Portman raises funds for Israeli hospital


Natalie Portman appears in two promo videos to help raise funds for the hospital the actress was born in.


By: ASHLEY BAYLEN  
Published: March 14th 2011
in News » World

Israeli born Natalie Portman

Israeli-born Natalie Portman has agreed to appear in two upcoming video promotions for Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital in hopes of raising funds for a new medical tower.

 

'It's about healing. It's about compassion. It's about life. It's about you. We're not waiting for the future. We're building it. ' The actress says of the new tower, which is scheduled to be inaugurated next year.

 

Portman, born Natalie Hershlag, was born on June 9, 1981 at this same hospital.

 

'Natalie is a nice, modest girl,' Professor Avi Rifkind, head of the hospital's trauma unit, said.

 

'She has a strong link to Israel,' he told the Yediot Ahronot daily, noting that Portman has helped the hospital for years.

 

“My contemporaries in Israel have a love for life that’s amazing. There, there is not the luxurious and rich existence of material goods of Hollywood films, every day they struggle to survive, but they still have an enthusiasm difficult to find elsewhere.” Natalie once commented on her friends in Israel.

 

Portman is a well-known humanitarian and philanthropist, lending her name, time, and bank accounts whenever she has a spare moment. She’s a long time supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and was voted PETA’s Sexiest Female Vegetarian in 2002.

 

Portman is a lifelong vegan and supporter of charities for animal rights and causes that strive to help children in need worldwide. Natalie has also been known to offer shelter to homeless dogs.

 

She is an incredible asset to international charitable organizations, as she is fluent in both Hebrew and English, and apparently speaks conversational French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.



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