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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-07-02

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

16 Friday, July 2, 1976

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JERUSALEM — Three
times a week a diminutive,
eight-year-old Arab boy has
been coming to the Dialysis
Center at Shaare Zedek
Hospital in Jerusalem. For
four hours he lies in bed
while his blood is gradually
pumped into a machine,
cleaned of impurities, and
returned to his body. For six
hours his life depends on a
dialysis machine which does
the job normally performed
by the kidneys. Without
these treatments, the boy
would die in agony within a
matter of days.
After coming to Shaare
Zedek, Salim was discovered
to be suffering from uncon-
trollable high blood pres-
sure caused by the malfunc-
tion of his kidneys. They
were both removed. Remo-
dialysis became vital to his
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More than 400 persons
paid tribute to Rabbi Joshua
Sperka Wednesday evening
at the Detroit Friends of
Shaare Zedek Hospital an-
nual dinner, held at the
Sheraton-Southfield Hotel.
The attendance was the
largest ever for the Detroit
Friends, and the largest in
the Midwest this year, and
honored the achievements of
Rabbi Sperka as president
of the Detroit Friends of
Shaare Zedek for 10 years
and his accomplishments as
rabbi emeritus of Young
Israel of Greenfield and in
numerous communal posi-
tions.
Also honored were major
contributors to the new
Shaare Zedek Medical Cen-
ter in Jerusalem, including
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan P.
Rossen and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Jacob Nosanchuk, Can-
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period until a suitable
transplant can be found."
The present Dialysis Unit
at Shaare Zedek, headed by
Dr. Baruch J. Hurwich, is
providing treatment for
eight patients (five Jews and
three Arabs), aged eight to
62. Even this relatively
small number puts great
pressure on the cramped
department, and nurses
have to work overtime
that all are treated. Eac.
alysis treatment today cos
IL 700 (nearly $100).
At the new Medical Cen-
ter, in addition to the Pedia-
tric Dialysis Unit, there will
.be an ultramodern, ei

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Eight-year-old Salim is prepared for the kidney
dialysis treatment which is keeping him alive at
Shaare Zedek Hospital of Jerusalem.
* * *
For Dr. Drukker, who will special problems, particu-
head the new unit, the larly in the areas of nutri-
equipment is a matter of ex- tion and growth.
treme urgency. "Experience
in the United States and Eu-
"The entire environ-
rope shows how vital pedia- ment of the ward is geared
tric dialysis units are. It is towards children, and
not enough just to keep a their spirits are bouyed by
child alive. He cannot be the presence of other
adequately treated in adult youngsters. And finally, in
units. Pediatric dialysis most cases hemodialysis
means that a pediatrician is for children is not an end
always on hand for a child's stage, but a temporary

bed, adult unit which
combine expansion and
cost-saving. It was funded
by the Detroit Friends of
the hospital.
The unit will also serve as
a training center for home
dialysis, a program which
Dr. Drukker believes will of-
fer "significant savings and
a preferable way of treat-
ment with maximum reha-
bilitation of the patient in
familar surroundings."

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at Shaare Zedek Hospital Dinner Wednesday

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for him in Shaare Zedek's
unit. Until the Department
of Social Services was able
to find him an adoptive
home in East Jerusalem,
Salim practically lived in
the pediatrics ward.
Shaare Zedek provided
the boy with clothing and
members of the staff took
him on outings and to their
homes. But only a kidney
transplant, planned for
the near future, will ena-
ble the boy to live a more
or less normal life.
"The story of Salim only
brings into focus the need
for a children's dialysis unit
in Israel," explains Dr.
Alfred Drukker, a pediatri-
cian and nephrologist at
Shaare Zedek. "All of the
children on hemodialysis in
Israel, and there are very
few, are in adult units. A far
greater number with termi-
nal kidney failure are not
benefiting from dialysis
treatment."
Shaare Zedek's New Med-
ical Center, scheduled to
open in late 1977, will have
the first pediatric dialysis
unit in Israel.

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feld, Mrs. Pearl Nosan, and
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Krakov-
its, Mr. and Mrs. George
Herczeg and Mr. and Mrs.
William Schwartz.
Rabbi Leo Jung, spirit-
ual leader of the Jewish
Center of New York, who
is also president of the
American Committee for
Shaare Zedek Hospital,
gave the major address of
the evening.
Other participants on the
program included Cantor
Hyman Adler singing the
national anthems, Nathan
P. Rossen giving the Ham-
otzi and Jacob Nosanchuk

the Birkat Hamazon.
Gustav Berenholz chaired
the affair, and the special
awards were presented by
Samuel Platt. Tributes to
Rabbi Sperka were offered
by Rabbi James I. Gordon
and by Rabbi Sperka's son
Shlomo.
Alex Roberg, chairman of
the Detroit Friends of
Shaare Zedek, presented a
special plaque to Rabbi
Sperka and announced that
the department head's of-
fice in the physical medicine
and rehabilitation section of
the new medical facility
would be dedicated in Rabbi

Sperka's honor.
Roberg said that the
Detroit Friends have
raised $80,000 toward their
goal of $250,000 for the
physical medicine and re-
habilitation facilities a*
the new hospital. The De-
troit Friends hope to reach
their goal by the Decem-
ber, 1977 opening date for
the hospital.
In his brief remarks
Rabbi Sperka thanked the
audience for giving him the
opportunity to serve the
community and challenged
them as honored guests to
support the hospital project.

3,000-Year-Old Vessel Is Found

A 3,000-year-old pottery
cult vessel dating to the pe-
riod of the settlement of the
Israelite tribes, has been
found in a. dig at Kibutz
Sasa, the government anti-
quities department an-
nounced in Jerusalem.
According to the Jerusa-
lem Post, the vessel, a rare
find, was apparently used
for libations. Surrounding a
hollow ring about 30 cms. in
diameter were six objects of
which four remain — two
pomegranates, a chalice and
a bird. The vessel, called a •
kernos, is painted red' and
black.
It came to light when ar-
cheologists undertook a
rescue dig to see what lay
below building remains
turned up by kibutz trac-
tors levelling new farming
land.
Beneath remains of walls
dating to the later Arab and
Crusader periods was part
of a structure dating to the
Early Iron Age with walls
preserved in some places to
a height of a meter and a
half.
On a floor of beaten earth

and limestone were pottery
remains and the cult vessel.
Dug into the floor was a
plastered and stone-lined
storage pit..
Also found were the re-

mains of an infant buried in
a jar dating to the Middle
Bronze Age, about 600 years
later. No contemporary
building remains were
found.

Anti-Semitism in Arab Books

The school books listed
below were printed by the
Egyptian Ministry of Cul-
ture and Education in Cairo:
The Arab Homeland, 3rd
grade (preparatory), pp.
79,80:
"The Zionist claim that
Palestine, which they call
Zion or 'The Promised
Land,' is the spiritual and
national homeland of the
Jewish people, is utter nons-
ence.
"The Jews have always
claimed 'they were perse-
cuted, in order to elicit
sympathy. In actual fact
nobody ever persecuted
Jews anywhere."
Arab Society, 2nd grade
(secondary), pp. 29,38:
"The UAR revolution
since its inception, has
guided the education of its

children, lest they fall
to religious, national or
itical deviationism.
t-
books. are under close •
tiny to prevent any harthful
material from reaching our
children in the schoo' f
Egypt.
"National Educational
Policy is designed to instill
in the Arab child an aware-
ness of the dangers and evils
of Zionism.
"If the Arabs unite they
will be able to destroy Is-
rael. Therefore, the destruc-
tion of Israel depends on
Arab Unity."

Hard Work

He becometh poor that
dealeth with a slack hand.
But the hand of the diligent
maketh rich.
—Proverbs

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