Mel Reisfield Mel Reisfield

By YJ Israel

Updated: Jan 6, 2014

On Friday, I had the thrill of visiting Mel back at his home on French Hill.  He is still recovering, but is glad to be back home and is very grateful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers. He is still talking about all the blessings that came in…

Being Mel, one of the first things he said to me, was “I have to call some of my friends from the US and apologize.”

I said, “Apologize for what?”

He replied, “When they spoke to me in the hospital, I cut them off and didn’t really talk to them.”

I assured him, it was OK…

Even more important, my son Yoni was with me, and Mel, looked at him, and with a twinkle in his eye, lied, saying, “You know, your father was a great ballplayer!”

In short, he’s baaaack!!!!

Gil Troy

Updated: Dec 6, 2013

Dear Friends,

I am happy to report that those of us who knew the old guy still had some rounds left in him were right. Two days ago, Mel left the hospital and is now in a rehabilitation center. I saw him last night.

mel_withguysHe is still pretty weak and in bed most of the time — the rehab is to get him walking again and get his strength up. But the difference between now and a month ago is very dramatic. The infections are gone — he is with it, occasionally irascible, but also back to beaming that winning smile of his.

Yaffa, of course, continues to be a trouper — in the rehab center she is only allowed during visiting hours in the afternoon and evening so hopefully she will have some time at home to regroup.

They both continue to say how moved they were by all the blessings — and it is inspiring to see that Mel is mobilizing the same power that kept him playing and (cheating at) basketball all these years…

Shabbat Shalom

Gil Troy

Updated: Nov 19, 2013

Dear Friends,

Mel continues to respond to medication — our favorite tough guy has fought off a whole bunch of infections and he is doing better than he was three long weeks ago.

He and Yaffa (and everyone else) have been overwhelmed and moved by the outpouring of love, affection, inspiration and vulgarities.

Saturday night, when my wife Linda and I visited him with the latest batch of printed out greetings (I think at the time we were up to 476 or something), he burst out singing — “To all the girls I’ve loved before.” Yaffa was pleased to note that he was on key.

He is still hospitalized and still has rough moments, but we are definitely seeing flashes of the Mel we know and love — and it has been amazing to see how comforted they have been by all of you.

With much love and appreciation

Gil Troy

Dear Friends,

Our beloved Mel Reisfield, legendary Young Judaea educator and icon, is ailing and is currently in the hospital in Jerusalem. All who wish to send their love and get-well wishes are encouraged to post them below.

A few times a week YJ alumni Gil Troy and Heidi Stern, close friends of the Reisfields, will print out these blessings and share them with Mel and his family.

To respect the family’s privacy, and because Mel has some good days and some more difficult days, we are asking close friends who wish to visit him in the hospital to use discretion.

Mel, Yaffa and their family are feeling everyone’s love and are buoyed by it.

Todah Rabah,

The Young Judaea Family

Note: A lot of people have been asking for Mel’s Hebrew name, which is Moshe ben Jenny v’ Charles.


Mel on porch with legs c1984

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