Tales on Saving Lives in Israel Through Inspiring Kidney Donations!
January 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmSuggested Donation: $18
Judy Firestone Singer
“Whoever saves one life, it is as though he has saved the entire world.”
Over the past several years, Israel has been transformed in an unexpected way: from a country some of whose citizens were notoriously active in organ trafficking, it has become the country with the world’s highest percentage of altruistic kidney donors!
Along with some enlightened and ground-breaking legislation, this is largely due to the activity of an Israeli nonprofit called Matnat Chaim (Hebrew for “gift of life”) which recruits and supports healthy living donors who give their kidneys to strangers. Judy Singer donated her kidney in 2013 to Rena and found it to be a life-changing experience. Join us to hear more about this moving, fascinating, and uniquely Israeli/Jewish phenomenon.
Judy Singer made Aliyah with the intention of building the first Conservative kibbutz. Although her life has gone through many ups and downs since then, she still lives on a kibbutz today.
Kibbutz life is conducive to generosity, giving, and a sense of responsibility to the community. Inspired by the good works of neighbors and friends, Judy made a decision to donate a kidney to a stranger.
With the help of the organization Matnat Chaim (Gift of Life), Judy succeeded in donating one of her kidneys to a woman living in Haifa.