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NOVEMBER 9 - 14, 2024

Partnering with Israeli experts on an Emergency Disaster Preparedness annual course in Israel, taught to civilian and military health care professionals from around the world.

Today the world faces serious new challenges in the fight against terrorism. As the State of Israel has matured in this arena, its national mobilization plans, experience and skills have become the gold standard, with potential applicability to scenarios in North America.

Created in conjunction with Israel’s Ministry of Health and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Medical Corps, this one-of-a-kind program offers physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals firsthand training from some of the world’s foremost experts

About the Program

Who We are

The American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of physicians and healthcare professionals, is committed to advancing the state of medical education, research, and care in Israel by assisting in the training of young Israeli physicians and healthcare professionals, and in fostering ties between the North American and Israel’s healthcare communities.

Who It’s For

The course is open to Jews and non-Jews alike. Past participants have included those in the fields of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Gynecology, Internal medicine, Podiatry, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Advanced Practice Nursing, Emergency Medical Technology and Public Health.

What to Expect

The course is all in English; it provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the components of disaster preparedness, as well as of the responses of both pre-hospital and hospital systems and of community resilience. Graduates of the course gain competencies in disaster/emergency preparedness and response so that following this, many continue to build their capacities and become involved in their institutions/fields as part of Emergency Management committees/teams.

American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF)

Advancing Innovation

The American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF) is an organization of healthcare professionals dedicated to ensuring Israel’s emergency preparedness and enabling Israeli healthcare providers to train in cutting-edge medicine in the U.S. before taking leadership positions in Israeli medical institutions.

Shaping Future Leaders

Since 1951 APF has sponsored more than 1,500 Fellows to help train Israeli physicians in specialty care. From cutting-edge surgical techniques to advanced diagnostic tools to the establishment of new community health clinics, APF is proud to play an integral and critical role in the healthcare of the people of Israel.

Leveraging Partnerships

Because APF is not affiliated with any particular medical institution in Israel, we are able to provide assistance to a wide array of medical facilities and programs in Israel. APF has excellent relations with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Medical Corps of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Enhancing Education

APF provides the opportunity for North American healthcare professionals to receive advanced training in disaster management. APF is proud to offer travel grants and awards to Israeli physicians and other healthcare professionals to facilitate their attendance at international meetings and conferences.

Growing Our Impact


Fellowship Grants




Nurses Trained



If you have any questions, contact Amir Goldshtein at or call 617-232-5382.

Example of a Trip Itinerary

Day 1

  • Hand-on light training in search & Rescue at Wingate Institute
  • Meet with Israeli colleagues at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa

Day 2

  • Attend lectures at the Israeli National Resilience Institute
  • Visit from the Home Front Command

Day 3

  • Receive hands-on training at the Israel Center for Medical Simulation
  • Visit the Magen David Adom National Dispatch Center

Day 4

  • Visit IDF’s Medical Military Training Base
  • Drive to Sderot
  • Attend lectures at the Israel Trauma Coalition

Day 5

  • Participate in hospital preparedness drill at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem
  • Tour Jerusalem
  • Graduation Ceremony at the Old City of Jerusalem

Powerful and Unforgettable Training for Emergency and
Disaster Preparedness Lead by Experts

Download our course overview guide to get a PDF copy of the program and costs.

Program Costs

Single Room


Includes most meals, all course fees, cultural events, transportation during the course, taxes and gratuities.

Double Room**


Includes most meals, all course fees, cultural events, transportation during the course, taxes and gratuities.



Includes shared room, breakfast, dinner, cultural events, taxes and gratuities

No Hotel


Includes all course fees, transportation during the course, orientation dinner, lunch, taxes and gratuities

*Price do not include airfare **APF is not responsible for pairing participants


A $500 per person deposit is required with your registration

Final payments are due not later than 60 days prior to Course

APF accepts all major credit cards Please make checks payable to: APF

Additional trip arrangements
  • Pre-Course hotel arrangements
  • Post-Course hotel arrangements
  • Mehadrin Kosher Meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Shabbat dinner
  • Visits to Jerusalem, Eliat, Petra etc.
  • Travel Insurance
Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted in writing via email or fax:

  • 60 days prior to departure: $300 plus $100 admin fee
  • 30 days prior to departure 25% plus $150 admin fee
  • 15 days prior to departure 50% plus $200 admin fee
  • Day of departure/No show 100% forfeiture of all fees

Fall 2024

Emergency and
Disaster Preparedness
Course in Israel

November 9*-14, 2024 *After Shabbat


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