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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Public Service Announcements and Self-Promotion

Three topics to share with you this morning; some PSAs along with a little shameless self-promotion (for a good cause):

1.  Over the past couple of days I've noticed a young woman at the bus stops in my town handing out informational brochures for the Halachic Organ Donor Society (HODS) which reminded me that maybe it's time to mention it again here. 

Organ donation is a touchy subject for most people as it is, understandably, a tad unsettling to consider someone else making use of body parts that we are, well, sort of attached to.  However, because of a lack of information (and often a surplus of incorrect information) many people in the Jewish community are particularly unwilling to even consider becoming an organ donor. 

While I've written about this organization in the past, I strongly encourage everyone to go to the HODS site and review the facts.  Many leading community Rabbis and halachic authorities are strongly in favor of organ donation within the framework/guidelines created by this excellent organization.  Find out the facts... send a donation if you can (money!... please don't mail in organs)... and most importantly, get registered in their database to become an organ donor.  You'll even get a spiffy little card like this to carry around:

Hods_card

2.  OK, next topic... it's almost summer again, and once again Magen David Adom in Israel (Red Star of David) is dangerously low on all types of blood.  Every major Israeli city has designated places to make a quick and easy donation (i.e.hospitals and blood banks), as well as mobile blood collection vans that are typically parked near bus stations and busy pedestrian areas. 

Israeli citizens who donate blood receive 'blood insurance' for their immediate family for an entire year, and tourists get... well, they get the satisfaction of having done an important good deed.  So if you haven't donated blood here in the past 6 months or more, go do it!!!

3.  I posted a great poster a couple of weeks ago that poked fun at the world's disproportionate scrutiny of the goings-on in Israel while they tend to ignore more emergent situations such as the genocide going on in Sudan (Darfur).  As much as putting that poster on my site made me feel like I'd done my part, I had the nagging sense that I could (and should) be doing more.

Lo and behold, almost immediately my old friend Yonah called me up to tell me that he and a bunch of other middle-aged white guys musicians were putting together a blues/soul/Motown/R&B band to play in an upcoming benefit concert for Darfur refugees in Israel... and asked if I wanted to dust off my trombone and join them.  I shot back a quick email saying, "Sure... whatever...let me know when it is" and basically forgot about it.

Fast-forward a couple of weeks and I start getting emails with set lists and rehearsal schedules.  Yikes... these guys really meant to do this thing!!!  Now where did I leave that trombone?

Long story short... if you're free Monday evening (June 11th) and feel like enjoying the gorgeous weather we've been having, why not come to an outdoor concert in Jerusalem's trendy German Colony to benefit Sudanese refugees?  While I can't make any promises about the polished excellence of the act, supporting such an important cause should certainly justify an evening out.  Heck, it can't be any worse than giving blood, right? 

And besides, if enough bloggers (and blog readers) show up to this thing, maybe the talking and catching up that always ensues at blog-meets will drown out whatever we're doing on stage.  :-)

Here are the details (we're the first act; 'Settle Down', so be there by 8:00!:

Flyer_darfur_concert_try_11

Click to embiggen.

[Update:  Several people have requested to know how they can make a donation since they won't be able to attend the concert, so here's the deal:

Option one: 

Send a check to:

Merkaz HaMagshimim Hadassah
Dor Dor V'Dorshav 7A
German Colony, 93117
Jerusalem
ISRAEL

(Specify in the check memo "For Sudanese Refugees")

~or~

Option Two

Call 972 2 561 9165 Ext. 200 and tell Dina you want to donate to the Sudanese refugee fund.  She will take your credit card # right over the phone.  She's an English speaker so don't worry about a language barrier. 

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I wish we could join you on Monday....but I'll pass the posters on to the parents, thank you!

Posted by: Account Deleted | Jun 10, 2007 11:50:52 AM

Oh, man, Monday nights is when I take my MATI class on how to start a small business.

Please have someone videotape your performance so you can put it on your blog!

Also, could you post where I could send a donation, even though I can't make it to the concert?

Posted by: Sarah | Jun 10, 2007 12:21:23 PM

Just to clarify, the concert is a benefit for the Sudanese refugees in Israel.

Posted by: jennifer | Jun 10, 2007 3:19:51 PM

Wish I could take a trip over to Israel right now to attend you concert and give blood, but I used up all my vacation days when I came for Chanukah and then when I had to take off for Pesach and Shavuot. Need to conserve for RH & Sukkot, so no trips for me this summer! I know, I know, that's why I should make aliyah :)

Good luck with the concert; that is terrific.

Posted by: Sara K | Jun 10, 2007 3:49:55 PM

I, too, would like to make a donation. How can we do it?

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Jun 10, 2007 3:55:34 PM

A(not ready to admit being) middle aged, R&B loving white bassist in chutz laaretz is dissapointed he couldn't join :-( ...Tizku LeMitzvot

Posted by: shmiel | Jun 10, 2007 5:59:00 PM

Linda & I wish we could be there - - perhaps some pics of those old guys?!!
have fun!

Posted by: val | Jun 10, 2007 7:37:20 PM

Sorry to be an ogre and spoil the party, but Darfur refugees in Israel? Huh? Are they supporters
of the Jewish State of Israel, I mean, politically - that is, once their lives have been straightened out after having recovered from their ordeal in Darfur. What do you think their kids will think of a Jewish State once they have achieved adulthood - friend or foe?

Posted by: Schvach | Jun 10, 2007 10:06:27 PM

Great post about the realities of life and death . . . and life.

As to your third part . . . O, how I wish I could be at the concert! Hope you have a great time.

Posted by: Tim | Jun 11, 2007 12:34:01 AM

"and tourists get... well, they get the satisfaction of having done an important good deed."

sorry, but last summer all i got was heartache when i gave blood to mda before i left.

i gave them my driver's license as an id, and then i forgot to take it back. fine, my fault.

they had my contact information in america, but no one ever got in touch with me to notify me they had it. when i finally figured out i had left it at the mda building i called and had to fight with them to get them to mail it to me in america.

Posted by: ari kinsberg | Jun 11, 2007 6:10:51 AM

a. ... Thanks. If they come, please tell them to come introduce themselves.

Sarah... I don't know about the video request, but I have posted an update (above) with the info for people who want to make a donation.

jennifer... Yes, thanks for pointing that out. Sorry I wasn't clear.

Sara K... I understand (this time!). :-)

Ilana-Davita... Kol HaKavod. I've posted an update (above) with all the info you'll need to make a donation. Thanks.

shmiel... You'd have some fun on this gig. Maybe next time. :-)

val... I'll ask Zahava to bring the camera.

Schvach... That's really neither here nor there. Israel has a long tradition of taking in refugees of tyrannical regimes and bloody conflicts. In the 80s and 90s most of the Chinese restaurants in Israel were staffed by former Vietnamese 'boat people' because Israel was among the first countries to take them in. I think this is a wonderful example of the example that Israel sets for the world. That most refuse to follow that example is not something that should affect how we conduct our national agenda.

Tim... Thanks. Wish you could have stopped by as well. :-)

ari kinsberg... Oy, a little perspective please. Let's weigh your relatively mild inconvenience against the potential disaster of Israel's blood banks running dry, mmkay? I think you'll have to realize that MDA is designed to take blood, not return forgotten IDs. While it would have been nice for someone to take the initiative to send you your license... it is not something that is in the normal scope of what they do there. Secondly, you are the one that forget the license... they didn't steal it or forget to return it to you... is that really worth raining on a reasonable request for people to give blood. Lastly, if you think about the transient nature of MDA's 'client base' and the temporary/make-shift nature of their work area... you are lucky it didn't get tossed out with the used rubber gloves and empty juice containers. Sheeesh!

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jun 11, 2007 8:34:20 AM

I just ordered a ticket, so David I'll get to see you for the second time ;)

Looking forward to the concert.

Robin

Posted by: Safranit | Jun 11, 2007 12:40:49 PM

Great concert, David! I didn't get to say hello because I had to slip out early on family business, but I was the guy who dazzled you with his flash at point-blank range while you were waiting to go on :)

Posted by: Simon | Jun 12, 2007 12:44:07 AM

I'm really sorry I missed the gig (I didn't check the blog since last week, and missed the ad by a day).
Did you make a video/ audio of it? Any chance of posting it on the blog?
Hope it went well - you certainly had ideal weather for it. And I hope you made a ton of money for the Sudanese.

Posted by: Rabbi Sedley | Jun 12, 2007 12:52:31 PM

About the blood donation: I lived in Britain for the past 8 years and gave blood every 3 months while there. Now I'm back in Israel they will not accept my blood (because of the risk of mad cow disease from having lived in Britain). I have tried explaining to them that I am a strict vegetarian and haven't eaten any mad cows, but they still don't want my blood. I don't care if they just use it for platelets or something, but it frustrates me so much that I can't give. Any suggestions anyone?

Posted by: Rabbi Sedley | Jun 12, 2007 1:01:27 PM

Safranit (Robin)... It was wonderful seeing you last night! You and Zahava seemed to hit it off (as I knew you would) and I am looking forward to getting together for a shabbat sometime soon.

Simon... Whew, for a second there I thought you had posted a link to a video! :-) You should have totally said hello. I promise I don't bite.

Rabbi Sedley... Yeah, that happens to me all the time. The moment I take a few days off from my regular reads something memorable occurs and I end up totally out of the loop. Oh well, next time. As to the blood thing, I have heard several of my Brit friends make similar complaints. I haven't heard of anyone making any inroads towards a solution.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jun 12, 2007 2:57:37 PM

Whew, for a second there I thought you had posted a link to a video!

You mean like

Posted by: Simon | Jun 12, 2007 4:14:29 PM

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1064/541256684_bfe4182089.jpg

You aren't wearing ze pedometer thing clipped to the belt, are you. It's a trendy cellphone or something, right.

(thanks for the photo, smontagu)

Posted by: Account Deleted | Jun 12, 2007 5:26:58 PM

Damn. Was even considering coming to that but then life got in the way... Ah well, next time.

Posted by: PP | Jun 13, 2007 4:41:23 PM

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