A 66-year-old Protestant from Midland, Texas, who is voluntarily renovating the
pediatric pavilion at Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center, surprised management on
Monday with yet another gift.
Claude Jewett pledged that upon his
passing, his life insurance money would be used to purchase advanced medical
equipment for the hospital.
Jewett, a father of seven who recently
retired from years as a US Air Force mechanic, is in the country for three weeks
as part of the Friends of Israel organization together with 30 other Christian
volunteers from the United States and Australia.
The Baptist, who raises
money for Israel among members of his Bellevue Baptist Church, is now on his
second visit to the country to work at the hospital and meet the children in the
pediatrics ward. Jewett said all his children were pleased with his decision to
donate posthumously to the hospital.
Prof. Etti Granot, head of Kaplan’s
pediatrics division, said Jewett’s was a noble act, and he wished him good
health and a long life.
Hospital director Prof. Ya’acov Yahav said
the Christians’ voluntary work at the hospital warmed the heart of his medical
“There is no doubt that you serve as a personal example for the
staffers and the patients at the hospital,” he said.