End of Year Brings Flurry of Events to Northeast Region

Posted By : Leah Breevoort December 15, 2014

American Friends of Magen David Adom’s Northeast Region is ending the year with a bang. Between hosting a star-studded event and celebrating the generosity of our amazing supporters, this past month has been filled with excitement all in honor of saving lives in Israel. Here’s a recap of the latest happenings around the Northeast.

Star-studded Evening at the New York Gala

December 2, 2014 (New York City) AFMDA’s second annual New York Gala, at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, was a star-studded affair raising more than $4 million for Magen David Adom’s new national blood center. The Today Show’s Willie Geist hosted the event that honored Barbara Walters with AFMDA’s Humanitarian Award, presented by her long-time friend and former New York mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg. The evening culminated with the heart-wrenching, first-hand account of the Jerusalem synagogue terrorist attack from MDA’s Akiva Pollack, the first paramedic on the scene that day. The audience was left stunned by Akiva’s heroic actions, putting his own life in danger to save others, but it reminded all in attendance why supporting MDA is so crucial.

Heroic Paramedic Shares Story

December 3, 2014 (Great Neck, New York) MDA senior Paramedic Akiva Pollack spoke to a group of roughly 30 AFMDA supporters at the home of Anna & Shai Bar-Lavi, in Great Neck, NY on December 3. Akiva, a paramedic with over 20 years experience, talked about Magen David Adom’s work and what it’s like to be a paramedic for this organization that is so important to saving lives in Israel. He also spoke specifically about being the first paramedic on the scene at the horrific terror attack on worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue on November 18, and what he did to save lives that awful morning, even with bullets flying over his head. The audience was very impressed with Akiva and with MDA, and the event raised much needed funds for the Shaare Zion of Great Neck Ambulance Campaign. MDA paramedic Akiva Pollack.” width=”357″ height=”268″ /> In center, MDA paramedic Akiva Pollack.[/caption]

Special thanks to Anna & Shai Bar-Lavi, for opening their home to AFMDA, and giving us this opportunity to showcase our critical work, and special thanks to Gigi Aharoni, Chair of the SZGN Ambulance Campaign for helping to organize the evening. Interested in learning more or contributing to this campaign? Please contact Madelyn Cohen at AFMDA, 212-757-1627, x220, or via email at mcohen@afmda.org.

Special Guest Joins Young Israel

December 4, 2014 (Teaneck, New Jersey) Young Israel of Teaneck had a special guest at their latest meeting, MDA paramedic Akiva Pollack, the first paramedic on the scene during the Jerusalem synagogue terrorist attack on

November 18, 2014. Akiva retold his account of the attack, including how he arrived moments after the terrorists had stormed the building. Akiva’s heroic actions, evacuating injured men under heavy gun fire, were instrumental in saving lives that day. Former Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddine was also in attendance, denouncing the horrible attack. He announced that he plans on visiting Israel in the Spring.

Deputy Mayor Elie Katz also spoke about the fundraising efforts for Bergen County’s ambulance campaign, as well as AFMDA Chief Development Officer Eillene Leistner about MDA’s new underground national blood center.

Ambulance Sponsorship a Family Affair

December 7, 2014 (Melville, New York) Friends and family came out to celebrate the addition of a new ambulance to the Magen David Adom fleet. The ambulance, sponsored by David, Ellen, Alison, and Jonathan Wasserman, will now travel almost 6 thousand miles to Israel, where it can help save lives.

Children Learn Lifesaving Lessons

December 11, 2014 (New York City) AFMDA travelled to the Ramaz School to join the Chesed Club, a group of students focused on tikkun olam or healing the world, for lunch. Students learned about Magen David Adom’s lifesaving work in Israel from Karen Stein, the Northeast region’s development executive, followed by some amazing stories from Chantal Levy, an MDA volunteer medic.

Shabbat Project Supports MDA

December 11, 2014 (Great Neck, New York) The Great Neck Shabbat Project 2014 chose AFMDA’s Shaare Zion of Great Neck Ambulance Campaign to be the beneficiary organization of the proceeds from the project this year, a total of $3,000! They presented the check to AFMDA’s Northeast Development Executive Madelyn Cohen in front of an excited audience. This generous gift brings the Shaare Zion Ambulance Campaign one step closer to saving lives in Israel with the sponsorship of their own MDA ambulance.

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