Magen David Adom

Keeping Pace With Nature's Fury

As a succession of disasters strike, Jewish relief organizations struggle to raise enough funds to respond.

09/12/2008
Editorial Intern

Almost four years after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, one of the deadliest natural disasters in history, relief and rebuilding efforts in the affected areas are far from over.
But in the years since, disasters and crises in other areas of the world have also demanded attention and humanitarian aid, including the cyclone in Burma and the earthquake in Sichuan, China, both of which hit in May of this year, and more recently the war in South Ossetia, Georgia. Add to that the damage on U.S. soil from a succession of tropical storms and hurricanes.

D.C. Support For AFMDA

10/20/2009
An American Friends of Magen David Adom ambulance was dedicated to members of the U.S. Congress last month in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The purchase of the ambulance, which will be put to use in Israel, was made possible by a gift from the estate of Jack Greenberg of Cincinnati. Some 20 House and Senate members attended the event, including Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester) and Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan). The emergency vehicle was dedicated on the eve of AFMDA’s 70th anniversary.

Blood Brothers

09/17/2008
Staff Writer
In the westernmost nook of the Port Authority Bus Terminal last Thursday, Sept. 11, the New York Blood Center offered typical blood drive mementos, like apple juice, jelly beans and Oreo cookies. Strewn among these American delicacies were a handful of taco-flavored Bissli snacks, Osem Duvshaniot honey cookies and assorted Israeli candies.

Fundraising With A Mom’s Touch

06/11/2008
Editorial Intern
Eleven-year-old Benjamin Sternklar Davis felt far away from the safety of his Upper West Side home as he walked through the debris-strewn streets of Sderot, in southern Israel. Visiting homes that had been devastated by rocket fire, Benjamin and his mother Sarah wandered through rubble riddled with household items — half-completed math homework, a shredded teddy bear, a frying pan.

Restocking After War

10/06/2006
Staff Writer
Several Israeli social service and humanitarian organizations that incurred additional expenses during the country’s month-long war in Lebanon this summer have recently started fundraising campaigns. Among them are:

Red Cross, Israeli Counterpart

11/22/2002
Staff Writer
The American Red Cross and Israel’s Magen David Adom signed an agreement Monday designed to strengthen relations between the two following a period of controversy. It spells out increased cooperation on several fronts, including preparedness for incidents involving weapons of mass destruction, international tracing and family reunification, and biomedical services. “It will take away the suspicions of the past between us,” said MDA director general Avi Zohar.

Hizzoner Visits Israel

02/09/2007
Staff Writer
New York City’s mayor combined the personal and the political during his latest visit to Israel. During two days there last week, he took part in the dedication of a refurbished emergency rescue service center in Jerusalem, and spent a morning in a Negev city that has been the target of repeated rocket attacks from Gaza.

Restocking After War

11/01/2006
Staff Writer
Several Israeli social service and humanitarian organizations that incurred additional expenses during the country’s month-long war in Lebanon this summer have recently started fundraising campaigns. Among them are:

 American Friends of Magen David Adom. Israel’s emergency medical service (www.afmda.org) raised $12 million in its Code Red Emergency Campaign, which began following the kidnapping in July of Cpl. Gilad Shalit. During the war, Magen David Adom ambulances and teams responded to nearly 1,500 medical events involving civilians and military personnel.

Hatzalah Training For Israel Duty

08/02/2002
Staff Writer
In a historic partnership, dozens of local paramedics and technicians from the Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Service are being trained by Magen David Adom to field emergency calls in Israel in the event of a major war. "We have told Magen David that we are ready to go when you need us the most," said Chevra Hatzalah president Heshy Jacob, who hopes to have 60 volunteers trained and ready before the High Holy Days.
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