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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 26, 2013 Pluralism From page 1A Home party is unlikely to ap- prove such reforms. The Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate nearly has a monopoly over marriage and 'conversion in Israel. Non- Orthodox wedding ceremo- nies, interfaith marriages and same-sex marriages are not recognized in Israel unless such couples wed and obtain a valid marriage certificate overseas. When it comes to conver- sion in Israel, there is only one kind: Orthodox. Non- Orthodox converts to Judaism from overseas may be granted citizenship under Israel's Law of Return, but the Rabbinate can prevent them from marry- ing, divorcing or being buried as Jews once they are in Israel. Perhaps a milder issue by comparison, many secu- lar Israelis chafe against Sabbath-day limitations on public transit and commerce. While not entirely banned on Saturdays, they are subject to severely restrictive laws. There have been some reforms in all three areas in, recent year In 2010, the Yisrael Beiteinu party, which draws from a sec- ular Russian immigrant sup- port base, led a push for civil marriage. In a compromise, the watered-down bill passed by the Knesset legalized civil unions only for couples with no religious faith, not for Jews or interfaith couples. . Yesh Atid hopes to use that law as a template for allowing civil unions for any Israeli. "We plan to work t6gether on these issues," Yesh Atid Knesset member Dov Lipman, an American-born rabbi, told JTA. "There's already been significant discussion with all of the religious bodies on compromising on these is- sues. I do believe we can make significant changes." But Yesh Atid's coalition partner, Jewish Home, re- portedly opposes expanding civil unions. Instead, Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben Dahan is proposing measures to streamline the Orthodox marriage process-- for example, allowing couples to marry with the Orthodox rabbi of their choosihg. By some measures, the conversion issue has been thornier. In 2010, a Yisrael Beit- einu Knesset member, David Rotem, proposed a bill meant to give would-be converts more leeway in choosing where and how to convert in Israel. But the bill also would have consolidated control over conversions under the office of the Rabbinate, further weakening Reform and Con- servative conversions. Following an outcry from Jewish leaders in the United States, the bill was shelved. Sharansky was tasked with finding a solution to the dispute, but nothing has Doctors From page 1A Israel Deaconess website, the U.S.-born Tabb "emigrated to Israel at the age of 18 and served in the Israel Defense Forces." The site notes that Tabb completed his residency in internal medicine at the Hadassah MediCal Center, and after 20 years in Israel, returned to the U.S. "Unfortunately, the way events unfolded was very similar to what we have be- come used to in Israel," Tabb told Israel Hayom over the weekend. "It is difficult, but you check you emotions at the door and treat any patient that arrives." Tabb praised the hospital's medical team for doing "an amazing job.." He noted that the suspected bombers were given the same level of medi- cal care as their victims. "One of the [Tsarnaev] brothers died shortly after his-arrival; the other one arrived in serious condition and has since Stabilized," Tabb said. "Whenever an injured party arrives at the emergency room, at the {rauma section. the doctors and the nurses do what they are trained to do. and forget everything else." Associate Professor Daniel S. Talmor, who is the director of trauma, anesthesia and critical care in the Anesthe- sia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine Department of at Beth Israel Deaconess, echoed Tabb's comments. "There was a feeling of deja vu," Talmor told Israel Hayom. Talmor was born in Jerusa- lem and studied medicine at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, graduating in 1991. He arrived in Beth Israel Deacon- ess 12 years ago as part of a fellowship and chose to stay in the U.S. "I can remember how. when I worked at the Soroka Medi- cal Center [in Beersheba], we used to have injured soldiers lying next to terrorists." he said. "Luckily, [before the bombing] all the hospitals [in the Boston area] had already been reinforced because of the marathon, but rather than dealing with dehydra- tion. they had to treat trauma patients. The past 36 hours were pretty frightening, with sirens howling all the time. and I could even hear shots being fired near my house. I am pretty sure that people around here are now going to understand Israel a little better now." This story was originally published by Israel Hayom and is distributed with the permission of that newspaper. Boston From page 1A rived at the Hadassah hospital following a bus bombing with severe injuries to her chest and esophagus. Doctors put chest drains on her lungs and performed endoscopies twice a day to stop the bleed- ing. Both techniques are now regular practices. "We were sure she was go- ing to die, and she survived," Rivkind said. A riskier move came five years later when Adi Huja arrived at Hadassah with massive blood loss follow- ing an attack in downtown Jerusalem. Rivkind realized his team wasn't controlling the bleeding, so he directed staff to administer a shot of NovoSeven--a staggeringly expensive coagulant typically used for hemophiliacs that was not approved for a trauma situation. But it worked and Huja survived. Rivkind is an internation- ally recognized expert in terror medicine and widely considered one of the great brains behind Israeli innova- tions that have been adopted around the world. Trained at Hebrew Univer- sity, the Hadassah Medical Center and the Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems in Baltimore, he has contributed to several volumes on trauma surgery and post-attack care. and authored a humber of semi- nal medical studies. Rivkind was the personal physician for the late Israeli President Ezer Weizman, helped care for Ariel Sharon when the prime minister fell into a coma following a stroke, and has performed near-miraculous feats, once reviving a soldier shot in the heartwho had been pronounced dead in the field. But not everything Rivkind has learned about treating "attack victims comes from a story with a happy ending. In 2002, Shiri Nagari was rushed to Hadassah after a bus bomb- ing. She appeared to have escaped largely unharmed, but 45 minutes later she was dead. It was, Rivkind later wrote, the first time he ever cried after losing a patient. "She seemed fine and talked with us," he told JTA. "You can be very injured inside, and outside you look completely .pristine." Organizing the emergency room, Rivkind said, is as im- portant as treating patients correctly. During the second intifada, Hadassah developed what he called the "accor- dion method," a method of moving patients through various stages of assessment with maximal efficiency. The prQcess has becone standard in hospitals across Israel and around the world. Some of what distinguishes Israeli trauma doctors are qualities that are hard to teach. Rivkind has said he keeps two beepers and a cell phone on him at all times, even in bed. Even when calls come in the middle of the night, a small army of medical professionals can usually be relied on to arrive at their posts within minutes. sometimes even ahead of the ambulances carrying the wounded. "Whenever there was an alarm, we jumped, ran and called our homes, and then got ready to absorb pa- tients," said Liora Utitzl the mass-casualty coordinator at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. "I felt very safe. The volunteerism of everyone gave me strength." Israel continues to export its trauma expertise. Riv- kind has taught medicine in Melbourne, Australia, and Southern California. Delega- tions of doctors from New York and Los Angeles have visited him in Jerusalem. This week, he will speak with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is visiting Israel, about strength- ening connections between Hadassah and hospitals in Baltimore. "We have tens of years of cumulative trauma experi- ence," he said. "We've learned not to give up." materialized. In the mean- time, Israel's Supreme Court was subject to a freeze on hearing any cases relating to conversion. The high court freeze ex- pires at the end of April. "Who is a Jew is an issue that will come back," pre- dicted Uri Regev, a Reform rabbi and chairman of Hid- dush, an Israeli nonprofit that advocates for religious plural- ism. "The courts making it a headline issue will happen within a few. months." Public transit may be the issue most conducive to com- promise because it does not involve questions of Jewish identity or continuity. Public buses long have rur on Shabbat in Haifa, Israel's third-largest city, and private shared taxis run in Tel Aviv on the Sabbath. Lipman said Yesh Atid backs running buses on Shabbat in non-Orthodox neighborhoods on-a limited schedule, The one wild card in Israel's religion and state debate is David Stav, a Modern Ortho- dox rabbi who will run for the position of chief rabbi in June. If he wins, supporters of the reform-minded rabbi say he will put a friendlier face on PAGE 13A the Rabbinate and help unite a divided society. But in an interview last year with JTA, the reforms outlined by Stav were nostly procedural. For example, he supports the drive to allow couples to marry under a rabbi of their choice. Regev says the best chance for bringing about far-reach- ing reforms lies outside the country--in the form of the American Jewish community. "At this point it's all a ques- tion of applying sufficient pressure," Regev said. "This subject can't be pushed under the rug." Bridge From page 1A in tournaments both locally and nationally. He has trav: eled to New Orleans, Toronto, Philadelphia and this August he will go to Atlanta. "He has become quite good," says his mother, Anissa Dyen. "Our whole family has learned to play together." Spencer's mother con- tacted Jewish Pavilion to in- troduce her son to the seniors in the community who may enjoy playing with a young teen and even learn a bit of new strategy from the young man. Program director Emily Newman arranged for Dyen to set up 'shop' on four Sunday afternoons at Chambrel Se- nior Living. He said he was pleasantly surprised to meet his mentor and bridge teacher of Bear Lake Elementary now living at Chambrel. Ronske is associated with the American Contract Bridge League and continues to offer bridge les- sons at another senior living facility. Not only is Dyen meeting up with old friends while playing bridge he is doing a wonder- ful mitzvah by offering his free time as a Jewish Pavilion volunteer, says Newman. One highlight of Dyen's globetrotting., bridge playing was when he and his friend Nick Laugen met Bill Gates at a tournament in Philadelphia. 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