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.”