Friends of Sheba Medical Center in Los Angeles Hosts Sold-Out 70th Anniversary Gala

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 General News
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On Sunday, Oct. 14, Friends of Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer threw an uplifting and inspiring 70th anniversary gala in Los Angeles to celebrate 70 years of saving lives at Israel's national hospital. 450 people attended the sold-out event, which raised more than $1 million for Sheba Medical Center.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Friends of Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer hosted a 70th Anniversary

Gala on Sunday, Oct. 14 to highlight the history of Sheba Medical Center and its legacy of saving lives, as well as its remarkable contribution to innovative medical care across the globe. The sold-out event, which was emceed by actor, director and comedian Jason Alexander, featured impactful speeches, dancing and a musical performance by acclaimed composer and singer Shanee Zamir.

Dr. Itai Pessach, Director of the Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital at Sheba Medical Center, captivated the audience of 450 people. A senior pediatric critical care physician, Dr. Pessach spoke about the unbelievable challenges and incredible rewards of his heroic efforts to save the lives of children of all ethnicities across the Middle East.

Former Elite Israel Defense Forces Soldier, Ohad Ben-Ishay, provided a personal testimony of Sheba Medical Center's life-saving expertise as he recounted his harrowing story of surviving critical shrapnel wounds to the head during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. At Sheba Medical Center, Ben-Ishay was treated and rehabilitated, enabling him to literally become a walking success story.

Guests were also treated to an exclusive interview with Jason Alexander and Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, Director General of Sheba Medical Center, during which Prof. Kreiss provided remarkable insight into Sheba's City of Health and the astounding accomplishments in patient care, medicine and research.

"Our chairs, Benjamin Boston and Gal Ben-Naim, did a wonderful job spearheading this gala. The evening was inspiring, rejuvenating, and most importantly, it helped to support an extraordinary cause – Sheba Medical Center," said Molly Soboroff, Executive Director of Friends of Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer. "We would like to thank everyone for their dedication to Sheba, which allows this unparalleled center of medical innovation to keep providing comprehensive, compassionate care to patients all over the world."

In all, the evening raised more than $1 million for Sheba Medical Center.

To learn more about Friends of Sheba Medical Center or to make a donation, visit

About Friends of Sheba Medical Center

The Friends of Sheba Medical Center is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and philanthropic support for Sheba Medical Center in Israel. Friends of Sheba Medical Center is dedicated to raising awareness and philanthropic support for Sheba Medical Center's compassionate clinical care, cutting edge research and comprehensive educational training. To learn more, visit:

About Sheba Medical Center

Born together with Israel in 1948, Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer is the largest and most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East. Sheba is the only medical center in Israel that combines an acute care hospital and a rehabilitation hospital on one campus, and it is at the forefront of medical treatments, patient care, research and education. As a university teaching hospital affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, it welcomes people from all over the world indiscriminately. For more information, visit:

SOURCE Sheba Medical Center

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