Maimonides Society learns about cross border disaster preparedness training

by | Oct 18, 2012 | Other News

Dr. Lior Nesher, former head of the department of emergency medicine at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, spoke to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Maimonides Society at the Sandler Family Campus last month.

The event was sponsored by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) Washington/Baltimore Region and UJFT’s Maimonides Society.

The guests enjoyed a Sukkot brunch while Nesher led the discussion on emergency medicine. Under the auspices of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, BGU’s department of emergency medicine offers a unique, cross-border training for Jordanian and Israeli first responders. BGU offers the only academic program for emergency medicine in Israel, and one of the few worldwide.

Nesher presented plans for emergency preparedness in the Negev Desert and in neighboring Jordan should there be an earthquake, bioterrorism attack or other disaster. The 30 Maimonides Society members and guests also discussed potential partnerships with the Ben Gurion University School of Medicine, the only full service/level one hospital in the south of Israel.

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision, creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. With some 20,000 students on campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat in Israel’s southern desert, BGU integrates the highest academic standards with community involvement, and is committed to sustainable development of the Negev.