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Washington, D.C., capital of the United States of America has seen many distinguished visitors come and go. One memorable visitor was Dr. Eli Schussheim of Agudat Efrat. Several influential U.S. senators received Dr. Schussheim, who directs Efrat, with pleasure and warmth.
Dr. Schussheim was able to meet with several notable lawmakers, including Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, and Michael Schwartz, chief of Staff for Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. The sentators, respected members of the Finance, Environment, and Armed Services committees, made time in their busy schedules to meet with Dr. Schussheim.
They were deeply impressed. More than that, they were moved and inspired. In the words of Senator Inhofe, himself a father and grandfather, “You know I support the word of Efrat and the work that you’re doing. If you look at this photo, you see us celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary. There are 20 kids and grandkids, and the fact is that if one of those wouldn’t be there, it would break my heart. I think you are doing a great work, and He will richly bless you for it.”
Senator Jim Bunning expressed his feelings this way. “I thank you for coming to visit me, Doctor. I appreciate you being here. After seeing the video and all the work you do, I want to congratulate you for your success. I wish we were as successful here in the United States as you are in Jerusalem. I want to congratulate Efrat for the work that they do and for all the lives they have saved.”
Michael Schwartz, Chief of Staff for Senator Coburn, was eloquent in his assertion that Dr. Schussheim is truly blessed. “I can’t think of any work that anyone could be doing that could be more satisfying than what you do. Think of the mothers, whom you make happy because instead of having done a thing that will haunt them for the rest of their lives, they have the joy of a child.”
The Senators, who are staunch supporters of Israel, expressed interest in learning how they can be of assistance to Efrat in its vital mission of saving lives.