Some 20 top leaders of UJA-Federation of New York, who visited Israel this week on the UJA-Federation of New York Operation Protective Edge Solidarity Mission, pledged $200,000 to the front-line Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, a seaside city near Gaza that has been hit hard by Hamas rocket fire.
The donation to the Barzilai Medical Center was announced in a meeting at the hospital with Mission Chair and UJA-Federation of NY Chair Linda Mirels and Barzilai Medical Center Director-General Dr. Chezi Levi.
The gift will go towards a laminectomy set, urgent equipment for the emergency room, laser equipment for eye surgery and ophthalmic ultrasound, and an anesthesia machine for the operating room.
As part of their visit, the group was in both Tel Aviv and cities in the hardest-hit areas in the South, where they visited trauma centers, hospitals, bomb shelters and received briefings from key national security advisors and from UJA-Federation network agencies, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), and Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI).
UJA-Federation has to-date committed $2.1 million in emergency aid for Israel.