Author Archives: Amy Ozeri

An Unlikely Encounter with a Holocaust Survivor

  Namah Abohaikal is a 22-year-old volunteer EMT living in the Arab village of Ein Naqquba, located 15 kilometers west of Jerusalem. She is the only Arab woman in the Mevaseret Zion chapter and has been volunteering with United Hatzalah for … Continue reading

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Behind the Orange Vest: A Conversation with Vicky Tiferet on International Women’s Day

Vicky Tiferet was recently appointed as the head of United Hatzalah’s Hula Valley chapter, becoming the first woman in the organization to hold such a post. The Hula Valley region stretches from Metula to the north of the Sea of … Continue reading

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Women’s Unit at the Forefront of Lifesaving: An Interview with Gitty Beer

Gitty Beer, the busy mom of five, a new grandmother, and the wife of United Hatzalah’s founder Eli Beer, started and runs United Hatzalah’s Women’s Unit, which is made up of more than 100 EMS volunteers and counting. Although there … Continue reading

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History in the Making: Israel’s Campaign to Vaccinate as Told by 5 UH Medics

  United Hatzalah medics continue to take an active lead in Israel’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Last Saturday evening, the cover story of BBC World News featured a photograph of United Hatzalah medic Shira Hershkop administering a dose to one of Israel’s elderly.  The … Continue reading

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Behind The Orange Vest: Volunteering Through the Eyes of Esther Pamensky

45 year-old Esther Pamensky, originally from New York, lives in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Eshkol with her husband and 4 kids.  She has been volunteering for the last year and a half in United Hatzalah’s Women’s Unit. Throughout the … Continue reading

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A Pandemic Through an EMT’s eyes: 10 United Hatzalah Volunteers Share What They’ve Learned Being on the Frontlines

How have the challenges of Covid-19 affected first responders in Israel on a day-to-day basis? In their own words, 10 volunteers of United Hatzalah from diverse backgrounds share how they have become better EMTs and what has kept them going … Continue reading

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