Earlier this month, the Men’s Club and the Sisterhood of the Great Neck Synagogue raised over $200,000 to sponsor a Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Ambulance and an Intensive Care Medi-Cycle Motorcycle – equipped with advanced life support and intensive care modalities – via the American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA). Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged matched MDA donations during the current crisis.
In peaceful times, AFMDA embarks on a multi-month process to build ambulances in America and ship them to Israel via cargo ship. The ongoing war has accelerated the need and demand for ambulances. A generous donor has offered to speed up the process by flying the newly minted ambulances via cargo plane and paying for the expedited transportation of these life-saving vehicles.
The dedication ceremony heard words from Ali Bernstein, guest speaker, Assoc. Director Major Gifts AFMDA, and was graced by Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, committee member; Jack Lipsky and Judy Lillien (event co-chairpersons), Dr. Robert Knepper, Dr. Paul and Drora Brody, Capt. Fred and Barbara Shaw, Mark and Meryl Friedman, Dr. James Frisch, Steven Blumner, and David Rein, Esq., GNS Men’s Club and Sisterhood board members; Donny Aharon, GNS President; Rabbi Dale Polakoff, GNS Rav; and Rabbi Moshe Genack, GNS Assistant Rav; amongst others.