On Sunday, December 6, the Montebello Jewish Center religious school took part in a memorable Magen David Adom ambulance dedication ceremony. Donna Fried Calcaterra, founder of the 613 Foundation, which donated the ambulance, talked to students and their parents about the importance of tzedakah and the mitzvah of saving lives. The synagogue collects tzedakah for MDA on an ongoing basis.
Gary Perl, the regional director of the American Friends of Magen David Adom (Israel’s version of the American Red Cross) spoke to the group about the importance of the MDA and all the ways in which the ambulances and paramedics save Israeli lives daily. Mr. Perl also presented Ms. Calcaterra with a commemorative model ambulance as a token of the AMDA’s appreciation for the generous donation and led a question and answer session.
Cantor/religious school director Michelle Rubin and Rabbi Adam Baldachin offered a rendition of the Prayer for the State of Israel in honor of the occasion. Students had an opportunity to see the inside of the ambulance, which will be leaving for Israel, along with hundreds of other ambulances, at the end of the month. The 613 Foundation has donated more than a dozen ambulances to MDA.