Friends of Ziv Medical Center

Working hand-in-hand with Ziv Medical Center in Safed
Reaching al sectors of society
FZMC Organize Visits to the US from Ziv's Doctors

The Executive Board is composed by fully volunteer members and it is advised by an Advisory Board of equally fully volunteer members around the world

Activities of Friends of Ziv Medical Center



Rabbi Moshe Pitchon is a professor of Jewish Philosophy and Biblical Literature. He has served as a community rabbi, chaplain, camp director and Hillel counsellor  in Jewish communities in Latin America and the United States.  In the 70's he was an active civil rights actor during when Chile was under military rule.


Moshe Pitchon President


Australian born Matthew Absolon is the congregational leader at Beth Tfila in Hollywood, Florida.  Matthew is currently completing his Masters in Rabbinic Judaism under Rabbi John Fischer of Netzer David

Matthew Absolon Treasurer

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Alicia Giser got her degree from the University of Buenos Aires. She has been the Chief of Clinic Assistance at the Argentine Society of Orthodontists.In 1999 she met her late husband Dr John Melling, renown orthodontist from Boston, with whom she split her professional life between USA and Argentina.



Alicia Gisser Secretary

The Friends of Ziv Medical Center is a non-profit organization, established for the purpose of supporting the advance and development of Israel’s northernmost hospital: Ziv Medical Center.  


We play an active role in supporting new initiatives to advance the hospitals continuous striving for excellence.


We are committed to seeking and fostering donors in the United States and across the world.


We aim at helping in the:



  • Construction and development projects


  • Purchase of vital equipment for the hospital departments

  • Medical research

  • Special projects  


Friends of Ziv Medical Center Inc. Aims at transforming the most ambitious visions of doctors at Israel’s northernmost hospital into reality.

Our fundraising efforts also include organizing events and public relations.

Your support enables Israeli doctors to carry out innovative projects and developments that have a far-reaching impact on the region and the world.


Friends of Ziv Medical Center Advisory Board member Marjie Aloni (left) with friend at Fundraiser for Ziv's Women Health Center

Dr. Salman Zarka (Director General,Ziv Medical Center), Professor Robert Rabil (Florida Atlantic Univeristy), Pastor Nilsa Alvares (Comunidad Cristiana Pembroke Pines, Dr. Basel Termanini (Syrian American Medical Association), Reverend Charles Burge (Christina Aid). At Symposium organized by FZMC at Florida Atlantic University

Rabbi Pitchon meeting in Israel with the members of Ziv Medical Center's Administration

Dr. Zarka with Pastor Abraham Rivera from La Puerta Life Center in Miami

Friends of Ziv Sivan Pitchon being welcomed at the Safed hospital by Director General Dr. Slaman Zarka and Director of International Relations Sharon Koren

FZMC Executive Board Member Matthew Absolon, Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of HILC and Dr. Zarka

Dr. Salman Zarka speaks at the US largest Israeli Parliament in the US

Professor Alexander Lerner, Director of the Orthopaedic Department at Ziv Medical Center talks to doctors at the newly established Trauma Center at Aventura Hospital in Florida

Rabbi Pitchon being interviewed by Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed at Al Hikmat TV

Israeli filmmaker Nissim Dayan in Hollywood, Florida, fundraising for Ziv Medical Center

Friends of Ziv Medical Center Treasurer Matthew Absolon (left), Pastor Derek Allen from Christ Centered Church and Dr. Salma Zarka at event at Florida International University in Miami

Fundraiser at the Oscar de La Renta store in Bal Harbour, Florida

Israel's Consul General to Florida and Puerto Rico Lior Haiat (left) Dr. Alicia Giser, Friends of Ziv Medical Center, Executive Board member, Cindy Novak, Executive Director-US Miami Operation of Fuentelatina, and Dr. Alejandro Roisentul, head of the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Unit of Zic Medical Center, at event in Miami

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