The Maimonides Society: Healing the World
The Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is a fellowship of Jewish healthcare professionals dedicated to educational, social, and philanthropic activities that focus on the betterment of Jews in need locally in Tidewater, in Israel and around the world. The Maimonides Society provides a unique opportunity for collegial socializing and networking and integrates medical and Jewish concerns to demonstrate the unique contributions the health professions can make to support the Jewish community. Its programs have featured an array of diverse speakers in specialties such as medicine, bioterrorism and ethics.
The Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater presents
“Healing Across the Divides: Fostering Improved Health Among Israelis and Palestinians”
Dr. Norbert Goldfield is founder and Executive Director of Healing Across the Divides, a six-year-old organization that serves to improve the health - within a community framework - of Israelis and Palestinians. Healing Across the Divides currently supports community organizations in their efforts to improve women’s health and common chronic illnesses in approximately 25 sites in Israel and the West Bank.
Dr. Goldfield is a board certified practicing internist. He sits on the boards of Health Care for All, a key organization in the passage of the Massachusetts health reform law. Additionally, Goldfield teaches college courses including Peace-Building through Health and Medical Sociology and has published numerous articles and books. Recent titles include “National Health Reform, American Style, Delivering High Quality” and “Cost-Effective Care to All: The Scientific and Political Ingredients for Success.” Visit www.healingdivides.org
For more information on the projects Dr. Norbert Goldfield spoke about at the event, please feel free to download and share the following articles and project reviews.
Sara Weinberger: Answering call to be a Moses
Medicine, Conflict and Survival
Prisoner of Hope
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USNS Comfort, Naval Station Norfolk, May 19
UJFT Women's Cuba mission participants pack up medical supplies donated by Maimonides Society and deliver to Havana medical clinic located within a synagogoue (October 2012).
See more pictures here.
The main focus of the Maimonides Society is its philanthropic commitment to the mission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. For years, the Federation has supported medical services to vulnerable Jewish communities in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe through the American Joint Distribution Committee and Jewish Healthcare International. The Maimonides society helps Jews in Tidewater connect with one another and with the Jewish Federation's mission of helping those in need, from Romanian elderly who need meals on wheels, to Czech Jews forming new community centers, to Israelis seeking to innovate with new businesses, to Virginia Beach families partaking in Jewish preschool, to Norfolk retirees socializing.
For years, the Federation has supported medical services to vulnerable Jewish communities in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe through the American Joint Distribution Committee and Jewish Healthcare International. Through an initiative led by Drs. Sanford Lefcoe and Calvin Belkov a dental clinic was established in our sister city in Israel, Pardes Katz.
The Society Programs of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater were created to encourage involvement, leadership and philanthropy in the Jewish community among its members. In addition, the Society Program was created to enable its members to serve as role models for their colleagues, family and friends; and to provide for Jewish welfare, continuity and survival locally, in Israel, and around the world.