Professor Shimon Glick, MD and Robert Finaly, MD
A native of New Jersey and graduate of both a Brooklyn yeshivah and the Downstate Medical Center, SHIMON GLICK trained in internal medicine at Yale University Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital. He subsequently was a research fellow in the laboratory of Berson and Yalow (Nobel laureate) at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital.
From 1965 to 1967 Dr. Glick served as president of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists of the US. He also co-chaired the Medical Science Section of the Committee of Concerned Citizens for Soviet Jewry. Before his emigration to Israel in 1974, he was Chief of Medical Services at the Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Downstate Medical Center.
In 1974, Dr. Glick became professor of medicine and chair of the Division of Medicine at the new Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences in Beersheba, where he subsequently became dean. He later served as head of the Center for Medical Education and the Lord Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits Center for Jewish Medical Ethics at that school. For over a decade he was ombudsman for the Ministry of Health of the state of Israel.
ROBERT FINALY, MD was born (and circumcised by a rabbi, under peril, because his parents wanted him to be a Jew) in 1941 near Grenoble France, where his parents secured a temporary haven from the Nazis. His father, Fritz Finaly, had studied medicine in Vienna and managed to work as a physician in France. After their parents were deported to their deaths in Auschwitz, Robert and his brother were given over to the care of Antoinette Brun and Catholic boarding institutions in Grenoble and baptized. At the end of the war, the surviving aunts searched for the boys and tried to gain custody of them. The refusal of Mademoiselle Brun and the Church to release the Finaly brothers led to five years of law suits. While the Church moved the young children from one hiding place to another in France, Spain, and Italy, the case gained great attention in France and throughout the world. Moshe Keller (a chemical engineer living in Grenoble), Chief Rabbi Yaakov Kaplan of France, Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog of Israel, and many Jewish organizations were involved in the family’s struggle, which reached the Supreme Court of France. In 1953 the court ordered that the brothers be released and raised by their aunt Yehudit Rosner and her family in Gedera, Israel.
Robert Finaly studied medicine in Switzerland and at the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine and worked as a children’s surgeon at the Soroka Hospital in Beersheba. He became the assistant director of the department of children’s surgery there and taught at the Faculty of Health Sciences of BGU until his retirement.