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To Save a Life: Medical Ethics in a Jewish State
SUNDAY MARCH 24, 2019
Presented by the New Israel Fund of Canada
hosted by Holy Blossom Temple and co-sponsored by Rozana Project Canada
Philip Smith Foyer (Lower Level), Holy Blossom, 1950 Bathurst Street
As elections loom in Israel, an unexpected issue has thrust itself into public debate: the crisis facing the Israeli health system. And as violence flares in Gaza, civilians close to the border on both sides fear not only fighting but also limited medical access afterwards.
The vision of Israel’s founding included equality for all, including equal access to health care. Enter the 3,500 members and volunteers of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, whose advocacy and mobile clinics fight for Israelis and non-citizens alike facing discrimination or limited access to health care.
Join us for a powerful and inspiring discussion with Executive Director Ran Goldstein and Board Chair Raphi Walden of Physicians for Human Rights about realizing Israel’s promise of equality to all.
Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) stands at the forefront of the struggle for human rights–the right to health in particular–in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Founded in 1988 by a group of Israeli physicians, PHRI works to promote a just society where the right to health is granted equally to all people under Israel’s responsibility.
The New Israel Fund of Canada is committed to fostering the development of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state as envisioned in its Declaration of Independence. NIFC supports projects in Israel that advance democracy and equality for all.
Rozana Project is an international initiative raising funds for the transport and treatment of critically-ill children from the West Bank and Gaza in Israeli hospitals and training of Palestinian medical professionals in Israeli hospitals.
About Our Speakers
Dr. Raphael Walden has been recognized for his humanitarian activity around the world. He is the Board President of Physicians for Human Rights and also the Chairman of the Public Board of the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism (IMPJ). He is currently Deputy Director of Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital. He was also the personal physician of his father-in-law, the late Shimon Peres.
Ran Goldstein is the Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) and is a leader in the Israeli human rights community. In previous roles, he worked for the Red Cross Delegation to Israel and the Occupied Territories, communications consultant to human rights NGOs, a journalist with Channel 10 and Haaretz, and a spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s office during the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza.