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In loving memory of Meir Ben-David

Please support United Hatzalah of Israel in loving memory of Meir Ben-David.

Message to sponsors:

in loving memory of Meir Ben-David, may his memory be a blessing. My father supported this extraordinary non-profit organization because it brings volunteers of every background and religion together for the purpose of saving lives. Our father's legacy will continue making such a powerful difference.

My father, Meir Ben-David, son of Naji and Yehudite, leaves behind a beloved wife, two daughters and five grandchild. He was the American dream. He immigrated to this country in 1969 and succeeded with every goal he set out to achieve- not because it was always easy nor because it was always fair, but because he was determined to succeed.  He knew God was by his side and he looked at everything as an opportunity- not a limitation.

The lessons of gratitude, hard work, determination, and ambition he has shown us, will live on through us and will be passed down from generation to generation. He instilled in me my love and passion for Israel, and to never take for granted what true freedom means.

To many in our community, my father would leave lasting impressions of encouragement, honesty, rationality, common-sense and kindness. Perhaps it was the advice he shared, perhaps it was how he looked at the world, perhaps it was a sincere smile and blessing he gave. Meir was a fatherly mentor to so many young adults both men and women who are now grown with their families.

Here and around the world, my father was also utterly adored by his brothers, sisters, his nieces and nephews, family, children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, people who worked with him and people he would say hello to at the store. When I mentioned that I was Meir Bendavid’s daughter, there was always a pause in a moment of respect and reflection usually followed by an anecdote or story they would share about how he touched their lives in some beautiful way.

My father had a beautiful marriage with my mother Jeanne of over 50 years. Two different cultures, an Iraqi Israeli man married to a blonde haired Ashkenazi Jewish girl from Sherman Oaks. But it worked so well! They had such complementary strengths. I know he will never leave my mother's side, nor mine, nor my sister's nor our children's sides.

Abba you will be missed every day. We will honor your request to celebrate your life and to move forward with the legacy of values you have left.  Your memory is certainly a blessing and it will continue to uplift and save lives here still on earth. 

About United Hatzalah

United Hatzalah is an independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Services organization that provides the fastest and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. United Hatzalah's service is available to all people without regard to race, religion or national origin.