Or Zarua has a strong commitment to the State of Israel. In order to deepen our connection with Israel and, we hope, will inspire, educate, and engage others to support Israel, we have begun offer programming called Kesher Israel. The Hebrew word “kesher” means linkage or connection, and hints at connecting Jewish people to their heritage and to one another.
We feature a wide array of activities including film screenings, Israel advocacy on campus sessions, and our annual attendance as the Salute to Israel Parade.
Israel’s Contributions to the World
As part of our ‘kesher’ or connection with Israel, we thought it would be helpful to highlight weekly some of Israel’s more recent contributions to the world, and hope you will share our pride in Israel:
Inside the Hospital at the Center of Israel’s Coronavirus Pandemic (Ha’aretz). Recently, at Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brak, an Arab doctor entered the hospital’s coronavirus unit in full protective garb, holding a Torah scroll wrapped in a Jewish prayer shawl for use by the patients there. Covid-19 wards were the only places in Israel where prayer could be conducted in groups: the worshippers were already infected. The physician who brought in the Torah, Dr. Abed Zahalka, has worked in the intensive care unit at Mayanei Hayeshua for many years.
Ben-Gurion U Researchers Developing Coronavirus Test that Is 8 Times Faster (Ben-Gurion University). Ben-Gurion University researchers are using AI to develop an algorithm-based test that can speed Covid-19 testing eightfold and help locate asymptomatic carriers. The new test is one of 50 initiatives underway as part of the BGU Covid-19 response effort.
Israeli Airline Brings Precious Covid Cargo to Detroit (Detroit Jewish News). In mid-April, an El Al jet touched down at Detroit Metropolitan Airport carrying 3.5 million surgical and KN95 protective masks, face shields and pulse oximeters from China for Michigan hospitals, senior living facilities, and first responders. Alon Kaufman, co-owner with his wife Shari of HoMedics, a Michigan manufacturer of consumer wellness products, is Israeli. They had reconfigured production lines at the factories they work with in China to mass-produce FDA-approved protective face masks and other needed medical supplies. The Kaufmans also worked with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit to ensure masks would be available to individuals working at senior housing facilities and people delivering meals to senior citizens, as well as burial staff.
As part of our “kesher” or connection with Israel, these websites/organizations provide knowledge about current developments in Israeli culture, environment, healthcare, etc. as well as the general issue of anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism and in particular on the college campus: