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Summer in Israel Sharpens Scorpion Risk

Summer is here and people are spending more time outside — which makes this a good time to be aware that scorpions tend to “hide” in thick brush and in dark and isolated areas. It is recommended to wear gloves when working in the garden and closed shoes when walking around at night, outside, in areas with thick vegetation. While camping, it is better not to sleep directly on the ground and remember to shake out your shoes before putting them on.
“Scorpions can be divided into two types, black and yellow scorpions,” explains Dr. Todd Zalut, director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Shaare Zedek. “All bites can cause allergic reactions. While the bite from a black scorpion hurts a lot, the yellow scorpion has poisonous venom. People stung by a yellow scorpion may experience pain, swelling, tingling or numbness around the area of the bite. The person may have difficulty swallowing, blurred vision, roving eye movements, seizures, nausea, vomiting, respiratory distress, or agitation… Antivenom is one treatment option, however, it is only used in very severe cases since there is a potential for serious side effects.”
If you are stung by either type of scorpion please be sure to seek immediate medical attention. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.
 

By |July 12th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Summer in Israel Sharpens Scorpion Risk|

Celebrating Israel On Fifth Avenue and On The Air

So maybe it was a little wet (though the heaviest rain came and went during the first half hour of the parade), but thousands of people marched up New York City’s Fifth Avenue anyway in the 2016 Celebrate Israel Parade on June 5, which this year coincided with Yom Yerushalayim — the 49th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War. Many more thousands of Israel’s most passionate supporters lined Fifth Avenue to watch them. American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center was well-represented, both on our float and to listeners around the world who were able to see and hear the sights and sounds of the parade on the Nachum Segal Network. American Committee was the presenting sponsor of live coverage of the parade, anchored from start to finish by Nachum Segal, the internationally-known host of Jewish radio program JM in the AM, and Miriam L. Wallach, general manager of The Nachum Segal Network. American Committee CEO Rachel Wolf joined them in the broadcast booth at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street, near the entrance to the Central Park Zoo, for more than an hour, early in the parade.

Other guests on the program included the inspiring Racheli Frenkel, mother of one of three Israeli teens whose disappearance brought Israelis and Jews all around the world together in shared worry, then grief two summers ago (listen to her appearance here); as well as many notable political and Jewish communal leaders. Enjoy a full gallery of photos from Fifth Avenue here.

 

By |June 6th, 2016|Events, News, Photos|Comments Off on Celebrating Israel On Fifth Avenue and On The Air|
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    Shaare Zedek Opening Stroke Unit, Comprehensive Institute of Neurology

Shaare Zedek Opening Stroke Unit, Comprehensive Institute of Neurology

Fifteen-thousand Israelis suffer a stroke each year  more >

By |May 23rd, 2016|Announcements, News, Support ACSZ|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek Opening Stroke Unit, Comprehensive Institute of Neurology|

Dr. Howard Goldschmidt: My Mini-Sabbatical at Shaare Zedek

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 >

By |April 14th, 2016|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Dr. Howard Goldschmidt: My Mini-Sabbatical at Shaare Zedek|

Mannon Kaplan and Family Adolescents Recreation Room

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 >

By |April 12th, 2016|Announcements, News, Photos, Wilf Children's Hospital|Comments Off on Mannon Kaplan and Family Adolescents Recreation Room|

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 >

By |February 29th, 2016|News, Support ACSZ|Comments Off on Bat Mitzvah Celebration: Dressing Newborns at Shaare Zedek|

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 >

By |February 10th, 2016|Events, News|Comments Off on Nachum Segal and JM in the AM Visit Shaare Zedek|
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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 >

By |February 2nd, 2016|News|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek Sponsors 2016 Kosher Halftime Show with Lipa Schmeltzer on the Nachum Segal Network|

Earn a Tax Deduction for 2015

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 >

By |December 23rd, 2015|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Earn a Tax Deduction for 2015|