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A Philly Friend for Magen David Adom
Mitzvah Hero: Noga Gold of Pine Valley has been actively supportive of the American Friends of Magen David Adom — an organization that “provides a rapid and skilled emergency medical response to Israel’s 7.8 million people” — since moving here from Israel in 1971.
What It’s All About: Before immigrating to Philadelphia, Gold was well-versed in the wonders of the Israeli emergency response organization, which provides ambulances and blood services as well as help at disaster sites.
“I knew how important Magen David is because it helps in time of need and in time of war. When I was living in Ashdod, I had neighbors who had to call for Magen David. And when I had a car accident in Israel, they came in a minute,” Gold recalls. “I donated to the organization even when I lived there. We knew Magen David was there for us.”
Not a One-Time Thing: Volunteering for the Philadelphia chapter of AFMDA "became a family affair for us,” Gold says. “Even the kids were involved.”
Her father-in-law, Paul Gold, started the first American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) fundraising chapter in Philadelphia and brought her into the fold in 1971. Her husband, Maurice, a Philadelphian she met in Israel, once served as president of their local chapter.
Good for Her: Gold, a controller for the law firm Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C., "is the first to volunteer, the first to arrive and the last to leave,” says Sharon Schmidt, a Philadelphia area director for AFMDA. “She asks nothing for herself.”
Gold says volunteering is payback enough because it “means being a part of tikkun olam and helping to save precious Israeli lives. It makes me feel very close to my beloved homeland.”