Barbara Sofer

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Barbara Sofer
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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day, Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others

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Jerusalem Post


By Barbara Sofer

Here's a surprise. Although Israel is low – 34th to be specific – on the list of countries where organs are donated from the deceased – we're close to the top of the list when it comes to kidney donations from living persons. Based on 2017 data from the Registry of Organ Donation and Transplantation, we're in fifth place – with preliminary 2018 numbers suggesting that we're moving even higher.

I looked up the statistics because I'm a subscriber to the wonderful mailing list of Matnat Chaim (Gift of Life), the organization that encourages men and women to altruistically donate kidneys. Every week, I get notifications from Rabbi Yeshayahu Heber of new donations. The celebratory announcements include a little information about the donor and recipient, enough to direct prayers for their good health.

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