Latest Transplants
Recipient:Hila Robby bat Anat Chaya
Donor:Aryeh Eliyahu ben Rivka
September 28, 2022; Beilinson Hospital
Latest Transplants
Recipient:Yam ben Michal
Donor:Michal bat Tikva
September 28, 2022; Ichilov Hospital
Latest Transplants
Recipient:Oleg ben Irena
Donor:Yisrael ben Esther
September 20, 2022; Beilinson Hospital

I received the gift of life!

There is no way in the world I can be thankful enough for my new kidney.

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My kidney gave life to a child

There is no greater satisfaction, I gave a new life!

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Two brothers, both kidney donors

Giving kindness -and kidneys- family style!

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Listen to Rabbanit Heber speak from a broken heart

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Rav Heber Passes Away - He touched all of our hearts

Matnat Chaim®

Matnat Chaim is an Israeli non-profit that recruits and supports healthy volunteers who donate kidneys to patients who require a transplant. Our kidney donors receive no monetary compensation for their donation and the recipients do not pay for their transplants. All kidney donations are done on a voluntary and altruistic basis; the sole motivation of the organization and the kidney donors is the desire to help others and save lives.
MATNAT CHAIM® is a registered trademark of the Matnat Chaim association.

Our Stories

Kapo Denied a Kidney
Matnat Chaim Stories
Four Kidney Donor Stories
An Interview with Marci Rapp
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Latest News All News

Honorary Degree to Rachel Heber

Rachel Heber has received an honorary degree from the Ruppin Academic Center for the year 2021. 5.7.2021

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Rav Heber Passes Away

“He touched all our hearts with extraordinary modesty and humanity.” 23.4.2020

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Latest Transplants

Recipient: Hila Robby bat Anat Chaya
Donor: Aryeh Eliyahu ben Rivka
September 28, 2022; Beilinson Hospital
Recipient: Yam ben Michal
Donor: Michal bat Tikva
September 28, 2022; Ichilov Hospital
Recipient: Oleg ben Irena
Donor: Yisrael ben Esther
September 20, 2022; Beilinson Hospital

Frequently asked questions

  • What happens if one day I myself need a kidney transplant?

    The chances of a kidney donor needing a transplant are practically zero. The reason is that someone who has been approved as a donor undergoes extensive testing to ensure that he is in good health and does not suffer from any condition which may lead to renal disease.
    In addition, it is known that almost all diseases which cause kidney failure affect both kidneys equally. In other words, a person having both kidneys will not be at any advantage over a person having only one if he develops diabetes or hypertension or a virus or receives some defective medication.

  • Will my physical activities be limited in any way after the donation?

    After an initial period of recuperation, you can gradually return to any type of physical activity with no restrictions, even extreme sports or any other strenuous activity. There are many kidney donors who are employed in strenuous jobs such as in agriculture or that require carrying heavy loads. There are many donors who run the marathon and engage in other challenging sports. During the first month of recuperation, it must be stressed, one should refrain from lifting more than five kilo.

  • If one can live until 120 with one kidney, why did God give us two?

    Many people, including doctors, would say: “In order to donate one!”. Of course, no organ is “extra”, God forbid. Many people require two kidneys to remain healthy. There is, however, a large population which can remain healthy with one kidney, as is proven by many research studies and our own experience. Suitable testing is required to determine who belongs to each group.

  • Will I be able to fast afterwards?

    Kidney donors can fast like anyone else after one year has passed. During the first year, one must always drink a lot. There are conflicting opinions among the doctors. Some experts say after three months, while others say half a year. The strictest opinion is to avoid fasting for one year. Consult your local rabbi for a halachic ruling in this matter. (This matter is treated extensively elsewhere on this site.)

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