Israel Awareness – Brick by Brick Campaign

Call for Action – Leaders sought for US National “Israel Awareness – Brick By Brick” Campaign for a new Cardiac Center at KMC.

gaza-evacAt the beginning of the 2014 “50 day War with Gaza,” Kaplan Medical Center evacuated 21 cardiac patients to its recently opened Pediatric Center, built with reinforced protective construction materials.

Kaplan’s cardiac patients are normally housed in barracks of the post-Israel Independence days of 64 years ago. After cardiac patients undergo life-saving surgery with state-of-the-art technical equipment, and expert care from leading Israeli heart specialists, they must be wheeled outside to the old barracks, without showers and bathrooms inside their communal living quarters.

To resolve this issue for the one of the busiest Cardiac Centerss,  already performing one out of every five heart procedures in Israel, Kaplan recently announced plans for a new Cardiac Center, and is currently seeking funding.

The greatest challenge to this effort is that very few Jewish community leaders in the US, or their non-Jewish colleagues, have any awareness of the existence of the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, Israel.

A US national awareness effort is being launched to resolve this dire need of adequate housing for cardiac patients, and to allow individual participation to build the new heart center Brick-by-Brick, as the name given to the campaign. Community Leaders are being sought to assist with this effort.

1000 synagogues, churches, and college campuses are being invited to join in this national awareness campaign.

Kaplan serves more than one million of Israel’s 8.3 million citizens, 12% of the population, and has the major trauma center in Israel’s heartland, specially prepared for emergencies like Operation Protective Edge.

Building the new state-of-the art Cardiac Center will cost $45 million.

The Goal for AFKMC is to raise $15 million within the next two years.

Every dollar raised in the US will be TRIPLED!
Israeli citizens will be matching $2 for every $1 US!

Each dollar raised by AFKMC is MATCHED by the citizens of Israel!

You can be a representative of the Brick-by-Brick Cardiac Center Campaign in your geographical area.

Please join us in our mission to Save Lives in Israel!


Call for Action – Please Help our AFKMC Leaders with the US National “Israel Awareness – Brick By Brick” Campaign for a much needed new Cardiac Center in Israel.


Lana Pinkenson, Trevose, PA
Accountant, Financial Advisor, Philadelphia Philanthropic Leader
Jerome Baxley, Dotham, AL
Owner, Baxley BlowPipe Co., Baxley Trailer Company, Inc.

Campaign Educational Consultants:

Annette Sutter
Veteran Philadelphia school teacher
Dr. Jonathan Rosenbaum
President Emeritus Gratz College, noted Biblical and Archeological Scholar

General Campaign Consultant:

Pastor Bill Sutter
Executive Director Emeritus, Friends of Israel Ministries

AFKMC Board, Campaign Ex-Officio Leadership:

  • Prof. Jacques S. Abramowicz, Chicago, IN
  • Prof. Haya Ascher-Svanum, Indianapolis, IN
  • Prof. Steven L. Warsof, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Prof. Peter A. Gottlieb, Denver, CO
  • Annie Abramowicz, Chicago, IN
  • Susan Bondy, NYC, NY & Scottsdale, AZ
  • Prof. Steven J. Czinn, Baltimore, MD
  • Prof. Max Koppel, Elkins Park, PA
  • Pastor Patrick Neff, Surprise, AZ
  • Lana Pinkenson, Trevose, PA
  • Jonathan Kaufman, Alexandria, VA
  • Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg, Yardley, PA
  • Joseph Puder, Voorhees, NJ
  • Rabbi Jonathan Rosenbaum, Elkins Park, PA
  • Steven Schimmel, Worcester, MA
  • Jerome Baxley, Dotham, AL
  • Rabbi Abie Ingber, Cincinatti, OH
  • Ann Atkins, Philadelphia, PA