Catchy title, isn’t it? The title was created by the members of one of Ezer Mizion’s Social Clubs for women in the process of mental health rehabilitation. The evening entitled Yetzirah b’chol Tzurah enabled the women to display their creations, which ranged from crafts to poetry, from dance to art, all which had been produced at Ezer Mizion’s Mental Health Division’s  various programs.

The Social Club serves as fertile soil for personal and social growth and development, as well as community integration, support and acceptance. The club operates three afternoons a week as a milieu for social interaction and development of independent capabilities in a number of different life spheres.

Present at the event, in addition to the proud organizers, were representatives of the Health Ministry, the staff of Ezer Mizion’s Mental Health Division, and the women’s mentors.

At this unique and moving evening, creations were presented which open a window, revealing the private, fragile inner world of these women. Each of the members present could identify with Estie’s definition of independence and with Bella’s powerful description of fear. Listen as they recite.

 

Independence / Estie

Independence means being myself,

Without asking others

To know what I think and what I want.

Independence means working on myself

Not to be a slave to my desires

And to shake free of my need for praise

Independence means setting boundaries

And dealing with limitations

And using all my abilities

Independence means setting up a ladder for myself

It means not doing what “everyone” is doing,

And being dependent on the Creator alone!

 

 

 

There is a Fear/ Bella

There is a fear

That screams in a whisper

That knocks your head in the wall

There is terror

That freezes you

Maybe

We won’t be able

To hold on.

Though it is rare,

It is there,

Creeping into every corner

Gnawing at every good bit

Of self-strengthening,

Of self-control

Bringing us back to the beginning.

 

Intelligent women, these club members. Perceptive. But caught in a malady that threatens to overpower. They desperately grapple with every means to free themselves from its grip.  The audience sits transfixed in silence as Bella expresses so vividly the suffering g that all the club members have experienced.

 

Now let us shine the spotlight on Miriam as she presents a one-woman performance called, “Balancing the Waves.” The performance was a rhythmic, expertly choreographed dance, crafted with the tools she had learned at dance classes given at the Center.The performance was accompanied by the lyrics, which served to create a perfect whole, reflecting the same spirit of challenge and hope that arose from the women’s poetry.

Don’t be afraid of the biting reality/ And of cold people/ Everyone carries a load inside/ And there are few who show it./ How much strength there is in a moment/ And eternity has no end/ In every tear yet to fall/ There shall be a smile as well.”

Emotions burst forth-both from the members and  from their mentors, who know so well the trials faced by these brave women- and the audience cannot restrain itself from handclapping to the beat of the music.

 

 

.Yetzirah B’chol Tzurah (Creativity in Every Form). An evening of enlightenment. An evening of sensitivity and understanding. Another step in traveling the murky, shadowy tunnel out to the light. May it be soon.   

 

For further info: www.ezermizion.org

 

 

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