ISRAEL BONDS HIGH HOLIDAY APPEALS TO ENCOURAGE INVESTMENT

IN “A NATION OF HERITAGE AND INSPIRATION”

NEW YORK – The 2012 Israel Bonds High Holiday appeals, a cornerstone of the Bonds program since the organization’s founding in 1951, will be conducted in synagogues throughout the country on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Bonds President and CEO Izzy Tapoohi said the theme of the appeals – This is Israel –“will encourage worshippers to invest in a nation of heritage, courage and inspiration.  At the same time,” he added, “ they will have the opportunity to acquire a dependable investment well-suited for these uncertain economic times.”

During High Holiday services, worshippers will be presented with tab cards enabling them to designate the type and amount of the Israel bond they intend to purchase.  The Bonds organization currently offers a choice of fixed rate bonds or floating rate bonds.  Available instruments provide a choice of maturities, as well as income-generating bonds or bonds paying interest upon maturity.

Individuals indicating  they wish to purchase Israel bonds will have the opportunity to do so online.   Since its launch in late September 2011, sales via the online site have exceeded $12.3 million.

Further information about the High Holiday appeals can be obtained by calling your local Israel Bonds/Development Corporation for Israel office or visiting Israelbonds.com.

(Issues subject to availability. This is not an offering, which can be made only by prospectus. Read the prospectus carefully before investing to fully evaluate the risks associated with investing in State of Israel bonds.)

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ISRAEL BONDS ONLINE SALES EXCEED $10 MILLION

Sales of Israel Bonds purchased via the Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds e-commerce site have surpassed $10 million, it was announced by President and CEO Izzy Tapoohi.

This came just eight months after the site’s launch in late September 2011.  The site marked a new phase for the Bonds organization, enabling it to greatly expand its reach and enhance its core objective of increasing support for Israel through investment in Israel bonds.

In making the announcement, Tapoohi said, “The Bonds organization is extremely pleased that thousands of individuals have chosen to invest in Israel bonds through our e-commerce site.”

Added Chairman of the Board Richard Hirsch:  “The site was specifically designed to be an accessible, user-friendly experience, and we are gratified the reaction has been so positive.”

Almost all Israel bonds currently offered by Development Corporation for Israel/ Israel Bonds are available for online purchase. Individuals buying Israel bonds for gifts also have the option of including a message and/or generating a gift card.

For additional information on online purchasing, visit Israelbonds.com

The Development Corporation for Israel (DCI)/Israel Bonds is widely recognized as being among the primary catalysts for Israel’s rapid evolution into a global economic powerhouse. DCI, Canada-Israel Securities, Ltd., and Israel Bonds International (Europe and Latin America), have secured worldwide sales that, to date, exceed $34 billion.

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A CONSUMMATE SURVIVOR, EASTSIDE RESIDENT MAKES A GIFT
TO HELP OTHERS LIVE TOO

Marc Ratner is a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor is passing on his belief in the sanctity of life by purchasing an ambulance that will help save lives in Israel.

In a recent ceremony at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Mr. Ratner dedicated the ambulance in memory of his parents, his two beloved wives, his two sons, and sister, all of whom predeceased him.

The $100,000 ambulance was purchased through American Friends of Magen David Adom, the U.S.-based fundraising affiliate of Israel’s emergency medical response organization, which provides onsite emergency treatment and hospital transport to more than 500,000 Israelis every year as well as collection and oversight of 97 percent of the nation’s emergency blood supply.

Mr. Ratner was born in Lodz, Poland, to a prominent Jewish family. While Mr. Ratner was home from college for summer vacation in 1939, Poland was attacked on September 1.  His family escaped from the German invasion east to Lvov and found themselves under Soviet occupation and later deported to a forced labor camp in the Ural Mountains, where Mr. Ratner’s 51-year-old father died.

While waiting for food distribution one day, the young Mr. Ratner wore his finest suit, which made him stand out from his shabbily dressed fellow refugees waiting in line in need of help. A delegate from the free Polish government who was there that day spoke to him and learned that he and Mr. Ratner, had attended the same school in Lodz, Poland. After a brief conversation, the delegate surprised Mr. Ratner and appointed him to manage the food and clothing distribution to the Polish refugees in Samarkand.

After the war ended in 1945, Mr. Ratner, his mother, and sister returned to Lodz in 1946, only to discover that Poland’s post-war Communist government had confiscated their apartment and property. Meanwhile, they also learned that the rest of their family had perished during the Holocaust.

With no home to return to, they traveled through Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Germany to France, where Mr. Ratner married a local Jewish girl and had a son. Mr. Ratner found a job with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and, over the course of seven years, advanced to a high position that enabled him to help thousands of Holocaust survivors learn professions and immigrate to Israel, the U.S., Canada, Australia, and South America. “I was lucky in my lifetime to be able to help Jews who were in need of help,” he says.

He traveled to Israel several times and became a supporter of Magen David Adom, the nation’s ambulance and emergency medical response organization. His donation of an ambulance to the people of Israel in memory of his family is an expression of tribute and admiration for the lifesaving activities of the organization, he says.

“I don’t need any fame or gratitude,” Mr. Ratner says. “I’m doing this because Magen David Adom helps people survive in Israel. And to me, there are few things more important than that.”

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Technion American Medical School Waves Farewell to its 2012 Graduates

Twenty three new doctors graduated from Technion American Medical School’s Class of 2012, from the US and Canada.  These newly-qualified doctors will soon be returning to North America to begin their residencies at well-known medical centers and hospitals across the country.

Professor Andrew Levy, Director of the American School, lauded the students for their academic achievements, as reflected in the 95% pass rate on the USMLE exams and commented, “you have every right to be proud of your achievements.  But remember that you reached this place and will only go further with the help of many others, whether they be family, friends, teachers or patients. We hope some of you will come back to us and make Israel your home after your training—we really need you. ”

Lauren Astrug, from Chicago, addressed her fellow graduates; “We all moved to Israel for many different reasons, but we leave here today all the same, as doctors. After four years, this rollercoaster ride is taking a turn in its tracks today and the ride sure has been one of the best adventures of my life.”
 

 

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  ISRAELI TEAM BRINGS DOLL THERAPY TO CHILDREN INJURED IN JAPANESE TSUNAMI

       

 

Schneider Children's Visit Initiated by Israeli Ambassador to Tokyo
A team made up of people and puppets from the Education Center at Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel recently visited children in two elementary schools in southern Sendai, the area in Japan hardest hit by the tsunami one year ago.

The visit was initiated by the Israeli Ambassador in Tokyo, Japan, and funded by the Foreign Ministry's Division of Cultural and Scientific Affairs and Schneider Children's.

The team included Maskit Shochat, Director of the Educational Center at Schneider Children's, and Daniella Hadassi, a drama therapist who treats children at the hospital through ventriloquist dolls.  Therapeutic ventriloquy fulfils a number of roles: the puppet or doll is silly and funny, and aims to counteract pain, divert thoughts and bring a smile, alongside dialogue that evolves between the child and the doll about his troubles. The activity for children in Japan centered on therapy with hand puppets that were prepared for the group by the staff in the Educational Center at Schneider Children’s. Each child received his own hand puppet and personalized it by adding items they chose.  In addition, local school therapists and family members and children attended lectures given by the Israelis on dealing with the emotional and psychological “aftershocks” of the tsunami.

The staff in the Educational Center at Schneider Children's has broad experience dealing with children under stress who are in care at the hospital following illness, injury and trauma.

 

SCHNEIDER CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER OF ISRAEL is Israel’s only comprehensive, tertiary care hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of all children. Offering the full range of pediatric specialties, Schneider Children’s also receives patients from the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, and from as far away as Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, thus fulfilling its mandate to serve as a “bridge to peace” in the region

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​​Thirteen-Year-Old Takes To Whole New Level
Donations
in lieu of bar mitzvah gifts raise enough to purchase
two ambulances for Magen David Adom

One of the Beatles’ most beloved songs is “Imagine.” This is a story about 13-year-old Robert Leeds, who did just that.

Dina and Fred Leeds of Los Angeles could not have had a prouder moment than when their son, Robert, decided he wanted his bar mitzvah gifts to go toward the purchase of an ambulance for Magen David Adom (MDA), the Israeli-based emergency response agency. They never dreamed these gifts would add up to enough money for two ambulances. The family felt that a bar mitzvah is a time when a child takes on responsibility and decides what’s truly important in his life.

When the invitations to this grand event were mailed, the return card stated, “In lieu of gifts, let’s come together and do a very special act of kindness in our holy land. Join hands and put a lifesaving ambulance on the ground in Israel. Please send your tax-deductible contribution in Robert’s honor to MDA.”

More than 800 people attended his Beatles-themed bar mitzvah and generously responded to that request. As guests arrived, they were flanked by two different types of MDA ambulances, reminding them of the cause to which they had contributed. The centerpiece of the event was to see how a 13-year-old brought the community together. Everyone stood in support of this lifesaving cause,” said Dina Leeds.

During the course of the evening, American Friends of Magen David Adom CEO Arnold Gerson presented Robert with the Maimonides Award, making him the youngest recipient ever. AFMDA Western Regional Director Yossi Mentz said with excitement, “Robert’s bar mitzvah had both the bar and a mitzvah. There’s no greater mitzvah than saving a life.”

“We know full well that MDA is far more than just an ambulance service,” Dina explained. ”This was our way of helping to cushion some of the difficult times that the Jewish people have endured in our homeland. We know that MDA provides blood for the entire country, including the Israel Defense Forces.”
A bar mitzvah that’s able to raise funds for two ambulances is not a everyday occurrence, Arnold said, which is why American Friends of Magen David Adom also offers other mitzvah opportunities, including its Red Bag of Courage Program, which enables teenagers to raise a minimum of $1,000, the cost of fully stocking a paramedic’s medical bag. Teens who complete the program, receive a monogrammed replica of a paramedic’s bag for their own use.

Robert said, “I realize that in life I have been very blessed. This is my bar mitzvah statement and the responsibility that I am taking on. It’s my hope to show Israel and the Jewish people that I stand with them and that’s what becoming a man means to me.”

Magen David Adom is an organization of trained volunteer and professional medical responders that’s mandated by the Israeli government to provide the nation’s pre-hospital emergency medical care, including disaster, ambulance and blood services. The MDA National Blood Services Center provides 100 percent of the blood needs of the Israel Defense Forces and 95 percent of the blood needs of Israel’s hospitals. American Friends of Magen David Adom funded the construction of the MDA National Blood Services Center, continue to build or renovate many of MDA’s emergency medical stations throughout Israel, and supply MDA with a wide range of emergency medical supplies and equipment, including most of the organization’s 800 ambulances and Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICUs). These ambulances are on call 24/7, logging nearly 10 million miles and caring for nearly 570,000 patients annually. For more information, visit www.afmda.org