100 Days of Giving


Premature babies who are too weak to breathe well on their own are often intubated and the endotracheal tube is attached to a respirator. Also referred to as a ventilator, this machine does the breathing for the baby to provide lifesaving support.

The respirator delivers warmed and humidified air to the newborn’s immature lungs. Pre-term and low birthweight babies are the most critically-ill and require mechanical ventilation to survive. The mechanical ventilator temporarily breathes for them while their lungs recover.

Unless babies in distress are treated quickly, aggressively and receive the support of necessary equipment like a respirator, critically-ill newborns are unable to sustain life. Through the assistance of a respirator, newborns are more likely to grow into healthy children without chronic health issues.


Delivering over 22,000 babies each year creates many challenges for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. One such challenge is the growing demand for emergency equipment to support 950 infants who require our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) each year.

Of the 130 low birthweight babies born last year, 57 weighed less than two blocks of butter. Low birthweight babies struggle to breathe and depend on a respirator to sustain life.

Shaare Zedek’s brand new NICU is state-of-the-art, the largest and most sophisticated in Israel. Since opening in 2014, the NICU has experienced a growing demand by providing lifesaving care to more than 60 babies at a time.



Over the next 100 days before the end of 2015, YOU can make a real difference to help purchase a new respirator for the NICU. Each respirator is priced at $100,000. With your help, our end-of-the-year campaign will be successful and provide a new piece of high priority equipment to benefit our tiniest and most fragile patients.


A full tax receipt will be provided and your gift recognized on a CJN thank you ad in January 2016. Gifts of $5,000 or more will also be recognized with a plaque at Shaare Zedek.

Our medical staff, patients and their families thank you for your continued generosity and support.

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