Join us at our Heart of Jerusalem Dinner honoring Rabbi Jonathan Halevy, Joshua Hecht, Zev Marcus, DJ Presser, with a special tribute to Deborah Kestenbaum.
Shaare Zedek has launched a bold campaign to double the size of its ER as demand for Emergency Room services rapidly increases. The Hospital will more than double the square footage of its emergency department with the addition of an all-new urgent-care pavilion. Today, the Weinstock Department of Emergency Medicine on the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Floor includes 43 beds in approximately 16,000 square feet. The new Pavilion will add an additional 61 beds and 18,000 square feet. When this sophisticated, state-of-the-art facility first opened its doors it was treating 41,000 patients a year. Just fifteen years later the Hospital now sees more than 92,000 patients a year in our ER.
As the most centrally located hospital in Jerusalem, Shaare Zedek plays the most pivotal role in responding to major disasters and terrorist attacks. Spurred on by our reputation as the “Hospital with a Heart” and the surge in Jerusalem’s population, our Urgent Care Response System has significantly increased its activities resulting in Shaare Zedek’s status as the largest and fastest-growing comprehensive emergency service in the greater Jerusalem area. When it comes to trauma and emergency care, every minute — indeed often every second — matters.
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We’re really starting to make a habit out of this… Charity Navigator has given us its highest possible rating for the FIFTH year in a row!
Charity Navigator’s CEO wrote, “Only 13% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center In Jerusalem outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center In Jerusalem apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”
The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is pleased to announce that the National Board has elected Dr. Howard Zvi Goldschmidt to serve as its new President. Dr. Goldschmidt will be taking over for Debbie Kestenbaum, who served as President with tremendous acuity and vision for the last three years.
Shaare Zedek has been an important cause in Dr. Goldschmidt’s family for decades. His maternal grandfather, Herman Warisch z”l, was a classmate and lifelong friend of Dr. Falk Schlesinger, z”l, the Hospital’s second Director-General. His paternal grandfather, Carl Goldschmidt, z”l, served as a board member of The American Committee in the 1960s and 1970s and was honored posthumously in the early 80s. His parents, Helen and Eric Goldschmidt, attended many Shaare Zedek dinners and concerts. Dr. Goldschmidt himself was honored by the American Committee in 2016 for his outstanding volunteer service in providing world-class cardiac care to the people of Jerusalem and beyond.
“I feel honored to be stepping into the role of President of this amazing institution,” Dr. Goldschmidt said. “It has been my privilege since 2016 to spend a month at Shaare Zedek each year, working with senior physicians and residents in the Cardiology and Emergency Medicine departments. During my visits, I have had the opportunity to fully understand the ethos of this unique beacon for hope and healing. I believe that Shaare Zedek is one of the greatest providers of high-level medicine in a compassionate and supportive environment, making critical advancements in clinical care and research each day. I see it as my mission to get as many people as possible to visit the Hospital so that together, we can help make Shaare Zedek even greater than it is today. After all, what better more >
At midnight on March 1, 2019, Professor Jonathan Halevy stepped down as the hospital’s Director-General and Professor Ofer Merin, previously Deputy Director-General and Director of Trauma Services assumed the hospital’s directorship. He is just the fifth person to hold that job in the Hospital’s more than 117-year history. Professor Halevy, who is widely credited with managing Shaare Zedek’s rise to become one of Israel’s top hospitals, will continue his involvement in numerous management issues including development and fundraising.
During his final week in the position, Professor Halevy visited all of the medical departments and support units and thanked the staff for their dedication and hard work that made the hospital so successful. Professor Halevy also addressed hundreds of current and former hospital employees as well as friends and family at the weekly Clinical Conference. So many members of the staff wanted to attend this session that three additional viewing areas were set up around the hospital. During his presentation, Professor Halevy said that his professional accomplishments were a result of the partnership with Shaare Zedek’s staff. In addition, an exhibition of photos detailing his life and career were on display throughout the hospital. The week concluded with a farewell luncheon in the hospital cafeteria for all staff.
When Professor Halevy assumed the position of Director-General in 1988, Shaare Zedek was considered a small community hospital well-known for its compassion for patients. During his tenure, he oversaw the opening of 26 new medical units. Today, Shaare Zedek offers care across all major medical disciplines and treats over 800,000 cases per year. The inpatient care rate over the last three decades multiplied by 469% while outpatient care went up by a remarkable 2,221%.
Under Prof. Halevy’s leadership, Shaare Zedek more >
With the end of 2018, Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center once again established itself as one of the world’s most active maternity hospitals, recording 22,398 deliveries, the most in the hospital’s more than 117-year old history. This number translated to 22,748 babies: 11,671 boys and 11,077 girls including 327 multiple births.
This feat is reflective of the hospital’s continued growth and translates to an average of 61 deliveries in every 24-hour period — a record for any Israeli hospital and believed to be among the most active anywhere in the Western world.
“Over the past decade, the number of babies born in our hospital has doubled and with it the level of satisfaction that parents attribute to their experience at Shaare Zedek,” says Professor Sorina Grisaru-Granovsky, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Shaare Zedek. “Mothers come from all the different demographic communities we are blessed to serve and we provide every couple with the chance to experience this critical moment in their lives in a way that works best for them while ensuring the optimal safety and health for mother and child.”
In recent years, Shaare Zedek has opened new maternity facilities including “rooming-in” options, a fourth Mother and Infant Department and a post-partum hotel where mothers benefit from a heightened level of comfort and privacy. “We are proud to offer multiple approaches to pain-reduction including acupuncture as well as traditional approaches provided by our highly trained team of obstetricians and anesthesiologists,” Professor Grisaru-Granovsky says. “And whenever the couple expresses interest in a ‘natural birth’ we also do our utmost to respect those wishes while ensuring the safest experience for all involved.”
Including the Downtown campus, which previously housed Bikur Cholim Hospital, Shaare Zedek operates a total of six Mother more >
When Caleb Maeir became ill, his friend Roni Allswang went to work to try to keep Caleb’s spirits high and make sure he knew he wasn’t alone.
Roni is a student at the University of Maryland-College Park, majoring in Marketing. He connected with the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem when the organization he created, Team Caleb, joined with Shaare Zedek to fundraise for the 2018 Jerusalem Marathon. After Caleb Maeir was diagnosed with sarcoma in 2015 Roni came up with the idea for Team Caleb, but it was Caleb himself who first chose to partner with Shaare Zedek. Caleb’s great uncle, David Maeir, was the Director-General of Shaare Zedek from 1968-1981. Because of this, Caleb wanted Shaare Zedek to benefit from his friends’ support. While Caleb began this journey with Shaare Zedek in September of 2017, he tragically never got to see the outcome. Sadly, Caleb passed away on December 9, 2017, just three months before the Jerusalem Marathon. Under Roni’s leadership, 98 runners joined Team Caleb and raised more than $75,000 for the Pediatric Cancer unit at Shaare Zedek. Thanks to Roni’s incredible efforts and Team Caleb, so many acts of kindness are done every day in Caleb’s memory. With great admiration, we presented Roni with the Caleb Maeir Memorial Award at our 2018 Heart of Jerusalem Dinner.
Meet four young leaders, Talia Askowitz, Ari Baratz, Alexandra Meisels, and Lizzy Schlesinger, whose dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment to Shaare Zedek we recognized at our 2018 Heart of Jerusalem Dinner.
Talia Askowitz is from White Plains, NY and co-chaired the 2017 College Bowl-a-thon. She proactively recruited teams for the event and helped encourage optimal participation from the board and teams. Talia’s family has a deep history of involvement with Shaare Zedek which she hopes to continue. She will be graduating from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in June 2020 as a pre-med student, majoring in Economics and minoring in Biology.
Ari Baratz graduated this summer from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business with a major in Finance and minor in Management. In the summer of 2017, his bubby, Sarah Hammerman a”h, passed away. Ari wanted to run a charity event in her memory and decided a basketball tournament would be a great way to have everyone come together in memory of his bubby while raising money for a great cause. Since his grandmother passed away from cancer, the $18,000 that was raised was donated to the new Radiotherapy Oncology Institute under construction at Shaare Zedek. During his year in Israel Ari visited Shaare Zedek and was so amazed to see the care each patient received.
Alexandra Meisels grew up in New Rochelle, NY and is currently a sophomore at New York University School of Nursing where she is studying to become a nurse practitioner. Alex co-chaired the 2018 College Board and Bowl-a-thon and was the captain of the team that was the 3rd highest fundraising team in 2017. Alex developed a strong attachment to Shaare Zedek when she participated in medical clowning at Shaare Zedek more >
The 2018 Heart of Jerusalem Dinner was a great success. We thank all who participated. With great pleasure, we honored Shaare Zedek’s longtime friend and supporter, Mr. Hermann Kaiser, with the Lev Tov Award. We were glad Mr. Kaiser could join us, along with his son Herbert, daughter-in-law Judith, and daughter Hinda.
Hermann Kaiser emigrated with his parents and brother from Germany to the United States six months before Pearl Harbor. They settled in Utica, NY, where Hermann received his B.A. in Accounting from Syracuse University followed by an M.A. from Wharton. After a two-year Army draft, he married Hannah Meyer, daughter of Dr. Max and Rosel Meyer, z”l members of the Breuer Kehilla in Washington Heights, NY. They joined the Elizabeth, NJ Jewish community because Hermann was employed as an accountant in nearby Clark by RCA Corp.
Mr. Kaiser became involved with the Shaare Zedek Annual Concert through Hannah a”h, who worked at the time at Manhattan Day School. Her connection to Shaare Zedek dated back to Germany where her father knew Dr. Moshe Wallach, the first Director-General of the Hospital. That support grew as the Kaisers visited Shaare Zedek’s original building on Rechov Jaffo in 1969 and then again in 1972. They were highly impressed when they toured the “new Shaare Zedek” several times, including in 1999 when they dedicated a project in the Oncology Unit and visited the Neonatal Unit in the Wilf Woman and Infant Center. Today, in recognition of decades of consistent and outstanding support, the Kaisers’ names are affixed on the Hospital’s Platinum Founders Wall.
Many organizations have benefitted from the outstretched hand of kindness shown by the Kaisers. In particular, his shul, Bais Yitzchak Chevrah Tehillim, AMIT, Hatzalah of Union County, more >