This new department, a gift of the Dyna and Fala Weinstock Charitable Trust in the United Kingdom, will provide a magnificent home on one of the recently completed floors of the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center, for children suffering from malignancies.
Dyna and Fala Weinstock, survivors of the Holocaust, endowed numerous health facilities in Israel, including emergency rooms in various Israeli hospitals. Now added to their legacy is the new Pediatric-Hematology Department at Hadassah.
Dyna and Fala Weinstock were part of a family of 10 children, who grew up in Berlin. Their family had a raincoat factory, but when the Nazis came to power, the Weinstocks’ business was taken from them and most of the family members were murdered. Dyna survived life in the concentration camp of Auschwitz and came to England after the war with Fala, who had escaped the war in Switzerland, and their brother, David. Dyna lost her husband in Auschwitz. Neither sister had any children.
Their goal was to amass funds that they could donate to Israel, both to provide memorials to the family name and to strengthen the State. Although they were unable to physically fight for the survival of the State of Israel, they dedicated themselves to helping those who did have to fight—particularly funding health care for the wounded. The Weinstocks left their assets to their Charitable Trust. As David’s son, Israel Weinstock, expressed at the dedication: “A wise man once said, when we depart from this world and this fight of ours to live and to build and to prosper comes to an end, the question that will be put to every man will be, ‘Did you do your best?’ My Aunts Fala and Dyna did. They used to say they could not be soldiers on the front line; however, they could make a difference when and where it mattered.”
The Dyna and Fala Weinstock Department of Pediatric Hemato-Oncology will include a new inpatient wing that will feature state-of-the-art furnishings and a special Futon sofa bed enabling parents or family members to stay overnight. There will also be an Isolation Unit, which will provide rooms for children whose immune systems have been dangerously compromised by their disease or treatment protocols. A Day Care wing will serve children who are able to have their treatment on an outpatient basis. Hadassah will also have, within this department, one of the first hospital-based Pediatric Oncology Hospices in Israel–a long-time dream of the doctors and nurses who want to support pediatric oncology patients and their families during this most difficult time of their lives.
Linda’s Activity Center
Linda’s Activity Center, which will be housed within the Dyna and Fala Weinstock Department of Pediatric Hemato-Oncology, is a living memorial to the wife of Nigel Levey, who passed away from lung cancer in 2003.
It will contain a kindergarten; a classroom where older children can keep up with their school work; music, art, and computer rooms; and a child-sized kitchenette, where youngsters who suffer from loss of appetite as a result of their chemotherapy or radiation treatment can make their own meals.
The Leveys are old friends of Hadassah Director General Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef and when physicians in England held no hope for a cure, the Leveys decided to seek consultation from the Oncology Department at Hadassah. Since Hadassah’s physicians proposed an alternate treatment that might provide hope, the Leveys chose to stay in Jerusalem and have Linda cared for by Hadassah. Unfortunately, Linda lost her battle with the disease but, as her husband explains, “Hadassah was there for Linda at the hour of her greatest need and gave her hope, love, and encouragement to face the challenge of her terrible illness with a positive attitude.” Mr. Levey and his two sons wanted to give something back to Hadassah and to pay tribute to Linda’s “larger-than-life personality and love for children.” The Levey family raised the funds for this Center from their own relatives as well as friends, corporations, and well wishers from all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Israel, America, and Australia.