Helping Hands - Our aid project During 'Israel - Hamas War 2023-2024'


With the onset of the Israel-Hamas War in October 2023, the Yuri Shtern Holistic center has dedicated itself to helping those affected by the war by establishing the ‘Helping Hands’ project. As part of this project, the volunteers of the Yuri Shtern Holistic Center provide complimentary various touch-based treatments (massages, shiatsu, reflexology, acupuncture and more) to people who have been displaced from their homes in the south an north of Israel, to those injured in the attacks,to medical staff, as well as many others.

Within the framework of the project, the center provided over 2,500 treatments in 15 different locations across the country (hotels and guesthouses, bases, hospitals, community centers, the center's holistic care clinics, and more). Over 100 volunteers took part in the project.

Following the return of some residents of the Gaza envelope to their homes after six months of war, and in light of the significant connection that was created with them within the framework of the 'Helping Hands' project, we will soon begin the 'Recovery Gate' project. As part of the project, residents returning to their homes will be offered a series of touch therapies for several months (until the end of 2024). The treatments will be provided in a rehabilitative orientation and will help the residents of the envelope to recover, rehabilitate, and return to their daily routine as it was before the events of October 7, 2023.


10 Things You Didn't Know About the Yuri Stern Holistic Center for Cancer Patients

1. The center was founded in 2007 in memory of Knesset Member Yuri Stern, who passed away from cancer. The center was founded at the initiative of his widow, Lena Stern, family, and friends.

2. Since 2007, the center has provided care, support, and assistance to tens of thousands of cancer patients.

3. Holistic treatments (body-mind treatments) can significantly relieve the side effects of conventional cancer treatments and strengthen the healing abilities of cancer patients.

4. The main goal of the treatments is to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families and to create a supportive community for them.

5. More than 170 certified holistic practitioners provide over 13,000 complementary medicine treatments to tens of thousands of cancer patients each year on a full-time volunteer basis.

6. The center trains practitioners in a professional and in-depth program for treating cancer patients.

7. Treatments are provided free of charge for adults in the oncology department, surgical department, and Wilf Children's Hospital at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, and for a symbolic fee at the center's community clinics in Jerusalem and Herzliya.

8. The center is fulfilling the vision of providing complementary medicine treatments to cancer patients from all walks of life, regardless of religion, race, gender, or socioeconomic status.

9. The center's practitioners support patients and accompany them and their families through all stages of cancer and throughout the course of their illness.

10. The yuri Shtern Holistic Center operates on a non-profit basis, based on donations and support.

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