A special dinner was held on September 10th under the title “Zochreinu L’Chaim” (Remember Us for Life) at the luxurious Venetian in Garfield NJ, to spread awareness of Ezer Mizion’s International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry, which has saved the lives of over 1000 Jews around the globe by matching donors with patients desperately waiting for a transplant.

Speakers included Dr. Michael B. Harris of Hackensack Medical Center, who described his experiences as  an oncologist who, too often, has to tell parents that the cure exists but so far no matching donor is available. Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Friedman, the evening’s emcee, spoke of the success of Ezer Mizion in saving the lives of Jewish patients around the world by finding a proper match. The guests joined Rabbi Friedman in wishing a speedy recovery to Marcos Katz of Mexico, a long-time friend of Ezer Mizion who was prevented from appearing as scheduled Guest of Honor by illness. The illustrious hazan Yitzchok Meir Helfgot enhanced the evening with his stirring rendition of the Zochreinu L’Chaim prayer and other inspiring pieces.

The highlight of the evening, however, was the emotional address by Dr. Aaron Katz, an oncologist, who introduced his teenage son, Alex, who is a cancer survivor. Someday, he said, Alex will marry and raise a family, and his children will grow and raise their own families – all because of Ezer Mizion. Dr. Katz described how he trembles to think, what if there had been no Ezer Mizion? Alex and his parents had always wanted to meet the person who had donated the life-saving marrow. Unbeknownst to them, the donor was eagerly waiting in the wings that evening at the Venetian. Slowly he ascended the steps and strode toward the “brother” whom he had never met. In an emotional embrace, they demonstrated, as no words could, the work of Ezer Mizion.

Ezer Mizion expressed its gratitude to those volunteers who devoted countless hours toward ensuring the evening’s success, including the Dinner Committee: Mr. & Mrs. Binyomin Barber, Mr. & Mrs. Dovid Bodner, Mr. & Mrs. Cheskel Brach, Mrs. Chana Perl Freund, Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel Dovid Friedman, Mr. & Mrs. Moishe Geller, Mr. & Mrs. Yisroel Herskovits, Mr. & Mrs. Yochi Herzog, Mr. & Mrs. Shaya Ilowitz, Mrs. Judith Lewy, Mr. & Mrs. Yaakov Marmurstein, Mr. & Mrs. Zev Marmurstein, Mr. & Dr. Paul Maroof, Mr. & Mrs. Yaakov Merdinger, Mr. & Mrs. Peter Rebenwurzel, Mr. & Mrs. David Scharf, Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Stern, and Rabbi and Mrs. Chaim Dovid Zwiebel.

For more information about the work of Ezer Mizion, call 718-853-8400.