Jewish Journal


July 4, 2008

The blood they gave lasted less than a day



It sounded like a typical summer trip the Holy Land for 32 members of L.A.‘s Temple Isaiah, many making their first pilgrimage. They toured ancient ruins and Jerusalem; they hiked and kayaked and floated in the Dead Sea; they visited American Friends of Magen David Adom so some could donate blood. They donated blood? Only in Israel can I imagine vacationers seeing the expediency of rolling up their shirtsleeves and asking someone to needle them.

And they were right. Fourteen hours later, on Wednesday, a terrorist in a bulldozer plowed through Jerusalem’s streets, injuring 66 and killing three.

“We gave blood yesterday,” said Cantor Evan Kent. “How sad that our blood was needed so very soon.”

More information from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), the Israeli rep for American Friends of Magen David Adom, after the jump.

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