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Natalie Portman is starring in a new fundraising campaign for the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, the same hospital she was born in 30 years ago.
It turns out that when she is not busy with her blooming acting career, Portman is an enthusiastic supporter of the Israeli medical center. In two clips posted on YouTube, Portman presents Hadassah's medical innovations as part of a campaign aimed at raising funds for the hospital's new hospitalization tower in the Ein Kerem medical center.
The cooperation between Hadassah and the Hollywood star began 30 years ago, when Portman – whose parents are former Israelis – was born at the Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center.
Since then she has held a warm place in her heart for the Jerusalem hospital, and is now helping the institution and the Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of American, which owns the hospital, raise funds for the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower, which will be inaugurated in 2012.
In the two clips, Portman promotes Hadassah voluntarily. Prof. Avi Rivkind, head of the department of general surgery and the trauma unit of Hadassah Hospital, has been in touch with the actress for years.
"Natalie is a nice and modest girl. She is very open and down to earth and does not act like a star. She has a very strong affiliation to Israel.
She was very excited about what we're doing here, and has been helping us ever since."