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April 25, 2015 / 6 Iyar, 5775
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Posts Tagged ‘Hatzalah’

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.

Ukraine Hatzalah Chief Stabbed in Antisemitic Attack

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Cohen, the chairman of Hatzalah Ukraine was attacked and stabbed in Kiev, according to a report by Rotternik.

Cohen was on his way to the Kiev hospital to visit a sick Jewish tourist who had been hospitalized a few weeks earlier.

Passing through an alley on the way to the hospital, Cohen was attacked in broad daylight by two youths, at 10 AM on Thursday.

Cohen was hit hard by the attackers, who yelled “Zhid” (Jew) at him, and other words in Russian.

Cohen was knocked down, injuring his hand in the fall. At that point the attackers began to stab him in the leg and back.

After the attackers ran away, Cohen managed to drag himself to the main street and catch a taxi which took him to the hospital.

In January of this year, an Orthodox student in Kiev (picture above) was also attacked in a violent antisemitic attack. The attack was part of a series of attacks that were specifically targeting Jews.

The photographer who took the photo attached to this article was Rabbi Hillel Cohen of Hatzalah Ukraine.

In an interview published Thursday in the Jewish Daily Forward, Ira Forman, the Obama administration’s special envoy on anti-Semitism, disputed claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Ukrainian revolutionaries were spreading hatred of Jews. Forman said Putin’s assertions were not credible.

“We have no indication that what President Putin has been saying about anti-Semitism has been a true reflection of what’s happening on the ground,” he said.

Tell that to Rabbi Cohen.

While there are Shelichim (emissaries) in the Ukraine doing important work, last week JewishPress.com reported on a group of Jews who want to make Aliyah. Maybe it’s time.

Hatzalah CEO, Linked to Met Council Scam, Steps Down

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The CEO of the (U.S.) Chevra Hatzalah ambulance service resigned amid allegations that he conspired with William Rapfogel, the ex-CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, in an insurance scam on the Met Council.

Rabbi Dovid Cohen gave no reason for stepping down over the weekend at Hatzalah, according to David Shipper, the Jewish ambulance corps’ attorney.

“Any allegations or issues having to do with the Met Council have nothing to do with Hatzalah,” Shipper told the Forward.

Rapfogel is accused of running a $5 million health insurance scam on the social service agency he led for two decades. Cohen was fired as a consultant for the Met Council on the same day Rapfogel was terminated as the group’s CEO.

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