A Shabbat of Inspiration

“I’m starting to think this virus has a preference for infecting the righteous among us. These patients are angels. God bless them.”
– Nurse Rachel Gemara, COVID-19 Keter Unit

A Shabbat of Inspiration
It is one thing to be inspired by the doctors and nurses at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem who volunteered to leave current assignments to treat patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.

It is another to watch people throughout Israel, and soldiers serving in the IDF, step outside their homes to show their gratitude.

And still another to learn how patients themselves are volunteering to help others, who are also COVID-19 positive, but are sicker than they are, all to minimize the risk of exposure of doctors and nurses.

Each moment our brave staff fight this pandemic, we see the best in the people of Israel.

With the creation of the Keter Department, a special ward created to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus, Shaare Zedek has created an isolated unit to treat those hit hardest by this illness. The unit has been outfitted with highly advanced technologies that allow for safe communication between those in the ward and those outside it. There are cameras in each patient’s room that are monitored in a control room. Each patient has a telephone with a screen with which they can talk to doctors and nurses. Exposure is minimized, giving the doctors the ability to help more critical patients more efficiently.

Nurse Rachel Gemara has been keeping a journal of her shifts in the Keter Department. On Thursday she wrote that after admitting a young woman with a cough, fever and difficulty breathing, the same woman explained that she was still available to help patients sicker than herself.“… that patient more >

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Moving Statement from a Patient’s Husband

Benny’s wife was treated at Shaare Zedek Medical Center for six weeks. Below please find the translation of his moving Facebook post where he shared his kind words about their experience at Shaare Zedek.

“To the entire staff of the Internal Medicine Department A in Shaare Zedek Medical Center who are so dear and so loved, may you have a blessing from above. Yesterday, we left Shaare Zedek and we are starting a new way.

Six weeks we were under your dedicated, professional, diligent and compassionate care.Long ago, I stopped counting the days and hours I spent in the ward, next to my wife’s bed, there were many, and we met during those hours, face to face. I saw you working so hard and with dedication.

I saw you going from bed to bed, from patient to patient and giving each and every one everything they need with great professionalism and love.

I saw you treat each patient as if he was your only patient in the entire ward at that time and only the one you were treating.

You approached each [patient] gently, carefully, with compassion, “asking” permission to stab them with a needle and take blood. “Asking” permission and apologizing for needing to stab them again, inserting a new infusion because the previous infusion needed to be replaced or for any other reason, and every time you did it like it was the first time. You tried not to hurt the patient and apologized explaining that you had no choice. I saw the compassion in your eyes with every stab, I often felt your heart “go in” along with the needle into my wife’s vein.

You felt my pain, you rejoiced in my happiness, I could feel the more >

By |February 12th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Moving Statement from a Patient’s Husband|

Inside Shaare Zedek – January Newsletter

The January Newsletter from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is now available. Download it here.

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VIP Chef Event

Join us Tuesday, February 25th for our VIP Chef Event!

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Inside Shaare Zedek – December Newsletter

The December Newsletter from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is now available. Download it here.

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Shaare Zedek Medical Center Annual Report 2020

A Tradition of Compassion, A Record of Excellence – We’re proud to share with you Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem’s 2020 Annual Report. Download it here.

By |December 19th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek Medical Center Annual Report 2020|

Children’s Champions Bowling Event

Thanks for making this event a great success! You can still donate to help dedicate the giraffe incubator…

By |October 29th, 2019|Events, News|Comments Off on Children’s Champions Bowling Event|

Heart of Jerusalem Dinner

Thanks to everyone who attended for making this a very special event. Donations are still being accepted here.
By |October 28th, 2019|Announcements, Events, News|Comments Off on Heart of Jerusalem Dinner|
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    The Shaare Zedek Emergency Room: A New Standard At Double The Size

The Shaare Zedek Emergency Room: A New Standard At Double The Size

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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Charity Navigator’s Highest Rating…For The FIFTH Time

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.”

By |September 5th, 2019|Announcements, News, Support ACSZ|Comments Off on Charity Navigator’s Highest Rating…For The FIFTH Time|