Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, Feb. 25, 2016
When reading the pages of the digital Jewish News, one often sees a name of great importance to Israel — Magen David Adom (MDA). This Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross — the name means “Red Star of Israel” — was founded in Tel Aviv in 1930 as Israel’s first aid organization.
By 1958, it had 50 branches and had first aid stations in about half of Israel’s villages. But, as another illustration of the difficulties Israel has faced since its founding, MDA was not officially recognized by the International Red Cross until 2006. Today, the Red Star of Israel has 1,200 employees, 10,000 volunteers and a fleet of 700 ambulances. Every day, it helps those in need who call its dedicated “101” phone number.
One story from the July 30, 1971, issue caught my eye this week. It is about Detroit support for a MDA unit at Ashrod, Israel, and the ambulance provided by Louis and Ida Sherman. More recently, in 2007, a MDA station in Ashrod was dedicated in honor of Natalie and Manny Charach.
These donations are just a small example of the tremendous support Detroit’s Jewish community and the Dr. John J. Mames Chapter-Michigan Region of the American Friends of MDA have given to this important Israeli organization that saves lives every day. *
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By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist