Vivian Singer at Centennial Convention in Israel.
Vivian Singer, a veteran Brooklyn social worker, never forgot her 1973 volunteer experience in the Department of Social Work at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Today, that department bears her name. At a ceremony as part of the Centennial Celebration of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America in Jerusalem last month, Singer stepped forward with a generous contribution "to strengthen the unsung heroes of the medical system."
The newly named Vivian Singer Department of Social Work Services, was founded in 1965, serves both the Ein Kerem and Mt. Scopus campuses of the hospital. The staff consists of some 60 social workers, who deal with all the medical departments and areas such as guardianship, child and elder abuse. Social workers engage in crisis intervention; professional consultation; as well as long-term care and discharge planning, in conjunction with community welfare and health services. Trained group workers facilitate support and therapy groups in multiple areas including cystic fibrosis, IVF, juvenile diabetes, oncology and post-operative cardiovascular care. A student social work fieldwork-training center trains student social workers in conjunction with Israeli universities.
"The fact that she is an expert social worker adds extra meaning to this donation," said Rita Abramov, Department chair."We have already begun consulting with her in choosing projects that will improve our work. We have both a donor and a mentor. We are humbled by her generosity."
Singer took part in the Centennial festivities and the pre-mission briefings of the Society of Major Donors. She is pictured with Brig. General Noam Tibon, commander of the northern forces of the IDF, who provided an insider's look at Israel's security challenges, including Iran.