April 13, 2010

Dr. Rick Hodes Taking Center Stage

For more than 20 years, Dr. Rick Hodes has provided comprehensive medical treatment in Ethiopia.  As JDC's Medical Director, his programs have served tens of thousands of people through two medical clinics, immunization, nutritional support, family planning, and community health. He was instrumental in ensuring the safe immigration of Jews to Israel during Operation Solomon in 1991, the historic airlift of over 14,000 Ethiopians to Israel in 48 hours. Dr. Hodes works with people suffering from heart disease, diseases of the spine, and cancer.

Dr. Rick was inducted into the Medical Mission Hall of Fame and was selected by CNN as one of its CNN Heroes in 2007.  He is now the subject of a new documentary film, Making the Crooked Straight and a new book, This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes

Watch on Wednesday, April 14, at 8:00 pm (EDT) when Making the Crooked Straight will debut on HBO. 

The official trailer for Making the Crooked Straight

The official film WEBSITE
HBO's web page for the film
Photos from the film premiere in New York from WireImage

This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes by Marilyn Berger is available for purchase HERE. Read an excerpt from the book HERE as well as a wonderful article about the author in the New York Times.

You can watch an interview with Dr. Rick and Marilyn Berger with ABC News HERE.

Learn more about JDC's work in Ethiopia HERE and you can hear from Dr. Rick about his work in these clips of his presentation to the JDC Ambassadors Circle.

Video clip from Dr. Rick Hodes' presentation at the JDC Ambassadors Circle Global Symposium on May 19, 2009.

During his presentation to the JDC Ambassadors Circle, Dr. Rick Hodes shares the story of his involvement in Operation Solomon in 1991, where Dr. Rick was in charge of the medical care for over 14,000 Ethiopian Jews who were airlifted to Israel over a period of 36 hours. 

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