen mme at graduate progra st po a on ng yi Anna, stud e women in ity, works with th rs ve ni U s ith m Golds y uses ce psychotherap an D . ill H rd fo work Stam mmunication, to co of ns ea m a as movement strengths culties, develop ffi di l na io ot em through role-play, ough the use of th on si es pr ex r and fo k with dance ings Anna said: “I wor s. ie or st or presentation of th es re m lic ga bo m sy a g s, and if it arises, of ferin in our unconsciou en and movement as dd hi be n ca ’ to explore t. These ‘things us, we can begin that are importan de si in t en em ov nce and m we listen to the da processes.” our unconscious

There are also two new trainee therapists in the team. They are Rajib Sahar, Dance Movement Therapist and Integrative Arts Therapist, Natalie Kennedy.

Kisharon Head Office: 54 Parson Street, London, NW4 1TP ● T: 020 8203 2233 ● Helpline: 0844 496 4636



Young and free? Kisharon needs you! volunteers can tell us about their hobbies so we can create activities to interest them and the children we support.”

When the homework is done, Kisharon is the place to be! That was the message to JFS pupils at a Year 12 JLGB volunteering fair at the school last week. Kisharon’s Volunteer Coordinator Lara Domjan and Jes Waldman, Extra Curriculum Coordinator at Kisharon Day School, rounded up 30 keen pupils to join Kisharon’s growing number of youth volunteers. Lara said: “Our aim is to increase our database so we have a large selection

of young volunteers to call on for activities, from charity collections, fundraising events, melava malkas, after school and Sunday clubs as well as for holiday camps. Prospective

■ Kisharon is looking for volunteers from any school. Lara added: “This is a flexible way of gaining experience in a range of areas. It only requires a commitment when you sign up for a particular activity.” Time spent with Kisharon can count towards a Duke of Edinburgh’sAward, or any other volunteering scheme. Interested? Email Lara at

He’s done it again! Chaim Dovid Rotenberg is heading for a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the man with the most jobs! Chaim Dovid, who lives at the supported living house at The Drive, has just started work at investment services company Cardano. He travels to their offices in the City independently. In November, K-News reported how

Chaim Dovid had just started his sixth job. He still has the same number after quitting one as it was unpaid!

Who ate all the sandwiches, all the buns, all the biscuits and all the cake?

Support Manager, Robert Speker, said: “Chaim Dovid impresses us all with his enthusiasm, hard work and eagerness to succeed in gaining independence. This new job shows what remarkable progress he has made.”

Who drank all the milk and all the tea?

A tree-mendous day Tuffkid children sang ‘Happy Birthday’ this week, but it wasn’t a fellow pupil’s big day they were celebrating. The children gave a resounding chorus of the song to the trees to celebrate Tu Bishvat. They learned how trees provide fruit, furniture and a home for birds and animals. The children squeezed oranges and drank the juice, sang songs about trees and made bird feeders.


Grrr-eat fun!

Who ate all the supper in the saucepans, all the food in the fridge and then all the packets and tins in the cupboard ? If you don’t know, ask children from the Yellow and Green classes at Kisharon Day School who went to see Judith Kerr’s classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the artsdepot in north Finchley. “The children had a brilliant time,” said Administrator Naemma Golshan.

Kisharon Head Office: 54 Parson Street, London, NW4 1TP ● T: 020 8203 2233 ● Helpline: 0844 496 4636

The Parsha

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Our D’var Torah is written by Rabbi Shmuel Neuman. He teaches kodesh and music to Kisharon adults, and to children at the Day School.

ShabboS Shira

The Shabbos on January 10 is very special. It is called Shabbos Shira (with a song).

In the Torah reading in shul, we listen to the song Moshe and the Jewish people sang.

They thanked Hashem for splitting the sea so the Jewish people walked on dry land with walls of water on each side.

King Pharoah and the Egyptian army chased the Jewish people but they drowned.

This week we also celebrate Tu Bishvat, the birthday of the trees.

Jewish schools around the world plant trees on Tu Bishvat.

We learn from Shabbos Shira and Tu Bishvat that we have to say thank you to Hashem who gives us food that we all enjoy.

Kisharon Head Office: 54 Parson Street, London, NW4 1TP ● T: 020 8203 2233 ● Helpline: 0844 496 4636


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A great start to 2014 ●

The Mayor of Barnet’s float in the New Year’s Day Parade in central London won a £2,000 prize. The Mayor is Councillor Melvin Cohen.

The float featured a Brazilian carnival band.

Half the prize money will go to Kisharon.

Simcha Ballon, Bezy Gluck and other men from the Hanna Schwalbe Home watched the parade.

Shaya’s on the K-News team


Shaya Zimmels will be helping to produce K-News.

He will help to find stories and take photographs.

Shaya is a keen photographer.

Each month K-News goes to Kisharon donors, sponsors, friends and the families of the adults and children Kisharon supports.

Kisharon Head Office: 54 Parson Street, London, NW4 1TP ● T: 020 8203 2233 ● Helpline: 0844 496 4636

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