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Israeli Ambulance Dedicated at Synagogue

Vermut and Brodkowitz families, donors, with Karen Berger from Magen David Adom.

Vermut and Brodkowitz families, donors, with Karen Berger from Magen David Adom.

An ambulance, manufactured in Indiana and bound for Israel, made a stop at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, on Sunday, March 18. The ambulance was donated to American Friends of Magen David Adom by congregants at Har Shalom.

The children at the Har Shalom religious school had a chance to climb in and explore the ambulance before it was formally dedicated at the congregation. Karen Berger, from American Friends of Magen David Adom, explained to the students about the ambulance’s important work.

The ambulance was donated by Madeline and Robert Vermut, and their children Nicole and Michael Vermut, and Jill and Kenneth Brodkowitz. It honors the memory of their parents and grandparents, Miriam and Burt Roper and Frieda and Julius Vermut.

Rabbi Adam Raskin of Har Shalom described the visit: "It was incredibly inspiring to learn about the lifesaving work of Magen David Adom in Israel. Providing critical emergency care to Israelis and Palestinians; Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, MDA is a bulwark of hope and reminder of the State of Israel's commitment to the absolute holiness of all human life. The dedication of the ambulance in the presence of three generations of the Vermut and Brodkowitz families made a deep impact on everyone in attendance."