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he died. We can’t get him back, but we can make sure that           Rabbi Moshe Scheiner, Eli Beer, and the family of Scott Parents of Alyssa Alhadeff, OBM, with Ambucycle donors
he didn’t die in vain.”
	 Just after the shooting, Rabbi Moshe Scheiner and Peter           Beigel, OBM.                                                        Peter and Connie Bendetson
Bendetson went to visit the Alhadeff family who lost their
daughter Alyssa in the shooting. “When we visited them in the       The challenge was met and by the end of the evening, a total of     	 Beer concluded by saying: “Unfortunately, we cannot roll
shiva house, I spoke with Ilan, Alyssa’s father, and he told me:    nine life-saving ambucycles were donated to United Hatzalah         back time and rescue those who have already been taken. But,
‘I’m a doctor, I dedicate my entire life to saving others and when  of Israel.                                                          with the help of these ambucycles, we can build a society in
Alyssa needed me I couldn’t save her.’Peter and I thought, what                                                                         which no one who can be rescued dies needlessly in want of
better way to remember a life than by saving others just like       	 “When the tragedy in Parkland occurred, our community was         emergency medical care. That will be the legacy of these children
Ilan does. So today a lifesaving vehicle, an ambucycle, will be                                                                         that the community of Palm Beach Synagogue has established
dedicated in her honor.”                                            looking for a way to respond to the tragedy,” said Rabbi Scheiner.  in their honor.”

	 Following the attack,                                             “In the face of death, all of the people in our community wanted                                        Photos Courtesy of Tom Tracy
                                                                    to save lives. That is a lesson that Judaism teaches and that we
Lori and Ilan Alhadeff                                              need to teach all peoples.”

started a non-profit                                                Beth David Members

organization called                                                 Lead Stoneman Strong Event

Make Our Schools                                                    	 When the tragic shooting occurred at Marjory        Stoneman Strong booth
                                                                                                                          Stoneman Strong Event on page 3
Safe that “Will focus on                                            Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, it

researching and teaching                                            turned the stories of high school shootings into a

the best practices in                                               reality that needed to be changed. This was not just
                                                                    some story, but a very close to home reality that
school safety and implementing these practices in our school        everyone should know about.
                                                                    	 Temple Beth David member Josie Lesser
and in other schools around the country,” according to Lori.        and a classmate at Jupiter High School, Gabi

“We would like to thank all the families and United Hatzalah for    Young, chose to take action. They decided to raise
donating six life-saving ambulances in memory of the Parkland
and Coral Springs victims. You’ll be saving many lives and their    awareness and money. People need to know about
futures for them.”
                                                                    school shootings and the importance of school
	 Ilan Alhadeff said: “My wife and I just came back from            safety. And the 17 victims as well as the 17 injured
                                                                    need money for hospital bills.
Washington, DC, where 800,000 people marched for safety in
                                                                    	 The girls created a club at Jupiter High School
schools. We didn’t march for one person or one race or religion.
                                                                    called Stoneman Strong that held a fundraiser
We marched for all of our children for generations to come so
                                                                    called Jupiter is #StonemanStrong at the Abacoa
that we can make sure that they are safe and making sure that       Amphitheater. In just a few weeks, the event came
they are safe, that is what we will do…. Alyssa will help by        	 “It’s great that so many Temple Beth David
saving many, many lives with this ambucycle, and we will do         members took leadership roles in this event,” said
our part in fighting for and saving all of our youth, not so that   Lesser, who has been at Temple Beth David from
just our kids, but all of your children, and grandchildren, and     pre-school through youth group, and this past year

generations to come, will be able to go to school and be safe       she worked in the religious school.

and be able to learn. Because that is what we want and we won’t                   Welcomes

stop and we won’t take no for an answer.”                                                   Eric Medina, m.d.
                                                                                                    Eye Physician & Surgeon
	 Founder and President of United Hatzalah Eli Beer spoke                                                   Se Habla Espanol

about his experiences as a responder to the school shooting that                   561.500.2020
took place at the Merkaz Harav high school in Jerusalem in                            601 University Blvd., Suite 101 | Jupiter, FL 33458
2008. “We treated a few dozen students who were hurt in that                      2000 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., Suite 400 | WPB, FL 33409
terror attack, but unfortunately eight didn’t make it. Every time
something like this happens, all of us, even in Israel some 6,000
miles away, we all feel connected. The volunteer responders,
and people like Scott, who run to help others, even under fire,
and the children who helped other children, who don’t think
about themselves but run to help others in those moments when
they know lives depend on them, they are the true heroes. Six
ambucycles were donated from this community and they will
go out to at least 800 emergencies each year and countless lives
will be saved. The volunteers who ride them and who go out
to help people are partners with you who donated them and the

children in whose memory they are dedicated. So be proud of
the fact that you have such a great community here in Palm
Beach who are committed to bringing people together in chesed

because that is what this is all about. Your acts here today are

building a better world and I am honored that United Hatzalah

is to play a part in this.”
	 Five ambucycles were donated by Peter and Connie
Bendetson, Ron and June Daniels, Ronnie Heyman, Rochelle
and David Hirsch, Steven and Bonnie Stern, and a community-
donated ambucycle spearheaded by Jane and John Shalom and

the Palm Beach Synagogue. Jane addressed the crowd and

said: “I was so proud to see my daughter’s face on the New

York Times today in the article about the march of the students

from the Trinity School. They held a sign that said “prayers

and thought aren’t enough. We need change.” That’s not just
for young people, everyone here needs to join them too. We all
have to unite for change. It is our obligation.”
	 Peter Bendetson said: “I was watching CNN and saw Ilan

speaking after the tragedy and you said: ‘Do something. Do

something so that this won’t happen again.’Your words inspired

me to make this donation. Thank you for saying what needed to

be said and encouraging me.”
	 As the event was wrapping up one of the donors, Ron
Daniels spontaneously encouraged the crowd to donate another
three ambucycles. He said: “United Hatzalah saves the lives
of close to 75,000 people each year. So I want to challenge all

those gathered here to donate half the money for an ambucycle

and I’ll match it up to three more, to make nine ambucycles.”
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