American Friends of Kaplan Medical Center (AFKMC)
Please Join Us:
Thursday, May 14, 2020 — 10 AM Eastern, 5 PM Israel time
Israel's 72nd Birthday
May 14, 1948 — May 14, 2020
AFKMC Virtual Community Gathering #2 Israel Heroes — a Zoom Event
Tal Brody, Israel's Goodwill Ambassador, Israeli basketball star and national sports icon. Tal, a native of Trenton, NJ, is recognized throughout the globe as the sports star who put “Israel on the Map”
“Officer Netta”, former Operation Officer, IDF’s Elite 669 Unit – International Rescue Missions. Dramatic stories include life of “Chayalet” saved by Kaplan doctor, minutes away from the Tel Nof AFB
Niv & Sigal Nehemiah, Niv fought with his bare hands a knife-wielding terrorist at the Yavneh Supersol supermarket in August 2017. While Niv is still undergoing surgeries and therapy, his wife Sigal…works in office administration…plus takes care of her husband through recovery, along with their 5 kids, one with a debilitating illness, and all with a warm and comforting smile on her face.
Please join us for an engaging hour to learn three stories of Israeli Heroes.
This is the first of a monthly Zoom series introducing you to Heroes of Israel.
AFKMC's first Zoom Event - April 6
A great success!
ISRAELI RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS
AFKMC Virtual Community Gathering
Israeli Response to the Coronavirus
Thank you to our Presenters, our organizational partners, and viewers from across the US and Israel!
“One of the ‘take-aways’ we learned from our Israeli Experts, is that when we work together we all become stronger, more productive, and effective. As our Experts in Israel informed us, we can share in our successes, as we reach for larger goals in these Times of Crisis. Working together, we achieve more in our support of Israel, and as the Coronavirus knows no boundaries, for the betterment of mankind.”
— Lou Balcher, Zoom Conference Moderator
The AFKMC Coronavirus Conference replay is available on YouTube.
Organizational Partners & Presenters:
Deputy Consul General
MDA Director of International Relations
Prof. Nadav Davidovitch,
Director of the School of Public Health at Ben-Gurion University
Prof. Ran Nir-Paz,
Infectious Disease Physician at Hadassah
Prof. Rafi Beyar,
Director Emeritus of Rambam Health Care Campus
The March 23rd Women of Valor Awards Gala live event has been postponed.
AFKMC will reschedule the Cocktails for a Cause / Women of Valor Awards Gala - Date TBD.
The AFKMC team and leadership appreciate your understanding and engagement.
▲ Watch the video (in Hebrew; English transcription coming soon)
► Read the full press release
► Read The Jerusalem Post article
(Photo courtesy The Jerusalem Post)
AFKMC recognizes Heroes of Israel who highlight the life-saving mission of Kaplan Medical Center.
Niv Nehemiah is an Israeli hero who fought off a knife-wielding terrorist with his bare hands. The 55-second YouTube video of his heroism made international news in August, 2017.
Niv was declared a hero by President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu. While Niv saved the lives of Israeli supermarket shoppers, Kaplan Medical Center Emergency Trauma doctors saved his life and continue his treatment.
Niv's wife Sigal is also an Israeli hero. She is taking care of the medical and therapeutic needs of her husband, along with caring for their five children, one with a debilitating illness.
Sigal is also the primary bread-winner for the family. Her activism for her family is known throughout Israel. Those who meet her realize that she is an activist with a warm and loving smile. Sigal is truly another Israeli “Wonder Woman!”
Details of Niv Sigal's heroism and medical challenges were recently published in the Jerusalem Post Magazine.
Supporting a new Israeli Pediatric Oncology Unit
Be part of AFKMC's mission in enabling Kaplan Medical Center, Israel's biggest hospital…that you never heard of!*
► Located in Rehovot, the center of Israel
► Creating the most impact
Kaplan is critical…
★ To Israel's strategic defense for mass casualty preparedness
★ For Israel's trauma response (Kaplan is a world leader)
★ For international medical rescue, with Kaplan doctors on-call 24/7 to the nearby Tel Nof IDF air force base
And is a leader in hi-tech innovation in Israeli medicine, with Professor Kobi George, Kaplan's Chief Cardiologist…
★ Leading a team of 30 top Israeli heart doctors, as we build the Largest Hi-Tech Cardiac Center in the Middle East
★ Introducing 3D heart imaging, using the latest hi-tech equipment in the newest cardiac catheterization operating room in Israel
► Providing services to more than one million Jewish and Arab Israeli citizens
* Only 0.08% of non-Israeli American Jews know about Kaplan Medical Center (KMC) but 99.9% of Israeli-Americans know about KMC — Many of them were born there.
Supporting a new Israeli Pediatric Oncology Unit and honoring AFKMC's first “Women of Valor” award recipients:
Linda Richman, Emeritus Regional Director, American Technion Society
and Vered Nohi, Executive Director, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
The event features Neshama Carlebach, the award-winning Jewish singer, songwriter, and educator, as we celebrate the America-Israel relationship.
▼ Event Registration
Kaplan Medical Center (KMC), one of Israel's major general hospitals, is a recognized Center of Excellence in major departments including Trauma, ICU, OBGYN and Obstetrics, ENT, Ophthalmology, and Pediatrics.
KMC in Rehovot serves more than one million Israeli citizens (11% of the population). Kaplan is often in the news for life-saving procedures and major advances in medical research.
We're working hard to build a new state-of-the-art Cardiac Center, to be the largest in the Middle East. We are also building a new Pediatric Oncology Unit at the Beit Ida Children's Medical Center.
Newest Israeli Cardiac Catheterization Operating Room
► Watch amazing 3 minute video describing the background of Kaplan Medical Center and our high-tech cardiac advances.
► To bring lovers of Israel together to do good work
► To enable life-saving hi-tech Medical Miracles at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, Israel
► To build up the critical relationship between North America and Israel through creative initiatives, especially in collaboration with other Israel-loving organizations
► To foster the next generation's support for Israel through young leadership development and collaborations with local communities throughout North America
This is an AFKMC project with 17 national US and Israeli organizations (currently) working together to invite young professionals to be “foot soldiers” for the “Heart & Sole” project. We are building the largest Hi-Tech Cardiac Center in the Middle East, in Rehovot, Israel, with the message in America of “Israel Saving Lives with Cutting-Edge Medical Miracles.”
Nationwide Young Professionals
Rosh Hashanah 10-Minute Meetup
September 30, 2019
• At your neighborhood participating synagogues
• 17 US and Israeli organization partners
Help us build a Kids Cancer Care Center in Rehovot, Israel
The American Friends of Kaplan Medical Center has taken on a new challenge, to help build a new Kid's Cancer Care Center in Rehovot.
Children undergoing cancer therapy in the Center of Israel, the Rehovot region, have, up until now, only had a Day Unit that they could go to with their families. For more involved care or for stays requiring overnights in the hospital, they had to travel to other hospitals in Israel to receive this care.
AFKMC is looking for Partners in American leadership to play a significant role in raising the $600,000 needed to create a new comprehensive Pediatric Oncology Unit in the new Ida Kabakoff Pediatric Hospital at KMC.
Please help us make this Cancer Unit a reality for Israeli kids and their families!
This crucial project will create a breakthrough for Israel and the Middle East in finding solutions for heart diseases and heart disease prevention, the main cause of medical fatalities in the western world.
The Center's hospitalization rooms, labs, and clinics will house the most advanced technologies available and will take its position at the forefront of advanced treatment and medical care.
By establishing a cardiac research center, in collaboration with the Hebrew University and the Weizmann Institute, the Cardiac Center will be amongst the most advanced Cardiac Centers in the world.
“Thank you to the American Friends of Kaplan Medical Center for their generous support of GA 2018 and the Israel Anniversary GA Mission.”
—Jewish Federations of North America
American Friends of Kaplan Medical Center (AFKMC) has been developing a strategic partnership with Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). The partnership has included AFKMC's EXCLUSIVE role as the Sole Sponsor of the October 2018 JFNA 4-day Israel Mission for the GA for “Israel 70!”
Additionally, AFKMC is working directly with JFNA and local Jewish Federations in programming support for local Maimonides Society Chapters. As a part of this effort, we are also collaborating in finding new funding directed through local Jewish Federations to share in supporting the life-saving medical innovation at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.
Federation leaders, please contact us for more information, and to partner.
✡ Located in the center of Israel, halfway between and just south of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
✡ Affiliated with Hadassah Medical Center and the Hebrew University Medical School
✡ Serves a growing population of more than one million Israeli Arabs and Jews.
✡ As a Community Hospital it provides programs of direct medical and outreach community services to:
— 39% of Israel's Ethiopian community
— Large community of immigrants from the former Soviet Union
— Large Sephardic community
— Large minority population
✡ Among the “Centers of Excellence” and Hi-Tech Medical Care departments include:
— Ilan Ramon Emergency Care and Trauma Center, recognized as a world leading trauma center
— Advanced Cardiology Center with open heart surgery and Catheterization Lab
— Hartzfeld Geriatric Rehabilitation Center
— Ambulatory Surgery
— Breast Health Center
— Ears, Nose, and Throat Center
— Gynecology and Obstetrics
— Hemato-Oncology Center
— Cancer Research and Treatment Center
— Intensive Care Unit
— “Neve Or” AIDS Treatment and Research Center, Israel's premier AIDS clinic
— Nuclear Medicine Department and Isotopes Unit
— Oncology Institute and the Digestive System Tumor Unit
— Ophthalmology Department
— Ida Cabakoff Children's Medical Center - Pulmonary Institute
At national conferences like the GA, AIPAC, IAC, and while visiting local communities around North America, we find Israelis who tell us, “I was BORN at Kaplan!”
We also hear amazing life-saving stories from Israel visitors and Israelis in America.
If this applies to you, please send us your details — we'd love to hear your personal Kaplan story.