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Hadassah Dedicates the Moshe Saba Synagogue in Ein Kerem

Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar, National Insurance Director Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, patients, department heads and donors joined the family of the late Moises Saba Masri, to dedicate Hadassah Medical Organization's newest synagogue. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent warm greetings to the family and participants.

Rabbi Moshe Klein, Hadassah Rabbi, (in robe) Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar, nephew Sal Smeke, Hospital Director Dr. Yuval Weiss

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The round synagogue was named for Moises Saba Masri, a Mexican engineer businessman and philanthropist, who died in a helicopter crash in 2010. It stands at the entrance to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at the Ein Kerem Campus and features a picture window looking out on the Judaean hills.

The dedication took place during the minhah (afternoon) prayer service so that patients, family and staff on campus could take part.

Rabbi Amar affixed the mezuzah and conveyed the blessings of Israel's religious establishment on the synagogue. "Moises Saba Masri was a righteous man who was always ready to help and who carried through our missions in Mexico, whether in helping to free agunot or in solving other problems within the Jewish community," said Rabbi Amar.

Prime Minister Netanyahu praised the long history of Zionist dedication by Saba Masri and his family.

National Insurance Director Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, former Director General of Hadassah Medical Organization, said that while building the Tower those involved in the construction always knew that the synagogue was an important sanctuary where troubles beyond human capacity to heal could be directed to God.

Representing the family, Saba Masri's nephew, Sal Smeke said, "Giving is the easy part. We should be honoring you at the hospital for the hard work that you do. We want the synagogue to be used daily, and not only for special occasions. We expect to receive requests for new prayer books and additional prayer shawls. My uncle, Moises Saba Masri loved Israel and he loved the Torah. I sought a Biblical quotation that would mention both 'Moses' and 'hospital' but of course, the Torah preceded hospitals. I did find the Biblical Moses's heartfelt prayer for when his sister Miriam was sick and the camp of Israel halted: 'Eil na rafa na la'—Please, God, please heal her. I add my prayers that the prayers of all of those that rise from this synagogue should be answered."

The Moises Saba Masri synagogue is open to the public for daily prayer services.

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Date: 5/9/2013

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