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Thursday, February 8, 2007

A helping hand for Haifa

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After the Northern Israeli city of Haifa experienced heavy damage during last summerís missile attacks by Hezbollah, hundreds of Jewish school children in more than a dozen area schools answered the call.

This week, their efforts paid off, with the dedication of a $106,000 mobile intensive care unit ambulance at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center on Nahanton Street. After visiting the Jewish schools in Newton and other cities that supported the effort, the ambulance will be shipped to Israel for use by Magen David Adom (The Red Star of David), the Israeli version of the Red Cross.

The two groups that led the fundraising, the Student Save-a-Life Program and the Boston Friends of Magen David Adom, have now collaborated to send four ambulances to Israel.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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