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Anti-Semitic Arson Attack Destroys Hatzolah Ambulance in Ukraine

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Jews in Ukraine are without one of their life-saving Hatzolah ambulances after an arsonist targeted the vehicle Sunday.

Preliminary findings by police after the overnight destruction pointed to an anti-Semitic attack that badly damaged the vehicle and its equipment.

The ambulance is well known in the city – as is the Jewish community it serves, according to police who spoke with media.

It’s not the first time anti-Semites have targeted Hatzolah Ukraine. One year ago, the head of Hatzolah emergency services in the country, Rabbi Hillel Cohen, was beaten and stabbed in the capital city of Kiev by two young men who spoke Russian. The two called him a “zid” — the derogatory Russian slur for “Jew” — and other gutteral words that were unclear. A young couple was also assaulted that same night on their way to the synagogue, a Friday night.

The burned ambulance has been key in accommodating the tens of thousands who visit Uman on their annual pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov for Rosh Hashana.

Rabbi Cohen and other officials have united with the heads of the Ukraine Jewish Committee and Euro-Asian Jewish Congress in speaking with local officials about the attack and its implications for the community.

The ambulance had served the Jewish community for a number of years; it was also used to escort visiting Jewish groups from the State of Israel and others from abroad. There is now some discussion about the possibility of replacing the vehicle with two new ambulances.

Help Us Save Lives and WIN BIG!

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Thousands of Israelis are participating in United Hatzalah’s mega Chinese Auction, to be held on Thursday, May 14. The “120 seconds for 120 years” auction features 120 prizes, all donated or sponsored privately. All proceeds of the giveaway will go to purchase new equipment for United Hatzalah.

Within just the first couple of weeks of ticket sales, United Hatzalah already has raised sufficient funds to begin purchasing new equipment, particularly defibrillators for children. United Hatzalah Chairman Zeev Kashash explained that though they operate as a not-for-profit volunteer organization, United Hatzalah must cover the high costs of purchasing medical equipment.

“We are specifically raising money to be able to increase our reach by providing our volunteers with more equipment and training more volunteers so that we can respond to emergencies quicker,” said Eli Beer, president and CEO of United Hatzalah. “Our goal is to reach a response time of 120 seconds, which will certainly allow us to save more lives and treat more emergencies. As leading first responders, our network of 2,500 volunteers are stationed across Israel and serve all communities using extensive GPS technology and medical expertise in emergency situations. Your participation in this auction will improve our free service.”

To sign up or for more information, please call 02-940-1401 or visit http://www.ca.1221.org.il/en/homepage.html

Portable Emergency Medical Clinic in… Meron

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Tens of thousands of people visited Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s (Rashbi) graveside in Meron on Lag B’Omer, last night.

Over 150 people were treated at the four United Hatzalah emergency medical clinics set up in Meron. Most patients were treated for falls, burns, lacerations, fainting and shortness of breath and not more serious conditions like in previous years.

The number of injuries is dramatically less than from previous years, according to United Hatzalah medics. United Hatzalah will maintain coverage in the area until Shabbat. Leon and Simi Melohn of Manhattan sponsored the four pop-up Lag B’omer clinics in Meron.

Using inter-agency cooperation from the police, fire rescue and ambulance command centers, United Hatzalah volunteers were able to ensure that all who traveled to Meron were safe. All command centers also had United Hatzalah communication gear, including the LifeCompass GPS smartphone system, to ensure immediate response to any incident.

Given the years of experience leading medical security at Kever Rashbi and in light of the recent tragic incidents at the funeral of Rav Wosner ZT”l in Bnei Brak, United Hatzalah planned a thorough strategy for prevention and response during this busy holiday.

Eli Beer, founder of United Hatzalah commented that “This year United Hatzalah activities saw unprecedented cooperation and collaboration with the police and government authorities. The support by Leon and Simi Melohn provided United Hatzalah with the dedicated resources needed to provide maximum preparation and operational response.”

United Hatzalah Treated 113 People at Rav Shmuel Wosner Funeral

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Hundreds of United Hatzalah volunteers on foot, ambucycle and ambulance treated 113 people at the funeral of Rav Shmuel Wosner zt”l.

Their greatest challenge came when the procession tried to exit through the narrow entrance of the Yeshiva Chochmei Lublin. In the tumble of people pushing and shoving their way out, over a dozen people were hurt, 4 critically, one of whom later died of his injuries.

The scene was initially only accessible by ambucycle medics and volunteers on foot who waded through the teeming crowd to reach the injured parties. At one point multiple agencies were working together on 3 simultaneous resuscitations.

The United Hatzalah ambucycles also played a vital role in clearing paths for the ambulances to and from the scene.

United Hatzalah Chairman Zev Kashash commented “There have been much larger and more challenging funerals that have occurred in daylight and in the heat of the Bnei Brak summer. This was not a particularly dangerous environment. All communal and rescue organizations will review their procedures and planning for these types of events in order to hopefully avoid preventable tragedies.”

United Hatzalah volunteers were also on scene to accompany the victim Rabbi Mordechai Gerber from to his home in Elad to his burial in the Segula Cemetary in Petach Tikva.

Hate Crime Attack in Williamsburg, An ‘Unclear’ Murder in Midwood

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Jews in Brooklyn may want to check their mezuzahs before the Passover holiday, just to be on the safe side. After all, it’s supposed to be done twice in every seven years anyway, right?

A 29-year-old Jewish man of Russian descent was shot in the chest on Ocean Parkway in the Midwood section of Brooklyn early Tuesday morning. The motive for the shooting is unclear, however; police have yet to determine whether or not the attack was a hate crime.

It was not the first time Natik Nisimov had been shot, according to the New York Daily News, quoting police sources. In 2012, Nisimov had also been shot and wounded, that time in the leg, but he refused at that time to cooperate with the police.

This time, Nisimov was found lying on the ground unconscious in front of an apartment building; he died of his wounds shortly after being taken to nearby Coney Island Hospital.

According to the report, Nisimov had recently moved out of his home in Sheepshead Bay. A building superintendant who identified himself as “Beko” told the newspaper, “He’s a bad guy. He’s got bad friends.”

No arrests have yet been made in the case.

Two days earlier, in the neighborhood of Williamsburg where the large Chassidic Satmar sect controls much of the area, two Chassidic Jews were hit Sunday night by paint balls fired at them in two rapid, consecutive incidents.

A 37-year-old man was treated at the first scene by an Hatzolah emergency medical team for injuries to the face and neck; in the second incident, which occurred a few blocks away from the first, a teenage boy was the victim.

Detectives at the NYPD 90th precinct reviewed the case and ruled it as a possible bias incident, according to JP Updates. The Hate Crimes Task Force is reviewing the incident as well.

The Right Stuff

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

{Originally posted on author’s website, Emes Ve-Emunah}
I have to admit that originally I wasn’t a fan. But now I am. Big time. I am talking about Hatzalah. What, you may ask, is Hatzalah? This is the mission statement from Hatzalah Chicago’s Facebook page:

Hatzalah Chicago is a non-profit volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) that provides emergency medical response and transport 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at no cost to all who need it, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. Hatzalah Chicago’s mission is to improve medical outcomes and save lives by enhancing existing emergency medical services in the Chicagoland area.

In emergency medical situations where every second counts, immediate emergency care can mean the difference between life and death.

My original reservations were as follows. I felt that we already had a fine emergency medical service here via 911. Even though other major cities like New York had longer response time, 911 in Chicago was pretty quick. I experienced that quickness when my elderly mother passed out at our Shabbos table. The EMS trauma unit arrived in minutes.

Secondly I was worried about the increased possibility of Antisemitism resulting from not responding to calls from or about non Jews.

I also thought there might be some resentment built up from Chicago’s 911 EMS responders.

And finally (and perhaps most importantly) I saw this as a somewhat insular move. The kind of thinking that might be expressed as follows: “We don’t need ‘the Goyim’. We can do this by ourselves – and much better at that. Besides they hate us anyway.” (This is an attitude I have been battling for years.)

But this is not what Hatzalah is about at all. I could not have been more wrong. They are nothing like that. Their mission statement is one that they truly honor. They provide ‘emergency medical response and transport 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at no cost to all who need it, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity’. And that is a constant Kiddush HaShem.

How do they honor this commitment? From Chicago Hatzalah’s Facebook Page:

Twelve months ago, twenty-seven year old US Army Sgt Jordan Adams suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a devastating state side accident.

He has since been languishing in a California hospital, comatose, with his parents at his bedside praying for a miracle. While a potentially lifesaving experimental treatment exists in Chicago, it has remained beyond the reach of his distraught family, for the simple reason that his military health coverage does not cover the cost of air and ground ambulance transport for experimental treatment.

Isaac Leider was contacted about this. He is the head of VitalOne, an organization run by Orthodox Jews (Yet another Kiddush HaShem -see their website). Here is what happened next.

Isaac sprang into action and within just 24 hours of learning Sgt Adams’ story, he arranged the hitherto impossible — professional medical air and ground transport. A Chicago philanthropist who wishes to remain anonymous, donated the use of his Falcon 900 jet, which VitalOne transformed into an airborne intensive care unit outfitted with top level medical equipment. Upon arrival in Chicago, the VitalOne crew teamed-up with Hatzalah Chicago EMS members for ground transport to the VA hospital.

“Knowing that this young hero’s only chance of recovery was impossible just because of logistics was unacceptable,” declares Mr. Leider, Founder and Director of VitalOne.

“We are very proud to be orchestrating this complex transport and donating our services to ensure Sgt Adams receives the best treatment available.”

Hatzalah is run by Orthodox Jews. It is all volunteer organization consisting of Orthodox Jews of all stripes – including Chasidim, Lithuanian Yeshiva type Charedim, and Modern Orthodox Jews. No one looks at anyone else’s Kipa. They all wear the same Hatzalah jackets and are all on the same page – in the business of saving lives. My hat is off to them and my sincere apologies for ever having doubted them. They are a model of Altruism and the kind of Achdus so lacking among many of the rest of us.

Watch this amazing video:

Cancer-Stricken Boy Acts Out Rescue Operation for Purim (Video)

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Rafael Asulin, 6 1/2 years old, has been fighting cancer since the age of six months.

He has watched his father, who volunteers for the United Hatzalah rescue group, run for three years on a daily basis to save lives.

Rafael has been inspired by his dad and dreams of having his own ambucycle when he grows older, and save lives just like his role model.

For Purim, his father made him a great surprise – a replica of his own ambucycle – complete with all the accessories: an electric motorcycle, United Hatzalah uniform and first aid kit.

Smile and cry.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/cancer-stricken-boy-acts-out-rescue-operation-for-purim-video/2014/03/18/

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