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heartbeat 115 years of Shaare Zedek More than just a hospital

Passion and enthusiasm is a testament to our donors 2016 will be a year I always remember as the year my daughter Eliana was born. We chose the name Eliana, which means ‘God answered’ as it was truly a miracle she arrived safely and healthily after a difficult and complicated birth. I have spent much time in the maternity and neonatal wards at Shaare Zedek, always in awe of the incredible teams who work there. It is only now that I have become a mother myself that I realise the impact of all the extra lengths we go to for our patients at Shaare Zedek. Holding my four day old baby in my arms preparing to take her home for the first time, I thought of the family room in our NICU where families of tiny premature babies get a ‘practice night’ caring for their baby on their own, safe in the knowledge that the doctors and nurses are just outside if they need them. I also thought about the mothers’ milk room, where everyday mothers donate their milk to help babies who need extra support to be healthy, and the mothers of these fragile babies can provide a crucial element of the lifesaving care their baby needs. It is these special services that make Shaare Zedek truly unique and it is no coincidence that these wonderful projects were funded by British

donors. The dedication you show in your support for the hospital is often as inspiring as the work of our doctors and nurses. One such inspiration is Jonathan Paull who took on the incredible challenge of sailing the Atlantic to raise funds to dedicate the mothers’ milk room in memory of his own mother who was a patient of ours. I am delighted that Jonathan has now joined the SZUK advisory board and we look forward to another year ahead of inspiration and dedication from all of our board members, volunteers and supporters. 2016 was a memorable year for Shaare Zedek in the UK and Israel. A special 45 year reunion dinner of one of our fundraising committees was held in December. The passion and enthusiasm 45 years on is a testament to how special our donors are and just how special our charity is. I hope you will enjoy reading about our successes from the past year and ambitious plans for the year ahead. If our stories inspire you to take on your own challenge or get involved in one of our committees, we would love to hear from you. As for Eliana, she will be raised with the values of charity, volunteering and compassion in the hope she will become an inspirational Jewish woman in years to come. Simi Ben Hur, Executive Director











Dear Friends


write these words following a recent trip to London where I was again deeply encouraged by the kindness of the UK community. In my meetings with both old friends and new supporters of Shaare Zedek, I was reminded that despite any geographic distance between you and Jerusalem, you all feel a strong bond with our city and our hospital, and for this I can only begin by thanking you. As I had the chance to discuss during my visit, the past few months have been ones of rapid development for Shaare Zedek. Motivated by the fact that the number of patients we are treating continues to rise, we are actively involved with several critical renovation and expansion projects. Most exciting of all is the opening of our brand new Neurological Centre, a comprehensive service comprised of diagnostic, surgical and imaging facilities, designed to treat many complex neurological conditions and injuries. This centre will include a dedicated Stroke Unit, enabling us to leverage our hospital’s central location in the city to save lives, when every second counts. This will also benefit the head trauma and neurosurgery services, which are vital for treating victims of terror attacks – a phenomenon which we sadly continue to confront on an all too regular basis. We are also moving ahead with the construction of the new Surgical Inpatient Department. Following the development of the Surgical Operating Complex and the expanding number of patients its popularity created, we faced an urgent need for an expanded area for inpatient care. We are proud that we will be able to offer this new facility, with advanced equipment and designed for heightened privacy, offering a huge improvement over the current department. All of this development is only made possible through your continued generosity and friendship. For this and also for your kind hospitality on my visit, I thank you and look forward to our continued partnership in caring for the people of Jerusalem and Israel.

“I thank you and look forward to our continued partnership”

Professor Jonathan Halevy Director General, Shaare Zedek Medical Centre


115 years of Shaare Zedek Medical Centre This year our great hospital celebrates its 115th birthday.



115 years

A remarkable achievement that pre-dates the establishment of the state of Israel. It is thanks to a group of European Jews from Germany and the Netherlands consisting of prominent Rabbis and philanthropists that Shaare Zedek Medical Centre exists and it is through your continued generosity that it remains Jerusalem’s finest hospital.


our support means hearts keep beating; families are able to spend more precious moments together and our researchers are able to continue their pioneering work in to the illnesses that devastate families. Shaare Zedek Medical Centre opened its doors in 1902, but it was 29 years earlier that activity really started, with the establishment of a committee whose goal was to raise funds for the establishment of the first Jewish hospital in Jerusalem outside the Old City Walls. In 1873, the Central Committee for the Construction of a Jewish Hospital in Jerusalem was established to build a hospital capable of serving Jerusalem’s Jewish population of 8,000. This Committee raised money from around the world and years later in 1902, the Committee’s efforts resulted in the opening of Shaare Zedek. Dr Moshe Wallach was appointed the first medical director of the hospital. He arrived in Palestine in 1892 aged 26, a German Jewish Physician with a lifelong mission to help his fellow man. He fought fiercely against disease, prescribing milk, meat and vegetables for the malnourished and making home visits by donkey. A medical pioneer,

he performed the country’s first tracheotomy and introduced inoculation against diphtheria. Throughout his years of service, Dr. Wallach ran the hospital with iron discipline, traditional Jewish observance and compassionate care. He introduced modern medicine to the impoverished and disease plagued citizens of Jerusalem accepting patients of all religions and offering free medical care to the needy. “He integrated the ancient Jewish moral spirit into a modern medical service tradition.” When it first opened its doors Shaare Zedek had only twenty beds and an outpatient centre. During the Six-Day War, it was located near the battle lines and treated 450 wounded soldiers and performed 200 operations in 70 hours. Under the leadership of only our fourth Director General, Professor Jonathan Halevy has led Shaare Zedek from strength to strength and today our 1000 bed facility treats more than 500,000 patients annually. We are very proud of the progress that has been made in terms of medical advances, significant expansion of the hospital itself and the addition of a number of new services. The hospital continues on a path of growth and in 2016 The Helmsley Neurological Centre opened its doors, including a specialist


Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment Unit. We are now able to offer brain catheterizations to try to prevent a stroke from causing major and irreversible damage and the intention is to expand the department to an active neurosurgery facility that until now has only existed in Jerusalem at Hadassah. The motto of the unit is “faster, faster, faster” in the event of a stroke. “Every minute that passes without treatment [by clot-busting drugs] means the dying of two million brain cells.” SZMC is training its neurology staff to give speedy service to stroke victims who arrive at its emergency room. Some 15,000 Israelis suffer strokes in an average year with around 2,000 living in Jerusalem and only a small percentage of these people get seen within the ‘golden hour’ when treatment is most likely to be effective. This new department is a great asset to Shaare Zedek and is already being put to valuable use. Since its opening in March 835 patients have been treated for symptoms of a stroke. “I am proud of every single employee at the Medical Centre, for upholding the professionalism and unlimited dedication to our patients that has defined our hospital for over 115 years,” says Professor Halevy. “Even as the demand for our services is on the constant rise, the people of Jerusalem and Israel can be confident in knowing that we will always be here to offer comprehensive and compassionate care.”

These photos have been taken from the Shaare Zedek archives and show what the hospital looked like over the years.

Dr. Wallach believed in the virtues of fresh milk and established a dairy farm in the yard of the hospital to produce fresh milk, cheese and butter for patients.



In celebration of the hospital’s impressive birthday we asked a few patients and some of our UK supporters what they think of Shaare Zedek Medical Centre. • “It’s not like a hospital.” • “It’s a bridge for peace.” • “The extra steps the doctors take, making house calls, phoning patients to make sure everything is ok, it goes beyond patient care, this is people care.” • “I’m starting to think it would be a pleasure to be ill here!” • “There is a bond that grows between the doctors and nurses and the parents in the NICU, no doubt about it.” • “It truly is a hospital with a heart, the overall atmosphere is uplifting.” • “We are proud to call it ‘Our’ Hospital.” Do you have a memory of Shaare Zedek that you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you, just drop one of us a call in the office and let us know what makes Shaare Zedek so special to you.

115 years

Today Shaare Zedek’s 1,000 bed facility treats more than 500,000 patients annually.


A home away from home Hospital isn’t a place anyone would want to call home, but for Shmulik Novikov who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of four months Shaare Zedek has been his second home and the doctors and nurses his extended family for almost 18 years.

“Now I can run and do things that I’ve hardly ever’s fun, it’s really fun.” Shmulik



A home away from home


his young man has been looked after at Shaare Zedek for most of his life, spending up to two months at any one time as a patient, suffering with coughs and gastrointestinal problems for as long as he can remember. The staff of The Lincoln David Abraham Paediatric Educational Institute have played a major role in supporting Shmulik. Not only by giving support during each stage of his illness, but also by ensuring their presence at all major milestones, including arranging his Bar Mitzvah. Shmulik explains that he never had a normal life, even when he was at home with his foster family some years would just pass him by as Cystic Fibrosis restricted him from doing the things that all the other children would be doing. Some days he was not allowed to go to school for fear he would contract a bug that could set him back. Five years ago Shmulik was put on the transplant list for new lungs and after all those years of waiting last year a match was found. Shmulik describes what it was like during those years of waiting “There were times I got excited and thought the transplant was going to happen, but then I was faced with disappointment. When the time actually came I was surprised, I was shocked, I had always wondered what it would be like.” Following the successful transplant Shmulik spent four months in hospital. This was a tough time for everyone because his body found it difficult to accept the new lungs. He was unable to eat and drink, had difficulty breathing on his own and was also unable to

speak during that time. He had to undergo full rehabilitation and physiotherapy as due to the long periods of time he spent lying down his muscles weren’t being used and wasted away. “It was very hard and without my foster family I would not have been able to get through it.” Thanks to the team at Shaare Zedek who looked after Shmulik following the transplant once the long rehabilitation and stay in hospital was over Shmulik was able to go home and he has now been able to experience a life he’s never had before. “It’s a different world,” he says excitedly. “No coughing at all, no inhalers or physiotherapy, it will take time to fully get used to the lungs and my diaphragm is not one hundred percent, but there is no comparison to what it was like before,” he said. “I’m eating better and I haven’t been sick, I don’t have to go to hospital every two weeks and have a new routine and life, I have not been hospitalised once,” he adds. At school he finally has the chance to feel what it is like to be a normal boy his age. “Before the transplant I always dreamed, when I saw my friends playing football, I wanted to play and run with them, to be a regular kid, and I prayed it would come. Now I can run and do things that I’ve hardly ever done,” Shmulik says happily, “It’s fun, it really fun.”

Shmulik with a friend from the hospital



There is no such thing as a typical day at Shaare Zedek.



24 hours

Doctors and nurses will always be in attendance and the sound of sirens never far away, but that is as typical as it gets, for not even veteran staff can predict how 24 hours will pan out at this hospital where everyone is welcomed and treated irrespectively. But sometimes a patient grabs everyone’s attention. On the last day of August it was a ten-year-old girl with a pink flower band in her hair.


wo days earlier, the unnamed little girl had been stabbed in the heart with scissors, in front of her younger sister, by her father. Initial news flashes said only “Stabbing in North Jerusalem”, so the public assumed another terror attack had taken place. The team at Shaare Zedek deal in facts not assumptions and they are witnesses to the tragic results of brutal acts every day. The mother of the injured girl had fainted when she saw her child and doctors knew they were dealing with an act of domestic violence. Repairing the girl’s heart was the job of Trauma surgeon Danny Fink who having done his very best to save her, watched as she was wheeled to the pediatric intensive care ward.

two-year-old with extreme facial swelling who was suffering from nephrotic syndrome and required emergency care. They are all priority cases with anxious parents standing by waiting for news. Dr Weiser is at the front line faced with the challenge of making sure the boy with epilepsy is seen as quickly as the teenage paraplegic who was back at the hospital with another of his “unending complications”. And more children were coming in. In the outpatient pavilion, a healthy-looking Shachar Cohen, 13. from the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Motzkin sat in an easy chair with his arm attached to a drip. His father, Yossi stood next to him, his face a mixture of fortitude and worry.

Silence on a children’s ward is unnerving, but not for the nurses who move from bed to bed constantly checking the little ones in their care. Down a hallway in the children’s emergency room, Dr. Giora Weiser was handling the cases that had come in during the day. The list is daunting. An 18-month-old boy with pneumonia. A 17-year-old with anxiety attacks and a


A genetic test had recently found that Shachar has Fabry disease, and he was undergoing the first of what is predicted to be a lifetime of enzymatic replacement therapies – that is, if the therapy works. For now, it’s in experimental stages. But for all the sorrow there is always joy and this day was no exception, for outside the children’s ward, an elated woman in her mid70s was asking to be directed to maternity where her great-granddaughter had just given birth. She was beaming. Everyone in the vicinity shouted “mazal tov!” Downstairs, Naomi Amsalem, 33, the deputy chief nurse of the emergency ward, reigned over her realm with preternatural calm. She had, she said, some good, or sort-of good, news: an 85-year-old man, a widower who devoted his existence to a memorial to his only son, who fell in battle, had finally accepted he had pancreatic cancer and agreed to be admitted to hospice. The problem Amsalem confronted was that the hospice required specific tests before admission, and no one could perform them before morning. He’d have to stay overnight. What if he changed his mind? Amsalem sighed. Amsalem mentioned that the life of a 38-yearold woman had serendipitously been saved that day. She’d been accompanying her mother to a scheduled oncology treatment when tram inspectors accused the two women of not having properly purchased their tickets. An argument ensued, and someone called the police. The older woman fainted, at which point an ambulance was summoned. In the emergency ward, while her mother was recovering, the younger woman suddenly said “I can’t feel my arm”. The doctors examined her. She had a huge blood clot in her neck. It was a matter of minutes, but she was saved.



Meanwhile, Amsalem juggled a young man who came in racked with pain and guilt, confessing to having had a single drink the night before. He had appendicitis. A 21-yearold motorcyclist with a shattered heel lay in one bed, while in another a 75-yearold patient suffering from Pulmonary Disease looked on. “Her family keeps asking us why she’s not getting better. She can’t quit cigarettes. We treat her and she keeps on smoking,” Amsalem said, bemoaning the ravages of addiction. “So she doesn’t get better.” Naomi Amsalem is just one of the many Shaare Zedek employees who does over and above what is expected of them every day. And within those days are moments when she has cared for victims of terror attacks and she is visibly moved as she reflects on this. “It shakes you up emotionally and you think about your own family. But when a seriously injured patient recovers and they leave here on their own two feet that is the beauty of this profession. And a nurse who doesn’t cry or break down shouldn’t be here anymore.” In his office Professor Michael Schimmel, the head of neonatal intensive care, was preparing a paper about the resuscitation of

24 hours

a baby girl who was born with no detectable pulse and no heartbeat. A team of three senior physicians got to the maternity

ward within seconds of the emergency alarm being raised. For ten minutes, they massaged her heart. Monitors showed her blood circulating but still, no pulse. International protocols require that resuscitation for newborns be halted after ten minutes, but these doctors didn’t want to let her go. At the thirteenth minute, the baby started breathing. Days later she left the hospital in good health. “It’s a real ethical dilemma that’s being addressed all over the world,” said Professor Schimmel, “The ten-minute protocol is being reevaluated, and we’re part of that process.” The Professor paused. “Did you hear about the girl who got stabbed by her father?” he asked quizzically. It was the story that had captured the hearts and minds of all the hospital medics on this typically untypical day and they all wanted to know about the girl’s condition. It was Dr. Sarit Shahrur, the head of the department who announced that the child was awake and reported her first words. “She asked was if her father was home and then said she has a heart-ache.” The Doctor shook her head and shuddered at her young patient’s “inadvertent wisdom”.

But for all the sorrow there is always joy and this day was no exception.

Later it fell to Dr Ofer Merin, the hospital’s Deputy Director and Chief of Trauma Medicine to announce that the breathing tube had been removed. “Now its convalescence and the attending issues: this girl had her faith in the most sacred thing shattered, her trust in the people who should take care of her. So now we’ll bring in psychologists, social workers – this is all part of the support we give.” In the weeks to come the last day of August will not stand out in the memory for the staff at Shaare Zedek. For them it was just another day.


Masters of Disaster The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) Medical Corps’ emergency field hospital has been recognised by the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) as the best in the world, becoming the first to receive the highest possible ranking under the UN agency’s new classification system for disaster response teams.


he hospital is run by Medical Corps doctors, soldiers and reservists and provides medical care in disaster sites around the world. It has helped in many countries including Haiti, the Philippines, the Syrian border and most recently Nepal. In 2013 the World Health Organisation created a set of criteria to classify foreign medical teams in sudden onset disasters, on a scale of one to three. No country has yet to receive the top mark and ‘only a handful in the world could even think of doing so’, according to the lead author of the classification system, Dr Ian Norton. Dr Ofer Merin, Commander of the IDF Field Hospital and Director General of Shaare Zedek, was interviewed about their recent award.



A delegation from the World Health Organisation visited Israel to assess the IDF field hospital, a sprawling 26-tent structure, during a large-scale exercise in northern Israel to determine if Israel would be the first to score a ‘Level 3’. He said the process of earning Level 3 status was a valuable experience. “It’s not simply that we got the stamp that says ‘we’re the best team’. We gained a lot from this process, which means our future patients will in turn gain a lot…When we were given recognition, the president of the WHO said, ‘The world should learn from Israel how to operate in disaster areas with the right ethics. For me, representing the Medical Corps, it was a great privilege to hear them saying that other countries should learn from Israel how to operate within the right ethical values…This is a great pride, a great honour for Israel, the IDF and the Medical Corps.”

Masters of disaster

The Level 3 classification from the WHO means the hospital is capable of managing ‘complex inpatient referral surgical care, including intensive care’. It has also been recognised for specialised care including its burn unit, dialysis, obstetrics and gynaecology and reconstructive plastic surgery. “When an objective organisation like the UN says that one should learn from us, it’s very moving,” said Dr Merin. This classification will give Israel ‘preferential access’ to disaster zones, shortlisting them for entry into highly affected countries which are in need of foreign medical support.

Photos taken during IDF missions in Nepal, The Philippines and Haiti.

“The world should learn from Israel how to operate in disaster areas with the right ethics.” President of WHO


Reflection on

event highlights from 2016

2016 was an exciting year for Shaare Zedek UK and we are so grateful to all of you who ran, cycled, cut your hair and held school bake sales all in aid of our wonderful hospital.

This year was a record breaker for us in terms of the amount of people that took part in the Maccabi Fun Run. We had a total of 41 runners who raised a combined total of ÂŁ3,606 for Shaare Zedek Medical Centre. Each runner raised funds for different projects including The Lincoln David Abraham Paediatric Educational Institute and our Trauma Unit.

Right: Runners from Hasmonean Boys School Below left: Ros and Brian Goldfarb Below right: Helen Abraham with the Clif family, Hannuna family and Goldschmidt family who all participated in support of the Lincoln David Abraham Paediatric Educational Institute.



2016 event highlights

Both Zak Kanter (21) and Yael Singer (12) accomplished very personal challenges this year after each growing their hair to remarkable lengths in order to raise money for us and also support Zicharon Menachem who make wigs for children suffering with cancer.

Above & Above left: Yael Singer before and after Left & Below: Zak Kanter before and after Bottom: Zak visiting the hospital with his family and the department that his money has helped support.


We are so grateful to our sports challenge participants, Rabbi Hyman, Yoni Zlotogorski, Jeremy Gubbay and Judith Harris who completed the Prudential London Surrey 100. Thanks also to Blake Ezra who joined Yoni to run the Vitality London 10k. Together our sports challengers raised a total of £5,780.

Left: Geoffrey Hyman, Judith Harris, Jeremy Gubbay and Yoni Zlotogorski Above: Blake Ezra with Yoni Zlotogorski

Our educational programme has been going really well this year and we thank the students of Hasmonean High School in London who both volunteered with us for 6 months and raised £1,109 to purchase 4 wheelchairs. King David and Yavneh Schools of Manchester choose Shaare Zedek UK as their charity of the year in 2016 raising an amazing £11,500 to go towards a mobile monitor in the children’s department. To all the students of each school, thank you for your support and commitment.

Top right: Students from Yavneh School in Manchester, visiting the hospital. Right: Hasmonean Boys School students voluteering in our UK office Below: Srudents from King David Manchester making get well cards for patients at Shaare Zedek.



In November we held an evening to celebrate 114 years of medical excellence, hosted by the Israeli Ambassador, Mark Regev. The event which took place at his Excellency’s residence included a welcome speech from the Ambassador and an address from the Director General of Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, Professor Jonathan Halevy.

2016 event highlights

Top left: Carole Berman with Sir Ian and Lady Carmel Gainsford Above: Shaare Zedek Chairman Michael Sorkin with Ambassador Regev and Professor Jonathan Halevy. Left: Irving and Gillian Carter with Nolan Wengrowe, Ambassador Mark Regev and Vered Regev

A reunion of the original 1971 Zedek Committee took place at St Johns Wood synagogue raising just under ÂŁ28,000 for the Neurological Institute at Shaare Zedek Medial Centre. It was a captivating evening including speeches by Clive Schaller, Linda Rosenblatt, Sir Bernard Eder and Director General of Shaare Zedek Medical Centre Professor Jonathan Halevy. Thanks also to David Scott of Blue Goose Catering together with Jasmine Catering who catered the event.


Shaare Zedek: Where Israeli and Arab doctors are working together to save lives By Alan Schaller

In an intensive care ward in Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem, a three-month-old Arab baby boy is struggling for his life in a room next to a young Israeli girl who is also receiving urgent care. He has only been in the hospital for eight hours, but already has had to be resuscitated and has severe intestinal problems. The family rushed him to Shaare Zedek from a facility in East Jerusalem when it became clear that he urgently needed the specialist care the hospital and its staff can provide.


n many ways, Shaare Zedek is a hospital like any other. It is a place filled with personal hardship, relief, joy, dedicated medical staff and other employees who work hard behind the scenes. In some ways however it is quite different.

Israel has long been involved in conflict, most recently with Hamas. The outcome of this fighting which is pertinent to hospitals in Israel sometimes involves Hamas sending people into the country to strike at security, military or civilian targets. These attacks often result in the loss of life or injury. Perpetrators, if they are alive, and their victims are taken to hospital if they need treatment. Under the code of ethics practiced by hospitals the moment a human being is brought in for care their background does not impact the quality or immediacy of treatment they receive. Those whose lives are most at risk are given priority, like in any hospital with any patient. There have been instances in Shaare Zedek where perpetrators of attacks who are critically wounded have to be treated before victims. The added stress of treating patients of this nature on top of the everyday



pressures of their work asks more from Shaare Zedek staff than in most hospitals. One extraordinary example of collaboration within the hospital became clear when I spoke with Prof. Elie Picard, the director of the hospitals Paediatric Pulmonary Institute. Picard was born in France and eventually moved to Israel where he now lives with his family. His 18-year-old son Eyran was sadly killed in an attack in Gaza in 2002. He explained his story, showed his son’s obituaries in cuttings of French publications that he keeps by his desk alongside a photograph of him and a book that he made after his death which documents his life. “Eryan was at a high school, and one evening a Palestinian penetrated into the school and killed him, four of his classmates and wounded 25 others. He was not a soldier, he wanted to be a physician.

working together In Israel we face almost every week such tragedies. My mother died shortly after, and I am sure she did from her sadness. In Jewish tradition it is written in the Torah ‘no vengeance’. We have a lot of Arab patients, and they are not guilty of crimes, and many are very nice. You can walk around our hospital and see Jews and Arabs side by side. A few weeks after the funeral I came back to work and I saw one of my Arab patients who is a dentist. He said ‘How can you see me after what happened to you?’ I told him you are not guilty. It is the politicians who are. I am all the time very surprised to hear our population being spoken of as segregated. It is not my experience. I think Europe has a very different view to what life is like here to Arabs and Jews living here. I do not change my behaviour with my patients. I learned medicine in order to help, not to discriminate. Working with Arabs has been part of the healing process for me. I have learned not

From top to bottom: Professor Elie Picard; a mother with her daughter who is receiving treatment; a three month old baby boy being treated; two boys looking at an obituary to Shimon Peres

to despair. I do not see Arabs as my enemy, I feel we both have the right to live here.” The doctors and nurses of the world literally deal with the mess left behind by war and many are naturally opposed to it. We think of Israel as a hardened nation of right wing uncompromising politics, and, of course, there are people like that there, but the truth is much more nuanced than that. In the UK, many people voted against Brexit but to other countries the British people are all represented by the outcome and the political and social implications. In the same way Israel’s military actions are heavily scrutinised by the media, and all Israelis are assumed to be in support of that. It is a simplistic way of looking at the world, and not helpful to reaching long-term solutions. Likewise not all Arabs are anti-Israel. Many do not approve of the government’s actions, but likewise condemn the action of Hamas, and feel those people do not represent their values. Shaare Zedek employs a mix of Israeli and Arab staff, from doctors and nurses to teachers and janitors. There are almost 1.7 million Arabs living in Israel, which represents 20% of the population, and this percentage is reflected in the people employed at the hospital, and the patients admitted. Director General of Shaare Zedek, Professor Jonathan Halevy explained to me “positions are given to whoever are best qualified for the job available, regardless of ethnicity, sex or religion. We want to offer our patients the best care possible, and they come first.” Data collected in 2016 shows the hospital had 149,000 emergency room visits, carried out 32,000 operations and saw 22,400 babies into the world. Unity and collaboration between the staff irrespective of religious denomination in order to reach a common goal is the key to the functionality and success of Shaare Zedek. If those same uncompromising principles were adopted by politicians on both sides, a solution to the conflict may realistically be reached in time. This article was taken from a longer piece written by Alan Schaller for the Independent online – to read the story in full, visit our website:


UK visits to the hospital and dedications

“It was the most amazing experience to visit Shaare Zedek in Jerusalem in April 2016. The calm and happy atmosphere one immediately finds is unique. There really is nowhere else like it. The children’s area, bright and cheerful is really amazing and is somewhere all representatives of medical teams should visit.” Adrienne Garfield

Above left: Joanne Winston with her son Above centre: Harriet and Robert Hirschfield with their children Above: Adrienne Garfield with Sara Shoshani, Head Teacher of the Lincoln David Abraham Paediatric Educational Institute



Left: (back row L-R) Jonathan and Brian Keidan, Emmanuel Grodzinski, Tim Slotover (front row L-R) David Keidan, Edwina Grodzinski, Prof. Jonathan Halevy

“So far I am 18 months into a 3 year posting at the British Embassy, and my experience that morning of visiting Shaare Zedek are amongst my most profound, moving and uplifting since I arrived. Truth be told, my husband and I were not overly struck on visiting…why are we visiting a hospital when there is nothing wrong with us?” But it meant a lot to my parents so we went...and I am so delighted we did. We were met by Audrey Gross, whose warmth and enthusiasm quite frankly blew us away. To see the incredible facilities, especially around premature babies and paediatrics was humbling enough, but so see first-hand the true integration of Israeli society: Muslim, Jew and Christian not only visiting as patients but working together in truly ground breaking procedures was awe-inspiring. This was a visit to lift the spirits and bring back faith in what can be achieved.”

“We were delighted for Elisheva on her Bat Mitzvah to unveil the plaque for the Mothers Milk Room dedicated in her grandmother’s name. Thus, we came full circle visiting Shaare Zedek and seeing how the challenge that started at my mother’s bedside in her final days has ended up helping give life to the most vulnerable of Jerusalem’s babies.” Jonathan Paull

Above: Jonathan Paull visiting Shaare Zedek with his family Left: Jonathan and Eli Paull unveiling the plaque in memory of his mother and her grandmother Ruth Paull z”l Below: Ann and David Marks

Darren Abrahams


Thank You for making a difference

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters who have chosen to share their celebrations with us. From birthdays to Bar Mitzvahs there are many ways to support the hospital. To share your celebration with us please contact Gail on 020 8201 8933 or email


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Celebrations and commemorations

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100th Birthday

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Harry Ellis

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Dr Gerald Jacobs

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Maisie Wallach

Tony Raynes Corinne Rein Pearl Roselaar Anthony Rosenfelder

Engagement Ben & Deborah Lewis

Eta & Stanley Weitzman

Eve Rosenthal




Mark Ruben

Tessa & Itzik Benaharon

Rev & Mrs Burns

Judy & Matt Clark

Anita Rubin

Sam & Laura Benisty

Shirley & Walter Gold

Ruth & Elad Rubin

Daniel & Lisa Berkowitz

Barbara & David Glass

Lita Serkes

Ruth & Chaim Menachem

Miriam & David Keene

Mr & Mrs Miller

Mireille & Chaim Rubin

Esther & Sass Levi

Moshe & Hadassa Sevi

Dovie & Jessica Schochet

Ruti & Alex Portnoy

Lilian & Leslie Shapiro

Zsuzsi & John Sherin

Barbara & Michael Ross


Aliza & Yoisef Shlomo

Miriam & David Keen

Linda Shefras Jean Sheldon Adrian Sidney Cynthia Simmons Martin Slater Harvey Sperber Sara Spizzichino Daphne Stern Lucy Sugarman Bubby Sunderland Lawrence Susser Ruthie Taylor

Golden Sheva Brachot

Ronnie & Wendy Bloom

Simon & Rifka Stemmer

Lina & Alan Cowan


Shirley & Neville Gamsu

Shirley & Malcolm Davis Shirley & Philip Grant

Jane Victor

Susan & Stuart Brandman

Peshy Vim

Moishe & Leah Gross

Paul & Myra Lander

Jenny Wagner

Naomi & David Landy

Joanna Walker

Sioned & Peter Vos

Louisa & Harold Rubinstein

Annette Weinberg

Josepha & Michael White

Belinda & David Winroope Robbie Wolfson Ann Woolfe

Pearl Mr & Mrs Lowenthal Mr & Mrs Lopian

Mel & Liz Harris

Hilary & Alan Sheldon

Anita & Adrian Levy

Evelyn & Stanley Fisher

Bar Mitzvah Joseph Garfield Melissa Garfield Chemi Korn Lucy Singer Isaac Leon Timberlake

Second Bar Mitzvah

Eta & Stanley Weitzman

Mr G Barnett

Angela & Michael Woolf

Howard Keen

Harry Gold Cyril Woolfstein

Brian & Helen West


Bat Mitzvah Lital Bezalel Marlee Drazin Eli Paull

Always in our hearts We are also extremely grateful to those who have remembered loved ones by giving the gift of life to the people of Jerusalem and to those who have left a lasting legacy by remembering Shaare Zedek in their will.

Eli Paull’s Bat Mitzvah

Second Bat Mitzvah Dalia Atar

Chatan Bereshit Graham Morrison-Wood



Sydney Baigel

Regina Levy

Hillel Bender

Helen Murray

Freda Corby

Lillian Perlow

Reva Flaster

Rhona Schein

Sidney Goodman

Eva Sheldon

Dina Gourdj

Hilda Silver

Marjorie Hall

Geoffrey Waters

Hanna Hurst

Leonie Westbury

Ros’s recollections


y very precious association with Shaare Zedek Hospital started with a talk given by Simi at a meeting in London; her very clear message ‘that here was good news from Israel at a time when there was such a lot of less than good news’ coming to Britain’s attention was heart-warming, something I could and wanted to relate to and to continue passing on that message. By way of introduction to my role as ‘ambassador’, for this amazing institution, I was thrust in at the deep end to become responsible for contacting Jewish communities around the U.K. to give talks on the amazing work of the Hospital. The response I have received only speaks volumes to the esteem in which the Hospital and all its work, nationally and internationally is held. I created a talk to be given to the communities – tore up that version following a most spectacular visit to the Hospital in Jerusalem in May; I came back feeling invigorated, re-wrote my words now filled with a passion borne out of first-hand of the ‘hospital with a heart’. A place that the child patients actually enjoy being, safe in the knowledge that they are cared for with kindness and expertise. Shaare Zedek is superbly considered, with thoroughly implemented medical practices. I saw attention to detail on a scale I had not imagined before and never come across in any of my dealings with any medical services. A philosophy of compassion, caring and creativity put into practice by highly trained and

very skilful staff at every level. What is it about this place that makes it “a hospital with a heart”? Many superlatives come to mind... Perhaps one word - dedication - sums it up. Dedication to making this simply the best. Since my visit to the hospital I have given various talks which have been very well received. On occasion I have felt my eyes brimming with tears as I have spoken about the work of the Paediatric Nephrology department and the resulting hospitality given by one Arab patient’s family to the staff and other patients of his ward when he was allowed home after successful treatment. Time and again I have been asked if I would give my talk to non-Jewish organisations – that is a plan for the near-future. I have been amazed at the care taken by those who work for Shaare Zedek UK in their regard for the people with whom they come in contact, the activities of the office in their breadth and depth continue to amaze and I love being a part of this team. My time in the office is entirely rewarding, sometimes slightly frustrating when we are occasionally told that there is no opportunity for passing on the message of the world of SZMC to a fresh audience, but we live to strive another day, in the good company of the SZMC London office, it is all worth it.


You can donate to Shaare Zedek UK by phone, online, or direct to our bank: HSBC Bank


1-day’s supply of syringes for blood tests


1-day’s nutrition for an intensive care baby



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The year ahead This year is the 115th Anniversary of our wonderful hospital and we will be holding events across the UK to celebrate this incredible occasion. We invite you to get involved and join one of our committees and would love to hear from you if you are interested. Whether your interest is in women’s health, arts and culture, fashion, sports, health or young committees, we have got something to interest you all. Please get in touch with Yasmin at or give her a call in the office on 020 8201 8933 to discuss more.

Shaare Zedek UK Memorial Book 5777

Each year we produce a Memorial Book which includes the names of our supporters’ loved ones who Memorial Book are no longer with us. This 5777 book is sent out between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and it is a lovely way to remember and honour loved ones at this important time of year, whilst supporting the special work of the Hospital. Our memorial book also includes individual stories and testimonies throughout and is an engaging and moving tribute to the lives of so many people. If you would be interested in submitting a name for our memorial book this year please call 020 8201 8993 or email

Advertise in the calendar

The Shaare Zedek calendar is one of the most loved calendars of the UK Jewish Community, it gets sent out to over 7000 homes and each year we receive Sept 2016–Sept 2017 messages of thanks from our supporters for their latest edition, many telling us they cannot live without it! By donating to Shaare Zedek you can include your own message, advert or celebration in the next edition of the Shaare Zedek calendar. If this is something you are interested in doing then please contact

calendar Tishri 5777–Tishri 5778

Visiting Israel this year? We would love to have you visit us and see what your donations have done. Please be in touch to arrange your visit.

Shaare Zedek UK 766 Finchley Road, London NW11 7TH | 020 8201 8933 |

Charity Number: 1143272

Memorial Book

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