Monthly Archives: February 2016

Bat Mitzvah Celebration: Dressing Newborns at Shaare Zedek

Huvi Hirschey collected more than 500 baby outfits for distribution on the maternity ward

It’s been several years since Ahuva (Huvi) Hirschey of Elizabeth, NJ, first visited the maternity ward at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where her grandmother volunteers. Huvi, now 12, was a little girl at the time. But what her bubby, Jacqueline Maltz, told her then left a lasting impression: many babies born at Shaare Zedek each year won’t have a new outfit to wear home. Some are born into large families and receive older siblings’ hand-me-downs; others are born into families that simply can not afford a new outfit that will shortly be outgrown. Even more difficult is when a baby is born with a disability; often then people hesitate before even congratulating the parents, let alone offering a gift.

Huvi, whose smile lights up a room, decided that encouraging her guests to help would be an important part of her bat mitzvah celebration. The sixth grader at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston included a note with her invitation that read, “My Bubby volunteers in the maternity department at Shaare Zedek hospital. Can you believe that more than 20,000 babies are born there each year? My Bubby told me that there are many mothers who are very poor and do not have a new outfit to put on their babies to go home. I really think that every new baby should go home wearing something new and not something torn or stained, and that is why I am asking for your help…” She asked for donations of new baby clothing and blankets.

The response was overwhelming. People brought shopping bags filled with adorable new baby clothes; over 500 outfits were more >

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Treating Terror Victims At Shaare Zedek

On hundreds of occasions since August, ambulance crews have alerted the emergency room staff at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem: a victim of a terrorist attack is on the way in.

The clock begins ticking and the Shock and Trauma Unit in the Weinstock Family Department of Emergency Medicine on the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Floor begins to marshal its resources. In minutes, all necessary equipment and supplies are at the ready including units of blood and blood products for transfusion, and a team of doctors, nurses and other staff —  who vary according to the nature of the incoming patient’s injuries — are on hand, waiting for the ambulance.

Tragically, this scene has been replayed at Shaare Zedek more than 250 times in recent months, as of this writing. The victims of stabbings, shootings and deliberate vehicle rammings have included men, women and children — soldiers, expectant mothers, sabras and recent olim.

Politics are left outside the Hospital’s doors.

“We have Arab doctors treating Jewish patients, and in the next bed, Jewish doctors treating Arabs, maybe attackers,” explained Dr. Ofer Merin, a cardio-thoracic surgeon who is deputy director-general of Shaare Zedek and executive director of the Trauma Unit. “I never try to match an Arab physician to an Arab patient, or a Jewish physician to a Jewish patient, even though language makes it easier. It would be like saying: ‘OK, you’re an Arab, you treat the terrorist.’ No. If someone is shot and comes in, he is treated the same as anyone else who is shot.”

“There are six beds in the Trauma Unit. In bed number one you might find a lady injured by a terrorist; in bed number two could be a child injured by a terrorist; and more >

By |February 18th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Treating Terror Victims At Shaare Zedek|

Nachum Segal and JM in the AM Visit Shaare Zedek

(Jerusalem — Wednesday, February 11, 2016)  Nachum Segal, the US radio personality who hosts the JM in the AM radio program heard weekday mornings by listeners in the New York metropolitan area and around the world, visited Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem as part of his Jewish Unity Initiative. Segal is encouraging his significant Jewish audience to step up visits to Israel and support its economy through tourism, and ultimately, to make their home in Israel. He also spoke with Tomer Ditor, 28, who was recovering at Shaare Zedek from injuries he incurred Tuesday when he was stabbed by a terrorist while jogging near Neveh Daniel.

Tomer’s description of the attack aired several hours later on the Wednesday, February 10, 2016 edition of  JM in the AM, as Segal and a team from his eponymous Nachum Segal Network broadcast to a waking east coast from a restaurant on Tel Aviv’s Rechov Dizengoff. Tomer, of Rosh Tzurim, told Segal he knows several previous victims of the ongoing wave of attacks and that it is “weird” to have become a target himself.

“I went for a run in the Gush, near Neveh Daniel, and I saw the attacker. He came towards me and I turned around to return to Rosh Tzurim, and then he started running after me, so I turned around with my fist toward him, and then I saw the knife,” he recalled. “He started to attack me so I defended myself. I kicked him as much as I could, and he hit me in the head and twice in the shoulder. After this he just turned around and ran away. I screamed for the guard who was 100 meters from me. He heard me and called the ambulance.” Tomer said he was stabbed 5 or 6 times in more >

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    Shaare Zedek Sponsors 2016 Kosher Halftime Show with Lipa Schmeltzer on the Nachum Segal Network

Shaare Zedek Sponsors 2016 Kosher Halftime Show with Lipa Schmeltzer on the Nachum Segal Network

Football fans and most other people in North America know that a football game of some significance is scheduled to be played this Sunday, February 7. Traditionally, halfway through the game, an extravagantly-produced musical performance is aired. The musical performance is known to sometimes be a source of discomfort to parents, particularly in religious families, who otherwise are enjoying the game with their young children. To help accommodate those families the Nachum Segal Network is presenting its own Kosher Halftime Show, this year starring Lipa Schmeltzer. Once again, the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is a proud sponsor.

On Monday morning, February 1, 2016, American Committee for Shaare Zedek CEO Rachel Wolf appeared on Nachum Segal’s JM in the AM morning drive program, which airs on three radio stations in the greater New York-New Jersey area (91.1 FM WFMU in Northern/Central New Jersey/New York City, 90.1 FM WMFU in the Catskills, and 91.9 FM in Rockland County, NY) as well as internationally at NachumSegal.com and on the NSN App for iOS and Android smartphones.

They discussed Shaare Zedek’s remarkable growth, including our 2016 priority — the development of neurology and neurosurgery departments and a state-of-the-art stroke unit — and Rachel shared a wonderful story about a patient in Shaare Zedek’s Wilf Children’s Hospital, and details about this summer’s opportunity to “see the world” with the American Committee for Shaare Zedek.

The Kosher Halftime Show will pre-tape at the Teaneck Doghouse on motza’ei Shabbat, February 6, the night before the game. Lipa Schmeltzer and the Neshoma Orchestra will rehearse at 8:30 pm and tape the Kosher Halftime Show at 9:00 pm. Audience members are welcome to attend, space permitting. The show will air at halftime of the big game on Sunday, February 7 — the video presentation will become available on the Nachum Segal Network homepage more >

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