Michael Strauss (left), chairman of New York board
of American Committee for Shaare Zedek
Jerusalem Medical Center, and Menno Ratzker,
American Committee presaident, present award to
Rebbetzin Ruth Swift.

Managed Care and the
Elusive Wad Of Cash

FTER getting an award from the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Jerusalem Medical Center at its 44th annual dinner at the Sheraton New York, Dr. Ronnie Hershman credited his mother for his success.

A cardiologist at St. Francis Hospital, Hershman said his mother pushed that he should become a doctor.

“Actually, she let me choose my direction. She let me be any kind of doctor I wanted.

“Maybe she was influenced by the doctor she used to see. Every time she left his office, he had a bigger wad of cash.

“Before managed care, I too had a thick wad of cash in my pocket.”

New York board chairman Michael Strauss also presented awards to Rebbetzin Ruth Swift as well as Faith and Ricky Schwartz.

Honorees (l-r) Dr. Ronald Hersman and wife Channah, and
Faith and Ricky Schwartz at Shaare Zedek dinner.

Swift lives in Englewood, N.J., where her late husband, Rabbi Isaac L.  Swift, was spiritual leader of Cong. Ahavath Torah for a quarter century. Rebbetzin Swift and the late Rabbi Leo Jung helped form the hospital’s American Committee in 1949.

Ricky Schwartz is a partner in Advance Underwriting Services, based in Hewlett, NY, a diversified insurance brokerage and investment advisory form. Faith teaches at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway where her five children attend.

Attorney Harry First, a guest at, told me how a fellow went to the racetrack in hopes of winning a wad of cash.

He watched as a man was praying next to his horse. The fellow decided to bet on that horse. The horse lost and the man complained to the owner of the horse.

“If you’d go to shul,” the owner said, “you’d know I was saying Kaddish over that horse.”


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