In the Sack family of New York, it is a tradition among the four sisters to donate their bat mitzvah gifts to those in need. Rebecca Sack recently decided to donate her gifts through the United Jewish Appeal of New York’s “Give a Mitzvah—Do a Mitzvah” program
Rebecca’s eyesight was saved when she underwent cataract and retinal surgery. Following her experience, she decided to donate her bat mitzvah gifts so that a special device could be purchased for Soroka’s ophthalmological operating room.
The BIOM, the device that was purchased, is used for retinal surgery and allows for optimal viewing of the retina and a high level of preciseness.
Rebecca and her family visited Soroka last week and met with Dr. Ronit Yagev, a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology at Soroka, Dr. Erez Tsumi, Acting Director of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Dr. Nadav Belfer, Director of the Cataract Surgery Service.
Rebecca also had an emotional meeting with two young Negev girls who had recently undergone eye surgery. She told them, "I want to be sure that thanks to my contribution, the children of the Negev will continue to receive the best medical care available, as I did."
Dr. Yagev noted that Rebecca’s donation was highly appreciated and very moving. “There is no doubt,” she said, “that the purchase of this device will save the eyesight of many more children in the region.”
Ilan Halperin, Director of Resource Development and Missions of the Jewish Federation of New York in Israel, who accompanied the family during their visit, expressed his profound gratitude and hope that they would share their experience with their friends in the US.