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Heart of Jerusalem Dinner 2023:
Dr. Jerry Gross Z"L

Innovative Medicine in the Heart of Jerusalem

Dr. Jerry Gross, the son of Holocaust survivors, grew up in Queens, NY. He attended Ramaz High School, Queens College, New York University College of Dentistry, and then maintained a very successful dental practice in Paterson, NJ. Jerry was an avid traveler and a loyal and dedicated friend who was deeply humble and tremendously committed to tzedakah and chesed. Most people had no idea how much he did for others or how many charities he supported with an unassuming, selfless attitude. Jerry’s giving to Shaare Zedek started as early as 1994 with smaller donations to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit campaign and Annual Dinner campaign. He began to donate more generously and more regularly through our annual Bowlathon event and by 2012 he was participating generously every year in our National Dinner Campaign. In 2019, Jerry tragically passed away at an all too young age, after a two-decade battle with cancer. Most people never knew the years of suffering and the endless treatments that Jerry went through as he battled cancer, fighting bravely, selflessly, yet focused as ever on being there for his community, his patients and his friends. In his will, Jerry left a stunning gift of close to $9,000,000 to Shaare Zedek, which was used to name the Outpatient Clinics Floor in Shaare Zedek’s new Helmsley Cancer Center. As someone who dedicated his life to bringing healing and comfort to others, it is entirely fitting that his gift enables his heart to continue to bring caring and comfort to the hundreds of patients who walk the halls of his floor every day. The Center, which has already become one of the new visual icons of the city, is now the destination of choice for all those seeking the highest levels of cancer care in a compassionate, soothing and comforting environment. We are deeply thankful to the executor of his estate, Judy Fradkin, who was Jerry’s close friend and confidant for 40 years, since the day JF and JG were seated next to each other in Dental School. Jerry will forever be missed by all those who knew him, but his memory will be blessed by the thousands and thousands of people who are treated on his floor year after year for generations to come.