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Jerusalem - NBA All-Star Makes Significant Donation To United Hatzalah

Published on: July 9, 2015 02:54 PM
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Jerusalem - An unlikely hero has emerged in the fight to save Israeli lives quickly and efficiently – six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire.

As part of his Amar’e Saves Campaign, Stoudemire donated $441,318 on June 22 to United Hatzalah, an emergency medical assistance nonprofit. Stoudemire’s generous donation will enable United Hazalah to purchase additional medical equipment and new “ambucycles” or medically equipped motorcycles which have helped to save as many as 4,200 lives, according to United Hazalah Founder and President Eli Beer (http://bit.ly/1CrWoxj).

Stoudemire co-owns Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel’s professional basketball team. He has stated that he thinks of himself as “culturally Jewish” and likes to visit Israel frequently. In an interview last week with PIX11 News, Stoudemire said of Israel, “It’s kind of a beautiful place to connect yourself with because of all the history that took place in the land of Israel.” The NBA All-Star first became aware of United Hatzalah’s work through his connection with David Kleinhandler, a New York-based investor.

“You’re truly saving lives,” remarked Stoudemire, “and to do it in a way that’s fun to me, to play basketball, it’s a win-win.”

What prompted Stoudemire to contribute to United Hatzalah was the quick response time of its 2,500 medically trained volunteers – usually around 90 seconds – and its efforts to minimize response time by using the ambucylces and a hi-tech, GPS-based mobile dispatch app. “In today’s society, which is so fast, we need to be doing something about saving lives quicker, and United Hatzalah is doing that,” Stoudemire said.

“We are very grateful for the amazing support and generosity of Amar’e and his fans,” said Mr. Beer. “This will help us tremendously to save lives by being the first to arrive on scene after car accidents, terrorist attacks and other medical emergencies. Our volunteers are very grateful.”

Added United Hatzalah’s Vice President Michael Littenberg-Brown, “The money we’ve raised will save countless lives, but the real goal was to encourage young people to become involved in saving lives and forge a deeper connection with Israel.”


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 Jul 09, 2015 at 06:49 PM Heeb Says:

He's takah a half yid?

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 Jul 09, 2015 at 08:42 PM Anonymous Says:

And yet we make it virtually impossible for someone with such a Yiddishe neshama to actually become a Jew.

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 Jul 09, 2015 at 09:50 PM ydeneydene Says:

Beware of anonimous jew haters who post very ספקות 'דיקע comments. Whoever wants to
be misgayer can if they want for real. Not for sake of immigration or marriage etc

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 Jul 10, 2015 at 11:39 AM Big T Says:

Reply to #4  
ydeneydene Says:

Beware of anonimous jew haters who post very ספקות 'דיקע comments. Whoever wants to
be misgayer can if they want for real. Not for sake of immigration or marriage etc

Walk into any Shul outside of boro park and you can see that we openly accept geyrim.

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 Jul 10, 2015 at 04:07 PM Rafuel Says:

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Heeb Says:

He's takah a half yid?

No, he is not. He is a righteous goy, which is for real, unlike some stupid "half yid": there is no such thing.

As is Ronaldinho, a Brazilian footballer, three- or four-time World Footballer of the Year until about 2007, who, at the time when the whole Europe, including some of his Barcelona teammates, were demanding that Israel stops "killing palestinian babies," sent many gifts packages with his signatures to the Israeli children who were victims of those vermin's rockets and terrorist acts. (The fact that he is my wife's all time favorite footballer doesn't hurt too.)

Gut shabbos.

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 Jul 10, 2015 at 04:13 PM Rafuel Says:

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Big T Says:

Walk into any Shul outside of boro park and you can see that we openly accept geyrim.

I am outside of Boro Park (my favorite place to visit) and we don't have that many geirim in our city. Maybe because we don't "openly" accept them but do it right, i.e. make sure they are real geirim tzedek, not some "openly" accepted ones?

Gut shabbos.

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