Donors create $10m matching grant for Magen David Adom UK

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Donors create $10m matching grant for Magen David Adom UK

Marcus Foundation made the grant available to inspire donations and and help it build a new national blood services centre in Israel

Tali is a reporter at Jewish News

Magen David Adom staff check a young person for Covid-19
Magen David Adom staff check a young person for Covid-19

An American donor has created a $10million matching grant for Magen David Adom UK.

The Marcus Foundation, from Bernie and Billi Marcus, made the grant available to inspire more donations and complete Magen David Adom’s $130million project to build a new national blood services centre in Israel.

Magen David Adom say that with this grant, they hope to quickly raise the remaining funds to finish the project.

The facility, which will be the first of its kind, will be shielded to protect Israel’s blood reserves against missile, chemical and biological attack.

The six-story centre will have its three lower floors underground, in successively more shielded levels, to protect the blood supply and enable Magen David Adom’s employees to continue working, even when rockets are being launched at the country.

Daniel Burger, MDA UK chief executive, said: “Israel needs a larger blood facility to meet the requirements of a country that now has a population more than twice what it was when the current facility was built in Ramat Gan in the mid ’80s.

“But more than that, the facility now needs to be reinforced against missile, chemical, and biological attack given the importance of blood transfusions to the health of the nation and the increased military capabilities of Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas”..

Prof. Eilat Shinar, deputy director-general and director of Blood Services for Magen David Adom, added: “Completing this facility on time this spring will ensure we have the capacity to collect and process enough blood for Israel’s future needs.


“There are few things more important to Israel’s future than seeing this project to fruition. Blood is life.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: