socially isolated

A letter from Israel

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Who would have thought three months ago that the world could change so much. What a difficult time we are all going through.

In Israel the pandemic is relatively contained. We would do better by isolating retirement homes and have a better check on arriving passengers. Hopefully closing down the country so much will not paralyze the economy. Fortunately, in Israel most of the population respect the rules and carry out daily living according to the Corona instructions of the government.There is a considerable amount of voluntary help in the country. Voluntary workers distribute food and medication to the elderly and the needy. Some of these people also receive regular phone calls from volunteers to give them the feeling of being cared for and not forgotten. The hospitals have made it possible for family of Corona patients to be given protective garments that allows them to visit their sick relatives. Families being isolated has resulted in an increase of domestic violence here and all over the world. In some countries the violence is even doubled.

My husband and I are “socially isolated” at home. I read a lot, listen to music and watch lectures, operas and concerts. Thanks to my daughter in law I paint owls for the front office of the place where she works. To feel in my time I started an online course in calligraphy painting. I draw and enjoy my garden. I miss meeting with my dear friends. However, most of all, I miss meeting my family, children and grandchildren, we contact them using Zoom video conference. I continue to be in touch with my special dear UWE friends from Iceland, the Netherlands, Romania, France and more.I am sorry that there is a hold in strengthening and consolidating our relationship and cooperation because of the pandemic. At the that time that we signed the MOU, we thought it would help us to promote and develop women for higher position in society and equality in life.

Hopefully in the near future we will be able to meet and continue the fruitful cooperation and enjoy being together.

Thinking of you and wishing you all the best. Look after yourself.

Fondest,

Regards,

Ora Sharon

Deputy President 

Israel Association of University Women