Baruch Dayan Emet
The International Board of Directors, Director General, President, and the extended Shaare Zedek community express our deep sadness on the passing of Mrs. Els Bendheim z”l.
A true matriarch of the hospital, for many decades together with her husband Charles z”l, former Chair of the International Board of Directors, Els helped ensure Shaare Zedek’s modern development.
Committed to every detail of our hospital’s functioning and forward growth, Els was personally responsible for overseeing the beautification of our campus and she selected and helped install hundreds of pieces of artwork and photos that adorn our hallways and public areas.
In every way Shaare Zedek was a central part of her life. Indeed, her parents Sophie and Ivan Solomon z”l of Amsterdam were among the earliest visionaries who worked towards the idea of a modern hospital in Jerusalem. That legacy of dedication to our hospital was then inherited by Els, and has since been passed on to her children and the younger generations, many of whom continue to work and serve on behalf of Shaare Zedek including Mr. Jack Bendheim, co-Chair of the International Board of Directors.
Her wit and wisdom will be deeply missed but we know that our hospital is a far better and stronger center of caring because of her remarkable dedication.