Because of You!

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Because of You!

BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
In September 2020:
27
transplants, 23 of these from donor pools
3,724 total transplants
10,033 new members this month
1,045,002 total members in registry

Transplant Countries
Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Slovenia, UK, USA

Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Israel, Mexico, UK, USA

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Because of You!

July 20 DP-BMDR Update

 

June 2020 – BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

38 transplants, 31 of these from donor pools
3,634 total transplants
573 new members this month
1,035,584 total members in registry

Transplant Countries
Argentina, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel,
Italy, Netherlands, Spain, USA

Donor Pool Countries
Austria, Brazil, Israel, UK, USA Continue reading Because of You!Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Medicine and Jewish Law

pr gen R' Chollak IMG_9149Hundreds of  rabbis from across the country participated in a “Medicine and Halachah (Jewish Law) ” conference at the Convention Center in Haifa, organized by Maccabi Health Services. Maccabi is committed to provide uncompromising professional and efficient medical service, while adapting its advanced services and making them accessible to the religious public. This is accomplished through an open line of communication, sensitivity to the special needs, and constant consultation with the community’s rabbinic leaders. Maccabi proves, in practice, that ‘medicine according to halachah’ is possible and desirable.   This conference created a positive connection between the religious communities and Maccabi. Continue reading Medicine and Jewish LawFacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

52 Years Later

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Imagine Eliyahu’s pride at having helped to create the plaza of the Western Wall!

It was a day that no Jewish heart can forget. From the time of the Romans to the Ottomans to the British—strictures had been placed on what Jews could and could not do at the Western Wall. Benches and tables were mostly banned; at times it was the blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) or the mechitza that divides men and women at prayer services. For two decades, the Western Wall had been in Jordanian hands and completely inaccessible to Jews. And then came the Six Day War and suddenly, the Western Wall was in Jewish hands. Every Jewish soul responded – from the Hasidic Jew to those with no Jewish identity at all  . Some understood. Others did not but their souls did. In a scene that was repeated many times over, the inner soul cried out:

“I want to say a prayer. What should I say?”

“Say Shma!” (universal Jewish prayer)

“But I don’t know how!”

“I’ll help you. Shma…”

“Shma!”

“Yisroel”

Yisroel!”

All eyes were filled with tears. These hardened soldiers were unable to speak. They had one desire only to grab hold of the Wall and hold on tight. And there it was, in all its splendor. They were overcome and bowed their heads. Many of those heads had never been graced with a yarmulka (skullcap) but somehow knew that this…this was real.

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Eliyahu is given a VIP tour by Ezer Mizion as he so richly deserves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The alley in front of the Western Wall was barely 15 feet wide.  Even before the war was over, a group began clearing the area in front of it for a plaza. They began immediately after the Sabbath on June 10, and finished bulldozing the Mughrabi Quarter at 3 a.m., thus creating the Kotel plaza as we know it today which accommodates 60,000 people.

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Ezer Mizion’s many divisions enabled Eliyahu’s dream to come true!

Eliyahu, a holocaust survivor, was one of those men. He was young and vibrant, sitting on top of his tractor doing his part as a loyal son.  Today, 52 years later, he is no longer young, no longer vibrant.  But that glorious day in history is as clear in his mind as the day it happened. And he yearned to visit the kotel once more, to witness the thousands that congregate on the area that he helped clear. His voice was wistful as he expressed his desire to the Ezer Mizion volunteer who had been visiting him regularly. On his own, it was impossible but with the help of the varied Ezer Mizion divisions, it all fell into place. An appropriate companion was found, all logistical hurdles were overcome. And there he is waving to us as his wish is about to come true.

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One Million!

pr bmr Omer Babi - 1 millionth potential donor in registryThe President of the World Marrow Donor Association, Professor Jeff Szer, flew in from Australia to join Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Registry in celebrating its historic milestone of One Million registrants. . The celebration was attended by Israel’s Minister of Health and Minister of Defense, dignitaries and leaders from the medical and community sectors, together with financial sponsors, stem cell donors and recipients. Continue reading One Million!Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Giving at the Workplace for Federal Employees via CFC

Since 2007 Ezer Mizion has been chosen as a participant in the U.S. government program’s Combined Federal Campaign that offers federal employees the opportunity of making contributions to non-profit organizations by payroll deductions. Continue reading Giving at the Workplace for Federal Employees via CFC

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Giving at the Workplace: CFC for Federal Employees

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Since 2007 Ezer Mizion has been chosen as a participant in the U.S. government program’s Combined Federal Campaign that offers federal employees the opportunity of making contributions to non-profit organizations by payroll deductions. Continue reading Giving at the Workplace: CFC for Federal EmployeesFacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

L’chaim! To Life

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A cancer patient cannot wait!

He was eight years old. Third grade is a time for small boys to learn multiplication tables in the classroom and how to pitch a ball in the schoolyard. But Naftali* had learned neither of these. Instead he learned about IV’s and scary hospital equipment, about hair falling out and about roommates who ‘disappeared’ never to return. Naftali had cancer. The medical staff called his parents in for a meeting. There was only one recourse left: a bone marrow transplant. It would save his life but a genetic match would have to be found soon or… it may be too late. Jews will genetically match other Jews and so Ezer Mizion was contacted. Ezer Mizion’s registry with close to a million potential donors is the largest Jewish registry in the world, but, for Naftali, it was not large enough. There was no match. Continue reading L’chaim! To LifeFacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

He Was Only Young Boy

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Finding that matching DNA can save a life

It wasn’t easy. Acceptance never is. My children would grow up, marry. There would be grandchildren… And I wouldn’t be there. A small grandchild would have a part in the school Chanukah play. “Invite your grandmother, too,” her teacher would say.  My little granddaughter’s face would cloud up,” She’s in heaven.  She can’t come.”  Continue reading He Was Only Young BoyFacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail