Dr. Howard Zvi Goldschmidt is an interventional cardiologist. His family has a long association with Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Dr. Goldschmidt’s grandfather, Carl Goldschmidt, was a member of the national board of the American Committee in the 1960’s and was posthumously honored at an annual dinner. His maternal grandfather was a classmate of Shaare Zedek’s second director-general, Dr. Falk Schlesinger, in Hamburg, Germany, and later hosted him in New York. When not in Israel, Dr. Goldschmidt and his wife Debbie live in Teaneck, N.J. Their daughter and son-in-law and three grandchildren live in Modi’in.
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 >
A Doctor from Teaneck, NJ Returns to Shaare Zedek for His Annual Stint as a Very Highly-Skilled Volunteer — But This Time Something is Different
By Dr. Howard Zvi Goldschmidt
In the 1950s, my Aunt Miriam and Uncle Zvi made aliyah to an agricultural moshav after undergoing a few months of training on a model farm (“hachshara”) in southern New Jersey. They were following in the footsteps of another uncle, who came to fight in the 1948 War of Independence and stayed for good. Zvi was thrilled with his high school teaching job and farming chores, but Miriam was beaten down by waiting daily in long lines at the grocer, post office and bank in sweltering heat. They returned to the US, disappointed and disenchanted after just 18 months.
Over the years, a number of friends uprooted their families from comfortable suburban lives in the US in pursuit of the Zionist dream. For some, the economic and social challenges for themselves and their children were insurmountable. I greatly admired these friends for their courage and felt their anguish when things didn’t work out and they returned to the States.
I have chosen an easier path for myself. I will take the citizenship without the hardship (“Aliyah Lite”). I will advocate for Israel from America, speaking as an American and an Israeli. I’ve always had multiple identities: traditional modern Jew, husband, father, doctor, student of 20th Century history and art, dilettante, man of letters, long distance runner. I’m proud to add “Israeli” to this list.
Each of us has multiple axes of identification, including religious, political, nationalistic and linguistic. To ready myself for aliyah, I have struggled to become a “Hebrew Man” (great song by Ehud Banai, by the way). In the more >