web analytics
August 28, 2015 / 13 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


The Internationally-Acclaimed Cantor that Saves Lives on his Motorcycle

Chazzan Shlomo Glick on his United Hatzalah ambucycle.

Chazzan Shlomo Glick on his United Hatzalah ambucycle.
Photo Credit: Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

They are a familiar site in Jerusalem and across Israel – United Hatzalah volunteers rushing in their orange vests and red motorcycles to save lives during calls of emergency distress. Each of the 2,100 registered volunteers which include secular Israelis, Ultra-Orthodox, Arabs, settlers, and citizens across the spectrum, carry a defibrillator and necessary medical equipment to treat patients as quickly as possible.

But many volunteers also carry their own stories, leaving behind families, professions and busy lives when the dispatch call arrives. Internationally renowned Israeli cantor, Shlomo Glick of Jerusalem is one of those volunteers. When Glick is not on stage performing with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra or singing before international audiences in Berlin, London, New York, and Prague, he is on lifesaving his ambucycle responding to emergency calls in Israel.

The 36-year-old father of six children, who recently performed at the United Hatzalah 10th anniversary concert with other leading chazanim, sat with Tazpit News Agency in an interview about his work as a cantor and an emergency volunteer.

“Haatzalah is always on my mind – I can get a call anywhere and anytime, even in the middle of leading prayer services at the synagogue or recording a cantorial piece at a music studio,” Glick said.

Chazzan Glick recalls one incident when he was recording a cantorial piece at a well-known music studio in Meah She’arim. “In the middle of the song, my mobile-alert goes off. I rushed to a playground nearby, where a mom had called and treated her unconscious baby.”

United Hatzalah utilizes unique GPS dispatch technology to identify the closest and most qualified volunteers to respond to an emergency. This gives volunteers, whose cellphones and motorcycles carry the GPS technology, the ability to arrive on scene between two to three minutes. Glick responds on average to two-three emergency calls every day.

“This Passover, we took our kids on a trip to northern Israel. On the way, I saw a car accident and had to go treat an injured person. My kids know that I have to respond because that’s what dad does,” he explains.

“It’s not easy on the wife and kids – many times I will have to go out in the middle of Kiddush on Shabbat or when putting my children to bed. But one moment can make all the difference when it comes to saving a life,” he told Tazpit News Agency.

“United Haatzalah’s goal is to prevent untimely deaths. We don’t want to say – had we been there, it could have been different,” says Eli Beer, the founder and President of United Hatzalah whose volunteers arrive on scene in less than 3 minutes, filling the time gap between the emergency and the arrival of the ambulance. “Whoever saves a single life, saves an entire world,” he adds, quoting a famous Talmudic adage.

Beer and Glick both believe that their desire to save lives developed from the way they were raised.

“It’s all about education from home – you teach your kids the value of life and that seed grows,” says Beer, a property developer and full-time United Hatzalah volunteer with over 25 years of life-saving experience. Beer was raised in a home where medical volunteering was part of the household. His father was an ambulance driver during the Yom Kippur War and as a young child, Beer witnessed a bus bombing in Jerusalem during the first Intifada and has been on site as medical responder during multiple suicide bombings during the Second Intifadah. Like Beer, Glick also grew up with a father who volunteered as an emergency medical responder and says that volunteering is a family affair. “My father, 61, still volunteers as an ambulance driver with Hatzalah and so does my brother,” he explains.

About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “The Internationally-Acclaimed Cantor that Saves Lives on his Motorcycle”

  1. This is a holy man!

  2. Nuno Almeida says:

    Great Human Being :-)

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Swiss Amb. to Iran Giulo Haas presents his credentials to Iranian Pres. Rouhani
‘US and Iranian Cartoon Doves’ Shown Defecating on Bibi by Swiss Amb to Iran
Latest Indepth Stories
Ben Cohen

Corbyn leading the Britain’s Labour Party polls, describes Hamas & Hizbullah as England’s “friends.”

PA Chairman Abbas proudly celebrating with released terrorists.

The convicted murderer was released from Israeli prison with more than two dozen other sociopaths

New Israel Fund

JCF is a donor/supporter of The New Israel Fund which supports BDS & wants IDF soldiers prosecuted

Moshe Feiglin

The ‘Peace Industry’ promotes its adherents; weak leaders, both military & political, is the result

The conundrum for US Labor Zionists: Lobbying for Iran deal while Israel’s Left lobby’s against it.

What does the Torah want from our small nation described as “they who struggle with God & with men”?

Mr. Nadler’s support for the deal is a naked political gift to a president who has defied logic in his quest to reinvent international affairs according to his ideological inclinations.

In practical terms, the proclamation surely makes a compelling argument:

BDS activists are not shy about discriminating against Israelis simply because they are Israelis –

A Federal Ct Judge ordered the PA to post JUST $10 million due to interfering letter from State Dept

Osakwe, like many other students at the CAMERA conference, described an extremely hostile campus environment when it comes to the issue of Israel.

Many people view a letter or manuscript by a chassidic rebbe or the Chofetz Chaim as intrinsically holy.

Key Iran Lobby figures had been major donors to both Biden and Kerry when they were in the Senate,

Abbas’ resignation has now sparked speculation about who will fill his place if and ‎when he leaves

More Articles from Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
A dolphin in Eilat

Not satire: Hamas released a warning to its members to be cautious of further encounters with dolphins.

Orna and Hodaya Giat originally from Kfar Darom stand near photos of their Gush Katif community at a photography exhibition at an event marking 10 years to the Disengagement at the President's Residence in Jerusalem July 2015

“I still wait to return,” Hodaya Giat said, “I still have hope that someday we can return to the beaches, to our homes.”

On board were 32 families including 95 children and 53 singles, of whom 12 will be joining the Israel Defense Forces.

The Temple Institute is working together with an Israeli cattleman to raise a red heifer in Israel.

The Israeli wetlands are among the 2,208 Ramsar wetland sites from across 169 countries around the world.

“The idea of adapting the unit actually came from our soldiers who recognized the need for it in the field,” explained Captain Dr. Lev.

The House of Bishops, led by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, overwhelmingly defeated the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions resolution.

Mirella Petteni Haggiag, a former Italian model from Rome, makes her way through the tombstones with a garbage bag in her hand several times of year when she visits Israel.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/the-internationally-acclaimed-cantor-that-saves-lives-on-his-motorcycle/2014/04/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: