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The Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance (JMA) is pleased to announce its seventh annual Ride to Remember (R2R), conducted to promote remembrance of the Holocaust and through remembrance, to assure that history will not repeat itself.  This event is open to all motorcyclists affiliated with a member club, and to all Jewish motorcyclists who are unaffiliated.

This year, Jewish motorcyclists from the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Israel and Great Britain will ride hundreds (sometimes thousands) of miles to raise funds for educational programs sponsored by the Jewish communities in Virginia Beach/Chesapeake/Norfolk, Virginia area.  The 2011 R2R will span 4 days, beginning on Thursday, May 12, and continuing through the weekend.  The event partners are the Tidewater Holocaust Commission and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

The Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance is an international organization currently comprising 43 Jewish motorcycle clubs with more than 2,000 individual members.  With member clubs extending from Israel to Australia, Canada to South Africa and everywhere in between, the JMA provides an environment whereby members of the Jewish faith who ride motorcycles can congregate to share and exchange ideas and opinions about matters of concern to the Jewish community, as well as issues specifically concerning motorcycles and motorcycle riding.

The JMA is an umbrella organization whose affiliate clubs consist of official, organized motorcycle riding clubs.  The common thread is religion; however membership or admittance to its member clubs is not dictated by faith, degree of observance or brand of motorcycle.

JMA, Event and Organization Contact Information:
Ride to Remember 2011 website – www.ride2remember.com
JMA – www.jewishbikers.com

New Hadassah Medical Chief
Hadassah Medical Organization named Professor Ehud S. Kokia its director general.

Professor Kokia, 61, has had a 37-year career as a physician and health-care executive.  Since 2007, he has served as CEO of Maccabi Healthcare Services.  He will assume the leadership of Hadassah Medical Organization, which includes both Hadassah University Hospital Ein Kerem and Hadassah University Hospital Mount Scopus, replacing Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, who has served as director general for 11 years.

Kokia received his medical degree cum laude from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine in 1974.  He completed his training as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at Sheba Hospital and received a master’s in health administration at Ben Gurion University.  He is a lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, served as commander of the Air Force Center for Aerial Medicine and completed the flight surgeon course of the American Navy in Pensacola, Florida.

Professor Kokia was a research fellow at the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  He worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sheba Hospital before moving to Maccabi Healthcare Services, where he has held critical roles over the last 16 years.  Before becoming CEO, he served as Medical Director of the large non-profit health care provider which includes 5,300 clinics, 5,000 physicians and a network of hospitals.

Kokia has taught at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Tel Aviv University, and published widely on topics including endocrinology, fertility and health policy.

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