Thank you for your interest in our program!
Kesher Refuah, or “The Medical Connection,” is a Global Health and Cultural Connections summer program in Israel
for 1st year medical students from Stony Brook University that will take place in the summer of 2014.
The program was founded in 2007 on the premise that our professional
development as future physicians must be accompanied by our personal development as culturally competent and
self-aware human beings. The goals of the program are four-fold:
• Volunteering in the tradition of “Bikur Cholim,” cultivating our appreciation for the importance of
humanism in medicine
• Expanding our horizons through educational endeavors, allowing us to learn more about the Israeli
healthcare system and global health
• Investing both personally and professionally by fostering the creation of enduring ties with the State
of Israel and its people
• Establishing a community of culturally competent medical students who will draw upon their
experiences with Kesher Refuah as they develop into leaders of the global medical community.
In past years, our program highlights have included personalized seminars on the role of the physician in the
Holocaust at Yad Vashem and shadowing opportunities at Israel’s major medical centers, including Soroka Medical
Center in Be’er Sheva and Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Kesher Refuah Scholars have volunteered with Save
A Child’s Heart, a Tel-Aviv based organization of cardiothoracic surgeons who perform free, lifesaving surgery on
children who are brought to Israel from all around the world. Scholars have met with the Directors-General of
Israel’s major medical centers Shaare Tzedek and Hadassah to learn about the Israeli healthcare system from the
perspective of its leaders, and traveled to the Negev to volunteer in Bedouin health clinics and learn about the
challenges of adequate health care delivery to the greatly varied patient population of southern Israel. In order to
create enduring connections to Israel, participants have celebrated Shabbat with Israeli students in Jerusalem, visited
the Palmach Museum and Independence Hall, and paid their respects at Har Hertzl. Our itinerary has recently
expanded to include the North of Israel, where Kesher Refuah Scholars explore Israel’s booming biotechnology sector
“Silicon Wadi,” learn about the rich legacy of Jewish spirituality in Tzfat, and learn about the pioneers who have
created the modern State of Israel.
The success of past programs is a direct testament to the power of your involvement. Through Kesher Refuah,
we can work together to enable young American medical professionals to create enduring connections to the State of
Israel and the international medical community. Ultimately, it is these very bonds that represent Israel’s greatest
strength in the face of its ever-increasing challenges. Kesher Refuah was created to develop a support network of
committed young physicians, knowledgeable and passionate, that will ensure Israel’s continued growth and