Professor Alan M. Dershowitz Lecture: Israel, ISIS and the War Against Terrorism

Please join AFDVI for our 2014 Fundraiser in support of the DVI Trudi Birger Children’s Dental Clinic

Sunday, November 16, 2014
5:00 PM Reception – Light Repast (kosher)
6:00 PM Lecture, followed by Q&A session

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Septodont Lecture Hall, 1st Floor
NYU College of Dentistry
345 E. 24th Street (Corner of 1st Avenue)
New York, NY

To register and for more information, click here.

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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Visits DVI

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Mayor Barkat with Dr. Roy Petel discussing DVI

On Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited DVI’s free clinic to learn more about its charitable work and the oral health care situation for the underprivileged.

Mayor Barkat was particularly interested in acknowledging that DVI is providing top-quality care for children and youth who fall through the cracks of the current healthcare system, including:

1.       Children ABOVE age 12 who are not covered, including youth at-risk through age 26,

2.       Children UNDER age 12 who have been removed from their homes and live in children’s homes, most of which do not have funds to pay for the co-pay of subsidized care,

3.       Children with special needs, and/or behavioral issues whom the government funded HMO clinics insist on treating with general anesthesia, due to a lack of qualified personnel (pediatric dentists),

4.       Children who require special treatments by specialists, including Endodontics (root canal treatments), Periodontics (treatment for gum disease) or oral surgery, which are not covered under the current system.

SAM_5945Mayor Barkat was also inquisitive about the difference between treatment provided by DVI and treatment provided by government clinics:

1.       No expenses spared – HMO (Kupat Holim) clinics are reimbursed by the government with a flat fee per child, which forces them to cut corners in order to economize when children require significant amounts of treatment. DVI, however, does not factor in the cost of treatment AT ALL, focusing only on what is best for the child and his/her situation.

2.       Seasoned dentists and specialists – while the HMO clinics are staffed with mostly general dentists and recent dental school graduates, DVI accepts only dentists with a minimum of two years’ experience, and most volunteers have 10 years or more. DVI volunteers include world-renown dentists, lecturers, directors of prestigious dental schools, and specialists in Endodontics (root canal treatments), oral surgery, Periodontics, etc.

3.       Completely free – while the HMO clinics offer subsidized treatments, the per-treatment co-pay can prove cost-prohibitive when each child needs multiple treatments, amongst multiple children within one family. The DVI clinic NEVER takes any money for any treatment (even root canal treatments provided by licensed Endodontists, at a value of some 3,000 NIS), so that lack of funds will not equal a lack of dental health.

4.       A warm, caring environment – Nothing compares to the boost of self-esteem that the patients at DVI get from knowing that the dentist treating them has come from overseas especially to help him or her, simply because he/she cares.

Mayor Barkat took the time to meet with the on-call volunteer dentists from overseas and also met some of our patients. He was pleased to meet DVI’s most loyal local volunteer, Palestinian dentist Dr. Nedal Alayyan, who was himself treated in the clinic as a child.

 

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DVI Cuts a Workday Due to Lack of Funds

As of April 1, 2014, the clinic will operate only 4 days each week, closing on Wednesdays. Our board of directors struggled with this decision, which was forced on them due to lack of funding. While this cut will decrease our expenses by 10%, this is not quite enough to make up the clinic’s deficit and if we can’t find new sources of funding soon, more cuts may be necessary.

You, our dear friends and volunteers, are well aware that the clinic has been operating on a “shoe-string” budget already – this cut, and any others that may follow, will directly affect the number of patients we will be able to treat. If every friend of DVI sponsored just ONE CHILD – and donated $180 every year, DVI would continue to exist without any problem, as long as dentists wished to come and volunteer.

Please help us continue to treat Jerusalem’s neediest children! Make a donation today – by clicking here and tell your patients, your congregation, and your friends about the great work that DVI does.

If you live in the US, a tax-deductible donation may be made to them by clicking on this link  this link.

If you live in Canada, a tax-deductible donation may be made to them by clicking on this link.

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Returning a smile to an at risk youth!

Last week, Guy, a 20 year old referred to us by Kidum Noar (the Jerusalem Municipality’s department for Youth at Risk) came in to the clinic for the first time. He had gone to a private dentist about the space between his teeth, caused by a small incisor. The private dentist told him he’d need to pull the small tooth and give him an implant – and even offered him a “discounted price” of 5,000 NIS. As a young adult with no support and a very small income, Guy felt that he had no choice but to ignore the space, though he was self-conscious about it.

Luckily, the Jerusalem Municipality’s Kidum Noar referred him to DVI, where he learned that some space between your teeth is no reason to pull a healthy tooth! Veteran DVI dentist Dr. Steve Katz built up the tooth for Guy with composite – for free.

Dr. Katz is a veteran volunteer who comes in twice a year to treat needy patients in the DVI clinic. Thank you, Steve! It is always a pleasure!

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DVI sends five patients with serious orthodontic needs to Hadassah for Treatment

Thanks to Alpha Omega London and Operation Blessing, DVI is sending five children for necessary orthodontic work, which we cannot provide at DVI. These children suffer from a combination of severely impacted teeth and crossbites, that would affect their normal tooth development and jaw development, if left untreated.

DVI’s mission is to make sure that all our patients’ dental needs are taken care of, including malocclusions that can be treated with early intervention.  When these types of interventions cannot be performed at DVI, the children are referred to Hadassah’s Orthodontic Department according to an agreement reached between Professor Stella Chaushu, the Head of the Department, and our Director, Dr Roy Petel.

    

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DVI at the AAPD

At the AAPD, May 22-26, DVI manned it’s booth, and dentists came by in large numbers to talk to Michelle Levin and Dr. Roy Petel. It was heartwarming to see so many come by and let  us know that they were interested in coming to our clinic in Jerusalem to volunteer. Dr. Petel gave a lecture “DVI – High Class Comprehensive Dental Care in a Community Dental Clinic” which was attended by a few hundred dentists.

One of our DVI veteran volunteers – Dr. Sheldon Bernick, was honored at the Gala Dinner by receiving the Manuel M. Album Award, an award which recognizes outstanding care for children with special needs. “Sheldon Bernick, D.D.S., a volunteer dentist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for the past 15 years, received The Manuel M. Album Award at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry today in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes a dentist for outstanding achievements in caring for children with special needs. Dr. Bernick, who practices in Broomall, Pa., works at CHOP once a week as the consulting pediatric dentist on the Hospital’s Cleft Palate and Craniofacial team.”

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Henry Schein Cares – Annual Shipment Arrives!

In late May 2013, the annual donation from Henry Schein Cares arrived at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic, including a large shipment of dental supplies. Our patients helped unpack the boxes, which have completely filled our storage area!

Henry Schein, Inc. is the largest distributor of healthcare products and services to office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European markets. Henry Schein has been an important supporter of DVI for many years, ensuring that the clinic is always outfitted with the necessary supplies.

DVI is grateful to Henry Schein Cares for its continuing support of the clinic, allowing us to help the poor children of Jerusalem.

 

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Benco Dental’s Generous Donation of Hand Pieces!

Benco Dental generously offered to donate equipment to DVI, in sponsorship of the AFDVI-organized CE lecture given by Dr. Gerald Neznick in May 2013. DVI’s Trudi Birger Clinic had been in desperate need of hand pieces, so Benco CEO Chuck Cohen immediately sent out five quality KaVo hand pieces. Volunteer dentist and AFDVI Secretary Dr. Scott Dubowsky brought the low-speed hand pieces to the clinic, where they were put to use immediately and have already seen heavy use. Donations of valuable equipment from generous companies like Benco enable us to provide the highest quality care to the poorest children in Jerusalem – on a shoe-string budget. Thank you, Benco! We hope this is the beginning of a long friendship!

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Focus on: Dr. Peter Kurer

Since 2004, Dr. Peter Kurer has been coming to volunteer at DVI three times a year. With his bright blue eyes and calm professional air, Dr. Kurer is loved by everyone in the clinic. One of the techniques that he has introduced in the clinic is the Kurer anchor system which help rebuilds teeth after root canal. His technique is amazingly successful, and in the nine years that he has been using it at the clinic, only one anchor has failed.

“For me, this experience is fabulous. Saving teeth that others wouldn’t bother with”.

In addition to the standard treatment that the kids receive, Dr. Kurer also donates esthetic crowns for restoring front teeth. There are many stories to tell about how Dr. Kurer has helped our DVI kids, but there are several that stand out:

Lior, a 22 year old, who came to us through the Kidum L’Noar program that saves street kids, with an entire mouth neglected and in need of emergency care. Lior is still in the process of reconstructing his teeth with us, but the pain and decay are taken care of, and with the crowns Dr. Kurer has placed on his front teeth – Lior is smiling again.

Meirav comes from a broken home, and was placed in a boarding school; her school social worker brought her to us. When Meirav first came to the clinic, she was dreadfully shy and wouldn’t smile in order not to expose her rotten front teeth. Dr. Kurer’s magic hands helped restore her smile and her confidence.

Thank you, Peter – we look forward to seeing you again at the clinic!

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Memorial Website for Zev Birger, Trudi’s Husband

Trudi and Zev Birger’s son’s Doron, Oded and Gil have made a lovely memorial website for Zev. Please click on this link to visit.

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