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.
Monday, March 31
Danny Pins, Disaster Relief in Haiti & the Philippines
Cocktails & Hor D’oeuvres beginning at 6:00pm
Learn about Jewish-led relief efforts on the ground in Haiti and the Philippines. Pins, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) Chief Financial Officer, Africa & Asia Region, was crucial to the orchestration of disaster relief response to Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which included shipping food, shelter, hygiene and medical supplies to the Philippines. Danny and a small cadre of JDC staff worked alongside IDF representatives in the Philippines to ensure that relief efforts were organized and efficient.
Danny has over 30 years of experience in resettlement, including extensive fieldwork in and outside of Israel: he was involved in planning the Operation Solomon rescue of Ethiopian Jews, and with aiding in the absorption of special groups, such as Jews from Buchara, Ethiopia, Syria and Yemen, into Israeli society.
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.