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October 23, 1992 - Image 112

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-10-23

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FRIENDS OF ISRAEL CANCER ASSOCIATION
MICHIGAN BRANCH and HANOAR CHAPTER

cordially invites you to

Our 13th Annual

DINNER DANCE

Sunday, the 1st of November

Disabled Veterans
Sport Rehabilitation

DANNY BEN TAL SPEC AL TO HE JEW SH NEWS

Guest speaker:

oseph (Yoske) Lutten-
berg was left badly
crippled when a string
of bullets tore through his
arms and pelvis during the
battle to free a supply cor-
ridor to besieged Jerusalem
during the War of In-
dependence. Today Mr. Lut-
tenberg is national chairman
of the Zahal (Israel Defense
Forces) Disabled Veterans
Association, a non-profit
organization founded in 1949,
dedicated to the successful
rehabilitation of injured
soldiers.
The organization's three
Beit Halochem (Fighter's
Home), facilities are located
in Tel Aviv, Nahariya and
Haifa and have earned a
worldwide reputation. Inter-
national delegations often
come to study their approach
to disability and as a result of
one such visit a similar center
is presently being constructed
near Paris.
While Beit Halochem's
recreational activities include
sculpture, photography, lec-
tures, concerts and movies,
the emphasis is on sport, in
which Israel is very much an
acknowledged world leader.
Sports for the handicapped in-
clude weightlifting and swim-
ming, gymnastics and basket-
ball. In the 1988 Seoul
Paralympics, Israel's 62-
strong delegation finished
sixteenth out of 61, having
garnered an impressive 14
gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze
medals — an indication of the
high standard of the country's
handicapped athletes. More
than half the team was af-
filiated with Beit Halochem.
An interesting innovation
at Beit Halochem is the
custom-designed goalball
game for the blind. Two two-
man teams face each other
across a gymnasium floor,
each defending a five-meter
wide goal. As one player rolls
a heavy, oversized basketball
toward a five-meter wide goal,
bells inside the hollow ball
signal its trajectory. The
defending team must use its
instinct and no small amount
of agility to stop the ball
entering its goal, often
athletically diving to deflect
the ball past an upright,
where it is retrieved by
sighted volunteer helpers
(usually local schoolchildren).
Two of Israel's top players
are Avi Katsav, who was

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blinded when buried for two
days under the rubble of
car-bombed building in Tyre,
Lebanon, and Motti Levy, (
who lost his sight, an arm,
and part of his left leg during
the Yom Kippur War:
"Thanks to Beit Halochem,"'
says Mr. Katsav, now married ,
with a child, "I have regain-
ed my confidence and am
leading a normal, fulfilling
life." The team recently prov-
ed its worth by winning the, )
World Goalball Champion-L-
ships which were held in
Finland in August.
Where necessary, im-
pediments are ingeniously
overcome. Hershko Surin, for
example, paralyzed from the
neck down during the 197E3,
Entebbe operation, has
become an excelleri
marksman by aiming his ri-
fle with his shoulder and pull-
ing the trigger via a cord grip-
ped between his teeth.
This summer a fourth Beit
Halochem, offering a splendid-
panoramic view of th-]

An interesting
innovation is the
custom-designed
goalball for the
blind.
Bells inside the
hollow ball
signal its
trajectory.

Jerusalem
hills,
was
dedicated by Chaim Herzog. ,_
The Jerusalem Belt
Halochem will fill a vital
need," says Mr. Luttenberg:=
"The numbers of disabled
veterans have steadily swell-
ed as a result of tough and
often dangerous active na-
tional service, six wars, and
countless military operations
and acts of terrorism."

One-time sapper David Ivgi,
40, only discovered the ex-
istence of Beit Halochem
eight years after the explo- L
sion which blew off the \-
fingers of his right hand.
"Although I had gotten used°
to my disability," he recalls, "I
only really came to terms
with it at Beit Halochem. I
used the facility's swimming

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