Monday, April 7, 2008

Passover in the Emek Medical Center and The Jezre'el Valley

(This was sent by Larry Rich, from Israel's Emek Medical Center.)

Dear friends, colleagues and associates,

Israel is on a journey that began with a vision of Abraham, passed through the slave camps of Egypt, survived Nazi ovens and continues today in the land where it all began.

The paradoxes of life in modern Israel are as abundant as the multi-colored poppies that blanket the Jezre’el Valley fields after late winter rains. Here in the Emek Medical Center in Northeastern Israel, we are surrounded by both flowers and enemies. We hear daily reports of how Hezbollah and Syria (armed and nourished by Iran) are once again threatening our lives and way of life, while we continue to heal those who step through our doors. “Israel seeks peace while preparing for war” is a slogan often heard. EMC does not seek peace – we live it. 

After the long range missile bombardment of 2006, EMC is busy fortifying its facilities. Not as an act of war, but as an act of self preservation and humanity. While some of our neighbors are busy seeking ways to kill Jews, we are busy investing huge sums so that we may be somewhat protected while we heal others. 

Despite the tangible threats vilifying the Middle Eastern atmosphere, Israel and EMC thrive among the flowers. Every hour you may witness a Jew saving an Arab and vice versa, or wonder at the research being performed that will benefit all mankind, or listen to the sounds of construction while distant voices scream destruction. What is the EMC answer to violence and the senseless premeditated taking of lives? 4,500 births each year and the planning of new Labor, Deliver & Recovery Suites that will serve all our region’s women.  

While Islamic fanatics glorify death, Israel and EMC sanctify life. What greater respect could we show to our Creator than by striving to heal all children and their families? 

Emek Medical Center is a creation of Israel and a luminous, vibrant house of healing that exemplifies the best of humanity.  We have a long way to go as we accompany our people along this arduous path. 

The road ahead is fraught with danger … and strewn with flowers.

We wish all of you, your families and friends a joyous Passover and peaceful season of rebirth.


Larry Rich
Director of Development & International Public Relations
Israel's Emek Medical Center
Phone in Israel ... 972-04-649 4417
Phone in New York ... 646-546 5970
Fax in Israel ... 972-04-652 2642
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Mailing address:
Emek Medical Center
Afula 18101

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