Last night rockets fell three miles from our hospital in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, and less than two miles from our Youth Aliyah Village Meir Shfeyah. Israeli Defense Forces are preparing for a land invasion and 40,000 reservists have been called up. Among them are dozens of our doctors, nurses and medical technicians. Jerusalem is tense, but morale is high.
Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) is mobilizing for an influx of casualties from the greater Jerusalem area, though we pray there will be few. As a tertiary care hospital, we are also prepared to receive wounded soldiers and civilians who might be air lifted from more distant areas.
A missile attack in southern Israel.
Courtesy of @koshermcdonald
Our below-ground Surgical Center at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is not yet fully equipped and furnished, but it stands ready if patients must be moved out of harm’s way. The five below-ground floors are fortified against conventional, chemical and biological weapons.
As they have in previous emergencies, Hadassah-supported Youth Aliyah villages are prepared to take in children and families from the South, where the majority of rockets are falling—or to welcome the families of their own students who might be in danger.
Young Judaea is on alert and summer programs have revised itineraries to keep participants safe.
I know I speak for every one of you when I say that our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers are with the Israeli people today.
But sometimes thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need to be practical, and ready for any eventuality. Two years ago we created a Hadassah Readiness Fund, for situations just like this one. We are asking you today to ensure that HMO, Youth Aliyah and Young Judaea have the resources they need to service families and the people of Israel.
Please donate today to the Hadassah Readiness Fund
Our website and our Facebook page will be updated continually with the latest information from Israel.
Your generosity built the premier medical organization in the Middle East. Today it must be prepared for any situation. Please support the Hadassah Readiness Fund.
Marcie E. Natan
Hadassah National President
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Israel, Hamas trade rocket fire as military ramps up offensive on Gaza strip
Air raid sirens wailed across JerusalemThursday as Palestinian militants continued to fire rockets across Israel, while the country’s military stepped up its offensive against the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
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FROM THE DESK OF MARCIE NATAN
June 30, 2014
The message below has been distributed to our entire Hadassah family. We are asking you to encourage your members and Associates to join us in taking action.
It is with a heavy heart that we learned a few hours ago that the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers have been found in Hebron. Naftali Frankel, 16, who had dual Israeli-American citizenship; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were abducted on their way home from school on June 12.
It is a sad day for Israel and the Jewish people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these young men and the people of Israel in this time of grief.
We urge all leaders throughout the world to condemn the kidnapping and brutal murder of these innocents.
We do not know what developments will unfold in the coming days, or what actions Israel may take. Hadassah stands with Israel and supports its right to protect and defend its sovereignty and security.
We encourage you to express your condolences and support to the government and people of Israel. You can send messages mentioning that you are a Hadassah member to Prime Minister Netanyahu, your local Israeli Consulate or via social media.
Zichronom livracha. May the memories of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal be for a blessing.
FROM THE DESK OF ANAT HOFFMAN:
Today I defer to an Israeli poet, Natan Alterman, who wrote the following poem titled The Third Mother:
Singing mothers, singing mothers.
A thunder's fist is pouring, a strong silence
In the empty squares marching in rows
Red bearded street lights.
A dire autumn, a weary inconsolable autumn,
And rain with no end or beginning
And no candle in the window and no light in the world
Three mothers are singing
Says the first, I have just seen him
I shall kiss his every little finger and nail
A ship is passing in the silent sea
And my son is hanged from the topmast sail
Says the second, my son is tall and silent
And for him a holiday gown I am sewing
He walks in the fields, he is coming back
He bears in his heart a lead bullet.
And the third mother, her eyes wander,
No one was as precious to me as him
How can I shed tears for him and I don't see
I don't know where he is.
Then the tears bath her lashes
And maybe not rested, and maybe
He measures with kisses, as a devoted monk,
Your worldly path, my God