Category Archives: International Rescue Missions

Israeli EMS Organization United Hatzalah, Distributing Hundreds of Electrical Generators To Orphanages, Schools, Medical Clinics, and Families In Need, Across Ukraine

As Ukraine is being wracked with sub-zero temperatures, snow, and with the persistent shortage of electricity caused by the continuation of the war, numerous establishments such as schools, orphanages, and medical clinics have requested assistance in coping with the extremely … Continue reading

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Elderly Ukrainian Jewish Man Laid To Rest In Jewish Burial Ceremony After United Hatzalah Delegation Hears Of Imminent Christian Funeral

On Wednesday, an elderly Jewish man with no living Jewish relatives passed away in Ukraine in the town of Bila Tserkva. A Christian burial ceremony was planned for the deceased until a local rabbi heard about the news and notified … Continue reading

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B’nai Jeshurun Congregants Meet With Refugee They Helped Rescue From Ukraine

Congregants from the Reform synagogue Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, in New Jersey, met with Alexei, a Ukrainian refugee who was brought to Israel on an emergency flight arranged by United Hatzalah and sponsored by the congregation. The emotional meeting happened last … Continue reading

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Treating The Trauma of Hurricane Ian One Survivor At A Time

My name is Einat Kauffman and I am the Clinical Director of United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit (PCRU). I am one of seven members of our current relief mission to Fort Myers and Naples in Florida providing emotional … Continue reading

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Helping Hurricane Ian Survivors Choose To Tell A Positive Story – One Social Worker’s First-Hand Account of Treating Survivors in Fort Myers

By Hadas Rucham,  Arriving in Fort Myers after a long day of traveling, we met with local authorities to identify communities where our expertise in the field of psychological first aid and emotional stabilization could be of greatest use.   We … Continue reading

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Dramatic Erev Yom Kippur Rescue: Holocaust Survivor Rescued From Donestk Ukraine

A few days before Yom Kippur, Naftali Rabinovitch, who serves as United Hatzalah Chief of Operations in Ukraine, received an urgent phone call. The woman on the other end of the phone said that she is the granddaughter of an … Continue reading

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Finding Strength After the Storm – Israeli Clinical Psychologist Discusses Aiding Evacuees In Fort Meyers In Wake of Hurricane Ian

– By Dr. Sharon Slater On our first day in Florida, we visited a shelter for people who had lost their houses due to the hurricane. Most of them were elderly, but there were also some young families and a … Continue reading

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Empowering Communities in The Aftermath of Disaster – Mission Leader Gavy Friedson discusses relief missions in response to both Hurricane Fiona and Hurricane Ian

On September 18th, just after Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico, I received a phone call that would drastically change the next few weeks of my life. I was about to embark on not one, but two, major relief … Continue reading

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United Hatzalah Sends Relief Mission To Florida In Response To Hurricane Ian

Just over a week after United Hatzalah sent a mission to Puerto Rico to assist with Hurricane Fiona, the organization dispatched a second relief team, this time to assist in Florida following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. “This is … Continue reading

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Helping Others Learn How To Help Themselves

By Avishai Levkovitz My name is Avishai Levkovitz and I am a social worker. I have been volunteering with United Hatzalah as part of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit (PCRU) for a short time now and I was asked … Continue reading

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