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      he died. We can’t get him back, but we can make sure that
      he didn’t die in vain.”                            Rabbi Moshe Scheiner, Eli Beer, and the family of Scott   Parents of Alyssa Alhadeff, OBM, with Ambucycle donors
         Just after the shooting, Rabbi Moshe Scheiner and Peter   Beigel, OBM.                            Peter and Connie Bendetson
      Bendetson went to visit the Alhadeff family who lost their
      daughter Alyssa in the shooting. “When we visited them in the   The challenge was met and by the end of the evening, a total of      Beer concluded by saying: “Unfortunately, we cannot roll
      shiva house, I spoke with Ilan, Alyssa’s father, and he told me:   nine life-saving ambucycles were donated to United Hatzalah   back time and rescue those who have already been taken. But,
      ‘I’m a doctor, I dedicate my entire life to saving others and when   of Israel.                      with the help of these ambucycles, we can build a society in
      Alyssa needed me I couldn’t save her.’ Peter and I thought, what      “When the tragedy in Parkland occurred, our community was   which no one who can be rescued dies needlessly in want of
      better way to remember a life than by saving others just like   looking for a way to respond to the tragedy,” said Rabbi Scheiner.   emergency medical care. That will be the legacy of these children
      Ilan does. So today a lifesaving vehicle, an ambucycle, will be   “In the face of death, all of the people in our community wanted   that the community of Palm Beach Synagogue has established
      dedicated in her honor.”                           to save lives. That is a lesson that Judaism teaches and that we   in their honor.”
         Following the attack,                           need to teach all peoples.”                                               Photos Courtesy of Tom Tracy
      Lori and Ilan Alhadeff
      started a non-profit                              Beth David Members
      organization called
      Make Our Schools
      Safe that “Will focus on                          Lead Stoneman Strong Event
      researching and teaching
      the best practices in
      school safety and implementing these practices in our school      When the tragic shooting occurred at Marjory
      and in other schools around the country,” according to Lori.   Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, it
      “We would like to thank all the families and United Hatzalah for   turned the stories of high school shootings into a
      donating six life-saving ambulances in memory of the Parkland   reality that needed to be changed. This was not just
      and Coral Springs victims. You’ll be saving many lives and their   some story, but a very close to home reality that
      futures for them.”                                everyone should know about.
         Ilan Alhadeff said: “My wife and I just came back from      Temple  Beth  David  member  Josie  Lesser
      Washington, DC, where 800,000 people marched for safety in   and a classmate at Jupiter High School, Gabi
      schools. We didn’t march for one person or one race or religion.   Young, chose to take action. They decided to raise
      We marched for all of our children for generations to come so   awareness and money. People need to know about
      that we can make sure that they are safe and making sure that   school shootings and the importance of school
      they are safe, that is what we will do…. Alyssa will help by   safety. And the 17 victims as well as the 17 injured
      saving many, many lives with this ambucycle, and we will do   need money for hospital bills.
      our part in fighting for and saving all of our youth, not so that      The girls created a club at Jupiter High School
      just our kids, but all of your children, and grandchildren, and   called Stoneman Strong that held a fundraiser
      generations to come, will be able to go to school and be safe   called Jupiter is #StonemanStrong at the Abacoa
      and be able to learn. Because that is what we want and we won’t   Amphitheater. In just a few weeks, the event came
      stop and we won’t take no for an answer.”         together.
         Founder and President of United Hatzalah Eli Beer spoke      “It’s great that so many Temple Beth David
      about his experiences as a responder to the school shooting that   members took leadership roles in this event,” said  Stoneman Strong booth
      took place at the Merkaz Harav high school in Jerusalem in   Lesser, who has been at Temple Beth David from
      2008. “We treated a few dozen students who were hurt in that   pre-school through youth group, and this past year  Stoneman Strong Event on page 3
      terror attack, but unfortunately eight didn’t make it. Every time   she worked in the religious school.
      something like this happens, all of us, even in Israel some 6,000
      miles away, we all feel connected. The volunteer responders,
      and people like Scott, who run to help others, even under fire,
      and the children who helped other children, who don’t think
      about themselves but run to help others in those moments when
      they know lives depend on them, they are the true heroes. Six
      ambucycles were donated from this community and they will
      go out to at least 800 emergencies each year and countless lives
      will be saved. The volunteers who ride them and who go out
      to help people are partners with you who donated them and the                       Welcomes
      children in whose memory they are dedicated. So be proud of
      the fact that you have such a great community here in Palm
      Beach who are committed to bringing people together in chesed
      because that is what this is all about. Your acts here today are
      building a better world and I am honored that United Hatzalah
      is to play a part in this.”
         Five ambucycles were donated by Peter and Connie
      Bendetson, Ron and June Daniels, Ronnie Heyman, Rochelle
      and David Hirsch, Steven and Bonnie Stern, and a community-
      donated ambucycle spearheaded by Jane and John Shalom and
      the Palm Beach Synagogue. Jane addressed the crowd and
      said: “I was so proud to see my daughter’s face on the New
      York Times today in the article about the march of the students
      from the Trinity School. They held a sign that said “prayers
      and thought aren’t enough. We need change.” That’s not just
      for young people, everyone here needs to join them too. We all                   Eric Medina, m.d.
      have to unite for change. It is our obligation.”
         Peter Bendetson said: “I was watching CNN and saw Ilan                          Eye Physician & Surgeon
      speaking after the tragedy and you said: ‘Do something. Do
      something so that this won’t happen again.’ Your words inspired                          Se Habla Espanol
      me to make this donation. Thank you for saying what needed to
      be said and encouraging me.”                                       561.500.2020
         As the event was wrapping up one of the donors, Ron
      Daniels spontaneously encouraged the crowd to donate another          601 University Blvd., Suite 101 | Jupiter, FL 33458
      three ambucycles. He said: “United Hatzalah saves the lives
      of close to 75,000 people each year. So I want to challenge all   2000 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., Suite 400 | WPB, FL 33409
      those gathered here to donate half the money for an ambucycle
      and I’ll match it up to three more, to make nine ambucycles.”
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