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Earn a Tax Deduction for 2015

You only have until December 31 to make your year-end tax-deductible gift to The American Committee for Shaare Zedek!

If you’re 70 ½ and older you can transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to The American Committee for Shaare Zedek, thanks to the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act” of 2015,” just signed by the President.

If you qualify and take advantage of this charitable gifting opportunity, the amount gifted to charity will not be included in your gross income.  Consequently, you will not be entitled to a charitable income tax deduction.  However, because the amount distributed from the IRA is not included in your income, for tax purposes, it is treated as if the amount were included in your income and then you received an offsetting, dollar for dollar, charitable contribution income tax deduction.  For high and midlevel income taxpayers, this treatment may be far superior than taking a taxable distribution from your IRA and giving the distributed amount to charity because of the limitations on itemized deductions applicable to such taxpayers.

Alternatively, for taxpayers who utilize the standard deduction, the direct contribution may also be superior than receiving a taxable IRA distribution and giving the distributed amount to charity because, with the standard deduction, you do not get a deduction for your gifts to charity.

The favorable tax treatment given to IRA direct charitable gifts applies only to outright charitable gifts and not to amounts used to fund a charitable lead or remainder trust.

If you are at least 70½ in 2015, please consider making a tax-free gift from your IRA in the coming days.  Please check with your individual tax advisor to determine whether this is appropriate for you.

For more information, email our Chief Financial Officer more >

By |December 23rd, 2015|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Earn a Tax Deduction for 2015|

Shaare Zedek Marks 44 Years of Partnership With USAID/ASHA

Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center marked over four decades of partnership with USAID (the United States Agency for International Development) in December as the Agency was added to the Healers Wall at the Hospital.  The Healers Wall pays tribute to those who have played leading roles in the Hospital’s development.

The American Schools & Hospital Abroad (ASHA) program within USAID supports institutions like Shaare Zedek which share America’s vision of civility, humanitarian caring and social progress. Jonathan Kamin, Deputy Director of the USAID WBG Mission in Tel Aviv, said USAID warmly welcomes the partnership with Shaare Zedek and the model it represents for advanced medicine and its contribution to coexistence and declared “we look forward to continue to have the Hospital as our supporters and friends.”

Professor Jonathan Halevy, Shaare Zedek’s Director-General, saluted the Agency saying, “the projects which you have supported are those that directly enable us to significantly advance the level of care.” He also noted the shared vision between the Medical Center and the United States Government, saying “In a mixed city such as Jerusalem, we pride ourselves on offering a unique service to all the residents of this region and we firmly believe that hospitals can serve to truly advance peace.”

Rabbi Michael Melchior, Israel’s Former Minister for Diaspora, also attended the ceremony.  He described Shaare Zedek as “an oasis of practicing the ideals of a shared society.”

Upon conclusion of the ceremony, the members of the USAID delegation toured the Surgical Operating Complex, led by Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor Uzi Beller and Director of Anesthesiology and Operating Room Services, Professor Yaakov Gozal. The new da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which is being purchased with funds provided by USAID this year, will allow Shaare more >

By |December 16th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek Marks 44 Years of Partnership With USAID/ASHA|

Shaare Zedek ER Ranked #1 in all of Israel

Today is Giving Tuesday and Shaare Zedek’s ER has been ranked the #1 emergency room in Israel!

The Weinstock Department of Emergency Medicine on the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Floor was ranked first today, December 1, 2015, by Israel’s leading business newspaper, The Marker, in a nationwide survey of ERs throughout Israel.

During the recent wave of terror, Shaare Zedek has treated more victims than any other hospital in Israel, while continuing to provide its world-renowned high level of compassionate care in every Department.

Please support Shaare Zedek Medical Center, which was recently acclaimed by Israel’s Channel 10 TV news as “fighting for the life of every patient.”  Click here to donate!


By |December 1st, 2015|News|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek ER Ranked #1 in all of Israel|

ACSZ Awarded Four Star Rating by Charity Navigator

The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center was awarded a Four Star Rating by Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator.

Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, congratulated ACSZ, saying, “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Approximately a quarter of the charities we evaluate have received our highest rating, indicating that American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center In Jerusalem from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

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By |December 1st, 2015|News|Comments Off on ACSZ Awarded Four Star Rating by Charity Navigator|

Dr. Tomer Adar to Train for Two Years at Mass General

Dr. Tomer Adar, a senior gastroenterologist at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Institute of Digestive Diseases, has been named the “APF (American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel) 2015-2016 Claire and Emmanuel Rosenblatt Fellow.”

The Rosenblatt Fellowship provides funds for a top Israeli oncologist to receive post-doctoral training in North America.  Dr. Adar is spending two years at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is working with the medical center’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics service.

In addition, Dr. Adar was one of 18 outstanding Israeli physicians to be awarded a stipend from the Israel Medical Association this past June.  His award – presented in memory of Professor Yechiel Ziv, a past president of the Israeli Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and a prominent Israeli physician who passed away in December 2014 – was given to enable him to study at Mass General.

In 2013 Adar was awarded a “National Scholar” award from United European Gastroenterology (UEG), an organization in which he is very active and is a member of their Young Talent Group which promotes initiatives for young gastroenterologists and researchers.

Adar, 37, who specializes in gastrointestinal cancer genetics and also works with familial cancer tendencies in the lower GI tract (intestines), runs a gastro-genetic clinic at Shaare Zedek in collaboration with a genetic counselor.  In addition, he serves as a physician in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Reserves.

“I hope to return (to Shaare Zedek) after having experienced and learned about research performed here at MGH and Harvard Medical School, improving my methodology,” Adar says.

By |November 18th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Dr. Tomer Adar to Train for Two Years at Mass General|

Shaare Zedek Researchers in Important New Studies

A new study, published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, suggests that while the decline in the ability of people to distinguish between colors is characteristic of people with Parkinson’s Disease, it is reduced among Gaucher’s Disease patients who have “Parkinsonian” symptoms.

The study was led by Professor Ari Zimran, Director of Shaare Zedek’s Gaucher Clinic and Dr. Deborah Elstein, the Research Coordinator for the Gaucher’s Unit.  Dr. Deborah Elstein initiated the study which was done in cooperation with Prof. Shlomi Siman-Tov of the Ophthalmology Department.

Shaare Zedek’s Gaucher’s Clinic has been functioning for 20 years.  It treats 750 patients a year and is the largest of its kind in the world devoted solely to Gaucher’s Disease.  This group, under Prof. Zimran’s direction, was the first to publish anecdotal evidence of the association between Gaucher’s Disease and early-onset Parkinson’s.

Gaucher’s Disease is a genetic disorder that is most common in Ashkenazi Jewish families and is relatively rare for others. In comparison, Parkinson’s Disease affects one percent of the general population over 60 years of age.

Prof. Giora Weisz, Director of the Bendheim Department of Cardiology in the Jesselson Heart Center of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, was an author of another study, led by Duke Clinical Research Institute and presented on November 10, 2015 at the American Heart Association’s annual Scientific Sessions meeting.  It revealed that heart patients who had percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI, also known as angioplasty) procedures to open some blocked arteries tended to have a resolution of their chest pain, even if some blockages remain.  This alleviates the need to add additional medication to treat symptoms such as angina.

By |November 16th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek Researchers in Important New Studies|

96 Hours with the Shaare Zedek Trauma Unit

A news crew from Israel’s Channel 10 joined Dr. Ofer Merin, Deputy Director-General and Director of Trauma Services at Shaare Zedek, and the staff of our Trauma Unit for 96 hours during the recent spate of terror attacks. They witnessed victims being brought in, our staff treating the wounded and supporting the families of the wounded. Click here to watch this 10 minute video.

By |November 3rd, 2015|News|Comments Off on 96 Hours with the Shaare Zedek Trauma Unit|

Shaare Zedek is Recipient of USAID/ASHA Grant

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the recipients for this year’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) awards. The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is honored to have been selected to receive a generous grant from USAID/ASHA, this year in the amount of $975,000 toward the purchase of the da Vinci Surgical System.  The da Vinci is a robotic surgical system that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. It is designed to facilitate complex surgeries using a minimally invasive approach, enabling the surgeon to operate from a console providing enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

The U.S. Agency for International Development administers the U.S. foreign assistance program, providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Rachel Wolf, Chief Executive Officer of the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center, stated, “We are so grateful for our ongoing partnership and friendship with USAID/ASHA.  In each of our Hospital’s Centers of Excellence you can clearly see the impact that has been made due to the vision and generosity of USAID/ASHA.  Enabling Shaare Zedek to obtain the da Vinci is just another example of this relationship yielding forward thinking, cutting edge advances in personalized medical care.  With this new technology and thanks to USAID/ASHA, Shaare Zedek will be able to continue to respond to the needs of Jerusalem’s uniquely diverse population, treating patients of every race, religion and nationality.”

American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center (ACSZ) raises funds to support the work of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.  For 113 years the Hospital has played an essential role in the life of the city, providing an exceptional blend of advanced medicine, modern more >

By |October 29th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek is Recipient of USAID/ASHA Grant|

Join Us: Shaare Zedek Danube River Cruise 2016

The Shaare Zedek Medical Center Danube River Cruise will be held from August 16th – 28th, 2016. Trips such as these are enhanced by wonderful people who choose to entrust their vacation time to an organization with a mission of purpose.

As our reputation has shown, we not only provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but we create missions that combine the highest standards of travel and kosher supervision in a warm and intellectually stimulating environment. We are proud to be partnering with Kosher River Cruises on this great adventure.

Every few years, Shaare Zedek sponsors missions. While we look forward to providing you with an exciting destination, our ongoing goal is support of the Hospital. If you have travelled with us before we welcome you to join us again and ask that you help us to identify new friends to join the Shaare Zedek family.

Make your reservations today, spots will fill up quickly.  Looking forward to cruising together!  CLICK HERE TO VIEW OFFICIAL LAUNCH BROCHURE.

Through our tour operator, Kosher River Cruises, Shaare Zedek is pleased to offer our clients one of the most comprehensive travel protection policies in the industry. Unforeseen issues out of the control of Shaare Zedek can happen both before and during your vacation. We believe that by having adequate coverage gives our clients the peace of mind to fully enjoy their adventure. Click on the Travel Guard link above for more information, quote or to sign up for your travel insurance via their web site.
*Please note this travel insurance is available for USA residents only
For more information call Rachel Wolf at 212-764-8116 or email


By |October 19th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Join Us: Shaare Zedek Danube River Cruise 2016|
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    Shaare Zedek ER Working Around the Clock to Treat Victims of Terror

Shaare Zedek ER Working Around the Clock to Treat Victims of Terror

Amidst a growing wave of terror sweeping Jerusalem and Israel, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, whose emergency teams are already operating at the highest levels of readiness, responded  to two major attacks this morning, October 13.

On Malchei Yisrael Street in Geula, a terrorist drove a car into a bus stop, hitting three pedestrians and then left the vehicle to stab his victims. In the second incident, two terrorists boarded a bus in East Talpiot, also known as Armon HaNetziv, one armed with a gun and the other with a knife, and shot and stabbed passengers.

The Weinstock Family Department of Emergency Medicine on the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Floor –  which is Jerusalem’s busiest ER – activated its “multi-casualty” response protocol with physicians, nurses and support teams converging on the Department and the Shock and Trauma Unit .  Within minutes of the call, ambulances arrived and over the next hour eight patients were treated.  Three were very seriously wounded; one could not be saved, the second is in surgery at the time of this writing and the third is being assessed.  Two others were moderately injured and the remainder were lightly wounded and are being treated.

Dr. Ofer Merin, Deputy Director-General at Shaare Zedek and Director of Trauma Services, was responsible for managing the trauma response as has been his responsibility in multiple incidents in recent weeks.  The Hospital is working closely with all relevant rescue and government agencies to be prepared for all possible events or escalations in the security situation.

Israel’s Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman was on the scene at Shaare Zedek in the wake of today’s attacks and was briefed by Director-General Jonathan Halevy, third from left, and Chief of Surgery Professor Petachia Reissmann.

Several seriously injured patients from more >

By |October 13th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek ER Working Around the Clock to Treat Victims of Terror|