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Posts Tagged ‘Hatzolah’

Hatzolah Member Stabbed in Crown Heights, Bklyn – Motive Not Clear

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

A volunteer medic with the Hatzolah emergency medical response organization was knifed in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights section on Tuesday evening. The attacker escaped.

David Katz, 34, was stabbed in the back by a man who sneaked up and ambushed him from behind at around 8:20 pm on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Rogers Avenue.

The masked stabber who fled the scene was described as a six-foot-tall black male. It is not yet clear whether the attack was racially or simply criminally motivated, or had some connection to the radical Islamist attacks taking place in Israel in the current wave of terror.

Katz radioed fellow Hatzolah members for help. Those who responded treated the injured victim for stab wounds to the upper right side of his back before evacuating him to Kings County Hospital in serious but stable condition.

Investigators from the NYPD Intelligence Division & Counter-terrorism Bureau are working on the attack with the Hate Crimes Task Force and are scrutinizing CCTV footage from the area.

Crown Heights is a mixed-ethnic integrated community comprised of Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic Jews, Carribean-American, African-American and Latin-American Jews.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Men: Watch Out Smashing the Glass Under the Chuppah!

Monday, May 12th, 2014

There’s more to being a Jewish man than one might think. It can be quite dangerous, in fact.

Take the issue involving a Jewish man stamping on a glass (sometimes wrapped in an elegant cloth napkin) at the end of his wedding vows, for instance.

The ritual is intended to remind those attending that even at moments of soaring joy, one must remember the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and pray for its return.

But one chatan (bridegroom) now has a warning for future husbands-to-be: be careful when you stomp your glass.

The unnamed chatan cut his foot when he smashed the glass under the chuppah (wedding canopy) at a banquet hall on Rehov Tzfira in Tel Aviv recently.

Hatzolah Emergency Response medic Yehuda Hildeshaim, who was on the scene, treated the injured bridegroom on site. The medic, who said the foot was gashed quite deeply, added that the groom decided he would not go to the hospital until after the rest of the wedding celebrations had concluded.

“We wish the couple ‘mazal tov’ and good health,’ Hildeshaim said.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Shalom Bear

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