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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on October 5th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

 

Rick Hodes is an American doctor, born May 30, 1953, specializing in cancer, heart disease, and spinal conditions. and who still remembers that medicine practice is not about making money. Since the 1980s he has worked in Ethiopia and has adopted a number of children from the country.[1][2

Right here you have something that puts him at logger-head with those “God-fearing” Iowan women who hate Obamacare.
Dr. Hodes adopted five sick children so that he can help them by putting them on his American Health insurance.

Currently, he is the senior consultant at a Catholic mission working with sick destitutes suffering from heart disease (rheumatic and congenital), spine disease (TB and scoliosis), and cancer. He is medical director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He is a true humanitarian.

Hodes has been responsible for the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel and has worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia, and Albania.

 

Currently, he is the senior consultant at a Catholic mission working with sick destitutes suffering from heart disease (rheumatic and congenital), spine disease (TB and scoliosis), and cancer.

He is medical director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Hodes has been responsible for the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel and has worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia, and Albania.

 

What attracted our attention to Dr. Rick Hodes was the following New York City event event this last Friday:

 

Friday, October 4, 2013
The Brotherhood Synagogue,
28 Gramercy Park South, New York City
Special Guest Speaker at Services and Oneg Shabbat.
Dr. Rick Hodes Medical Director of the American Jewish
Joint Distribution Committee in Ethiopia.
Dr. Rick Hodes is Medical Director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Ethiopia.
Initially arriving in the mid-1980s to help famine victims in Africa, he still lives in Addis Ababa with his family
– including five children he has adopted locally. Since 1990, Dr. Hodes has overseen medical care for
all immigrants from Ethiopia to Israel. He participated in Operation Solomon (1991), the historic airlift of over14,000 Ethiopians to Israel in 36 hours.
Dr. Hodes directs JDC’s non-sectarian medical programs and also sees patients at the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa’s Mission). His patients cannot afford medical care, so Dr. Hodes raises funds to care for them. He tends to their souls while quietly living his faith.
Dr. Hodes is the subject of the book This is a Soul, by Marilyn Berger, as well as the Sue Cohn Rockefeller documentary, Making the Crooked Straight.
To learn more please visit: www.Rickhodes.org
Please join us for this very special Friday night Shabbat sponsored by the Social Action Committee.

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Hodes graduated from Middlebury College,  University of Rochester Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at  Johns Hopkins University.  He first went to Ethiopia as a relief worker during the 1984 famine. He returned there on a Fulbright Fellowship to teach internal medicine, and in 1990 was hired by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a humanitarian group, as the medical advisor for the country. His original position was to care for 25,000 potential immigrants to Israel. In 1991, he was an active contributor during Operation Solomon, helping the Ethiopian Jews airlifted to Israel.

In 2001 Hodes adopted two Ethiopian children, putting them on his insurance plan so they could receive treatment in the US for spinal tuberculosis (Pott’s disease).[2] Since then he has adopted a total of five children from the country.

In 2007, Hodes was selected as a finalist for “CNN Heroes,” a program that highlights ordinary people for their extraordinary achievements.[3] The American College of Physicians has awarded him “Mastership,” and the Rosenthal Award for creative practice of medicine

Hodes work in Ethiopia was the subject of a HBO documentary, “Making the Crooked Straight” and a Marilyn Berger book, “This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes”.[1][4][5]

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