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July 22, 1988 - Image 35

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-07-22

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"THE FLOOR PEOPLE WHO CARE"

In Israel, the normal stress
of adolsecence is further in-
tensified by the necessity of
serving three years in the ar-
my (two years for girls). For
emotionally unstable teen-
agers the army can be the
straw that breaks the camel's
back. But Hazan stresses that
military service is unlikely to
trigger a breakdown in an
otherwise healthy individual.
"If a teenager breaks down
during his army service, I ask
whether it would not have
happened sooner or later
under other circumstances?'
During the course of their
treatment, which usually
lasts two to three years, the
adolescents live on the
premises of the hospital with
open doors. It is situated out-
side Jerusalem in the Judean
Hills. Hazan stresses that
"it's a place to treat people,
not lodge them." The
adolescents are expected to be
active partners in their treat-
ment, which includes intense,
often difficult group therapy
sessions.
They are never referred to
as patients, and their role is
not a passive one. The entire
framework emphasizes the
responsibility and participa-
tion of each adolescent.
"When you give a person
responsibility he responds by
making responsible deci-
sions," comments Hazan.
Perhaps even more striking is
the fact that the youths, many
of whom are severly disturb-
ed, are left alone at night
without any staff supervision.
While some of them are con-
sidered suicidal, there have
never been any suicide at-
tempts during these hours
when they are on their own.
In fact, in the last five years,
there have been no suicides
among the approximately 50
youths Hazan has treated —
with the exception of one case
which occurred after the
youth had been released from
the hospital.
Many of the adolescents
recover fully and return to
normal, productive lives.
Hazan flashes a Jewish New
Year's greeting card from a
former patient and smiles.
"He sends me one every year."
Not every case is a glowing
success story. There are those
who can function relatively
well but still require medica-
tion. "But even this is a ma-
jor improvement for many,"
says Hazan. "Once, if they
had had a problem they would
have gone and jumped from a
building. Now, at least, they
know how to seek help?'

Noah rode out the flood on the ark for
40 days and 40 nights . . this was a miracle.

Moses brought the Torah to the Jewish people in
40 days and 40 nights . . . this was a miracle.

Temple Shir Shalom will be completed in 40 days and
40 ni hts. This is not a miracle . . . it is a promise.

Shir Shalom is being built on the
promise that it will provide a home
for all our members. It is the
promise that our children will have
a place to learn about their people,
their past, but most of all about
themselves. It is the promise that we
are building a caring community
which will make us feel a part of
something special.

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it's a promise.

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