Stories from Poriya Hospital


Please join the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul for a timely discussion by four leaders from Poriya Hospital













Poriya Hospital, in St. Paul’s Partnership Region in Israel, is located near the Syrian border. The hospital quietly treats sick and injured Syrian children who have no other access to care.  Four medical professionals from Poriya will discuss their work to help these children and their families.


They also will describe how they care for the highly diverse population in the region, a diversity reflected in this panel of experts as well as the hospital’s medical staff.




Thursday, May 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Shaller Family Sholom East Campus

740 Kay Ave., St. Paul

Free and open to the public, RSVP requested.


The Poriya Hospital medical staff will also speak at:

  • Mount Zion Temple: Friday, May 11, 6 p.m., community Shabbat dinner
  • Beth Jacob Congregation: Saturday, May 12, Kiddush & post-Kiddush learning: Dr. Erez Onn and Esam Mansour
  • Temple of Aaron: Saturday, May 12, Kiddush & post-Kiddush learning: Dr. Milad Qarawany and Dr. Batsheva Tzadok


Dr. Erez Onn is Director General of Poriya Hospital.  Medical Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery.  Dr. Onn also has an MA in Political Science, and a degree in Medical Management.  His vision for the hospital:  Apply international standards of quality care; broaden service diversity.  Implement new diagnostic and treatment technologies, including advanced information technology. Improve accessibility. Improve communication and collaboration with community doctors. Integrate teaching and research with the Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee.  Actively participate in the community in areas of society, health and welfare; strengthening the bond between the medical center and the communities it serves.  

Dr. Milad Qarawany leads the Trauma Unit, and was Acting Director of the Surgery Department, and Head of the Emergency and Disaster Committee. A senior surgeon specializing in abdominal conditions, with expertise in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Qarawany was born and lives in Maghar, a nearby Arab village home to Arabs, Druze, Muslims and Christians.  He graduated from the Galilee Christian High School, and received his MD from Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School.  He belongs to Israel’s Medical Association; Surgical Society; Society of Trauma; Association of Emergency Medicine; and Society of Colorectal Surgery.  He is a leading member of the recently formed Multi-Existence Forum, recognized by Israeli President Rivlin for promoting mutual respect, understanding and harmonious existence among the diverse communities in Israel’s north.

Dr. Batsheva Tzadok is the Deputy Chief of the Emergency Department.  A New York native, she received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Brandeis University, emigrated to Israel in 1996, and received her MD at the University of Tel Aviv Sackler School of Medicine (1998). In addition to providing direct clinical care, Dr. Tzadok plays an active role in training residents, physicians and interns on topics of emergency medicine with a focus on resuscitation and point of care ultrasound.  She served as Medical Advisor to the Israeli-Palestinian Cooperative for Economic Expansion from 2012-2013.  She voluntarily coordinates community donations of clothing, toys and food to Syrians living in villages devastated by the nearby Syrian civil war. In 2017, she received an Excellence in Teaching award from the Bar Ilan Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee.  

Mr. Esam Mansour leads nursing administration.  He was head of the trauma division, and has developed training systems in the trauma room, including training in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life support. He also has managed the database which monitors trauma statistics, and has led quality assurance effort in treating injuries. Since 2009, he has been a member of the life support committee, which won recognition as Outstanding Team in 2017.  He personally won the Ministry Outstanding Employee award in 2017.  Mansour was born in and received his early education in Maghar, and received his nursing degree at Assaf Harofeh School of Nursing, Hebrew University.  He has also received certificates in ECG monitoring, specialist intensive care, and nursing management. He served as a combat medical technician and clinical head during his regular military service; in the Reserves, he is First Sergeant Battalion Emergency Medical Technician.