It’s The Little Things That Matter

Last Tuesday United Hatzalah volunteer first responders were called to an emergency on Dov Hoz street in Holon. Five volunteers arrived at the scene in order to assist in an emergency where a person had lost consciousness. The volunteers succeeded in reviving and stabilizing the man and prepping for transport to the hospital. After the ambulance left with the patient, the first responders headed to a nearby store in order to purchase some drinks to refresh themselves.

When they arrived at the cash register of “Daniel’s Drinks” (Mashkaot Daniel) located nearby, the store owner refused to take any money and asked the volunteers to accept the drinks on behalf of the residents of the neighborhood who appreciate the hard work and self-sacrifice of the volunteers.

 

“You do holy work that helps all of us and you do it for free. These drinks are the least that I can do to help you on your mission of saving lives,” the store owner told the volunteers.

 

Ami Cohen, who was one of the volunteers present said: “The store owner absolutely refused payment. We offered numerous times but he wouldn’t accept it and said that the drinks are his way of thanking us for the work that we do. It is actions like these, these small gestures of thanks, that are so enormous in our minds. They stay with us and remind us that we help make a difference. I want to thank the store owner for his recognition of our work and his generosity.”

 

Head of the Bat Yam and Holon chapter of United Hatzalah Yehuda Mizrachi said: “These types of stories really move me emotionally. Our volunteers work night and day and put their own lives on the line to save lives. When people from the community stop and say thank you to our volunteers it is something really special that we all take heart from. I too wish to thank the store owner of Daniel’s Drinks for the appreciation that he showed our volunteers. I wish him much success in his business. On behalf of the organization, I also wish to thank the volunteers themselves who helped save this man’s life.”

 

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Israeli First Responder Faces Emergency While In Transit at Newark Airport

Last week, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT and Regional Coordinator Gavy Friedson was traveling through Newark Airport on his way back from a speaking engagement in Vancouver, Canada. Friedson had been talking about how the organization saves lives by having volunteers spread across the country. These volunteer first responders are trained to recognize an emergency situation and react in seconds to provide medical aid and intervention. Friedson was not expecting to have to put his training to use so soon after his speaking event. But as is often the case with first responders, they are often in the right place at the right time.

On Tuesday, Friedson, was in the airport when he noticed an 86-year-old woman in a wheelchair being pushed by her daughter and granddaughter through the terminal.

Friedson noticed that the matriarch was not being responsive as her daughter called her name. The older woman was turning red and quickly losing consciousness.

Friedson immediately signaled the airport police officers to get him a defibrillator and to call an ICU ambulance. The police officers helped him get the woman out of the wheelchair and lay her gently down on the floor where he began chest compressions. Friedson, together with the first responders in the airport continued CPR for approximately 8 minutes until an ambulance arrived.

Minutes before this situation occurred Gavy was telling the people next to him on his fight all about his experiences as an EMT first responder. He had told fellow passengers that: “We never know when an emergency will take place. We never know where it will happen and we certainly will never know why.”

Friedson, therefore, encouraged his fellow passengers to take CPR courses so that they will have the basic skills needed in the moment when an emergency takes place. “We may not be able to predict the when and the where, but we can certainly train ourselves to know how to respond. We can definitely know how to do basic CPR which can help save a life,” he added.

Just a few minutes after the wheels touched down on the tarmac, Friedson found himself performing CPR.

“It is incredibly important to know what to do in this type of situation,” Friedson said. “I cannot emphasize enough how important learning and performing CPR properly is. A bystander can quickly turn into a lifesaver if they know what to do and act quickly during an emergency even before ambulances and first responders arrive. That is the idea that United Hatzalah is founded upon (having volunteer responders arrive ahead of ambulances to cut down response time. That is the message that I am trying to share with everyone I meet across the globe. Hopefully, my efforts will result in many lives being saved.”

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New Course Trains Volunteer EMTs For Israel and U.S. Certification

For the second consecutive year, United Hatzalah of Israel will be offering a hybrid Israeli and United States emergency first responder training course. The course, which is set to begin on October 14th with an orientation class, will allow participants to become certified EMTs in both Israel and most of the United States.

NREMT trainee wheels a patient into the emergency room.

The course is being taught by United Hatzalah but is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) which certifies EMTs across the United State and whose accreditation is used by 46 states out of 50 as a basis for licensure. United Hatzalah is Israel’s official training partner of the NREMT.

 

“We are making the effort to reach out to the English speaking population in Israel who often travel to the U.S. as well as students studying in Israel for their gap year. Many of these people want to get involved and save lives so we came up with this training course that will certify them in both countries allowing them to save lives no matter where they are,” said President and Founder Eli Beer.

 

The course will be given in English. It is comprised of in-class training, as mandated by Israel’s Health Ministry, and includes extra components online that comply with the NREMT training. The in-class training will be conducted at United Hatzalah’s headquarters in Jerusalem.

 

Last year, the organization held three such courses and graduated more than 60 students, some of whom went on to save lives as first responders in both countries.  

 

“I’ve gone on dozens of emergency calls as well as ambulance shifts in Israel and I can say that it has been an experience that changed me and how I live my life,” said Yonaton Atkin, one of the graduates of the course from last year. “Throughout my life, I have always wanted to help others, now, whether I am at home, in the office, or even abroad visiting family and friends in the United States, I can help others as a first responder. That is something that is important to me and has helped me make a difference in my own community in Israel and in the U.S.”

 

Another volunteer, Coral Sellouk graduated the course last May and within two weeks had saved the lives of two people, one in Rehovot and the other in her hometown of West Hollywood, California.

 

“Training to become an EMT has been a positive change for me,” said Sellouk. “Not only have I learned to gauge my surroundings in a different way and notice things that I never did before, but I have also managed to raise my awareness in a way that enables me to help people. It is because of this training that I was able to save two lives since my graduation. That is not something that I ever expected to do,” she added.  

The NREMT course is set to begin with a mandatory orientation on October 14th in Jerusalem. It is open to both Men and Women from age 17 and up. For more information regarding the course or to register please contact Yatkin@israelrescue.org

 

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Local Bicycle Shop Owner Donates Parts to Repair Vandalized First Response Vehicle

Kiryat Malachi resident and bicycle store owner Rafi Ovadia donated parts that were vandalized from a first response emergency electric bicycle that belonged to EMT Shmuel Galinsky. Galinsky’s electric bicycle, which he uses to respond to medical emergencies in his neighborhood, was vandalized over the weekend. Galinsky discovered the theft and vandalization of his bicycle when he received an emergency alert from United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command center on Shabbat afternoon.

Galinsky ran downstairs to get on his bicycle and drive over to the scene of the emergency only to find that the seat and the electric battery had been stolen from his bicycle. Other parts of the bicycle were damaged in the theft and the vehicle was unusable. Galinsky had to notify the dispatcher that he was standing down from responding.

 

On Saturday night, the volunteers from across the city took to social media castigating the thief and denouncing the action that caused the delayed response to a medical emergency.    

 

The story caught fire on social media and even the Mayor of Kiryat Malachi, Eliyahu Lulu, who was present during the inauguration of the local headquarters of United Hatzalah and the dedication of Galinsky’s electric bicycle just a few months ago denounced the theft on his public facebook page.

 

Upon hearing of the plight of the first responder, Ovadia, who owns the store Bike-Station in Rishon LeZion, contacted Galinsky and asked if he could collect the bicycle so that he could repair it. Ovadia dealt with the logistics of picking up the bicycle, bringing it to his store in Rishon LeZion, fixing the damage and replacing the stolen parts. He even added some features for extra safety and convenience for the rider to enjoy.

 

Ovadia then brought the bicycle back to Galinsky’s apartment building where he showed Galinsky how to use the additional features, enabling Galinsky to more easily save lives. Ovadia told members of the chapter that he was doing this of his own volition and as a donation to the organization.

 

Galinsky thanked Ovadia profusely for his help and has already returned to service having gone out on three calls since he has received the bicycle back. “I can’t thank Rafi enough for this noble act that he has done in order to allow me to continue to save lives here in our community. It is a great thing that he has done and I, together with all the patients I reach from here on out, appreciate it tremendously,” Galinsky said.

 

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A New Birth A New Beginning

United Hatzalah volunteer EMT, and Director of the organization’s women’s unit, Gitty Beer was cooking soup for dinner when she was alerted to a woman in labor in her community in Jerusalem. Gitty almost forgot to turn off the stove under the bubbling soup as she dashed out of the door and sped to the address. She arrived in under 3 minutes.

A crowd of excited children, from tot to teen, stood outside the apartment. The children told Gitty that their mother would be giving birth to their fourteenth sibling. As Gitty ran in she saw the father in the house with his wife, extremely stressed out. It was clear that the birth was imminent. Gitty whipped out her birth kit as she prepared the woman for a home delivery. Two more United Hatzalah volunteers arrived, a paramedic with his EMT wife. The two female medics focused on the laboring woman while the paramedic stood nearby, providing the woman with privacy while right on hand in case ALS intervention was required.

The baby’s head emerged, rapidly followed by its wiggling, smooth little body. A healthy baby girl. Gitty performed an APGAR assessment, dried the baby and clipped the umbilical cord. The mother gently took her new daughter and began to nurse her tenderly. It was heartwarming to see how excited and delighted she was, despite having given birth thirteen times before. Now that the danger was over, the father relaxed as well and held his daughter caringly as the medics tended to his wife.

 

The woman was eager to show the newborn to her other children, and Gitty helped the woman change into a comfortable robe. She cleaned away signs of the birth and the father called in the waiting siblings. An ambulance arrived and the woman and infant were transported to the maternity ward for postnatal care.

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Saving a Life in Two Minutes – A First Person Account

My name is Chaim Stern and I am a United Hatzalah volunteer EMS first responder. A few weeks ago, I was lying in bed reading a book and drifting off to sleep when I received an emergency alert from United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center. A child was choking in my vicinity. The clock showed 12:52 a.m. as Stern jumped out of bed. The address came in a moment later and my adrenaline spiked. The emergency was right across the street from where I live.

I quickly reported to dispatch that I was en route and, following protocol, I switched over to the regional channel on my radio for further instructions and reports. There I got the rest of the information regarding the emergency including which floor and apartment in the building the emergency was taking place in. All this happened in the few seconds it took me to get my clothes and vest on.

 

I ran across the road. As I ran into the building the elevator pinged. The father of the child had sent the grandfather to direct EMS teams.

 

I told him to stay downstairs while I took the elevator up to the fourth floor. I reached the floor and walked out of the elevator while hitting the button to send it back down to the lobby so that backup could arrive quickly. I entered the hallway and to my right saw the open door. I ran in and saw a tiny baby in a diaper lying on the dining-room table and the baby’s father attempting to do compressions.

 

As I approached, in ran another volunteer behind me. The baby was slightly cyanotic around the lips and wasn’t moving. I felt for a brachial pulse but there was none. I reported on my radio that I was undertaking CPR and that Advanced Life Support (ALS) should be alerted. I immediately administered two breaths to the baby’s mouth while I stuck my hand underneath to raise his shoulders slightly to open his airway. The other volunteer relieved the father of doing compressions and as he took over I counted out two breaths and then he performed 15 compressions. We cycled like that for a few more rounds and then searched for a pulse.

 

Lo and behold we found a pulse. It was very slow so we did another cycle. Suddenly the baby started moving around and two seconds later let out a weak cry followed by strong full-fledged screaming.

 

It was at the moment that the baby screamed that the United Hatzalah ambulance arrived. The team was headed by EMS instructor and volunteer Yechiel Meiberg who had come from the national offices just down the road.

 

I remember everything so vividly as one would at a life-altering event. I cannot begin to explain what a fulfilling feeling it was when that baby started crying again.

When things calmed down a bit Afterward and I was heading home, I checked our operations application to review what had transpired. I was surprised to see how fast things took place. I saw at 12:53 it said that I reported that we undertaking CPR. At 12:54 we had reported that the baby had regained consciousness. I got the call at 12:52. That means that within 120 seconds of the call we got the baby back to being fully conscious.

  

Incidentally, the father of this child is actually an uncle of one of our volunteers named Bentzi. Bentzi called me up the next day, quite emotional, to thank me.

 

I went to visit the family the following Thursday to find out how the baby is and how they are. The grandmother opened the door and told me that the baby had lost consciousness again in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and had to be readmitted for a while. From her, I got the full details of the story.

 

The baby had been born 9 weeks early and had been let out of the hospital 2 months later. He was let out of the hospital on that Friday. The family had noticed through Shabbat that sometimes while the baby was eating he seemed to choke a little but it always managed t recover. On Saturday night, unfortunately, it didn’t and that’s when he called.

 

It is indeed hard to imagine what a large part of this baby’s future I managed to play in just a few minutes, and what part United Hatzalah has as well. While my story is only one of many life-saving stories that have taken place by the volunteers in our organization over the years, each one is a world unto itself.

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Helping a Gentleman Who Can No Longer Help Himself

“Never in my life did I think that I would rely upon volunteers to come to my house once a month in order to take me to my favorite spot in the world. The place where I feel the most comfortable and that I yearn to be at the most is a place that I will no longer be able to go without your help.”

This is what Yehuda, a senior citizen in Israel wrote in a letter to his Ten Kavod volunteers from United Hatzalah in Kfar Saba who arrive each week at his home in order to assist in providing him with free medical care, regular check-ups, and companionship. The volunteers, also regularly take Yehuda in an ambulance to the beach for a picnic with his wife. Yehuda is an amputee who lost both of his legs and is unable to leave his home without medical assistance and oversight.

 

Every month, volunteers from the Kfar Saba chapter pick up the local ambulance, go shopping for the couple’s lunch, and then pick up Yehuda and his wife from their home and bring them to the beach. “Each time we come to take Yehuda and his wife, they become overwhelmed with emotion, and so do we. There isn’t a volunteer anywhere in the city who doesn’t know Yehuda’s story. We all take turns helping them on their monthly outing and we all enjoy doing it immensely. Yehuda is an incredibly intelligent and interesting person who enjoys conversing with others. He has touched all of us,” said Nitzan Reich, who heads the Kfar Saba chapter.  

 

United Hatzalah’s Ten Kavod project (Hebrew for Giving Honor), sends emergency medical response volunteers to visit elderly people who live on their own once a week. The volunteers check up on the elderly participants in the program to make sure that they are in good health and taking their medications should they need to do so. If there is a drastic change or anomaly, then the volunteer will report it to the patient’s family doctor who can then follow up directly with the patient.

 

“We have volunteers across Israel visiting more than 750 participants in the program,” said Program Director Shmuel Rosengarten. “The group in Kfar Saba is especially active as the volunteers there have actively adopted not just the participants but all of the elderly who live in the city and are in need of assistance. The volunteers in that chapter are a shining example of how by giving you can make a positive change in your entire community.”

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Going Above and Beyond With Pizza and Ice Cream

Yosef Bruchim volunteers with United Hatzalah both as an EMT and as part of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit. On a recent Thursday evening, Yosef was at home in Bnei Brak eating dinner with his wife when they heard shouts coming from the sidewalk outside. People were standing in the street, shouting up to a woman who was threatening to jump out of her 5th-floor apartment window. The woman had broken the window to climb out and was sitting precariously on the ledge.

Bruchim quickly alerted United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center to the emergency as he ran across the street and up the stairs to the woman’s apartment. Together with police who had arrived at the scene, Bruchim spoke to the woman at great length, eventually convincing her to allow the police to help her back inside. An ambulance crew at the scene then transported her and her husband to the psychiatric ward of the local hospital so she could receive further care.

 

Yosef surveyed the scene and realized there was still more that needed to be done. The couple had 5 children, and while the three youngest were being looked after by their aunt, she wasn’t able to take the older two. The 12-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister remained in the apartment, traumatized by what they had seen and terrified at the prospect of being alone. To make matters worse, there was no food in the house, and the apartment was in terrible disarray.

 

Bruchim took the hungry children for pizza and ice cream, speaking with them gently while they ate to help them cope with the trauma of what they had witnessed. The children told Yosef that they desperately wanted to see their father and find out what was happening with their mother. Bruchim drove them to the hospital and sat in the waiting room of the psychiatric ward while the children visited with their father. He then telephoned a neighbor of the family and arranged for the children to stay there until the father could return home.  It was already 2 a.m., but as Bruchim drove the children back to the neighbor’s, he realized his work was not finished – the broken window still presented a danger. After dropping the children off, Yosef took some materials from his storeroom and boarded up the window, did a basic straightening of the apartment and finally returned home in the wee hours of the morning.

 

Bruchim went to great lengths to help this family in their moment of crisis.

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California Teen and Newly Minted EMT Saves Two Lives In Two Countries In Two Weeks

18-year-old Coral Sellouk, may have been the youngest person to ever train as a United Hatzalah EMT. She began her course in January in Israel at the age of 17, as part of the organization’s NREMT training course that gives participants the ability to become recognized EMTs both in Israel and in the United States.

Coral Sellouk

Little did she know that the skills she learned in her five-month course would help her save two lives in less than a month, one in Israel and one in her hometown of West Hollywood, California.

“Training to become an EMT has been a positive change for me,” said Sellouk. “Not only have I learned to gauge my surroundings in a different way and notice things that I never did before, I have managed to raise my awareness in a way that enables me to help people. It is because of this training that I was able to save two lives since my graduation. That is not something that I ever expected to do,” she added.

Sellouk finished her NREMT training course in May this past year and then stayed in Israel for a few months longer. During that time, she joined numerous ambulance shifts with United Hatzalah to complete her required training calls. When she was supposed to fly back home to the United States, her flight was delayed by a week so she extended her stay in Israel. She decided to use her time wisely and went on some more ambulance shifts. It was the last of these shifts that resulted in the first instance of Sellouk’s life where she helped save the life of another person.

“I was participating in a very quiet shift in Rehovot on the last Thursday night that I was in the country after my flight was delayed. I wasn’t supposed to even be in the country, but God had other plans. The night was a quiet one and there were almost no calls. Just as we were about to close the shift, we got a call that there was an unconscious person nearby. We rushed to the address and when we got inside we heard someone screaming. It was one of the relatives of the man who had collapsed. We began CPR protocol and performed a successful CPR on the unconscious patient. It took an hour and a half, but we eventually succeeded in getting the man’s pulse back. It was the first time I had ever helped save a life.”

Sellouk relates that the information she received there from the team of responders helped her pull through the more arduous second CPR case that she would face alone, just two weeks later. “When you have a team of people working with you, encouraging each other, and telling one another that each person is doing a good job and performing the compressions properly, or giving positive feedback, it really gives a boost to keep on going with the CPR. I very clearly noted the difference between this CPR case and my next.”

The second CPR case for Sellouk took place two weeks later, after she had arrived home in California. The emergency came without warning and occurred right in front of Sellouk’s house.

When the emergency occurred, I was pulling out of my driveway just like I did on every other day. As I was looking around me I noticed a man laying on the sidewalk. Prior to my training, I would have just assumed that this was a man sleeping or simply lying on the street. The course taught me to look deeper and stop to see if everything was alright and if I could be of assistance. I stopped my car, honked to see if he would wake up, and when he didn’t I got out and went over to the man to see if he was conscious and check his pulse. I pulled a pair of gloves out of my United Hatzalah vest pocket and went to check. He was unresponsive, not breathing and had no pulse. I immediately started CPR. Not knowing how long this man was laying there for gave me little hope that what I was doing would help.”

Undeterred by her doubts, Sellouk continued following protocol and worked to try to save the man’s life. “I performed two rounds of compressions and called 911. While they were on speaker, I continued to do CPR alone until the ambulance got to me 4 minutes later. This was one of the hardest things I think I’ve ever done. Once the paramedics arrived, they quickly took over compressions and let me assist them with the assisted ventilation by use of a BVM. They wrote down my name and phone number and I went back home worn out from what seemed the longest 5 minutes of my life. I’m not even sure how I did it. But in the spur of the moment, I simply kept going, even in the 105-degree heat of August. There was a point where I couldn’t feel my arms anymore.” she added.

Sellouk efforts paid off. On Sunday morning, two days after the incident occurred, Sellouk received a phone call from the Deputy Chief of the fire department. “He thanked me for my actions and proceeded to tell me that they managed to get this young man’s pulse back and transported him to the hospital where he was ultimately brought back to life and was in good health. The feeling that I felt in that moment is a feeling that I cannot put to words. I saved this man’s life.”

Shocked and amazed, Sellouk suddenly understood the power of first responders. “You never expect anything like this to happen. You see it in the movies and you hear it from your instructor, but you never actually expect it to happen in front of you. In a million years I never thought it would happen to me. I took the lead on some calls in Israel but I always had a team with me to correct me if something was wrong. Here, outside of my own house, next to my own driveway, I was by myself with this man’s life literally hanging in the balance. It was in my hands and everything was up to me. That is something that I will never forget.”

Sellouk wished to thank those who helped her accomplish this great feat. “I would like to thank Eli Beer, Shai Jaskoll, and all those who are involved in the amazing organization that is United Hatzalah for giving myself and so many others the opportunity to save lives. Most of all I would like to thank my EMT course instructor, Ari Deutsch, who put in countless hours and showed tremendous dedication by teaching us and showing us how passionate he is about saving lives. It is now my passion as well.”

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Top Jewish Music Artists Proud To Support Life-Saving EMS Organization

“United Hatzalah needs no introduction.” So said Yaakov Shwekey in front of a sold-out audience at the Israel Convention Center in Jerusalem on Thursday night during the benefit concert for United Hatzalah. More than 3,000 people were in attendance at the annual gala concert that has become a mainstay of the Jerusalem cultural scene over Sukkot celebrating its 18th consecutive year. “These guys stop on a dime to help another Jew, another Yid, or just someone who needs help. What more can be said? I hope you have a lot fewer calls.”

The concert – Credit Yechiel Gurfein

Shwekey performed as the headliner in a concert that raised more than one-million dollars in donations for the organization according to a statement made by President and Founder Eli Beer. Mordechai Shapiro, who has been a Jewish Music star since 2013, opened the performance with some of his smash hits that got the crowd rocking. Later in the show, the two performers did a duet to the delight of the crowd. Shapiro said that he was happy to share the stage with Shwekey once again and that he was even more excited to do it in Jerusalem and for a cause as good as United Hatzalah.

United Hatzalah’s life-saving vehicles on display – Credit: David Leff

Behind the performers, a video played of when Shapiro got up on stage at the age of ten and sang with Shwekey. That was almost two decades ago. Last night they energized the crowd so thoroughly that people didn’t want to leave and Shwekey was asked by an uproarious audience for encore after encore.

Yaakov Shwekey and Mordechai Shapir on stage doing a duet. – Credit: Yechiel Gurfein

Shwekey told the audience that he was happy to be back performing in support of United Hatzalah once again, a feat he had undertaken together with Avraham Fried in 2015. “ Imagine leaving in the middle of a meal to save a life. They have 5,000 volunteers. One of my dear friends backstage Chezi is a volunteer. And they have 5,000 of them. This organization is something special.”

 

During an interview that Shwekey gave just prior to the show, he said: “Everyone is connected to United Hatzalah. You don’t need to ask me what my connection is to the organization, all of Am Yisrael is connected to it. They save lives. Their volunteers sacrifice their privacy and their time with their families. I have friends who are volunteers and they jump at the call to save Am Yisrael. Anytime the calls come in, during Shabbat, during a simcha, anytime someone in Am Yisrael needs something they jump out and take care of it. There is no better act of loving kindness than to give to others and sacrifice of themselves as they do. So there is a great connection to United Hatzalah that’s for sure.”

 

He added that he has had experience with United Hatzalah as well as other Hatzalah’s from around the world and that he considers Beer to be “a good friend who he has known for a long time.”  

 

“When you sing, you sing for a lot of different organizations. But one organization that doesn’t need a lot of explanation is United Hatzalah because everyone needs them,” Shwekey added.   

 

Shapiro concurred with Shwekey’s sentiments. “United Hatzalah speaks for itself. The organization and what they do speaks for itself. I myself called them a few months ago for my son who jumped off a bed. The volunteers were there in seconds. They truly are a wonderful organization. I’m happy to be here performing to support them, it is a great opportunity.”

 

During the concert, which was MC’ed by Israeli television personality Menachem Toker, President Eli Beer got up and asked the audience to pay their respects to the recently murdered Ari Fuld who was killed in a terror attack in Gush Etzion a few days before Yom Kippur. Beer had invited the Fuld family to come as his personal guests to the performance and had them sit next to the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his wife Tammy.

Eli Beer on stage – Credit: David Leff

He then published his personal email on the screen for all to see and invited everyone who wants to help save lives and dedicate a day of lifesaving to the people of Israel to send him an email and inquire about how they can help the organization in its life-saving mission across the country.

 

“We have never had such an electric crowd and a powerful concert as we did this year,” said Beer. “I’ve been doing this a long time and never have we had such a response from the crowd. The place was electric tonight. I want to thank the performers who came and our supporters for helping our volunteers do their job. We need both dedicated and selfless volunteers as well as dedicated and selfless supporters in order to make our organization work and save lives. Thankfully we have a both.”

 

Just as the concert was ending, EMS volunteers who were in attendance responded to an emergency just outside the building where a 17-year-old teenage boy had fallen over a wall that he was climbing and landed on the cement some 15 feet below. The boy broke both of his legs, and volunteers rushed out of the concert to treat him and put him in one of the organization’s ambulances in order to rush him to the hospital. The incident exemplified the preparedness of the volunteers to drop whatever they are doing and rush out to assist others.  

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