Chairman’s Rosh Hashana Message

Doron Shaziri and Ziv Beter

Doron Shaziri (l) and Ziv Beter

Dear Friends,

We have been faced with so many challenges this past year. Yet as the New Year approaches, we are always here, helping to ensure continuity of care for our disabled veterans, terror attack survivors, and their families.

Amid the current worldwide pandemic, Beit Halochem’s commitment to our heroes is unwavering: We stand together as one community. Your ongoing generosity will help these heroes overcome their disabilities, and rebuild their lives.

Apart/Together: Let me tell you about a few veterans who come to Beit Halochem for rehabilitation therapies and services. Doron Shaziri and Ziv Beter, two combat soldiers disabled by landmines in Lebanon. Wounded at the same time, they also share an enthusiasm for sports training as part of the recovery rehabilitation. Both became award-winning athletes: Sharizi in rifle shooting and Beter in swimming.

It was at Beit Halochem Tel Aviv that these heroes found a sport that became so critical to recovery.

“Sports play a considerable part in our rehabilitation, and we took it to the professional level,” Beter notes. “Every young person with a disability should engage in sports.”

Please make your most generous gift now to Beit Halochem. You can donate easily at www. Every dollar is needed and much appreciated.

Doron, center, accepting award in Rio.

Doron Shaziri served in the Orev unit of the Golani Brigade, completing a sniper course with honors. “We entered an old, unmarked mine field after being told that it was all clear of ordinance. I heard a huge bang: a friend of mine had stepped on a landmine”. We rescued him, and on our way back to the road, I stepped on a landmine.”

Ziv Beter was deputy company commander of that Golani antitank unit. “As I entered the field with a new team and a physician, another landmine went off right next to me,” he recalls. “The shrapnel blast hit my eyes” and at that moment I lost my eyesight completely. I was fully conscious and continued to manage until all casualties had been evacuated, including myself.”

In these especially daunting times, your gift, whether $36, $72, $108, $360 or another amount, will have a deep impact. Please show the 51,000 men, women, and families of Beit Halochem that you care about their welfare.

To learn more about our heroes, please visit our Everyday Heroes page.

Ziv with a friend while working out at the pool.

Ziv with a friend while working out at the

By 2004, Ziv Beter had competed in 8 European championships, 4 world championships and 5 Paralympic Games. He won 4 medals at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Paralympics, and 3 medals at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Paralympics. He specializes in the 200-meter backstroke, 400-meter freestyle, and 400-meter medley.

Doron Shaziri recalls, “When I came to Beit Halochem Tel Aviv, I discovered a rifle shooting range there, and started doing what I love most.” He won a silver medal in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, and bronze medals in the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Our work is never ending. Your ongoing support will help our heroes rebuild lives and enable dreams. We cannot do it without you. Thank You! Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year.


Michael A. Leichtling
Chair Beit Halochem USA-FIDV


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