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AIPAC Honors United Hatzalah as Leading Innovator [video]

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

United Hatzalah (UH), Israel’s premier volunteer emergency response network, was honored for its leadership, innovation and service yesterday by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. The organization’s Founder and President Eli Beer stunned the 16,500 conference participants by arriving on stage lights and sirens blaring on an ambucycle, a specially equipped motorcycle ambulance designed by United Hatzalah to speed up emergency response times.

The “game-changer” organization was recognized for its innovation in effectively and efficiently assisting in saving lives. With a network of 2,500 volunteers across Israel, United Hatzalah responds to 700 emergency calls daily, using tailored GPS technology and smartphone app to respond to crises within minutes after the initial report. The successful United Hatzalah has been a model for the world, with EMTs in Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Lithuania, Ukraine, Rwanda and Jersey City now implementing the Israeli-developed strategies and methods.

“Driving in on a United Hatzalah ambucycle, one of Israel’s outstanding innovations, talking in front of 16,500 people, and hearing them cheer made me tremendously proud of what UH does every single minute to protect Israel, and proud of the work we are doing to export this beautiful concept to wherever it is needed,” said Beer. “As an Israeli I am happy that there are organizations like AIPAC that work day and night to protect Israel and help spread the good word about the work the people of Israel do for this world.”

Eli moved and motivated the huge crowd of passionate supporters of Israel with his heartfelt presentation. Throughout the 3-day convention visitors are welcomed to United Hatzalah’s showcase display of technology, training and emergency medical first response.

To learn more about United Hatzalah, visit representatives at the AIPAC Policy Conference Village or online at http://israelrescue.org/

Three Car Crash Near Beit Shemesh

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

At least ten people were injured in a serious three car crash Saturday evening around 9:00 p.m. The accident occurred on Highway 375 near Beit Shemesh, according to United Hatzalah, whose volunteers were on the scene treating patients.

United Hatzalah is an independent non-profit volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Organization that assists in responding to medical emergencies throughout Israel.

United Hatzalah Newest ‘Ambucycle’

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

United Hatzalah, Israel’s largest independent, fully volunteer, emergency medical response organization, last week received a new life-saving ambucycle, thanks to Columbus, Ohio donors Joey and Lindsay Schottenstein. The ambucycle was donated in honor of Lindsay’s parents, Karen and Joe Borish of Cherry Hill, NJ. The gift will pave the way for United Hatzalah to better serve in emergency situations.

During the Schottenstein’s visit to the United Hatzalah Jerusalem headquarters, the organization’s volunteer dispatch center received a call reporting that a kindergartener in Rishon Letzion was unconscious. The dispatch controller sprang to action and put out an emergency call on his mobile phone using a sophisticated proprietary app that uses a GPS tracking system to locate and notify the nearest United Hatzalah volunteer. This volunteer confirmed that he would arrive at the kindergarten in two minutes.

“Our goal is to have the most immediate response of all emergency calls,” said Eli Beer, founder and president of United Hatzalah. “We get about 700 calls daily, and in order to care of each one it is crucial that we have the fastest response rate.” The newest addition to United Hatzalah’s fleet of ambucycles will be given to volunteer Nachum Bernstein in the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood of Jerusalem.

“We have developed a relationship with United Hatzalah through the help of our parents, Jay and Jeanie [Schottenstein]. They have instilled in us the value of giving, and there is no better organization to give than an organization that helps saves lives,” the Schottensteins said.

Known throughout all of Israel, United Hatzalah is more than just an emergency response organization. They go above and beyond the call of duty. To illustrate this idea, Beer shared a story of a car accident near Pisgat Ze’ev, a Jerusalem suburb. United Hatzalah dispatch received a call reporting the emergency.

United Hatzalah volunteers arrived at the scene of the accident, where two parents were badly injured while on their way home from grocery shopping for the Sabbath. Once the ambulance had arrived and taken the parents to the hospital, United Hatzalah volunteers realized that their groceries for the Sabbath were left in the car.

The volunteers chose to go above and beyond their call of duty and deliver the groceries to the family’s home in Ramat Shlomo. Upon arriving at the home, the volunteers discovered that the couple’s children had been waiting for their parents. The volunteers stayed with the children until another family member came to care for them. These volunteers not only cared for the victims of the accident but they cared for the entire family.

Amar’e Stoudemire Scores Points for United Hatzalah

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire has launched “Amar’e Saves” to promote a campaign that encourages youngsters to contribute to the Israeli ambulance service he has adopted as a cause.

A day before Sukkot began, Stoudemire filmed a video in his Manhattan apartment for the effort.

The campaign urges pledges by kids, individually or as a group, notably by tying donations to every point Stoudemire scores during the 2014-15 season. The Knicks will open Oct. 29 at home against the Chicago Bulls.

By Sunday, the campaign had 117 donors and $534 pledged per point.

Those raising the most funds will qualify for such prizes as Knicks’ tickets and a meet-and-greet with Stoudemire.

“Helping save lives is always a beautiful thing,” Stoudemire told JTA after filming with several New York-area Jewish teenagers. “It’s obviously something we all want to think about doing more of, but the fact that United Hatzalah has a much quicker rate for responding to emergencies is also very important.

“In today’s society, which is so fast, we need to be doing something about saving lives quicker, and United Hatzalah is doing that.”

Stoudemire became involved in the organization through his friendship with New York financier David Kleinhandler, like Stoudemire a co-owner of Israel’s HaPoel Jerusalem basketball team.

In an exclusive interview with JTA last year, Stoudemire discussed his spiritual connection to Judaism and his belief that he’s a member of the “Hebrew tribe.”

Stoudemire, a six-time all-star, is hoping to overcome the rash of injuries that relegated him to the bench last season.

After all, more playing time means more points — and more charitable contributions.

Hillel Kuttler wrote this article for JTA.

Amid Crisis, Ukrainian Jewish Community Receives Rescue Efforts Training

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine – The current political crisis in Ukraine has propelled its Jewish community to request emergency training from Israeli emergency response organizations, United Hatzalah and ZAKA.

As the Ukrainian crisis developed during the past three months of anti-government protests, Ukrainian rabbis appealed for help in emergency response training. Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, the Ukrainian Chief Rabbi, and Rabbi Hillel Cohen of the Ukrainian Hatzalah made the request to ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi Zahav and United Hatzalah President Eli Beer. The men mobilized their organizations to work together to train the local team in only a matter of days.

United Hatzalah and ZAKA, in cooperation with the Isralife Foundation have worked together to train Jewish volunteers of the local Kiev Hatzalah. The Ukrainian participants received training in the latest emergency, rescue and search techniques in order to respond and provide aid to mass casualty emergencies should the crisis in the country escalate. The Ukrainian participants have also been trained to provide first aid in mass casualty emergency situations, and include protocols for CPR, treating suffocation, injuries and diseases.

Ukraine Training 2 “We were pleased to come to the assistance of the Ukrainian community during their time of need and provide the emergency training their volunteers need to handle local emergencies in an efficient and timely manner,” said Beer. “Both ZAKA and United Hatzalah each offered unique services and perspectives on emergency response and we were happy we could work together to help our fellow Jews.” “We are grateful to both organizations for responding so quickly and generously to help our community in this time of need. The events surrounding us require our community to be prepared with the latest training and techniques so we can respond to emergencies and help our people quickly in these dangerous times,” said Rabbis Azman and Cohen in a joint statement. In the Ukraine, much of the Jewish population is located in the country’s capital, Kiev while other sizable communities reside in Lvov, Dnepropetrovsk and Odessa. Since the early 1990s, 340,000 Ukrainian Jews have immigrated to Israel.

In related news, a Ukrainian man was treated in Israel yesterday, Wednesday, March 5, after suffering severed damage to his left forearm from shrapnel in Kiev’s Independence Square during riots. Referred to as Alexander S., he was the first Ukrainian to arrive to Israel for treatment, following approval by Dr. Valeria Bivitzchik from Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center, who recently volunteered with the Ukrainian Red Cross and arranged for injured citizens to be flown to Israel for medical treatment. Alexander was brought to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot where he will undergo surgery to reconstruct the bones and repair the soft issue in his arm under the care of hospital’s surgical and orthopedic departments in the coming days.

Giving new life to Jewish life in Israel

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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Yishai visits a ceremony for the donation of a new defibrillator to his community on the Mount of Olives, courtesy of the Lewis family.  This ceremony took place at the United Hatzalah Center in Jerusalem and Yishai is given a thorough tour around the center by paramedics.  Yishai talks with the paramedics about the motorcycles, mopeds, and other vehicles that are used by Hatzalah to quickly respond to incidents across Israel.  The command center, which uses a combination of cameras and GPS technology to quickly assist medics with arriving on scene and assessing the situation, is also linked to the IDF Homefront Command in order to respond and avoid areas hit by rocket attacks.  This segment wraps up with Yishai discussing bulletproof vests and armor being issued to Hatzalah medics that are situated in the ‘hot zone’, areas that are prone to terror attack across Israel.

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British Ambassador Responds to Hatzalah Calls

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

British Ambassador Matthew Gould teamed up with United Hatzalah on emergency medical calls in Tel Aviv last Saturday night, getting a firsthand glimpse of the life-saving work the group does in Israel.

Joining founder and president Eli Beer and volunteer Elad Nissanholtz, Gould shed his business suit and donned street clothes and a helmet, riding to emergencies on the back of a Haztazlah “ambucycle” equipped to provide first aid at a moment’s notice.

Gould’s team responded to a severe car accident, a heart attack, and a 97 year old with breathing difficulties, a total of 6 responses in one shift.

Gould said he was impressed with Hatzalah’s quick treatment, its treatment of people of all races, religions, and nationalities, and its ability to coordinate with Magen David Adom emergency medical services.

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