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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 25, 2017 The Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance system trans- forms freehand procedures to highly accurate procedures. Theworld's first-of-its-kind dual robotic surgery was recently performed at Hadas- sah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. Aaron Schwartz, age 42, was severely injured when a heavy wall of steel fell on him atwork. Suffering six broken vertebrae and leg fractures in two places, Schwartz was brought to the underground hybrid operating room in Hadassah Hospital's Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. "In the hybrid room are two robots," explained Prof. Meir Liebergall, head of Hadassah's Orthopedic Department. "The more innovative of the two is the Zeego. It allows three- dimensional imagining while a surgeon is operating, which is unusual during surgery. This lets the surgeon know exactly where each organ is, and he no longer has to rely on CT scans before surgery and X-rays after the surgery. The Zeego robot was con- trolled by senior orthopedic surgeon Josh Schroeder, working together with Dr. Areal Khouri, who controlled another robot named Renais- sance®, developed by Israel's Mazor Robotics. The two robots communicated with each other during the surgery, when 11 orthopedic screws were inserted with exacti- tude-precision that can only be achieved with the use of the robots, preventing much suffering to the patient." The Mazor Robotics Re- naissance® Guidance System transforms spine surgery from freehand procedures to highly-accurate, state-of- the-art procedures that may reduce fluoroscopy--even for minimally-invasive surgery (MIS), scoliosis, and other complex spinal deformity cases. The Siemens Artis Zeego® Robotic Technology enables smoother, swifter and trouble- free patient positioning and execution procedures. Dr. Liebergall predicted that patient Schwartz will completely recover from the surgery and will be walking again very shortly. Schwartz relates: "I work in a large factory outside of The Zeego allows three-dimensional imaging while a surgeon is operating. Jerusalem and have to build large metal surfaces. Before I could begin, a wall of steel fell on me, pinning me to the ground. The pain was unbe- lievable and I couldn't move. I saw death in front of me. I understand that I'll be able to walk once the leg improves. I am so grateful. My son will have a dad. What amazing technology at Hadassah and what a caring staff that checks on me all the time. I don't take it for granted." Once again, the Hadas- sah Medical Organization achieved another world- first--a dual robot-assisted spinal surgery, solidifying the organizations reputa- tion for world-class medi- cal innovation and treat- ment. Dr. Liebergall and his sur- gical team are continuing Hadassah's mission of bring- ing ground-breaking medical care to the people of Israel and the world. By Sherwin Pomerantz Oftentimes the impact of Israel on the Western world is large enough to amaze even those of us who live here and experience the economic miracle every day. That's the reaction many of us had this week when the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released for- eign direct investment (FDI) data for 2016. The figures show that Israel is the 13th largest source worldwide for foreign direct investment into the U.S. at $55.4 million, roughly equal to that of Bel- gium, Australia and Sweden. What is even more impressive is that this is an astonishing 121% increase from 2015 and that Israel is the 8th fastest growing source of FDI for the U.S. Total foreign direct in- vestment into the U.S. in 2016 was $55 billion, which means that the total foreign direct investment in the U.S. now stands at $3.725 trillion, a 12.8% increase from 2015. This was driven by strong growth in a number of markets, including Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, Singapore, China and Israel. The top 15 sources of FDI into the U.S. last year by UBO (i.e. Ultimate Beneficial Owner) were: (In Thousands of U.S. Dollars) 1. United Kingdom $598,319 2. Canada $453,641 3. Japan $424,347 4. Germany $372,778 5. Ireland $279,647 6. France $267,573 7. Switzerland $196,595 8. The Netherlands $191,937 9. Singapore $73,677 10. Spain $67,179 11. China $58,154 12. Belgium $55,940 13. Israel $55,362 14. Australia $54,307 15. Sweden $52,730 To be sure, Israel's num- bers were helped by Fru- tarom's purchase of New Jersey-based Grow Co. Inc. for $20 million. Neverthe- less, there were plenty of smaller examples such as Omen Die Casting's decision to build a 76,000 sqm production facility in southeast Indiana with a $7 million investment creat- ing 100 jobs. For a country that has been traditionally seen as one where early stage start- ups are eager to sell out to foreign buyers, the fact that Israel is engaged in foreign direct investment abroad demonstrates its maturity as an economic powerhouse in the region. Note that in the list of the top 15 countries, Israel is the only one located in the Middle East. While there is no telling whether these statistics sug- gest a growth trend that can continue, the numbers do at- test to the fact that Israel, once again, punches significantly beyond its weight. Sherwin Pomerantz has lived in Israel for 33 years and is president of Atid EDI Ltd., a Jerusalem-based busi- ness development consulting firm and a former national president of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel. 957 238 416 189 672 543 324 765 891 618324 574196 392857 257643 439518 861972 985761 123489 746235 From page 1A of Kendall, Fla., ran JSUs in South Miami Dade County and were looking to relocate to Central Florida. "It worked out!" said Na- batian, who is now the new director of JSU Orlando. As the director of JSU Orlando, Nabatian helps co- ordinate and supply resources for the students and is the liaison to all organizations with whom JSU may want to partner. Each JSU also has a teacher sponsor. JSU--a program of NCSY, which is an agency of the Orthodox Union, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization--was founded in 2002 in Los Ange- les and now has more than 400 clubs on public high school campuses--60 of them in south Florida. Nabatian explained that JSU, already in south Florida, was approached by The Palm Beach Federation to take over Every day that ~u're out,de, ~re exposed to d~'~erous, ~t iflvisible, ul~aviolet (Li~ ~mli~:~ [eft unprotected, prolonged exposure to ~ radiation can seriousJy damaoe the eye, ]eadinO to catara~, skin cancer around the e~lid and o~r eye diso~ers. Protec~no your eyes is important to rnaintaini~ ep he, It h row an(] ill the flJ~J~. sill yw em (.-, mr Imlefs era) frm Im~l gv rm. ww mlmm ~ m w m an existing Jewish club that folded. JSU took over the clubs and the Federation even set up special designated funds to pay for the programs. In Orlando, Rabbi Gittleson had a productive meeting with Orange and Seminole County School Boards and the Federation's Jewish Com- munity Relations Council. All were excited to have JSU in Orlando. Nabatian is working to establish JSU in other local high schools and anticipates seeing progress once school gets underway. In addition to the regularly scheduled school club meet- ings, JSU sponsors activities outside of school including retreats, citywide holiday parties, community service projects, Friday night din- ners, and other exciting events. Early in August, JSU held a Leadership Day at Planet Obstacle in Lake Mary to "challenge the minds and bod- ies" of student leaders. Seven students from Oviedo, Lake Mary and Lyman high schools attended the program. After- wards, they met to discuss "thinking outside the box." Through JSU, Nabatian hopes to present different "pictures" of Israel--that the state is more than what is presented in the media. "And not just Israel," he stated, "but to investigate further about anything you hear or see in the news and not to assume it is all fact." Nabatian has already sched- uled the first community service project: a Challah bake at Kinneret. "I've had a vision for a while to bring senior citizens together with teenagers to share experiences. But you just can't sit people down together and expect them to start conversation. So, we will have a Challah bake!" he said. "And it's a way to give bread to Kinneret." The first Challah bake is scheduled for Sept. 10- which, ironically, is Grand- parents Day. Theywill prepare enough Challah to last four Friday Shabbat meals. Then once a month, the teens will go to Kinneret and make enough bread again to last all four Friday Shabbat meals. A program is also in ~the works to bring a Holocaust survivor to speak at a meeting at Oviedo High School. The Heritage will have more on that as the plans are finalized. To learn more about JSU or to request having the club open at your school, visit You can also contact Daniel Nabatian at