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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.
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 >
Professor Ofer Merin gave a very moving talk at the Jerusalem Post Conference in New York City in June 2019. He spoke shortly after beginning his work as Director-General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Professor Merin is only the fifth person in that role since the Hospital’s founding in 1902.
He captivated the audience as he discussed his role as the head of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, the head of our Trauma Unit and the head of the IDF’s renowned mobile field hospital.
Prof. Merin shared that Shaare Zedek has over the last decade doubled the number of patients it treats annually and that the hospital is incorporating new technologies, building new facilities, introducing advanced technologies including a special MRI machine for premature babies, and increasing the use of robotics.
Professor Merin also described his experiences heading the IDF field hospital over the past fifteen years in numerous mass-casualty events around the world. He explained that Israel’s mobile field hospital has received the highest rating from the World Health Organization, for the standards that it maintains. However, he shared that in his opinion, “…what separates it from others, is our values, our ability to treat people with the proper dignity.”
Professor Merin also described the staff’s dedicated efforts in the hospital’s Trauma Unit, which frequently has to deal with harrowing cases of terror victims and their rehabilitation.
He closed his speech with a brief explanation of his own history as the son of a Holocaust survivor, quoting the Talmudic dictum, “Whosoever saves one life, saves the whole world,” and expressing that Shaare Zedek is steadfast in its efforts to maintain and save lives.
Read the Jerusalem Post’s coverage here.
Photos and videos from the 2019 Women’s Health Day and Luncheon Honoring Paula Lev, held on Wednesday, June 5 at The Pierre in New York City.
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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 >
Enjoy the DINNER JOURNAL from our 2018 Heart of Jerusalem Dinner in New York City on Nov. 14th honoring Debbie and Howard Jonas, Hermann Kaiser, Talia Askowitz, Alexandra Meisels, Lizzy Schlesinger, Ari Baratz, and Roni Allswang.
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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 >