Heroes 2020: EMS STRONG, MAY 17-23, 2020

Thank you to the EMS professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis–planning, adapting and responding every day to take care of their citizens and communities. EMS Strong seeks to recognize the selfless calling that makes EMS so vital.

This year’s EMS Week theme is Ready Today. Preparing for Tomorrow. This theme, which was developed some time ago, is particularly meaningful as we see the EMS community rallying today to support the COVID-19 crisis, while still responding to the everyday emergencies that are happening in our communities.

2020 National EMS Moment of Silence
Saturday, May 16, 2020
We recognized EMS professionals who have lost their lives in the line of duty related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19: EMS deaths (not complete)

EMS Strong is what draws you to help,
what empowers you to face danger when
others are running away.
It’s there in those moments, big and little,
when you find out what you’re made of.
It’s what makes you proud.
It’s what keeps you humble.

The 2020 National EMS Memorial Service Honorees

Name Agency City State Last call
Maddox Burts Medevac Alaska Anchorage AK 11/29/19
Robert Cartner Medevac Alaska Anchorage AK 11/29/19
Patrick Coyle Guardian Flight  Juneau AK 1/29/19
Rachel L. Cunningham Survival Flight Grove City OH 1/29/19
Douglas Davis Survival Flight Headland AL 12/25/19
DaryLynne Day Powell County EMS Deer Lodge MT 8/18/19
Douglas Ronald Dick, II Jan-Care Ambulance Service Beckley WV 8/10/19
Frank Roy Echevarria Cumberland County EMS Fayetteville NC 7/9/17
Brad Gregrich DeSoto County Fire Rescue Arcadia FL 4/27/19
Bradley J. Haynes Survival Flight Grove City OH 1/29/19
Jennifer Joan Hesselbein American Medical Response (AMR) Jackson MS 12/17/19
Margaret Langston Guardian Flight  Juneau AK 1/29/19
Coleman “Coley” Loadholt, Jr. Brunson Fire Department Brunson SC 6/21/19
Mitchell F. Lundgaard Appleton Fire Department Appleton WI 5/15/19
Timothy A. McDonald North Memorial Air Care Brainerd MN 6/28/19
Christopher Moore Maryland Heights Fire Protection District Maryland Heights MO 6/8/19
Stacie Morse & unborn daughter Delta Rae Guardian Flight  Juneau AK 1/29/19
Glen Morthorpe Medevac Alaska Anchorage AK 11/29/19
William Ryan Bay Community Volunteer  Ambulance Corps Bayside NY 8/19/18
Debra K. Schott North Memorial Air Care Brainerd MN 6/28/19
Matthew Smelser Rostraver-West Newton Emergency Services Belle Vernon PA 1/5/20
Jennifer L. Topper Survival Flight Grove City OH 1/29/19
James “Woody” Woodman West Haven Fire Department West Haven CT 3/29/19
Brittany Young Jan-Care Ambulance Service Beckley WV 8/10/19


2014 Susy Schwartz Concert, Sunday May 4 at 7PM, Metuchen NJ

Congregation Neve Shalom’s
24th Annual Susy Schwartz
Memorial Scholarship
Fund Benefit Concert

Julie SilverJulie Silver Takes the
2014 Susy Schwartz Concert Stage
on May 4 at 7:00 PM

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Join friends, fellow congregants and fans of all ages on May 4 at 7 PM when Julie Silver graces our stage with her angelic voice and inspired compositions. As Craig Taubman puts it: “Julie is more than an entertainer; she is a muse, a presence, and a spirit that stays with you long after the show has ended.”

With roots in Massachusetts, Julie was leading raucous song sessions throughout the Reform Jewish movement and playing coffeehouses in and around Boston by age 18. Eventually, she would become one of the most sought-after song leaders in the country, a favorite with Jewish and secular audiences alike. Without backing from a major label, Julie has sold more than 100,000 copies of her CDs. Among her recording milestones is the success of “It’s Chanukah Time,” a CD recorded in 2007, which was the first Jewish holiday CD produced exclusively for the Barnes and Noble bookstore chain and the ONLY Jewish album to ever be recognized on Billboard, peaking at #5 in 2009.

Julie’s performance marks our 24th annual Susy Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund concert and continues our tradition of bringing the Jewish music world’s best and brightest acts to Neve Shalom. The goal of the fund is to raise money to give each Bar or Bat Mitzvah a “Passport to Israel.” Each child now receives a voucher for $1,000, which may be redeemed towards any trip to Israel that has an educational component, taken between ninth grade and the end of college. High school students are also eligible to receive an additional $1,000 from the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County.

Primary funding for the Passport to Israel program comes from this annual concert event. So, on behalf of the next generation of Jews we are nurturing to love and support Israel, we urge you to consider becoming a Benefactor ($200) or Patron ($100) of the Concert. General admission is also unchanged at $20 for adults ($25 if purchased at the door), and $12 for children under 12. Free babysitting will once again be available by preregistration.

Please call Rita at Neve Shalom at 732-548-2238, ext 18 if you need additional information. This year’s concert chairs are Rena Kallman and Barbara Du-Bois.

Tickets ordered after April 27 will be held for pickup at the desk on concert day.

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Neve Shalom   ~   250 Grove Avenue   ~    Metuchen NJ 08840