Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
It was not easy and it took a long time but recently the Hashmonaim community was finally able to celebrate the dedication of a new ambulance with the latest life-saving features. The ambulance was donated to the community by Sarah and Rabbi Nachum Muschel of Monsey, New York in memory of their son, Dr. Joseph N. Muschel (ob”m) and by the Memorial Foundation established in his name.
More than 350 people turned out for the dedication of the ambulance. The dedication was held in the square surrounded by the three central synagogues of the community, the Sephardic Shul, the Yemenite Shul and the Askenazi Shul. Rabbi and Mrs. Muschel recognized quite a few faces as many of the Monsey community who were enjoying their
vacation in Israel came to the dedication.
Avi and Justin Muschel, two young cousins of Joseph (ob”m), began the ceremony by reading a chapter of Tehillim. Rabbi Itamar Auerbach, the Hashmonaim community rabbi, gave a short Dvar Torah praising the family. Mrs. Sara Muschel related several stories about her son and read a portion of his diary. He had written about how he coped with the question of medical practice on Shabbat and how he loved the people and the land of Israel. Mrs. Muschel
spoke of how fitting it was that an ambulance was being dedicated in his name because he loved to help people and he loved medicine.
Rabbi Muschel thanked the many residents and friends who gathered to honor his son’s memory. He praised the Hashmonaim community that preserved Jewish tradition and he expressed his pleasure at being able to provide an ambulance to the community. He also praised two Hashmonaim residents, Ella Hyman and Chana Spiegelman, who had worked so
hard to influence the family to donate the ambulance to Hashmonaim.
Avi Zohar, the general manager of Magen David Adom (MDA), honored us with his presence. He thanked the family for their gift and he thanked the MDA volunteers of Hashmonaim for their devotion to saving lives.
Two of Joseph’s friends, Meir Becker and Naftali Hammer, spoke poignantly of his friendship with them and told of some of the exploits that they had enjoyed together.
The chairman of the local council, Shimshon Mehudar, presented the family members with
certificates of appreciation for their donation.
At the end of the ceremony, after everyone had returned from the formal presentation of the
ambulance to the community, the MDA volunteers presented one of their own, Yitzchak Hartman, with a special award for his many years of dedication as the coordinator of the MDA volunteers in Hashmonaim. In his short thank you reply, Yitzchak shared with us parts of “The Prayer of every MDA volunteer.” They pray that the emergency call will come before or after a shower and not during the shower. They pray that a call on Friday night will come at least after the soup and they pray that when they rush a pregnant woman to the hospital, they will arrive with one patient rather than with two.
The Hashmonaim community is very grateful to the Memorial Fund and to the Muschel family for their generous donation. (Comments may be sent to email@example.com.)
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Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.
The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.
Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.
Emigration from Israel is at an all-time low, far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe.
Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”
Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?
Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.
The Arab Spring has challenged Jordan with the task of gradual reform with regard to its monarchy.
Israel offered Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE!
Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.
A ‘good news’ story from the Nepal avalanche disaster to warm your heart. Take out your Kleenex.
Journalists see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as morality play: Israel=evil; Palestine=innocent
Warsaw Ghetto: At its height, the Nazis walled in some 500,000 Jews within the1.3 square mile area.
While police officers face dangers every day on the job, Jews also face danger in their daily lives.
We created an organization of former Bnei Akiva of North America members who have fulfilled the dream of living in Eretz Yisrael.
Spies who caused American deaths and worked for enemy states received lighter sentences than Pollard.
The cleansing of Europe of its non-Muslim population will be accomplished in another two or three generations.
The Drama Mamas are not an ordinary theater troupe. “When we audition actresses,” says Elisheva, who also serves as the show’s director, “we like to explain to them that the main qualification is that you can honestly say, I have never been on a stage before, but I have always wanted to be an actress!”
It really is time for painful sacrifices for peace. No one wants his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to suffer the pangs of war and strife. It is time to end the strife and make peace in the Middle East.
Israel is a country that understands security concerns. Many civil rights have been sacrificed in the name of security and Israelis are used to being checked every time they enter a shopping center, a large store or any public building. Americans recently learned that they, too, are subject to many checks on their most private activities.
The Israeli Parliament is usually controlled by a coalition of different political parties because no one party receives enough votes to have a majority. Unlike in the U.S., where there are two major political parties and one of the two political parties commands a majority of the seats in the Senate and/or in the House, in Israel the government is composed of many, many small political parties, each pushing its own agenda.
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