On Sunday, March 18, a Potomac family will dedicate an ambulance for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s emergency medical service. The dedication will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. The ambulance will arrive at Har Shalom at 9 a.m. From 9 to 11:30 a.m., the 170 students at the Har Shalom Religious School will visit the ambulance; the students, ages 5 to 13, will be allowed to climb inside the ambulance and explore.
After the dedication and student visits, the ambulance will be shipped to Israel where it will join Magen David Adom’s fleet of standard ambulances and Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICUs), most of which were donated by American supporters. MDA provides all of Israel’s pre-hospital emergency medical care, including ambulance, disaster, and blood services.
The ambulance is donated by Madeline and Robert Vermut, and their children Nicole and Michael Vermut, and Jill and Kenneth Brodkowitz; the ambulance honors the memory of their parents and grandparents, Miriam and Burt Roper and Frieda and Julius Vermut. Another dedication ceremony will also take place in Princeton, N.J. where Nicole and Michael Vermut live, at a date to be determined.