Love Story

An Ongoing Love Story Lea Nikel and the Children at the Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer A unique, moving connection developed over the years between Lea Nikel, recipient of the Israel Prize for Art and the artist who became known as the “First Lady of Israeli Painting,” and the Children at the Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. It began in early 2005 via the Dori family, and evolved into an ongoing love story.

Nikel’s desire to donate one of her paintings for the benefit of children hospitalized in Sheba, led to a meeting with Prof. Gideon Rechavi, then the head of the Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department (currently head of Sheba Cancer Research Center). The heartfelt conversation developed into close friendship, which motivated Nikel to donate three more works, and these still adorn the Hospital’swalls at present.

In her will, Nikel instructed that part of her bequest be dedicated to the establishment of a fund whose goals are to include helping sick children. After her death we decided to continue the link with the children at the Safra Children’s Hospital, and finance artistic enrichment activities for children with cancer treated at Sheba.

We are happy to fulfill Nikel’s last wish, and dedicate all the revenues from the sale of this painting to implement art workshops for the children in the Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department at Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.

Mira Hannan Avgar
Director, The Lea Nikel Fund

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