Fire and Rescue Department Commissioner: “Fire Fighters should Also Be EMTs”

Israel’s Fire and Rescue Department Commissioner Rav Tefser Dedi Simchi visited United Hatzalah headquarters last week to learn about how the two organizations can help each other. “I see it as an important goal that among the firefighters there should be EMTs who can provide an emergency medical response to fellow firefighters and other injured persons during emergency situations should the need arise. This is already the case in many countries throughout the world and would be especially helpful in difficult emergency situations.”   

Dedi Simchi and his Staff meet the United Hatzalh leadership in Jerusalem

Simchi made the previous statement during the visit in which he and other high ranking members of the Fire and Rescue Department took the time to meet with United Hatzalah officials. A series of cooperative projects were also agreed upon by the two organizations.

Commissioner Dedi Semchi and United Hatzalah CEO Moshe Teitelbaum

President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said: “Firefighters are working shoulder to shoulder in the field with the life-saving volunteers of United Hatzalah, and there is a mutual interest between the two and that is saving lives and maintaining the dignity of life. Partnerships between these two agencies will result in maximizing the professional rescuing potential that permeates and epitomizes the servicemen and woman and volunteers alike in both organizations.”  

Dedi Semchi and his staff see first hand how the UH dispatch and command center operates

Rav Tefser Dedi Simchi added: “United Hatzalah is an integral part of the lifesaving first response organizations in Israel. I have instructed my teams from all levels to expand and solidify their partnerships in the field between out two service organizations. In addition, I would like to say to all the volunteers of United Hatzalah “Well done!” from all of us at the Fire and Rescue Department. You are doing incredible work and I want to wish you all a Happy, Kosher and Safe Pesach!”

 

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Gush Etzion Life-Saver Celebrated During Community Awareness Event

The story of how Efrat resident and newly minted EMT Joel Atkin saved a man’s life on a tennis court, will not quickly be forgotten by anyone in the Atkin family, nor by the man he saved, Mr. Michael Cohen or his family. The two men met once again on Tuesday night months after Atkin had saved Michael’s life.

An ATV and an Ambucycle are positioned outside of the Atkin’s home on Tuesday in Efrat

At around 9:30 in the morning on November 24th, Atkin was in Jerusalem playing tennis at the Jerusalem courts near Teddy stadium. He had just begun his training as part of United Hatzalah’s NREMT program, the only registered provider of NREMT training and certificates outside of the U.S. Atkin, who was taking the course together with his son Yonatan, had already passed the segment of the course which taught the trainees how to perform CPR. While he was playing tennis, a man, Michael Cohen, collapsed a few courts away. It took people nearby a few moments to realize that Cohen had collapsed, but once they did, they began screaming for help.

 

Atkin thought that a terror attack had taken place and ran to help. When he saw the man collapsed unconscious on the ground, his training kicked in and he began CPR compressions while having a bystander call for help. Someone found a defibrillator in the offices of the tennis center and Atkin attached it to Cohen. Due to his quick intervention and resuscitative efforts, Cohen regained consciousness and made a full recovery without any brain damage caused.

 

From left to right – Eli Beer, Joel Atkin, Michael Cohen, and Dr. Yitzchak Glick during the event

On Tuesday, United Hatzalah held a special community event and fundraiser in Efrat. The Atkins, Joel and his wife Yael and their 11 children, were happy to host the event that was attended by the local Chapter Head Yonatan Ovadiah and Deputy Chapter Head Danny Gur, as well as the organization’s Founder and President, Eli Beer. To make the evening even more special, Mr. Cohen, who lives in Jerusalem, came out especially to the event to thank Atkin in person and share his story and gratitude with the gathered crowd. “Had it not been for Joel, and other first responders like him, I wouldn’t be here today,” Cohen said. Atkin thanked Cohen for his kind words before he was presented with a special plaque honoring him for his efforts in saving Mr. Cohen’s life. The plaque was presented by the head of medicine in Efrat Dr. Yitzchak Glick, who is also a United Hatzalah first responder.

 

“I was already in heaven,” said Cohen recounting his experience to the gathered crowd. “They brought me back. Joel and the team of responders brought me back here and that is why I am here today. The biggest doctors told me, after they saw the video, that it takes about a month to train people to respond as fast and in such a synchronized fashion as they did that day. I am alive because of you, and who knows, one day maybe I too will become a volunteer.”

 

The evening in Efrat culminated with President Eli Beer discussing some of the needs of the region with regards to EMS equipment and his dream for Gush Etzion. “We have committed to increasing our presence in all of Judea and Samaria and the region of Gush Etzion is one of the most important pieces for us to fulfill this commitment. We want to open a new course to train more responders in the area and are aiming to bring in more vehicles such as ambucycles and ATVs that could maneuver the difficult off-road terrain that is spread all throughout the Gush. Anything we can do for the residents to lower response times and save more lives is what we will do, but we need the help of people like you, from the community, to assist us in providing that response,” he told the gathered crowd. “Our model and our mission are all wrapped up in the community. Our volunteers come from the community and respond to save lives in the community. Together, we will strengthen each of the communities throughout Gush Etzion and save more lives just as Joel saved Michael.”

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Newly Sworn-in Knesset Member Maintaining His Previous Commitments

Newly sworn-in Yinon Azoulai, took the oath of office last Wednesday in place of his father David Azoulai who served and still serves as the Minister of Religious Services. Yinon Azoulai took his father’s place as part of the Shas party and is a member of the current government. Minister Azoulai has to undergo medical treatment and felt that the treatment combined with his Knesset responsibilities were too much for him, he therefore resigned and cleared the way for his son to enter.

MK Yinon Azoulai at the scene of the accident on Highway 6 on Monday

Yinon now serves in the Knesset plenum and as a member of the Shas party. Even with his new responsibilities, he has not given up those he took upon himself previously and still serves as a volunteer first responder for United Hatzalah. Yesterday, MK Azoulai responded to a traffic accident on Highway 6 near the Sorek interchange in which five people were injured.  

The accident involved a taxi and two private vehicles that had flipped over. One person was seriously injured, one person was moderately injured and three people were lightly injured.

MK Azoulai said: “When I arrived at the scene before the ambulances were able to arrive, I saw two vehicles that had flipped over and another vehicle, a taxi, that had been involved in the accident. Together with other United Hatzalah first responders from the ambucycle unit of the organization who arrived at the scene, we provided first aid treatment to the injured. One of the injured was an infant. After we treated them, they were taken to the hospital for further care and observation.”

MK Yinon Azoulai at the scene of the accident on Highway 6 on Monday

Following the incident, President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said: “Our volunteers come from all segments and sectors of society. We are proud of each and every one of them. From our volunteers who sell sandwiches and drive trucks, to those who serve in various branches of the government, and now even in the Knesset. It is important to us as an organization to have our network of volunteer responders spread all over Israel, in every town, Kibbutz, and city, and in every level of society so as to be able to provide the fastest emergency medical response possible. I am glad that MK Azoulai is continuing to volunteer with us even with his new responsibilities. Now, if there is a medical emergency in the Knesset, one of our volunteers will be there in less time then it would have taken previously.”

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Safety and Health Tips for Pesach From United Hatzalah

As Passover cleaning has already begun in many houses across Israel, United Hatzalah is taking the opportunity to send out a public service announcement with health and safety tips regarding the holiday covering everything from cleaning to hiking.

United Hatzalah Staff and volunteers celebrate Pesach by baking matza with local children

As in previous years, due to the high volume of emergency calls received by the organization’s Dispatch and Command Center, it has been decided that United Hatzalah will be raising its alert level in order to enable its volunteer doctors, paramedics and EMTs to respond to emergencies faster over the course of the holiday. United Hatzalah leadership has instructed all of its volunteers to keep their medical response equipment within arm’s reach, even while they are touring or vacationing with their families.

Founder and President of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said: “Each year we see that the number of emergency calls received by our organization rises dramatically over the holiday. Many of the calls come from hikers who are not careful, incidents in which the burning of the chametz on Erev Pesach got out of hand, and children coming into contact with cleaning agents or choking on bits of chametz or matza. We are therefore asking the public to be more careful this year than in previous years and be especially aware of these issues so as to avoid medical emergencies so that we can all enjoy a safe, healthy and happy holiday.”

 

The following is a list of safety guidelines issued in the hopes of helping the public avoid mishaps:

 

Burning of the Chametz:

  • Chametz should be burned only in the specifically designated containers.
  • In areas without specifically designated containers, it is prohibited and dangerous to light a fire in close proximity to thorns, leaves, pine needles, or other brush that is flammable.
  • One should encircle the area around any bonfire with stones to limit possibly fire expansion.
  • Do not give children items to throw into the fire.
  • Do not throw any spray can or container into the fire.
  • Do not leave fires burning without supervision. If you light a fire it is your responsibility to supervise it and eventually put it out before you leave the location.
  • Make sure to have at least two large full pails of water near any fire.
  • In the event that a person’s clothes catch fire, do not run! Stop. Drop onto the ground and roll on the ground numerous times. One can also cover themselves with a thick blanket or towel.  
  • In any event of a burn, one should place the affected area under cool running water for 15 minutes and get the area checked by a medical professional.

 

On the holiday itself:

 

One of the main dangers on Pesach is that of choking and allergic sensitivities or reactions. It is therefore advised:

  • During meals, one should be careful with matza, especially when giving it to small children and make sure that the pieces are chewed well to avoid choking.
  • Be especially careful of fishbones

Do not give children under the age of three whole nuts

 

With regards to medications:

  • Bring medications with you if you are visiting or vacationing away from your home over the holiday. It can be very tough to find open pharmacies or lending libraries (gemachs) of medications over the holiday.
  • Many people who suffer from depression or live on their own find the holidays a particularly difficult time. If you know of any such people it is an act of loving-kindness to invite them to celebrate with you.

 

Medical Treatment:

In a case of choking or severe allergic reaction call for emergency services immediately.

 

 

Hiking:

  • Bring a wide-brimmed hat and at least four liters of water per day for EVERY person on the hike.
  • Wear clothing that is appropriate for the intended hiking path. Clothes that keep a person to hot or too cold can be dangerous.
  • When hiking be sure to drink water and not sodas as they do not hydrate a person well
  • Follow trail markers while hiking and do not stray from the outlined path.
  • Do not kick or push rocks down hillsides or over cliffs and you can never know who will be at the bottom.
  • Do not enter caves without proper equipment such as flashlights and reserve batteries.
  • Stay out of caves that are marked as being blighted with Cave Fever. One should check for signs before entering any cave.
  • Do not leave trash along the trails and be especially careful of leaving behind anything that is an accelerant or can be flammable. Coals and cigarettes are especially dangerous and need to be disposed of properly.
  • Those who are sleeping in tents, make sure not to pitch a tent close to any highways or roadways. In addition, do not pitch tents in areas that are not set aside for camping.
  • Do not sleep on or near cliffs or steep hills.
  • Make sure at least one contact person, who is not traveling with you, knows where your hike will be going and what time you are expected to be home.
  • If there is a suspicion of dehydration, poisoning or in the event of a snake bite or scorpion sting, call for emergency services immediately.
  • With regards to snake bites and scorpion stings, DO NOT cut away at the area, attempt to suck out the poison, cool the area, or put on a tourniquet. The best thing to do in such a case is to immobilize the area and the patient and transport them to a hospital as quickly as possible.

 

From our family at United Hatzalah to all of yours, we wish all of Israel a safe, happy and healthy holiday.

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34 New Charedi Women To Serve Their Communities As First Responders

34 Charedi Women graduated a United Hatzalah EMT course on Thursday, joining the Women’s Unit of the organization. The newly trained EMTs will be tasked with providing emergency medical care as first responders to women in the Charedi communities of Jerusalem and the surrounding area.

Photo from Thursday’s graduation – Credit Shira Hershkopf/United Hatzalah

Director of United Hatzalah’s Women’s Unit Gitty Beer said: “This amazing group of 34 women that graduated on Thursday evening will be responding to all types of emergency medical calls, but their primary task will be providing the much-needed response to particularly delicate calls in which women are involved and providing an extra element of care to an already traumatic medical emergency. We’ve found that having women respond to help other women allows the patients to feel more comfortable and gives them a greater sense of ease during their medical ordeal. The patient feels more comfortable and feels that the EMT understands her a little better if she has a woman treating her.”

Beer, who has been running United Hatzalah’s Women’s Unit for almost two years now added: “This idea of the comfort of the patient is something that holds especially true within the Charedi community.”

Currently the Women’s Unit numbers some 150 volunteers who serve in the communities of Jerusalem, Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh, Modi’in Illit and Bnei Brak. The Unit is looking to expand to other communities in which this extra level of sensitivity is requested by the community.

Photo from Women’s Unit Drill

Ephraim Feldman, the Chapter Head of United Hatzalah in Bnei Brak spoke about the Unit’s effectiveness in his city. “We have members of the organization’s Women’s Unit here who respond to emergencies when other women in the community are suffering. Medical emergencies in our community are very sensitive and people do not want to broadcast that it is happening. Therefore, members from this unit often respond to emergencies without lights and sirens, and even without wearing vests outside in the streets. They arrive, take their medical kits with them and treat the patient with the highest level of care both for the patient’s medical condition as well as their privacy,” he said.

Feldman added that the project has met with general approval from even the most religious sectors: “The Rabbis of the city are very much in favor of this project and the Women’s Unit in general and how effective it is at protecting the privacy of the patients.”

Overall, United Hatzalah has close to 500 female volunteers in various projects spread throughout the country. The Women’s Unit forms one of those projects and is run specifically in cities with a large Charedi population.

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How Israeli Innovation Is Changing the World

Avi Jorisch is the author of the newly published “Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World,” which presents 15 stories showing how Israelis of different religions are “making life better for billions of people around the world” and “helping to feed the hungry, cure the sick and provide shelter for the homeless.”

Avi Jorisch

Jorisch chose these 15 stories because they display a mix of innovations in medicine, high-tech, low-tech, water consumption and agriculture, all of which affect people everywhere. Because there are so many innovations in Israel, he found it difficult to choose, so he included Israel’s 50 greatest contributions to the world in an appendix. Even that, however, didn’t fully capture Israel’s impact. “I could have easily kept going,” he notes, but he chose to highlight the 15 stories because “they spoke to me in a moving and definitive way” and were “rays of light.”  

Jorisch placed United Hatzalah first in the book because it “humanizes Israel in a very deep way, and therefore sets the tone for the entire book.” He loves the organization “because it is not a Jewish organization, or a Christian or Muslim organization,” but “a lifesaving organization. He adds: “I am in awe of the lifesaving army that United Hatzalah has created” using “a highly advanced geospatial phone application that calls on trained medical personnel to respond to medical emergencies in their vicinity.” This app, along with the ambulance-motorcycle hybrid known as the ambucycle, gets first responders to “medical emergencies quickly, thereby cutting down response times and helping save lives.”

According to Jorisch, “When people think about the Middle East, they often think about conflict and terrorism. Most people aren’t even aware of United Hatzalah, or that it is marshaling human resources and technology to save lives.” The volunteers — Jewish, Christian or Muslim — “rush to other people’s aid and treat them like their own mothers and fathers.”

Jorisch quipped that “my own children have told me many times that want to ride ambucycles, and they are five and seven years old.”

When asked why he believes Israel has had such an impact in creating innovations that solve some of the world’s most challenging problems, Jorisch replied: “For 3,000 years, the children of Israel have repeated on a daily basis their desire to feed the hungry, cure the sick, provide shelter for the homeless and repair the world. We believe we have a partnership with God and have a responsibility to spread morality and social justice. All of this has deeply impacted the cultural DNA of Jewish people and the State of Israel. We aren’t a nation of saints — but we have been seeking higher meaning for the last three millennia.”

Thou Shalt Innovate: Cover Photo

When asked why he wrote the book, Jorisch responded by saying: “There is no single narrative that defines the Jewish people, but there is no denying that the country has extraordinary innovators who are bound together not by religion, stature or money, but by a desire to make the world a better place and save lives. I feel this is an often-neglected part of the Israeli story that I wanted others to see.”

Jorisch began working on his book shortly after Operation Protective Edge in 2014 when he and his family were going into and out of bomb shelters. “My family, like the rest of Israel, took great comfort in the Iron Dome,” says Jorisch, “but I also learned that it wasn’t the only lifesaving innovation that Israel has created, and I knew I needed to write about the others. Israeli innovations are positively impacting the lives of billions of people around the world.”

Jorisch expressed real hope for Israel’s future and its role in a resource-starved planet. “Take, for example, Egypt and Iran, both of which are about to experience severe water shortages in the next few decades. Do you think that these countries will choose not to turn towards the one country in the world that has declared a water independence from the weather and its neighbors? And it doesn’t end there. Israel has solutions when it comes to agricultural, medical and defense challenges that will continue to afflict planet earth in the years to come.”

“Thou Shalt Innovate” can be purchased on Amazon, and starting at the end of the month, it will also be available at Steimatzky’s bookstores in Israel.

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The Greatest Way To Honor and Enjoy Shabbat – Save Someone Who Can Honor it And Enjoy It Also

On a recent Friday afternoon, a 90-year-old woman was preparing for Shabbat when the contents of one of the pots on the stove caught fire. Smoke quickly filled the apartment and the woman, due to her limited mobility, was unable to escape. She urgently called for help.

Yisrael Chanukah

Yisrael Chanukah, a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT, who is a husband and father of four, was also preparing for Shabbat when the emergency call came in from United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center. He immediately dropped what he was doing, dashed outside to his ambucycle, and raced to the apartment in 60 seconds.

Chanukah could see accumulating smoke through the window and heard a cry for help. He sprinted into the building and found the elderly woman breathing heavily. He quickly assisted her out of the building and assessed the older woman who assured him he was fine.

Once the elderly woman was out of the building, Chanukah realized that there were only seconds until the fire spread from the pot to the rest of the apartment. He sprinted back inside and ran out seconds later with the pot, placing it on the ground where it posed no danger.

Chanukah then approached the elderly woman to treat her minor injuries. Meanwhile, the fire department had arrived and began using large fans to ventilate the apartment to remove the smoke and make the air inside breathable once again.

In spite of his Shabbat preparations waiting at home, Chanukah stayed with the older woman for an hour. Kind neighbors arrived and offered the woman food and necessary items for Shabbat. The fire chief then approached and explained that soon it would be safe to return. As the woman was stabilized, caring neighbors were nearby and the situation was under control, Chanukah finally allowed himself to finally go home.

 

“When it comes to saving lives, it doesn’t matter what it happening around me. I drop everything and rush to offer whatever assistance I can. When I helped the elderly woman, to me that was the greatest way that I could possibly honor and enjoy Shabbat, by making sure that another person was alive and well to honor and celebrate theirs,” said Chanukah.

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Training Them To Respond

Avi Marcus is married with five children and lives in Petach Tikva, a city located to the northwest of Tel Aviv. He is the Chief Paramedic for United Hatzalah, Israel’s national volunteer community-based EMS services organization. One of the main parts of Marcus’s job is to oversee the quality of medical care given by the more than 4,000 volunteers across the organization. He can’t be everywhere at once, so he oversees some 25 regional paramedics each of whom is responsible to supervise and maintain the high level of quality care given by the volunteers across the country.

Avi Marcus

In addition, Marcus is tasked with making sure that all of the new EMS trainees are trained to the highest medical standards that they can be. “I not only oversee all of the training courses across the country, of which there are currently 53 in session, but I also teach parts of them myself to provide an extra emphasis on certain things that I know many times volunteers in the field forget – small pointers that can save lives,” Marcus said.

 

On top of that, he is also a volunteer emergency first responder. “The system in Israel works differently than it does in North America or England. In our organization, all 4,000 volunteers across the country are always on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. An emergency call can come at any time – while a person is working, while they are relaxing at home, while they are bathing their kids, or sitting down at the dinner table. Often, these calls come while one is traveling on the roads. In my case, they constantly occur when I am driving from meeting to meeting or training session to training session. I travel a lot and put a lot of mileage on my car as I use it to go out and visit volunteers all over the country and join them on training calls to observe the level of their knowledge and check that all of their equipment is in order. These are surprise visits in order to encourage our volunteers to maintain their high levels of training and efficiency,” Marcus added.  

Marcus leading a collaborative training session between United Hatzalah volunteers and the Fire Department

From the newest trainee to the President of the organization, all of the members of United Hatzalah answer the call and it is Marcus’s job to make sure the level of care that they provide is the best it can be.

 

Each year the organization runs mandatory refresher courses that Marcus is in charge of. These courses aim at placing an operational emphasis on specific topics which field reports have shown need to be addressed. “Last year the topics addressed were how to best take an oral history, approaching a patient and equipment retraining. This year the focus will be more on birthing, managing a scene and how to operate within a group of first responders. An emphasis will also be placed on utilizing the intervention of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit as this too is an area that we felt is important to bring awareness to,” Marcus added.  

 

Last year Marcus performed more than 1,000 incident checks in the field. In order to achieve this, he traveled more than 40,000 miles back and forth across the country. While performing these spot checks Marcus also answers emergencies often taking trainees with him in order to continue their on-scene incident training.

Marcus recalled two incidents that continue to drive him and help give him the push he needs to pound the pavement and go on call after call. “I was on my way home from a training session a few months ago and there was an emergency nearby. I was alerted by the organization’s phone application and radio dispatch. I arrived at the location of the incident in less than 60 seconds. The call came in as a seizure, however, when I arrived I saw that the person was unconscious and gasping. The situation required full CPR so I immediately alerted the dispatch center, attached a defibrillator, and gave the man medication as more volunteers joined me. The nearest ambulance was 10 minutes out. So we were alone performing CPR on this man who had collapsed while working out at a gym. Thankfully the CPR was successful and the person is alive and well today. This was a clear message to me that what I am doing, and the equipment I have, makes a difference and saves lives,” Marcus said.

 

In a second story, Marcus related what hit him close to home and stayed with him throughout his years as a first responder. “It was the first call that I ever went on as a United Hatzalah volunteer and it took place a number of years ago. There was a young girl who was unconscious at home. I arrived in almost no time and performed a full CPR on her. Thankfully it was a successful CPR. What really made this incident real for me, was that I have a daughter who is the exact same age as this girl. I kept thinking to myself how this could have been her. With every patient I treat, part of me thinks about the family and friends of this person who is receiving my help and I devote everything I have to saving that person and helping not only them, but their friends, families, and loved ones. It is something I teach my students to think about as well.”

 

Thankfully that young girl is alive and well today as are many others who owe their lives to the hard work of our volunteers and people like Avi Marcus who give of themselves continually to make sure that each and every one of the more than 4,000 volunteers across the country are performing their EMS duties with incredible care and professionalism.

 

“The network of volunteers that we have saves lives. It is as simple as that. In a country where we place a volunteer on each street corner and in every community, a volunteer who knows how to save lives and has the equipment they need to do so, that is a country that will succeed in saving as many people as possible. That is our goal and I personally believe that it is a must for any city or country that values the lives of its citizens. Our volunteers know the community in which they live, they know where people are located and this enables them to cut down immensely on EMS response time as people don’t have to wait for ambulances to begin receiving care. In the time it takes an ambulance to arrive we already there saving lives,” Marcus declared.  

 

On a personal note, Marcus also said that his volunteering and work has had a positive impact on his family. “My son is now an EMR because he sees his father, a paramedic, rushing out to emergencies and helping people. He wants to be like me and help people and I am encouraging that.”

 

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Test Your Car Receive An Act of Loving-kindness

On Thursday, after taking his vehicle in for its annual test in Rehovot, Amir Tzabari, a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT, received a heartwarming surprise. Just after he exited the center having finished his test, a passerby asked him to wait a few moments before continuing on his way. He was taken completely by surprise at what happened next.

 

The woman who made the request told Tzabari that she had seen his United Hatzalah vest through his car window and therefore requested for him to wait a few moments until she returned. “While the request struck me as being a bit odd, the woman seemed sincere and I thought perhaps she needed my help with something so I waited for her,” Tzabari said.

Tzabari holding the Mishloach Manot he received from the passerby

Volunteers like Tzabari are used to people asking them for help with medical conditions. However, when the woman returned she did not ask for medical assistance or advice, rather she presented Tzabari with a gift of Mishloach Manot for the upcoming holiday of Purim. The woman told Tzabari that the gift was on behalf of the non-profit organization that she worked for which is Tza’adim Ketanim or Little Steps. The organization helps those who suffer from muscular dystrophy and often, many of their patients are assisted by volunteers from United Hatzalah.

Upon seeing the vest the woman felt it was only fitting to give something back to the volunteers who help her patients so much.

If that wasn’t reason enough, the woman said that one of her family members is alive today because a United Hatzalah volunteer had saved their life. “The woman told me the story of her relative who had suffered a heart attack. She said that the first people at the scene, who arrived very fast, were United Hatzalah volunteers. She explained that the volunteers began CPR and that her relative woke up after nearly a month of living on a respirator. Thankfully, she said that her relative is leading a normal life now without the need for any further medical assistance.”

 

Tzabari was really taken aback by the whole episode. “This woman succeeded in really touching me on a spiritual level. This small gesture was something tremendous. I wish to thank all of my fellow volunteers for giving of themselves on a daily basis to respond to emergencies and helping others. It is these acts that are changing the face of Israel for the better every single day. I am proud to be a member of this network of upstanding volunteers.”

 

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