Eli Beer, Founder and President

After witnessing a bus bombing in Jerusalem as he was walking home from school at the age of six, Eli was inspired by this traumatic experience to pursue a career that would allow him to save lives. Eli became a certified EMT at 15, and began volunteering on an ambulance in order to follow his life’s mission. What he found, though, was that when someone needed fast medical attention, unfortunately, the ambulance was unable to arrive in time due to traffic, congestion, and the distance from which the ambulance was dispatched.

Eli sought out to fix this widespread and urgent problem. Although just a teenager, Beer gathered a group of like-minded EMTs with a passion for saving lives to listen to police scanners and rush to the scene when medical help was needed in their neighborhood. The initiative eventually became United Hatzalah (meaning rescue in Hebrew).

United Hatzalah has been at the forefront of medical innovation. Its fleet of vehicles, including the Ambucycle, a motorcycle that has all the medical equipment of an ambulance aside from a stretcher, allows EMTs to reach the patient on average of 90 seconds in Jerusalem, and 3 minutes across Israel. In 2006, Beer invented “Moskowitz Life Compass,” which is the most advanced location technology, able to locate the 5 closest EMS responders within 3 seconds of an emergency.

In twenty-five years, the organization has grown to more than 6,000 volunteers who unite together to save lives, regardless of race or religion. This communal EMS network helps save over 648,000 people per year, in Israel, as they waited for ambulances and medical attention.

Eli’s vision is to bring this life saving model across the world. In 2015, Beer expanded internationally with the establishment of branches in South America and other countries, including “United Rescue” in Jersey City and Englewood, NJ, where the response time was reduced to just two minutes and thirty-five seconds.

For his tireless work, Eli has received various recognitions and awards. This includes being named as Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Israel by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in 2010, receiving the Israel President Prize by President Shimon Peres for innovation and volunteering in 2011, becoming a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2012, and being awarded the Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East in 2013.

Eli resides in Israel with his wife, Gitty, and four children, who are also EMT volunteers. In addition to saving lives, Eli is currently the President and Principal Partner at Misada Capital, an investment fund in the US.

Michael Brown, Vice President
Michael has been working in the non-profit space for over 10 years. He sits on the Board of the Council of Young Jewish Presidents and was listed in 2013 as one of the 36 Under 36 by The Jewish Week. He received his BA from Brown University and MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Mark Gerson, Chairman
Mark Gerson is an American investor and businessman. He is the co-founder and chairman of the Gerson Lehrman Group, a knowledge brokerage and primary research firm that operates a membership-based platform of more than 375,000 independent consultants. He is the co-founder of the professional booking marketplace, Thuzio.
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Mark Gerson – Chair
IG Gindi
Steve Hornstein
Amy Korenvaes
Joel & Adele Sandberg
Mark Schurgin
Mark Silber
Cathy Weiss
Joel Wiener

Alan Dershowitz
Jaqueline Fried
Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz
Jerry Greenwald
Yair Hamburger
Jay Leno
Senator Joe Lieberman
Mikhael Mirilashvili
Tamir Pardo
Rabbi David Wolpe

Amy Korenvaes – Chair
Ron Daniels
Erica Gerson
Richie Katz
Paul Kruss
Shary Stamm
Boris Tiomkin
Cathy Weiss

Ron Daniels – Chair
Laurence Ainouz
Noah Elbogen
Raymond Gindi
Eli Gruen
Michael Novack
Mark Gerson
Harlan Korenvaes
Dan Schwartz
Mark Silber
Michelle Stein Shaviv

Eli Beer – President
Michael Brown – Vice President
Mark Gerson – Chairman
Jeff Aeder
Laurence Ainouz
Aaron Blackman
Neil Book
Yaron Carni
Ricky and Monique Chera
Bert Cohen
Ron Daniels
Bob Diener
Zecki Dossal
Noah Elbogen
Mark and JoAnn Engel
Jerome Falic
Rabbi Erica Gerson
IG Gindi
Raymond Gindi
Alex Goldberg
Jeff Goldstein
Eli Gruen
Steve Hornstein
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Richie Katz
Marian Klein-Feldt
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Jay Leno
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Jay Schottenstein
Mark Schurgin
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Harvey Schwartz
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Boris Tiomkin
Alan Tisch
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Barbara Weichselbaum
Lydia Weiss
Allan and Cathy Weiss
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Joel Wiener
Alicia Yacoby

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UK Board Members

David Metzger (Chairman)
Anthony Yadgaroff
Philip Vecht
Miguel Abadi

Canadian Board Members

Dr. Mark Nusbaum
Josh Kuhl
Charles Lazar
Louis Greenbaum
Dr.Irving Gottesman
Steve Pustil
Harvey Dubrofsky
Ralph Grossman
Martin Lieberman
Celia Tessler Atkin

French Board Members
Laurence Ainouz
Alexander Rosanel
Michael Brown