American Friends of
Soroka Medical Center

Gala Benefit
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
6:00 pm Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:15 pm Presentation and Dinner
Master of Ceremonies
Dan Abrams, ABC News
awards presentation
Ambassador Ido Aharoni
Dr. Zehavi Cohen
Grammy Award Winning Violinist Producer Humanitarian
The Mandarin Oriental
80 Columbus Circle, New York City
proceeds support our rehabilitation hospital project
catering by foremost festive business attire
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The evening will include a cocktail reception,
formal dinner, silent auction, entertainment,
and a moving and inspirational program.
Award Recipients
Ambassador Ido Aharoni
Statesman For Israel Award | Ambassador Ido Aharoni
Consul General for Israel in New York
Ambassador Ido Aharoni is Consul General of Israel in New York, representing the State of Israel to communities from throughout the tri-state areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He has been a member of Israel’s Foreign Service since the summer of 1991. Ido held two overseas positions, in Los Angeles and New York, during his tenure in Israel’s diplomatic corps. While serving as Consul for Media and Public Affairs in New York, he became familiar with nation-branding methods. His efforts in this area, which continue until today, have brought about a paradigm shift in Israel’s public image by Israeli officials in Israel and the United States. Throughout his years of service in NY, Ambassador Aharoni has distinguished himself as a highly respected, creative and tireless advocate for Israel.
Brigadier General Dr. Daniel Gold Photo
Distinguished Service Award | Dr. Zehavi Cohen
The Soroka Pediatric Surgery Department is renowned for handling complex cases referred by all the hospitals in southern Israel, treating infants, children and youth in a variety of surgical specialties, including oncology. The number of surgical procedures of this type performed by the Department is the largest in Israel. Dr. Zehavi Cohen served as the Director of Pediatric Surgery at Soroka from 2000 to 2014. Born in Romania to Holocaust survivors, he immigrated to Israel in 1958. He studied medicine at the University of Pisa in Italy, joining Soroka in 1982. He was a fellow in neonatal surgery and pediatric surgical oncology in Cape Town, South Africa, and trained in minimally invasive surgery in Berlin, Germany. Dr.Cohen retired from his position as a professor of pediatric surgery at Ben Gurion University Medical School.
Special Guest
Performing Artist | Miri Ben-Ari
Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy Award-winning violinist/producer, UN Goodwill Ambassador, humanitarian and the Global Brand Ambassador of Harman Kardon. Originally from Israel, she is a recognized musical pioneer, having created her own unique sound – a revolutionary fusion of classical, soul and dance music. She has worked with artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z and Armin Van Buuren, and has been honored by First Lady, Michelle Obama at the White House as a “Remarkable Woman”. The 2015 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Ben-Ari is the CEO and co-founder of “Gedenk,” a nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness of the Jewish Holocaust among young people.
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Rabbi Raphael Benchimol
Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal
Rabbi David Greenberg
Professor Deborah Lipstadt
Rabbi Haskell Lookstein
Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
Rabbi Ezriel Reichm
Nira & Ken Abramowitz
Caroline & Shlomo Freidfertig
Hengame & Faramarz Kimibakhsh
Cheryl & Philip Milstein
Ruth & Jeffrey Steinberg
Deby Kanner & Evan Ambinder
Norma Ketay Asnes
Dr. Reina & Emilio Bassini
Yvette & Michel Benarrosh
Mark Bennett
Eva Fishman & Arthur Bodek
Caren Brustein
Joann & Hillel Caplan
Robin & Jonathan Eiseman
Dalia Ebizadeh
Tony Felzen
Ronit Fisher
Julie & Martin Franklin
Jennifer & Jonathan Franklin
Ellen & Moshe Gelboim
Nili Gitig
Judith Grant
Helene Grossman
Carlos M. Gutierez Jr.
Sophie Sassoon Haddad
Sivan Hadari
Nino Zaridze & Steven Hirth
Drs. Nelly & Leon Huppert
Harriet Zeller
Marilyn Kane
Jane Kuttner
Melanie & Tony Lee
Eliza De Sola Mendes
Zara Metghalchi
Alexandra & Alon Mor
Fern & Lou Oppenheim
Lori & Lee Parks
Sabine Poisson
Francine Raubvogel
Beverly & Michael Rosenbaum
Judith & Eyal Shachi
Dr. Judy Fried Siegel & Honorable Jonathan Siegel
Patinka & Dr. Jay Selman
Gloria & Dr. Joel Shugar
Orna & Benny Simkai
Dr. Lynne Quittell & Dr. Eric Skolnick
Donna & Barry Slotnik
Dr. Therese Rosenblatt & Marshall Sonenshine
Ronnit & Nick Vasserman
Mindy Gale Zeigerman
Soroka Medical Center, located in Be’er Sheva, is one of Israel’s largest and most strategic hospitals, in one of the country’s most diverse areas. The sole major medical center for the entire Negev, Soroka serves over one million residents, including over 400,000 children, in an area that comprises 60% of Israel’s land. We offer recognized excellence and innovation across the entire medical spectrum: prevention, research, diagnosis, education and world-class integrated care for all medical areas including cancer, genetics, brain and trauma. Soroka is essential to meeting the medical needs of the Israel Defense Forces, currently relocating large bases to the burgeoning Negev region. Soroka is a pure symbol of peaceful coexistence; we provide exceptional healthcare for all, regardless of race, religion or politics. Our unique healthcare institution is a true Israeli national treasure.
Conceived to bridge the tremendous gap that exists in rehabilitation medicine in the Negev, Soroka has established a new Rehabilitation Medicine Department. Our goal is to build a new, state-of-the-art hospital to house this new service, complete with a hydrotherapy suite of pools. The hospital will serve the children and adults of the region, including wounded soldiers.
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PO Box 184-H | Scarsdale, NY 10583 | (914) 725-9070
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