Halachic Organ donor Society, 3926 W. Touhy Ave, Suite #365, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712-1028. Phone: 646-599-3895, Email: office@hods.org

Israel Transplant (ADI)


HODS is strategic partners with Israel’s National Transplant Center (Adi).  Adi is responsible for transplants for all Israeli citizens regardless of religion.  The Adi card is called after Adi (Ehud) Ben Dror who died while waiting for a kidney donation.  Signature on an Adi donor card testifies to the willingness of the holder to donate his/her organs after death for saving the lives of patients waiting for transplant. The bank of the Adi donor cards signatories is computerized and it is managed by the National Transplant Center, affiliated to the Ministry of Health. The database of Adi is confidential.


  1. Increase of the number of organ and tissue donations in Israel.
  2. Optimal use of the organs destined for transplant.
  3. Implementation of an egalitarian and transparent organ allocation policy.
  4. Management of a Quality Assurance System in the field of organ donations.
  5. Raising of public awareness and readiness with regard to organ donation.
  6. Increase of the number of bearers of a donor card (Adi).
  7. Support and guidance of families that have donated organs of their loved ones, by means of memorials and support groups.
  8. Implementation of programs of transplant from live donors, including a National Transplant Approval Committee.


Israel’s Organ Transplant Law, 2008, includes an article – the first and the only one of its kind in the world – that grants priority on the transplant waiting list to the signatories of the donor card (Adi card) and to their close relatives, should they, by misfortune, need a transplant in the future.

Listed here are some of the Principles of Allocation by Israel’s National Transplant Center.  (To see the entire list, click here.)

  • There is one single national waiting list containing the data of the patients awaiting transplant.
  • Any patient who is an Israeli resident, based on the recommendation of his or her physician is entitled to be included in the transplant waiting list.
  • The data of all the patients awaiting transplant in Israel are stored in a computerized data bank at the National Transplant Center. The data are constantly updated and they include various medical details.

Adi also has information about Halachic considerations regarding death and organ removal and transplantation.

To learn more about Adi and/or to sign up for an Adi card (if you are an Israeli resident), see their website.

In an effort to encourage Israelis to donate organs, Israelis that become deceased donor get a prestigous organ donor plaque and icon attached to their tombstone.

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