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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

In Memory of RivkA

The following initiative - which is also described on her blog - is being launched by RivkA's friends, with the blessing of RivkA's family.

Dear All,

We want to tell you about an amazing Tzedakah/Charity opportunity we are launching in RivkA's memory: A Breastmilk Pump Lending Service (Gemach) to serve the women of Jerusalem and region with top-of-the-range, new pumps.

The idea for the Gemach came from RivkA’s friend Noa Hirsch-Choritz, a certified lactation consultant, during the funeral while Moshe recounted the story of RivkA breastfeeding her youngest daughter while hospitalized. It suddenly became clear how we could honor RivkA's memory with something she was truly passionate about. While there are various pumps available for hire, no service currently exists in Jerusalem offering modern, high-quality pumps (the kind that lactation consultants recommend to patients). As such, many Jerusalem women, for a number of reasons, sadly end up abandoning their efforts to breastfeed their babies. This was something that RivkA- a staunch breastfeeding advocate, educator and La Leche Leader- wished to change.

And so, the Gemach idea has taken shape. "Meneket RivkA", (the name chosen for its biblical reference, meaning "Rivka's Wet-nurse") will be initially housed in the Jerusalem Breastfeeding Center in Talpiot, with a satellite branch in Gush Etzion. Uniquely, lactation consultants will provide free professional consultations, “fittings” and advice for each woman renting the pumps, which will be loaned at a nominal charge based on models provided by other successful pump gemachs around the country.

We hope to raise enough money to purchase up to 20 pumps, incorporating several models. We've built an initial budget and have plans for strategic growth together with The Eden Center, the mikva/women's center project which RivkA wholeheartedly supported.

It is envisaged that Meneket RivkA is developed over time into a full-service breastfeeding center, providing subsidized lactation consultations, La Leche League support groups, pre-birth breastfeeding classes and of course, low-cost/free breastmilk pump rental.

We truly believe that this project is really in consonant with RivkA's thoughts- she believed that breastfeeding knowledge and skills should be available to everyone, without pay (as is La Leche League's directives). We think this would make her really happy. We are overjoyed to have received the blessing of her family in creating this project, and we hope that all those who shared her vision, or who wish to honor her memory, will consider supporting us. No donation is too small to realize this dream.

To read more about the project or to make a donation- please visit www.meneketrivka.org or email [email protected]

Read more: http://coffeeandchemo.blogspot.com/#ixzz14mX8yP4B

[note: The graphics/banner for the 'Memeket RivkA' site were created by my lovely and talented wife in consultation with the people organizing this worthy effort]

Posted by David Bogner on November 9, 2010 | Permalink


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Although I never met her, RivkA bat Yishaya seems to have touched many, many people... may she rest in peace and may Hashem bless and comfort her family and friends.

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Nov 9, 2010 6:58:51 PM

Oh, this is so beautiful, it's beyond words.

(The Symphony pump is the Mercedes among pumps...it sits here on my desk. I just had to think this out loud...)

Posted by: a. | Nov 9, 2010 11:03:51 PM

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