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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-08-29

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Bar-Ilan University Medical School:
Improving healthcare and the
quality of life in Northern Israel


"The government of Israel
has upheld it promise to
match every dollar that
you have raised for it.
I take great personal
pleasure in cutting through
bureaucratic red tape and,
if needed, I will intervene in
order to ensure that this
faculty will be built
faster than planned. This
is not just about laying
a cornerstone..."

- Prime Minister Netanyahu

Prime Minister Netanyahu hailed the BIU Medical School, located in the historic city of
Safed, at its groundbreaking ceremony in November 2012.

After only its first year of operation, Bar-Ilan University's (BIU) Medical
School already is strengthening medical services in the Galilee.

Proactive initiatives:

Six Galilee hospitals are receiving
infrastructure upgrades to provide
high-level facilities for the Medical
School's 14 current experimental
scientists — most of whom are
Israelis returning home from presti-
gious faculty positions at Harvard,
Yale, NIH and other top institutions.
These scientists are partnering with
local clinicians to provide advanced
medical care to patients in the North.

Of the initial class of 124, 40
students have been assigned to
work at the Clalit Health Services
HMO, where they will assist in
providing patient education
and basic medical care.
Students are also volunteering at
Magen David Adom, a home for
older adults, and a Yad LaBanim
center for families of fallen
military personnel.

Public health awareness programs
have been initiated in numerous
Galilee community centers.
Innovative projects, such as the
School's Teddy Bear Hospital, are
helping to reduce anxiety among
hundreds of preschoolers about
medical care in general and hospitals
in particular.

The Medical School is supported by the Midwest Region of the American Friend.
of Bar-Ilan University, which is chaired byAlan Zekelman.

To learn more about Bar-Ilan's
Medical School and partnership
opportunities go to:
www.afbiu.org , call
Les Goldstein at 248-540-8900
or email les.goldstein@afbiu.org .

American Friends of

Bar-Ilan University

Strengthening Jewish
& Zionist Values

Bar-Ilan University is a microcosm of the State of Israel.
Its diverse student population comes together in an
academic environment which embraces Judaism and
Zionism. These principles are core to the University's
ground-breaking initiatives in the sciences, law,
nanotechnology, engineering, business, the
humanities and its new Medical School in the Galilee.

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