Bnei Akiva Ambulance Dedication
20 July 2003 at MDA Blood Centre, Tel Hashomer
For six and a half decades, Bnei Akiva of Great Britain and Ireland has played an outstanding role in educating young people, and communicating to them our ideals and belief of Torah va’Avodah in the Land of Israel.
People don’t often realise what youth movements can achieve, but this morning, I stand here proud in front of the evidence of our unwavering commitment to the Land and the People of Israel.
Last August, participants of Bnei Akiva’s summer machane launched an ambitious campaign to raise money for an ambulance for Israel’s emergency medical service, Magen David Adom.
It is with an immense amount of pride that I stand here eleven months later with the news that we have exceeded our target beyond all expectations, and have raised over £60,000, which has been enough to not only buy this ambulance, but has equipped it with vital medical supplies too.
Soon after our campaign was launched, we heard the tragic news of the loss of our chaver, Yoni Jesner. It was decided that as a tribute to Yoni by his many friends in Bnei Akiva, we would dedicate the ambulance in his memory.
It has been a challenging year for our chaverim to deal with the loss of Yoni, and through a variety of projects and events, they have focused their efforts to honour Yoni’s name.
To some people here, Yoni was your chanich. To others, he was your madrich. To all of us, he was a member of Am Yisrael. A nation is only as significant as its ideals, and Yoni lived those ideals to the maximum.
May today serve as a turning point for Israel, and lead to lasting peace and an end to terror.