On Thursday evening Aleh Foundation Director, Rabbi Shlomo Braun and Community Representative for New York State Senator Martin Golden presented Certificates of Appreciation from NY State Senator Goldin to the distinguished honorees of Yad Ephraim http://yadephraim.org/ at the Ateres Golda Ballroom in Brooklyn, NY.

The event was attended by Elected officials, Medical, Civic and business leaders who all joined in commending Yad Ephraim for the outstanding volunteer work they do 24 hours a day seven days a week.  Rabbi Braun presented the Guest of Honor, Mr. Joel Leifer (seen on photo above); Benevolence Awardee, Mr. Yossi Gross and his son; Community Dedication Awardee, Mr. Shlomo Rosenberg; Keser Shem Tov Awardee,Yitchok Stralberg.

Also honored at this event was Maimonides Hospital staff, Samuel Kopel, MD with the Hospital Leadership Award, Dr. Jack Choueka, a former Aleh Foundation Awardee http://www.jewocity.com/blog/rabbi-shlomo-braun-of-aleh-foundation-visits-the-new-state-of-the-art-maimonides-bone-joint-center/8713 and his group received the Medical Achievement Award; as well as Mr. Philip Presman who was presented a recognition award byDouglas Jablon, Aleh Foundation board member http://www.alehfoundationusa.org/index.html.


Yad Ephraim is a Bikur Cholim organization established nearly a decade ago to serve a large number of Jewish patients in Maimonides Medical Center, in Brooklyn and provide kosher delicious meals daily as well as Shabat and Jewish Holidays. Their volunteers visit patients in hospital rooms every day.  They offer a listening ear, a warm meal, or sometimes, simply their presence to help pass the time more pleasantly.  Often, the volunteer’s visit is the highlight of the patient’s day. She or he is the single friendly voice, the one who is there not to refill an IV bag or to monitor blood pressure or to supply medication, but just to say hello and chat.

They also arrange blood drives and set up Tehilim groups for seriously ill patients.  Yad Ephraim strives to help lessen the great demand for blood, enabling the community to join a group of heroes who are willing to give of their time, effort, and to save the life of another.

You can share in the great mitzvah of feeding and cheering up hundreds of sick people by offering to donate a day’s worth of expenses. You never know how far your generosity will go! It may be the home-cooked meal for a child with cancer. It may be the first nourishing food of the day for a woman whose husband has just undergone hours-long surgery. Or it may be the sandwich and snack eaten by the accident victim in the emergency room. Click to donate:http://yadephraim.org/donate.asp

Aleh Foundation located at 5317 13th Avenue will be hosting their Annual Awards Dinner on May 21, 2014 honoring philanthropic heroes, Congressman Robert Turner http://www.jewocity.com/blog/honorable-congressman-robert-turner-to-receive-civic-leadership-award-at-2014-aleh-foundation-awards-dinner/10912; David A. Staffenberg, MD http://www.jewocity.com/blog/aleh-foundation-nominates-dr-david-a-staffenberg-of-nyu-at-2014-awards-dinner-as-physician-of-the-year/9963; Dr. Vincent Calamia http://www.jewocity.com/blog/aleh-foundation-honors-dr-vincent-calamia-with-the-medical-leadership-award-at-the-2014-gala-awards-dinner/11019 and Ephraim Gartenhause with the Volunteer of Excellence Award.  The event will be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage at 6:30.  Aleh’s annual events always draw large crowds and attract noted speakers and entertainers.  Since its humble beginnings more than twenty years ago, The Aleh Foundation attracted thousands of friends who are eager to join in supporting leading institutions for the care and treatment of severely developmentally disabled infants and children. Call 800-317-ALEH.to make reservations for this event or visit our programs to donate http://www.alehfoundationusa.org/PRG_respite.html.

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