A Synagogue With Heart

Kol Hakavod to blogger Shamai Leibowitz’s synagogue for raising money that enabled a Gazan child to receive life-saving heart surgery:

The people who came to my synagogue to hear the Megillah reading on Purim this week saw a large placard with a picture of a cute baby and a headline asking people to donate money to Save a Child’s Heart to save the life of this toddler.

It was a picture of Nour, a sweet one-year-old from Gaza who has Congenital Heart Disease, and needs life-saving surgeries and treatments to repair her heart. Congenital Heart Disease is a type of defect in one or more structures of the heart or blood vessels that occurs while the fetus is developing in the uterus, and affects 8-10 out of every 1,000 children. Nour’s expensive medical treatments are being sponsored by Save a Child’s Heart Foundation (SACH), an organization founded by synagogue members Dr. Ovadiah and Dolores Cohen.

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4 thoughts on “A Synagogue With Heart

  1. Shirin

    This is truly lovely. Hopefully it will not only change the lives of Nour and her family for the better, but also build some level of good will and understanding that it is not Jews who are the enemy. It is all too easy for Palestinians living under the Israeli bootheel to lose sight of that.

    What I would also like to see from progressive synagogues/Jewish groups is this kind of gesture toward child victims of Israeli brutality.

    1. Rabbi Brant Rosen Post author


      I hope you know that Ta’anit Tzedek – Jewish Fast For Gaza sponsors monthly fasts that ask participants to donate money to the ANERA Milk for Preschoolers Campaign. This important relief campaign combats malnutrition among Gazan preschool children through daily provisions of fortified milk and high energy biscuits.

      More info:


      1. Shirin

        Thanks for reminding me about this group. I had heard of them, but did not really know any details. May we see more of this kind of thing as time goes on. If there is hope, much of it lies with groups like this.

    2. YBD

      I hope, in a similar way, that there are mosques in Gaza and other places in the world that are raising money to help children of Sederot and other places in Israel who were injured and traumatized by the years of rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel.


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