Co-Existence through Medicine

Today the theme was Co-Existence through Medicine, the tagline for Emek Medical Center, the major hospital for the region. This theme is evident the minute you enter the campus. The hospital staff boasts an almost equal mixture of Jewish and Arab medical practitioners and the multi-cultural staff is a melting pot that is a reflection of the demographics of the area, where people of all faiths and backgrounds work side-by-side to heal their patients. We were hosted by Professor Dan Hershko, the head of Surgery A and breastcare services. Seven years ago, our community, led by Neil and Amy Katz, raised close to $170,000 to fund the Katz Family Breast Health Initiative. Through this program, Eme

Welcome Home

We landed at Ben Gurion this morning. Each time a taxi driver approached us offering a ride, we repeated the same phrase — our friends are picking us up. And, indeed I think that will be the theme for the journey. We are returning to a place that feels like home and from the moment we hit the ground, we felt immediately that we are amongst friends. We started with a proper Kibbutz breakfast of freshly-picked vegetables and cheeses, where we reunited with Ofri, the emissary my family hosted 14 years ago. We paid our condolences during a shiva call to Gal and Tal, two former emissaries who are mourning the death of their grandparents. We joined the local Jewish Agency partnership staff for sha

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