Shalom. I saw your ad in the current issue of "The Jewish Press," to which fine publication I've subscribed for about 23 years.
I plan to make Aliyah, with His help, before the end of '09. I am Jewish, age 64, single, and without children. I am a lawyer but stopped practicing law about 14 years ago to work with developmentally disabled adults.
I was the live-in companion for a man with Down Syndrome for over 7 years. Sadly, he died suddenly on January 01, 2006, from complications of sleep apnea. He was age 39.5 and was the youngest of 6 children. He and his family shared a lot of love. His dad was a dermatologist; his mother is an R.N.
I'd like to find similar employment in Israel. Please tell me about any such work over there and whom to contact.
During the 7.33 years that I lived with Allen, I met other people with Down Syndrome. They are some of the nicest people that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.
I was raised in the Reform movement but came back to Torah about 23 years ago. I've since read that Down Syndrome people are reincarnations of high evolved neshamas.
Gerald B. Leib (Gerry)
Mountain View, CA
This article first appeared in issue #14 of Down Syndrome Amongst Us