Fifteen-thousand Israelis suffer a stroke each year more >
Early in 2016, after several years of planning and anticipation, Dr. Howard Goldschmidt of Teaneck, NJ took a month off from his busy interventional cardiology practice at The Valley Hospital in Bergen County, NJ, and used the time for what he called a “mini-sabbatical” at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. While there he performed trans-esophageal echocardiography procedures, his specialty, and taught medical residents and fellows in cardiology and emergency medicine. He also wrote a number of very interesting blog posts about his experiences, which he discussed in an interview on the Nachum Segal Network (pictured, above), and which we are proud to share with you here.
Sunday January 31: My first day of work at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where the work week begins on Sunday and ends Thursday afternoon.
I depart the city of Modiin in my rented Hyundai hatchback (nice handling, weak engine) travelling on highway 443 along the 1948-1967 border, the back road to Jerusalem through the Judean Hills. The road is an ancient east-west trade route, mentioned in the books of Joshua, Samuel and Maccabees. After just a few miles, I pass the gas station where a soldier was stabbed to death in November. A few miles further is the turn-off for the small settlement of Beit Horon, where a 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death last month. The highway itself is safe, an observation balloon with dangling video cameras looming above. As 443 ends, the traffic slows. The “City of Gold” is visible in the distance. The 20-mile trip takes 45 minutes.
Already possessing a temporary medical license, I am rapidly processed and issued an ID and a lab coat. The heart center occupies the entire 10th floor of the building, cardiac surgery in one wing and all more >
Shaare Zedek’s Wilf Children’s Hospital was designed with the understanding that it would serve as even more than a place of medical healing, but as a truly comprehensive center of caring for every need of a child who requires treatment in a hospital setting. This understanding compelled our designers to include significant space for educational and recreational activities and, most notably, the Adolescents Recreation Room, which was donated by Mannon Kaplan and Family (Studio City, CA). It can be found on the Jack and Gitta Nagel Family Pediatric Inpatient Pavilion (7th Floor) of the Children’s Hospital.
The Kaplan Family Rec Room is the physical realization of a philosophy that says comprehensive medicine is as much about caring for a child’s emotional state as his or her physical one. For all too many children, hospital stays can be lengthy, sometimes extending for weeks or even months. The Rec Room allows children an escape from the tough reality of hospitalization and to engage in a world of “release” — including to the internet, movies or electronic games.
The staff of teachers and volunteers from the Lincoln David Abraham Paediatric Educational Institute are available at all times to help with any need. But younger patients are also given the privacy they need and deserve to relax on their own terms and enjoy a few minutes or hours of relaxation.
To best understand the importance of the room we went and spoke with a young man named Moshe, for whom Shaare Zedek has nearly become a second home. Suffering from a rare blood disorder that requires very regular hospital visits, the now 14-year-old has been forced to achieve a level of maturity and patience well beyond his years. He is deeply familiar with all the medical nuances of more >
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 >
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 >
(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 >
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 >
You only have until December 31 to make your year-end tax-deductible gift to The American Committee for Shaare Zedek!
If you’re 70 ½ and older you can transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to The American Committee for Shaare Zedek, thanks to the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act” of 2015,” just signed by the President.
If you qualify and take advantage of this charitable gifting opportunity, the amount gifted to charity will not be included in your gross income. Consequently, you will not be entitled to a charitable income tax deduction. However, because the amount distributed from the IRA is not included in your income, for tax purposes, it is treated as if the amount were included in your income and then you received an offsetting, dollar for dollar, charitable contribution income tax deduction. For high and midlevel income taxpayers, this treatment may be far superior than taking a taxable distribution from your IRA and giving the distributed amount to charity because of the limitations on itemized deductions applicable to such taxpayers.
Alternatively, for taxpayers who utilize the standard deduction, the direct contribution may also be superior than receiving a taxable IRA distribution and giving the distributed amount to charity because, with the standard deduction, you do not get a deduction for your gifts to charity.
The favorable tax treatment given to IRA direct charitable gifts applies only to outright charitable gifts and not to amounts used to fund a charitable lead or remainder trust.
If you are at least 70½ in 2015, please consider making a tax-free gift from your IRA in the coming days. Please check with your individual tax advisor to determine whether this is appropriate for you.
For more information, email our Chief Financial Officer more >
Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center marked over four decades of partnership with USAID (the United States Agency for International Development) in December as the Agency was added to the Healers Wall at the Hospital. The Healers Wall pays tribute to those who have played leading roles in the Hospital’s development.
The American Schools & Hospital Abroad (ASHA) program within USAID supports institutions like Shaare Zedek which share America’s vision of civility, humanitarian caring and social progress. Jonathan Kamin, Deputy Director of the USAID WBG Mission in Tel Aviv, said USAID warmly welcomes the partnership with Shaare Zedek and the model it represents for advanced medicine and its contribution to coexistence and declared “we look forward to continue to have the Hospital as our supporters and friends.”
Professor Jonathan Halevy, Shaare Zedek’s Director-General, saluted the Agency saying, “the projects which you have supported are those that directly enable us to significantly advance the level of care.” He also noted the shared vision between the Medical Center and the United States Government, saying “In a mixed city such as Jerusalem, we pride ourselves on offering a unique service to all the residents of this region and we firmly believe that hospitals can serve to truly advance peace.”
Rabbi Michael Melchior, Israel’s Former Minister for Diaspora, also attended the ceremony. He described Shaare Zedek as “an oasis of practicing the ideals of a shared society.”
Upon conclusion of the ceremony, the members of the USAID delegation toured the Surgical Operating Complex, led by Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor Uzi Beller and Director of Anesthesiology and Operating Room Services, Professor Yaakov Gozal. The new da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which is being purchased with funds provided by USAID this year, will allow Shaare more >
Today is Giving Tuesday and Shaare Zedek’s ER has been ranked the #1 emergency room in Israel!
The Weinstock Department of Emergency Medicine on the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Floor was ranked first today, December 1, 2015, by Israel’s leading business newspaper, The Marker, in a nationwide survey of ERs throughout Israel.
During the recent wave of terror, Shaare Zedek has treated more victims than any other hospital in Israel, while continuing to provide its world-renowned high level of compassionate care in every Department.
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