The English-speaking community in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya has paid tribute to a Jewish man from north London, after his tenth fundraising effort resulted in a tenth ambulance for emergency service Magen David Adom.
Norman Rosenbaum, with whom Jewish News has previously worked, helped organise support for the new life-saving vehicle among his community of Cockfosters and N. Southgate Synagogue.
His daughter Eleanor said: “I am exceptionally proud of my father who, over the last 12 years, has single-handedly raised money for ten MDA ambulances for Israel. He has made a monumental difference.”
Tributes were also paid to the Wolfson Foundation, which acted as a major contributor of funding for the Israeli community’s tenth ambulance.
The timing of the presentation was poignant, coming only days after two Netanya vehicles were sent to Tel Aviv to treat the wounded after the terrorist attack at a restaurant in the Sarona Market earlier this month, during which four people died.
The ambulance was presented in memory of the Rubinson family of Lodz, Poland, by Allen and Sheila Robinson, whose children Mark and Michelle represented them, and the keys were given by children, representing the passing of responsibility from one generation to the next.