Benjamin Saxe, Former EVP of ARMDI, Passes Away

Posted By : Devick Sellam June 12, 2017

MDA staff and volunteers mourn the passing of Benjamin Saxe in Israel.

Magen David Adom’s mission may be best summarized by the Talmudic quote: “whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” And no one in America encapsulated MDA’s mission more than Benjamin Saxe.

Mr. Saxe, the former executive vice president of American Red Magen David Adom for Israel (as AFMDA was previously known), passed away this weekend. For 34 years, from 1972-2004, he led AFMDA in its unbridled support of MDA’s heroic and lifesaving paramedics and EMTs. As Israel experienced national traumas and celebrations, Mr. Saxe was there to offer an outlet for Americans to support the Jewish State.

Benjamin Saxe, at left, with MDA Director-General Eli Bin in one of their many meetings.

Under Mr. Saxe’s leadership, AFMDA ensured Israel’s EMTs had proper training and equipment and that the country had an ample blood supply to withstand some of its greatest crises, including the Yom Kippur War and the Second Intifada. Americans followed Mr. Saxe’s lead and sponsored thousands of ambulances, blood mobiles, and Mobile Intensive Care Units, while building numerous MDA medical stations and raising critical funds for the current National Blood Services Center.

Ultimately, Mr. Saxe was a man who cared deeply and emphatically about the people of Israel, and that devotion was palpable in the way he solicited support for MDA; it was said that no donor could resist Mr. Saxe’s passion. His leadership and drive to strengthen and protect Israel was a model for us all.

Mr. Saxe was preceded in death by his loving wife, Eleanor; and his son, Emmett. The MDA and AFMDA communities extend their deepest condolences to his entire family.

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