Shoshana

"I love coming here. I can't imagine my life without it."

Shoshana was born in 1934 in Baghdad, Iraq –a time of great anti-Israel sentiment. One day, her mother disappeared, falling victim to persecution. Shortly thereafter, her father decided it was no longer safe to stay in Iraq, and in 1952 the family immigrated to Israel.

Everything they packed for the journey was taken from them at the airport, and they arrived in Israel with only the clothes on their backs. They were settled in the slums.

Shoshana married at a young age and raised four children. Following her divorce she felt lonely. A friend told her about Yad LaKashish and she came to visit with one of her daughters.

Sad, alone and with minimal income from her pension, Yad LaKashish presented itself as a cure-all for Shoshana's. At first, Shoshana helped preparing the daily hot lunch offered in our dining hall.  When she was no longer able to handle the load of making lunch, she started making simple scarves and dolls in our knitting workshop. She is extremely friendly and enjoys sitting by the door so she can see everyone that comes in and out.
Shoshana lives in Pisgat Ze’ev, now with her granddaughter who is a soldier in the IDF. She commutes more than 45 minutes to work each day using the free travel pass provided to her by Yad LaKashish. 

"Before I came to Yad LaKashish, I was crying all day," recalls Shoshana. "I love coming here. I can't imagine my life without it."

Shoshana eats lunch every day in our dining hall and enjoys the opportunity to make new friends. "Yad LaKashish really helped me," says Shoshana. "I'm so thankful."

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