At its Double Mitzvah Summer Kickoff on July 12 in South Orange, the Israel Bonds National Women’s Division raised awareness of and support for the Magen David Adom Human Milk Bank.
The bank collects and distributes breast milk to thousands of babies in need across Israel.
The Double Mitzvah program offers the opportunity to benefit the State of Israel by investing in the Shalom Bond — specifically designated for this purpose and available in one- or two-year options — and then donating it to a charity. The charity receives the principal and interest when the bond matures.
Dr. Sarah Rieber, a women’s health nurse practitioner and internally board-certified lactation consultant, was the featured speaker at the kickoff, which drew more than 80 people.
The Women’s Division chose the milk bank as the event’s beneficiary after a delegation visited the facility last October. During the visit, the Women’s Division chair, Cathy Distelburger, said she was “so moved by the benefits and the need for human milk to save babies’ lives. We saw firsthand the need to keep babies safe. As the Talmud says, ‘He who saves a single life, it is as if he has saved an entire world.’
“This is just the first event to explain the importance of this project and to encourage investors in bonds to help both the State of Israel and the milk bank in Israel.”
The Women’s Division was established in 1953 by David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir, who “gave us the responsibility to educate women as to why they should invest in Israel bonds,” Ms. Distelburger continued. “Since that time, women have proven their commitment to this organization through leadership and investments. It has been an honor to create great initiatives with women all over the country, and I am especially proud of our collaboration with the Magen David Adom Human Milk Bank.”
More information is available at israelbonds.com/WDforMDA.