Background about the Climb

Howard Zavell’s lifelong dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, came to an abrupt end the night before they were going to summit two years ago.   At that time his two sons, Max (age 14) and Benjamin (age 12), had trained with Howard for more than two year in preparation.  Now they are returning to Tanzania to complete there goals.   They will be climbing the 19,336 foot mountain this December, climbing from lush forest, to a mooreland zone, through an alpine desert, and then to the roof of Africa.  Benjamin will be carrying his Shofar which he bought in Israel, to the summit, and he will blow the Shofar on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in triumph.

Continuing their family’s strong commitment to charity and the State of Israel, they have dedicated the climb to raise awareness of MDA and to help raise funds on its behalf.  In order to meet their goals, they have put together a unique group of individuals from various backgrounds, to become Operation Climb.


Magen David Adom

Since 1930, Magen David Adom (MDA) has been Israel’s sole national emergency medical and blood services organization.  MDA is the equivalent of all of the 911 services in the United States, plus the Red Cross, combined to provide all ambulance services, emergency medical care, and blood related services in Israel.

Today, more than ever, Israel is facing threats from its enemies, both near and far.  With Iran increasing its production of a higher grade enriched uranium over the last few months and continuing to call for the destruction of the State of Israel, and all of the uncertainty created by the Arab Spring uprisings, the threats to Israel today are numerous and significant.  A recent significant escalation of rockets being launched randomly and indiscriminately into Southern Israel has caused injuries and damages to persons and property.  These attacks place stress upon MDA’s resources and assets.

We can help in this time of uncertainty; we can help MDA be prepared for both normal daily individual emergency calls throughout Israel, and also to be prepared and ready should any enemy of Israel attack.  No one wants to think that this could actually happen, but we cannot just rely on hope and faith that Israel’s enemies will not carry out threats of destruction.  History has shown us that it can happen.  We must not wait to be prepared.  We must act today.


We can be powerful together and help direct Israel’s fate through our activities right here in the United States. We, as Operation Climb, can directly help MDA to be prepared with ambulances, emergency equipment and its blood bank, through our contributions. Please donate today to: Operation Climb. 100% of your donation goes to American Friends of Magen David Adom, which is the tax exempt fundraising organization representing MDA in the United States. Your donation will help save someone’s life. Donate today !