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Heartbeat — AFMDA’s NextGen Community

AFMDA and Detroit Federation Team Up for Teen Mission to MDA

Heartbeat is AFMDA’s NextGen community, where young Americans are empowered to create their own events and initiatives to support MDA’s lifesaving work. See what makes Heartbeat tick on page 9.

In July, more than 100 teens will get a firsthand look at MDA’s lifesaving work when they travel to Israel with the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit Sue and Alan J. Kaufman Family Teen Mission. It’s the teen mission’s first-ever visit to MDA.

On February 7 in Los Angeles, AFMDA Western Region Chair Dina Leeds, along with her husband and regional board member Fred Leeds, hosted a Shabbat dinner at their home in Beverly Hills for AFMDA’s NextGen supporters. ●

Heartbeat’s latest LA event, Swirl & Sip, was held on May 14 at The Cask. Guests tasted wines, sampled delicious appetizers, and flexed their trivia muscles…all to help MDA save lives in Israel.

On June 22 at the Skirball Cultural Center, AFMDA Western Region and Heartbeat will headline a major community emergency preparedness event, including a blood drive and fundraising activities for MDA. ●

Heartbeat launched in San Francisco on May 7 with its kickoff event, Be A Hero Happy Hour, at the Bergerac. A new group of MDA supporters, including (L-R) Phil Dillard, Dylan Tatz, Lior Tamir, and Adam Swig, helped welcome Heartbeat to the Bay Area. ●

In New York, more than a dozen alums of MDA’s Overseas Volunteer Program were honored at the New York Annual Benefit Dinner, including Assaf Packin (at left, with Jodie Weinstein). ●

● On June 1, former MDA volunteer Alexander Gruenstein will lead Heartbeat’s inaugural event in New York City with a group run at the Celebrate Israel Four-Mile Run in Central Park.

In south Florida, Heartbeat continues to solidify its core leadership with events in Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale, including partnering on a Yom HaAtzma’ut event at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami Beach on May 5. ■ ●


The teens, traveling along with the federation’s Israel overseas staff and Detroit-area rabbis, will visit the William H. Bloomberg Jerusalem MDA Emergency Medical Station. There, they’ll hear about MDA’s work in Israel and abroad, learn CPR basics, and see several of the ambulances sponsored by members of the Greater Detroit community. Visiting with MDA will be a special treat for one of the trip leaders, Danielle Longo, whose family members sponsored an ambulance in memory of her father, Jerry; grandfather Milton; and great-uncle Edward (above). ■

Join Us! Upcoming AFMDA Events Western

■■ Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Community Event: June 22, 2014 For information, call 800.323.2371 or email ■■ Los Angeles Red Star Ball: October 23, 2014 For information, call 800.323.2371 or email ■■ San Francisco Red Star Ball: February 22, 2015 For information, call 800.323.2371 or email


■■ Detroit Celebration of Life Gala: September 11, 2014 Honoring founding members of the Dr. John J. Mames Chapter — AFMDA Michigan Region. Call 877.405.3913 or email for more. ■■ Cleveland’s David Mark Berger Chapter fall event and Heartbeat-Cleveland event: November 6, 2014 For information, call 877.405.3913 or email ■■ Pittsburgh Parlor Meeting: June 22, 2014 Featuring former MDA overseas volunteer Dr. Molly Ainsman Fisher. For more information, call 877.405.3913 or email

Southeast ■■ Aventura, Fla., Diamond Circle Chanukah Gala: December 14, 2014 For information, call 800.626.0046 or email ■■ Palm Beach Celebration of Life Gala: February 22, 2015 For information, call 561.835.0510 or email ■■ Boca-Delray Community Event: March 22, 2015 For information, call 561.835.0510 or email

Northeast ■■ New York Red Star Ball: December 1, 2014 For information, call 866.632.2763 or email

The Pulse: Spring 2014 Southeast Edition  
The Pulse: Spring 2014 Southeast Edition