Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) North Texas Chapter will hold a virtual event on February 10, at 12 PM CST, titled “Medical Heroes Behind Covid-19,” an exclusive briefing from top medical professionals on the current status of Covid-19 in Israel and Texas, and the drastic measures being taken to save thousands of lives against all odds. The event will feature Head of Critical Care for Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Ariel Modrykamien.
The event will touch on the current status of fighting the pandemic, including the newly extended amount of time before patients sadly die of the virus, while highlighting the ongoing challenges that must be confronted to be successful in saving lives in Texas compared to Israel.
At the onset of the pandemic, Modrykamien made changes to his hospital’s organization to better handle the pandemic. He, unlike most, believed that it was “his duty” to prepare his hospital for what was to come. Modrykamien looked to an ER doctor who cared for victims of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, the first to use one ventilator on multiple patients. The result has been that there is not a single member of the Baylor University Medical Center ICU medical staff who has contracted the coronavirus.
Editor and Publisher of the Texas Jewish Post (TJP) Sharon Wisch-Ray will lead the event’s Q&A segment.
“This year, the North Texas Chapter aims to focus on offering outreach programming that allows the Jewish communities of Texas and Israel to come together in unity to support our Jewish homeland,” said FIDF North Texas Director Kathi Ravkind Sebastian. “Sharon Wisch-Ray is the obvious choice to facilitate the Q&A portion as she continues to make it her priority to keep the TJP running for the betterment of our Jewish community.”
As part of its outreach for unity, FIDF’s North Texas Chapter is partnering with local synagogues for several other upcoming local events.
On Sunday, January 31, FIDF North Texas Chapter will be involved in Shir Tikvah’s, the Reform Synagogue of Frisco, event together with former IDF soldiers and families of the Texas community.
On Sunday, February 21, FIDF National Director and CEO Rabbi Steven Weil will join Dallas’s Temple Shalom Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh to discuss the importance of women in the IDF.