One of the great joys of my life is the volunteer work I do each week at Nationwide Children’s Hospital here in Columbus. Working in the ER, I have a sense of what incredibly important, holy, life-saving work is going on in that building each day. The one and only time I kevtched to my supervisor about not having enough toys to give out to the kids she told me that when there are not enough toys for the whole building, the “cancer and hospice floors take priority.” Just the thought of there having to be such floors in a children’s hospital brings a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes.
So, to come across this video of a flash concert at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem was a joy! Is there a more appropriate place on Earth for beautiful music to be heard than within the was of a beit holim, a house for the ill (Hebrew for hospital)? Kudos to these young people for delightful mitzvah.
The published description of the event is below:
Forty students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance took a classical approach to the flashmob as they flashwaltzed Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers at the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem. Doctors, patients and passers-by joined in the fun.
The surprise concert was part of Good Deeds Day, an annual event that originated in Israel in 2007 and now takes place in over 50 countries worldwide. On this day volunteers reach out to the less fortunate and the vulnerable.
The Academy students enjoyed the day so much that they have decided to schedule regular concerts at the hospital. Hadassah Medical Organization treats over one million patients annually, without regard to race, religion or national origin.