Rabbi Eckstein was honored guest at Hadassah's 95th National Convention held July 25-28 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. He spoke to the 1,500-member delegation at the banquet plenary session on Tuesday evening, July 27, announcing the $1 million donation and outlining the other work The Fellowship does to support Israel and Jews in need throughout the world.
"On behalf of all of Hadassah, my very sincere thanks to you and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews for your very generous donation of $1 million to the hospital, to be used for the trauma center," Nancy Falchuk, Hadassah National President, wrote in a letter to Rabbi Eckstein last month.
"We know that you have chosen to support us because you believe in our work and in the ability to build bridges to peace through medicine," Falchuk wrote. "Your actions speak volumes about how you live your life."
Strategic site in times of war
During his talk to the group in Florida, Rabbi Eckstein gave more details about The Fellowship and its recent contribution toward construction costs for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the new Hadassah Hospital Tower. The ICU facilities include eight private patient rooms, one of which is a special isolation room. Each patient room will contain the most modern medical equipment and support for increased patient safety and comfort.
The government of Israel has declared Hadassah Medical Center as a strategic site in times of war and on an ongoing basis. Since September 2000, more than half of the nearly 6,000 people wounded in terror attacks in Israel have been brought to Hadassah Medical Center. Many of them required immediate trauma treatment.
"The Fellowship helps many people who are hungry, sick, elderly, orphaned, or forgotten," Rabbi Eckstein said. "But our donors also give generously to Fellowship programs that help people who suffer as a result of terrorist attacks or war. Many are the innocent victims of violence and hatred, which they neither incited nor deserved. If they need medical care, they should receive the best care possible.
"We are pleased to partner with Hadassah and help them extend their healing reach even further," Rabbi Eckstein said.
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