Building community partnerships is a cornerstone value at MCDI. We are dedicated to making a positive impact on the communities where we do business by using our unique resources to support activities and non-profit organizations.
By promoting community involvement and social responsibility, we do our part for the common good and come closer to fulfilling our mission as a company.
United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service organization that provides the fastest and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. United Hatzalah’s service is available to all people regardless of race, religion, or national origin. United Hatzalah has more than 6,200 volunteers around the country, available around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With the help of our unique GPS technology and our iconic ambucycles, our average response time is less than 3 minutes across the country and 90 seconds in metropolitan areas. Our mission is to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies as soon as possible and provide the patient with professional and appropriate medical aid until an ambulance arrives, resulting in many more lives saved.
Learn more about United Hatzalah: https://israelrescue.org/
Dear Kaylie and Yacoby Families,
As the sun sets over the Jerusalem hills, United Hatzalah is commemorating 16 Sivan 5782, as a Day of Lifesaving in loving memory of Harvey Kaylie, z”l.
Your family’s incredible partnership with United Hatzalah enables our 6,200 volunteers to respond to emergency calls the moment they come through.
All of the day’s calls, the lives saved, the babies delivered, and the people assisted — are thanks to you, and should be a merit for your entire family.
Throughout the night and into the morning of your Day of Lifesaving, United Hatzalah first responders have been saving lives across Israel. As of 12:00 PM, our dispatchers have already fielded 930 emergency calls from around the country.
As the day progresses, we’ll highlight some of our volunteers’ responses in the field.
Among the calls so far on your Day of Lifesaving:
🚙💥 108 Car Accidents
🔥 20 Fires
🤰 23 Women in Labor
❤️🩹 9 Heart Attacks
😮💨 73 Difficulty Breathing
🥴 58 Weakness/Dizziness
Together, we are saving lives.
On February 22nd, 2022, Russia declared war on Ukraine. United Hatzalah operational managers knew we had to get into action to help 50 volunteers stationed in Kiev, Odessa and Uman as part of our Ukrainian branch.
Within 48 hours, we sent a group of 15 United Hatzalah volunteers who reached the Ukrainian-Moldavian border. When they got there, they were able to assess the real needs on the ground. They quickly got to work setting up triage medical centers and supply storage units to greet the thousands of women, children and elderly that were feeling to the border.
As of March 7th, more than 200,000 refugees have crossed the Moldovan border from Ukraine. They arrived hungry, traumatized, and exhausted. The need was overwhelming. United Hatzalah never imagined the next step we’d take as an organization — the launch of “Operation Orange Wings” to send charter flights with the help of El Al airlines.
The first flight was filled with humanitarian aid, medical equipment, and more volunteers. Once unloaded, 150 plus refugees were boarded to come to Israel.
Read Danny Yacoby’s (CEO-MCDI) personal perspective of his journey to the Ukrainian-Moldovan border
The State of Israel has called for an emergency evacuation welcoming all Jews back home. And we are pioneering this effort. More flights are being sent as a result this week — help us soar!
ADI (pronounced ah-dee) is the Hebrew word for a radiant and multifaceted jewel, a name that reflects our expansive vision and broad scope of activities, including disability care, rehabilitation, research, employment, education, community services and Tikkun Olam. It also speaks to the importance and great value of our mission to care for the most precious members of our society – those who cannot care for themselves.
Understanding that all individuals deserve the best available care and every possible opportunity to reach their greatest potentials, ADI provides comprehensive rehabilitative solutions for children, adolescents and adults with severe disabilities and complex medical conditions in a dignified, warm and loving atmosphere.
It’s all in the name: ADI celebrates ability at every level, promotes diversity and insists on inclusion.
Watch videos of the grand openning and a virtual tour:
Harvey Kaylie, founder and CEO of Mini-Circuits, was a businessman with incredible acumen, foresight and vision. From a one-man startup in his Brooklyn kitchen, Harvey built his company into a sophisticated international industry. His incredible success was based on a passionate work ethic that guided him throughout his career: dedication to innovation and continuous improvement, commitment to world-class quality and customer service.
These strong values came into play in Harvey’s other life passion: philanthropy.
Now, with the opening of the Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Rehabilitation Medical Center in Israel’s south, Harvey’s foresight and generosity have reached a new level that will have global influence in the years to come.
In 1999, Harvey and his wife, Gloria, established the Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Foundation to support organizations involved in various causes, chief among them support for individuals with disabilities. This focus led to a meeting with Doron Almog, chairman of ADI Negev, a pioneering rehabilitation village in Israel’s south. Already at that first encounter, the two men discerned a meeting of hearts and mind, realizing their strong mutual commitment to providing equal opportunities in healthcare, education, inclusion and quality of life for society’s weak and vulnerable.
Doron Almog, a highly decorated major general in the IDF, established the ADI Negev rehabilitation village for his son Eran, who was born with complex developmental disabilities and medical conditions. Almog was profoundly influenced by his son, calling him “the greatest teacher of my life without speaking even one word.” The expansive village, established in 2005, gave Eran and his friends a quality of life that was unparalleled in Israel, and it quickly became a model of care and rehabilitation throughout the world. The village was named ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran following the untimely death of Eran, to perpetuate the memory of the young man who was its catalyst.
Influenced by his own brother’s experiences dealing with disability, Harvey was deeply impressed by ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran, its dedication to individuals with disabilities, high standard of innovation and devoted quality of care. From the very beginning, when sand still covered the 25 acres of land designated for the project, Harvey chose to support the village. The Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Vocational Therapy Center, where village residents spend their mornings fashioning beautiful items in creative and stimulating workshops, was their first contribution to this unique project.
Subsequent visits to the village left Harvey and his family impressed and inspired. They saw quality assisted-living homes, cutting-edge healthcare and constantly innovating therapies, a special education school framework expanding to include the general southern population and a vocational center in which residents gained satisfaction and self-esteem through productive employment. All of this growth generated a major challenge for the village: how to attract quality staff to work with the residents on an individual level and infuse the village with a youthful, positive spirit on a daily basis.
ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran is situated in Israel’s Negev region, south of the country’s central area, in an area considered economically depressed despite its vast resources. In backing the establishment of the village, one of the Israeli government’s goals was to help develop the Negev by creating jobs and bringing quality healthcare to the region, transforming it into a flourishing, thriving area that would attract young people.
Harvey, with his wife Gloria, together with their daughter and especially son-in-law, Alicia and Danny Yacoby, understood this need and rose to the challenge. Together with the ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran team, they brainstormed an ambitious plan to expand the village’s National Service (Sherut Leumi) program. By sponsoring the costs of absorbing additional National Service volunteers beyond the standard government allotment, ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran would be able to accept more volunteers and benefit from an enhanced cadre of quality, youthful staff to work with residents on a personal level.
The Banot Sherut Program sponsored by Harvey and Gloria Kaylie was born.
From the initial 11 young adults enlisted, today over 50 National Service volunteers serve in the village. Devoted, capable, and motivated, the National Service volunteers connect with their charges and form a personal relationship that goes beyond clinical care. They invest a great deal of time and energy into their activities and work on special projects throughout the year, bringing joy, youthful enthusiasm, fresh excitement and new opportunities to every day. National Service volunteers are the heart and spirit of the village and have contributed much to its trademark model of quality care, compassion, and positivity. It is now a mark of excellence to be accepted to ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran for National Service. The foresight of Harvey Kaylie and his family has born extraordinary results.
Harvey visited the village many times over the ensuing years, touring the grounds. Always interested in keeping abreast of its development and new needs, Harvey learned from Doron about the tremendous need for additional rehabilitation services in the southern region, an area with no inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Sadly, Harvey passed away in May 2018, leaving the entire ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran family in mourning over the loss of this extraordinary man.
Fast forward three years later. The dream of establishing a rehabilitation hospital on ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran grounds was taking shape. The hospital would include 108 rehabilitation beds, three therapy departments, a sports center and research center. Patients at the hospital would also be able to take advantage of ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran’s quality staff and existing therapeutic frameworks. A joint project with the State of Israel and JNF, this substantial pioneering endeavor was still in need of funds. COVID-19 had upended much of ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran’s fundraising efforts while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of establishing a rehabilitation hospital in the south. The area’s close proximity to Gaza and terror attacks, IDF soldiers wounded while on duty, the elderly, Negev residents who had undergone illness and those suffering from long-term respiratory conditions had no rehabilitation framework close to home.
Meanwhile, Gloria, together with Alicia, Danny & family found a significant project that would also perpetuate Harvey’s (z”l) memory, together with recognition to Gloria, in a meaningful way. The more they investigated the rehabilitation hospital taking shape at ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran, the village Harvey had known and loved, the more they were convinced that this project would honor Harvey & Gloria’s legacy of social responsibility and caring for the vulnerable, to all, and especially to their grandchildren.
The opening of the Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Rehabilitation Medical Center on April 12, 2022, the first rehabilitation hospital in Israel’s Negev region, was the culmination of this dream.
“It is our hope that this legacy will become an integral part of our family’s future generation,” said Harvey’s daughter Alicia Yacoby at the opening ceremony. “ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran’s approach to rehabilitation is holistic and includes not only therapies and treatments but an overall feeling of wellbeing. While receiving care and learning how to overcome their new challenges and return to their homes and their lives, patients at this innovative new hospital will also enjoy a beautiful open environment with lush gardens and the many amazing resources already offered by the village.
“In essence, this rehab hospital amplifies ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran’s incredible spirit and offerings, and it will allow even more people to be exposed to the beauty that takes place at the village every day. Hopefully, everyone will begin to see the disability community as we do, simply as people with more challenges to face than we do.
“My father, Harvey Kaylie, of blessed memory, always said that his goal was to impact this world even after he was gone. He was extremely smart with a huge heart and tremendous foresight, and he never wasted time looking back, just forward to see what else he could accomplish to improve the lives of others. I’m delighted that through this rehab hospital he is succeeding in his goal, and I hope that others can learn from him. Though he passed away, his spirit remains strong.”
“We never saw the village as the culmination of the dream. It was always just the beginning,” added Doron Almog. “To never stop building towards a truly inclusive society, to continuously innovate and create the very best rehabilitation and social resources for the full spectrum of humanity – that’s the dream.”
Indeed, through the new Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Rehabilitation Medical Center at ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran, Harvey and Gloria’s legacy will live on, making an impact on the lives of thousands of people in the years to come.
SpaceIL is a non-profit organization that strives to promote science and science education. In April of 2019, SpaceIL became the first private entity in history to reach the Moon, thereby securing Israel’s position as the seventh country to reach the Moon. This thrilled millions of people around the world and provided a source of inspiration for future generations of spacecraft builders in Israel. Currently, the organization is working to promote the Beresheet 2 Mission, while continuing its educational activity.
Currently, the organization is working on the Beresheet 2 spacecraft. In parallel, SpaceIL continues to be strongly committed to promoting a dialogue focused on the fields of science and engineering in Israel as well as the introduction of youth to exciting possibilities that STEM studies have to offer.
The SpaceIL team passionately believes in ‘inspiration through action’. Consequently, the team continues to plan the next journey to the moon, while simultaneously spreading the seeds for the blossoming of engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs who will become the future generation of professionals who will make dreams come true!
Read all about Beresheet’s amazing trip to the moon, including pictures and videos. (2019 – Hebrew)
“Lihot Sham” (To Be There) was established to lead the transformation of the autistic spectrum care approach in Israel to an intensive, one-on-one method of counseling and personal training with the autistic child, from an early age to independence.
Not many people know this – every year the number of autistic people in Israel and the world rises by about 10%. Currently, 1 in 68 children born around the world is diagnosed with the autistic spectrum.
The main project led by the association is the project ‘Eilat knows how to be there’, which is currently the first urban center of its kind in Israel, which supports and fosters autistic children for independence. The goal is to make Eilat an example of the success of the “one-on-one” treatment, and lead to change throughout the country, until legislation.
The association “Lihio Sham”was founded by Sagit Raz, the mother of five children whose eldest, Ofek, is on the autistic spectrum and functions at a moderate level. Sagit, who refused to accept her son’s transfer to a therapeutic institution, checked, searched and found a response. She found that by giving the autistic child support and personal and close training, several hours a day, his level of functioning can be changed, to the point of independence. This approach is widespread and proves very successful in various countries around the world.
Sagit’s treatment of her son was not enough and she realized that the precious gift she was given, her son Ofek, was also her life’s mission – to line up with every family with an autistic child in Israel, so she founded the association.
For donations click on the following link: http://www.lihiotsham.org.il/#!donate/c1ghi
The Jaffa Institute was established in 1982 by Dr. David Portowicz and Col. Ze’ev (Zonik) Shaham as a private, non-profit, multi-service social agency to assist the city of Jaffa’s severely disadvantaged children and their families. Our mission is to provide educational, nutritional, therapeutic, and social enrichment programs that assist children in developing positive attitudes and skills to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the impoverished communities of Jaffa, South Tel Aviv, and Bat Yam in Israel. Holistic in approach and responsive to the diverse needs of those we serve, the Jaffa Institute operates over 30 different programs, including crisis residences for at-risk youth, educational enrichment centers, food security initiatives, support to elderly individuals and Holocaust survivors, and women’s empowerment programs. Each year, the Jaffa Institute provides service and relief to over 4,000 citizens. In 2001, the Institute was awarded the President’s Prize for Most Outstanding Voluntary Organization.
The Jaffa Institute’s Three Organizational Goals:
To provide educational and social enrichment to disadvantaged children and other community members in need.
To increase the nutritional security of impoverished individuals in our service area.
To care for and strengthen the emotional and mental wellbeing of our program participants.
Our vision is to create a community in which children are nourished, educated and supported so that they become strong contributors to Israeli society.
For donations click on the following link: http://www.jaffainstitute.org/donate/online-donations-to-the-jaffa-institute
“Our Six Million, A candle for Every Name” mission is to instill a family tradition of remembering the perished.
The tradition of lighting a personal memorial candle with family or friends, in memory of those who perished during the Shoah, ensures that the voice of the Holocaust will continue to be heard and will retain meaning for generations to come. Just as we light a Menorah on Hannukah and read the Haggada on Passover Eve, we will light personal memorial candles each year on Yom HaShoah.
How can this be accomplished?
The Israeli Ministry of Education’s partnership in distributing candles in 2016 to 500,000 students and in 2017 to 800,000 students throughout Israel enabled this tradition to take off at full speed.
We are committed to:
Provide access to quality personal memorial candles prior to Erev Yom HaShoah, every year.
Substantially increase the number of perished remembered each year, until reaching our goal of “A candle for Every Name”.
Encourage the Jewish nation, especially the younger generation, to light these candles with their family, every year.
For donations click on the following link: https://www.shemvener.org.il/en/donation-important-us/