A different way of going viral in Israeli hospitals

A flash mob in the emergency ward can get even the bedridden to tap their toes.

Flash mob at Shaare Zedek teaches about handwashing.

Flash mob at Shaare Zedek teaches about handwashing.

Bedsores are a major health issue at hospitals around the globe, but the people in these Israeli hospital videos would not be at risk.

After all, a flash mob in the emergency ward can get even the bedridden to tap their toes.

It is a sought-after honor for these videos to have the term “viral” attached to them.

Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s hygiene clip was quite popular upon its release. The 2013 rap about washing hands was so entertaining that the hospital added an English-language version for the global audience.

Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem also played host to a flash mob. In March last year, 40 students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance “flash-waltzed” Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers at the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.

The surprise concert is Israel’s top viral hospital video to date. It was made in honor of Good Deeds Day, an annual event that originated in Israel in 2007 and now takes place worldwide.

By far the most viral hospital video worldwide was American physician Deborah Cohan’s impromptu Beyonce-inspired dance in the surgery theater prior to her double mastectomy. That 2013 video hit eight million views on YouTube.

And though Israel has yet to score a viral hit on that level, the country – and its people – do love a good flash mob.

All around Israel, there have been musical flash mobs, dance mobs, religious flash mobs, laughter experiments and many marriage proposal flash mobs.

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About Viva Sarah Press

Viva Sarah Press is an associate editor and writer at ISRAEL21c. She has extensive experience in reporting/editing in the print, online and broadcast fields. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out.