Israeli and Jewish Affairs
June 29, 2017: An Important Message From the Rabbi
Two events centering around Israel took place this week for which we need to take notice. Flagrant anti-Semitism at the Chicago Dyke March, and the Israeli government’s decision to renege on its promise to create an egalitarian space of worship at the Kotel.
What is an AMBUCYCLE?
It is a motorcycle equipped with everything one would expect in an ambulance minus the bed. Ambucycles are operated by volunteer paramedics throughout Israel who respond to emergencies in 3 minutes or less. In life or death situations, time is of the essence and due to the ambucycles being able to maneuver through traffic or on sidewalks, volunteers can reach those in need quickly.
United Hatzalah is the nonprofit organization sponsoring these vehicles that MHJC is supporting. Their volunteers are secular Jews, Orthodox Jews and Arabs living in Israel. The one common denominator is that they all believe in saving lives.
If you haven’t already made a donation, please do so. The sooner we reach our initial goal of $36,000, the sooner another ambucycle will hit the streets of Israel and start answering calls. Make your check out to Manetto Hill Jewish Center, and please note on the check that this is for an ambucycle.
To download an ambucycle donation form, click here
The Talmud says, “If you save one life, it is as if you have saved the world.” An ambucycle is your vehicle toward saving the world.
To learn more, see the videos below:
We all must be vigilant and take necessary measures to stem the tide of anti-Semitism. Curbing anti-Semitism starts with education. The following are ways in which we each can get involved:
• Contact your school districts and request that they run programs on anti-Semitism
• Contact your local officials as they can assist in speaking with school officials to institute such programs
• Keep abreast of the news and if you hear of any legislation on this issue, contact your elected officials and state your position
• Let those companies and organizations who support BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) know that you are against this policy and will not support those organizations if they continue to enforce that policy. You can learn more about BDS by visiting ADL’s website.
• If you are attending college, about to attend college, or if you have college or high school age children, attend (and have your children attend) workshops on how to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses.
Contacts for Legislative Officials – click here
Ambulance for Israel
In 2008, the MHJC Israeli and Jewish Affairs committee spearheaded a community wide campaign that raised funds from area synagogues, the Mid Island JCC and day schools for the ambulance and the MDA National Blood Services Center in Ramat Gan.
The photo at left includes Northeast Region Director Gary Perl with MHJC members Roberta Cohen and Harvey Cohen at the Plainview Old Bethpage ambulance dedication.