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Friends of Magen David Adom

The work of Magen David Adom receives minimal government funding.

Its lifesaving work in Israel – continuing 24 hours round the clock, 365 days per year – is funded by a combination of voluntary donations from Friends of Magen David Adom in 17 countries around the world and payment from patients and hospitals.

Magen David Adom provides its services to all, regardless of race, creed or ethnic affiliation. Magen David Adom’s workforce is 90% volunteers working side by side for a common purpose – to save lives.

Magen David Adom Switzerland plays a vital support role for Magen David Adom in Israel. Since its foundation in 1982, the swiss Friends have helped to fund a range of development projects including the building of new casualty stations, the supply of ambulances and specialist Mobile Intensive Care Units and supplying other vital medical supplies.

We need your help today and in perpetuity to help ensure that Magen David Adom will be able to respond to every call for help whenever it is needed.

“Whoever has saved one life has saved an entire world”.

Please help save a life and donate today.
Thank you.

 

President Dr. med. David Scheiner
Vice-president Lic. iur. Simon Urbach
Aktuar
Raphael Radzyner
Quästor Dr. med. Itai Pasternak
Managing director Mina Scheiner

Magen David Adom History

1915

1915

1915 -The Jewish physician Dr. Erlanger, drowning in at first time the concepot of "Magen David Adam" in Lucerne, Switzerland and establisheas an associatiotn to help the wounded and Jewish prisoner during World War 1.

1916

1916

1916 - Following the strong desire of the Jewish Legion during World War I to provide medical help given by a Jewish organization Dr. Erlanger' s plan is promoted and the first Jewish rescue organization begins to take shape.

1918

1918 1

1918 - Establishment of Magen David Adorn USA. The organization deals with medical work in Eretz Israel and tries to establish a local organization to rival the Red Cross, but the attempt to expand its operations to Israel failed.

1918

1918 2

1918 - The organization thrives in North America and has 70 branches and 25,000 members. Other branches are established in Canada, England and a small branch in Tel Aviv.

1922

1922

1922 - The disintegration of the Magen David Adorn. With the First World War ending the dismantling of the Jewish Legion Magen David Adorn also breaks down.

1930

1930 1

1930 - The first first-aid course in Israel. The 1929 riots events raise the need for emergency medicine in Israel and in April the first first aid course was opened with Dr. Meshulam Levontin as its instructor.

1930

1930 2

1930 - Founding of the "Society for fast help during a d1isaster. 11 On June 7, the MDA organization which was caliled at the early days - "Society for fast help during a disaster," was founded in ·Tel Aviv, for the second time.

1930

1930 3

1930 - First Aid course graduation. In September 1930, 73 paramedics completed the FirstAid course in ·Israel.

1931

1931

1931 - Januar 1931, the first Magen David Adom ambulance in Israel leaves The apartment of Dr. Levontin in the direction of the Mayor of Tel Aviv's home.

1933

1933

1933 - Founding of MDA Haifa branch.

1934

1934

1934 - Founding MDA Jerusalem branch.

1936

1936

- in January 1936, the new home of MDA in Tel Aviv was inaugurated and the first meeting of the MDA associations from across the country was held there.

1940

1940

1940 - September 1940, the Italian air force bombed Tel Aviv. MDA recruited 50 doctors and about 400 nurses and volunteers are trained to treat the population. 932 civilians were provided swift first aid by MDA.

1946

1946

1946 - Magen David Adomactivities concentrate on the civilian population and distinction is made between the military and MDA.

1946

1946

1946 - MDA beg ins to run the first blood bank in central Israel. 

1946

1946

1946 - With the end of World War II and the Ii be ration of Europe from the Nazi occupation, MDA support units are sent to various European countries to relieve and treat the surviving Jews in these countries.

1950

1950

1950 -"Magen David Adorn" law was enacted and the Magen David Adorn rescue organization was legally recognized as the Israel's primary emergency and rescue organization, in order for It to be able to join the Red Cross organization. In practice, th is was accomplished only in 2006 due to disagreements about the organization's symbol.

1970

1970

1970 - The MDA headquarter'sbuilding was inaugurated in Israel on Yigal Allon Street in Tel Aviv, near the sports hall and is also the center of the national command and control of the organization.

1987

1987

1987 - The MDA Central Blood Bank was inaugurated at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer after movin from its temporaray location at Shivtei Israel St.

2009

2009

2009 - The national command and control center of the organization was inaugurated at the MDA offices on Yigal Allon Street in Tel Aviv.