Philanthropist and community leader Ruth Hyman and American Friends of Magen David Adom dedicated a new ambulance for Israel at a ceremony at Hyman’s Long Branch home on May 18. With more than 60 friends and supporters in attendance, the event celebrated her lifetime commitment to Jewish philanthropies, including Magen David Adom, Israel’s national ambulance, blood services, and disaster-relief organization.
The MDA life support ambulance, the second sponsored by Hyman, is the workhorse of the MDA fleet. It is staffed by two EMTs and carries equipment for treating everything from broken bones to heart attacks.
Hyman dedicated the ambulance to her parents, Ida and David Hyman, who immigrated to the United States from Russia in the late 1800s. In 1896, the couple were founding members of Congregation Brothers of Israel in Elberon, where Ruth Hyman is still a congregant.
According to Hyman, her parents passed their commitment to supporting Israel and the Jewish community on to their daughter at an early age. “Every day, they taught me about the teachings of the Torah and the importance of tzedaka and tikun olam,” she said. “They inspired me from day one, and their teachings and wisdom have guided me throughout my life.”
Hyman, the former owner of Ruth Hyman Fashions, has spent her life working with numerous Jewish community organizations, including Hadassah, the former JCC of Greater Monmouth, and Jewish Family and Children’s Service. Recent gifts to the Red Bank-based VNA, have established the Ruth Hyman Spiritual Support in the Jewish Tradition Hospice Program and the Ruth Hyman Advanced Care Institute. She has been honored for her service by many community leaders, including U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Dist. 12) and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Dist. 6).
Last month, she received the Jewish American Heritage Award as a major supporter of Aish International as part of the U.S. Senate’s Congressional Jewish Heritage Celebration.
“For as long as I have had the privilege of knowing Ruth, her passionate and unrelenting support of the State of Israel has been remarkable,” said AFMDA legacy giving adviser Jeff Lipkin. “We are honored to have received this gift for the people of Israel, a gift that will save countless lives.”