Our History

Raising millions of pounds

British Friends of Rambam Medical Centre was formed in 1993 and since then has raised several millions of pounds for the hospital.

Nurse’s Exchange Initiative

Interestingly, the London Borough of Hackney is twinned with Haifa and for the past 14 years there has been a successful exchange of medical staff and nurses. This is an on-going and most successful programme introduced and initiated by British Friends.

Get Involved

Why not hold a coffee morning or an event to help raise funds or even a sport related sponsored event.

Donations and bequests are appreciated and Plaques are also available in the hospital.

Key people

Anita Alexander-PasseAnita Alexander-Passe (Director)

Anita Alexander-Passe  has been Director of The British Friends of Rambam since 1993, was married for 55 years, has 2 sons, a daughter and 8 grandchildren.  She makes regular visits to the hospital and to friends and family living in Israel. Through her hard work and determination, British Friends of Rambam have donated generous sums of money over the last 20 years and the name of the British Friends can be seen in nearly every department on equipment donated including that of the late Diana, Princess of Wales on an incubator dedicated to her memory.

Anita was born in London in 1931 is listed in The Who’s Who of The Jewish Year Book and is an accomplished speaker and fundraiser. She has helped to initiate exchanges of nurses and medical personnel between Homerton Hospital in Hackney and Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa (2001), a hugely successful and on-going initiative.

She is also Chairman of Operation Wheelchairs Committee (1991-), Past Chairman of Na’amat/Pioneer Women  and WIZO.  She was also a correspondent for the Jewish Chronicle (1980-90), a volunteer for Miyad (1993-97), a member of the Board of Deputies, and also fundraised for JIA, Achdut and Friends of Ben Gurion University.

More recently, she published a poetry book: A Celebration of Life in Poetry and Prose (2011 & 2014).

Samantha RoseSamantha Rose (Trustee)

Samantha’s background is in marketing and social media, she has worked on various accounts including the BBC, BT, Kleinwort Benson, Tiscali, Standard Life and others. She also teaches Jewish Education and Bat Mitzvah lessons at NNLS Synagogue. She has been a trustee for British Friends of Rambam Medical Centre for at least 10 years and has recently started to play a more active role, including developing Social Media which is a new growth area for the charity, advertising, website management and fundraising.

Gabriella Alexander-Passe (Treasurer)

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