A group of medical professionals, including many from the Atlanta area, recently visited grassroots medical projects in Israel, learned about Israeli health policy, and saw the medical side of Israel’s Start-up Nation ethos as part of the Jewish National Fund-USA’s Healthcare Professionals Mission to Israel, led by Beth Gluck, the organization’s executive director in Atlanta.
On the grassroots side, the attendees visited ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran, a JNF-USA affiliate and world-class rehabilitative facility in the Negev. The American clinicians were impressed by the state-of-the-art technology and philosophy of respect and dignity that permeated throughout the facility, driven by the level of care for patients.
The mission also included visits to several medical startups and a meeting with Israeli Medical Association officials, where they discussed similarities and differences of healthcare policy in Israel and America. For Atlanta doctor Marc Salzberg, whose father was instrumental in the IMA’s rise to prominence and the establishment of medical relationships with the European Union, the meeting was particularly resonant.
“Joining the Health Professionals for Israel Mission closed a circle for me,” said Salzberg. “My father worked with the IMA, and through the mission, I reconnected with his mentee who is now the CEO of the organization. I learned so much from her about the Israeli medical scene just as she had learned from my father. The trip was a wonderful experience for my wife, Carole, and me, and I hope to be involved in creating such an experience for the next group of professionals who travel to Israel with Jewish National Fund-USA.”
Other highlights included visiting Hadassah Hospital, observing search and rescue services in Ramat Hanegev, and a tour of the JNF-USA-supported GrooveTech Center, a safe and welcoming place in which children can thrive during the day and after school with premier after-school education programs.
JNF-USA’s Health Professionals for Israel affinity group is created for anyone in the medical field who has demonstrated an enduring commitment to the land and people of Israel through the organization with an annual contribution of $1,800 or more. Benefits include invitations to private local philanthropic events and national programming, connections to like-minded professionals, and leadership opportunities within the organization. Go to jnf.org/dfi to learn more.
Visit jnf.org/travel to view all opportunities to travel to Israel with Jewish National Fund-USA or register for the first-ever Global Conference for Israel, taking place Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2023, in Denver. To learn more about the organization’s work in Israel, visit jnf.org/global.