Mona Dezent

Mona Dezent was born in Montreal, Canada. She came to Israel in 1970, after completing my Psychology at Sir George Williams University in Montreal. She continued her studies at a special program for new immigrants at Bar Ilan University and received a B.A. in Social Work. She also has a diploma in Counseling for Adults from Machon Magid, and did a course in coaching (Machon Schahar). She worked as a social worker for the Jewish Agency with new immigrants; later as a social worker for the Israeli National Insurance doing rehabilitation work with the handicapped and widows; she was the manager of a center for volunteers working with the elderly - she recruited, trained the volunteers and developed community projects. Today Mona has a small business designing capelets, shawls and wraps for brides and for special events.
On a volunteer basis: In 1990 she and her family "adopted" three Russian families, one a family of musicians, related to Vadim Gluzman. She helped organize concerts for them in private homes and in other venues. She ran a support group for handicapped adults, and today she visits an English speaking woman (97) once a week on a voluntary basis (thru Yad Sara); she volunteered with ESRA Job Seekers, interviewing new immigrants and returning Israelis, helping them write their CVs and find jobs; for two seasons she organized speakers for the ESRA Kfar Saba Open House meetings. At present she is on the ESRA fundraising committee; she read stories in English to a small group of young children at the municipal library.

 Mona is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren.

A tribute to Shirley Kirsch

A tribute to Shirley Kirsch

by Henriette Sheffer, Lucie Sherman, Lucille Laketer, Merle Guttmann, Mona Dezent, Olive Simon

Shirley Kirsch was one of its initial organizers and more ...
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