As part of the International Diamond Week at the Israeli Diamond Exchange (IDE), an honorary membership was awarded to Ezra LeMarpe chairman Rabbi Elimelech Firer in a celebratory Passover reception, in recognition of his lifetime achievement.
The Ezra LeMarpeh Association, founded by Rabbi A. E. Firer, provides assistance to the sick and needy.
Diamond Exchange Awards Honorary Membership to Rabbi Firer
Corporate social responsibility has always been a foundation stone of the IDE, and for the past year and a half it has been collaborating with Ezra LeMarpe towards improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. As part of this collaboration the IDE has raised 1.4 million NIS for maintaining the Ezra LeMarpe therapeutic swimming pool.
Speaking at the event, IDE President Yair Sahar said that “it has always been the custom at the IDE to appreciate and give recognition at Passover. This time we have chosen to recognize your work, Rabbi Elimelech Firer, the country's number one physician, who never attended medical school but founded the Ezra LeMarpe organization. He is the Israel Prize laureate for 2007, Honorary PhD recipient from Bar Ilan University, Weizmann Institute, and Haifa University, recipient of the Knesset Chairman's Award and the Presidential Volunteer Medal, and from these moments on, also an honorary member of the Israel Diamond Exchange.
“Rabbi Firer, this honorary membership is awarded to you due to our high respect for you and your work, because of your long-time friendship and willingness to lend a hand and give a word of advice. As you know from our long relationship, the IDE has always been a shining example for coexistence of secular Jews and religious Jews of all streams, everyone working tolerantly side by side. IDE members have always shown respect to other members and their beliefs, and live together with mutual respect.
I would like to mention that at the upcoming New Jewish Year, we will be bestowing the same honor upon Tel Aviv's Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, for his long time work and collaboration with the IDE,” Sahar said.
A few more words were added by Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau: “I am honored to bless you jointly as you confer an honorary membership to Rabbi Firer, for all his deeds, creations, and special personality.
“I am moved by being a party, only a few days before we celebrate Passover, to awarding this honorary membership to Rabbi Firer for his skill, his resourcefulness, his mind, and his heart. Rabbi Firer extricates people from the grasp of death and gives them life. I commend the IDE for choosing so wisely to award the Rabbi an honorary membership.”
Also in attendance were IDE President Yair Sahar, IDE Managing Director Moti Besser, Diamond Institute chairman Moti Ganz, Diamond Manufacturers Association President Bumi Traub, Diamond Controller at the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor Shmuel Mordechai, and Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau.