Beit Café benefit supports training for Israeli trauma surgeon

A recent entertaining Saturday night at Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland featured food, coffee, live music, dancing as well as important information about trauma centers.

Kol Tikvah’s Association of Reform Zionists of America Committee hosted its second Beit Café that featured live musical performances from musician Eduardo Macadar and his band – The Emac Band – as well as Rhonda Virgin and the congregation’s band.

All donations for the Beit Café, which is translated to coffee house, supported the local training of Dr. Alon Schwarz, a trauma surgeon at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Schwarz is training at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami to help keep Israel’s trauma system strong.

David Beale, co-chair of the congregation’s ARZA Committee, described the ambiance of the evening as “festive” and noted that the nature of this fun event for a great cause allowed it to be a success.

“That’s why we had the support we had,” Beale added. “There was a lot of coffee and wine and entertainment. People learned a little bit about trauma hospitals and they learned some Israeli songs and the band played ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon and they sang it in Hebrew.”



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Virgin, whose band also performed “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon Garfunkel in Hebrew as well other American and Israeli songs, said it was a great opportunity for the congregation’s house band to perform at this event.

“Generally we lead services the first Thursday of every month and we normally do liturgy in a rock style so this was really a great opportunity for us to express ourselves in a non-religious setting. It was really an honor to be able to do this.”

The event also included a presentation from Schwarz on trauma centers.

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