Give Oxygen, Give Life

Keep Israel alive and breathing. Help us ensure we can administer oxygen to all those who need it.

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Providing oxygen is one of the most essential roles of a medical first responder. It is often the first treatment administered at the scene of an emergency and can literally mean the difference between life and death.
  • Permanent brain damage from lack of oxygen starts between 4-6 minutes
  • Every increasing minute decreases the chances of survival
  • Average ambulance response time is 10 minutes and oxygen administration at this stage is too late
  • On average, our 6,000 United Hatzalah medics arrive at a scene in 3 minutes (and in metropolitan cities, 90 seconds)
Help us to ensure we can keep giving Israelis the breath of life. Together, we can infuse our medics with the most essential aspect of lifesaving.
Learn more about this urgent need under the “About the Campaign” tab below.

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Mark and Rabbi Erica Gerson, International Chairman of United Hatzalah

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Mark Gerson is the co-founder and Chairman of the Gerson Lehrman Group. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Julius, the co-founder and Chairman of Thuzio, co-founder and co-Chairman of Voray, and the co-founder of Quality Reviews.

Mark is the International Chairman of United Hatzalah, having co-founded the International organization with Eli Beer in 2006. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the African Mission Healthcare Foundation, which supports the work of Christian medical missionaries serving in Africa. As part of that work, he and his wife Erica started the annual Rabbi Erica and Mark Gerson L'Chaim Prize for Outstanding Christian Medical Missionary Service now entering its third year. He is also the co-founder of United Rescue, which is bringing the United Hatzalah model of crowd-sourced volunteer first response to the United States. Mark is also the author of books on intellectual history and on education, and has published articles on subjects including the Biblical Jonah, Frank Sinatra's legacy and the OJ Simpson case in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Weekly Standard and other publications. He is a graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School.

Rabbi Erica Gerson graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude, and received both Rabbinical ordination and a Masters in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2007. Erica is a member of the Board of Directors of Rodeph Sholom School, a Reform Jewish day school. Erica is also a board member of United Hatzalah of Israel.

Mark and Erica live with their four children in Manhattan.

Harvey and Gloria Kaylie

Harvey and Gloria Kaylie

The Kaylies have made a permanent impact on the nation of Israel and the Jewish community in the United States. Since the 1970s, Harvey has made a prestigious and economic impact on Israel through the success of Ravon Electronics, a branch of the 1969-founded company Mini-Circuits Inc., of which Harvey was President. With Gloria by his side in spirit and in deed, Harvey made the company a global leader in radio frequency and microwave signal processing components.

However, this was just the start. Throughout their lives the Kaylies have made giving a priority. Today, their philanthropy has helped young people with developmental disabilities integrate with their peers via Camp Kaylie; benefitted Jewish education through support of Yeshiva University, Yeshiva Har Torah, and a variety of Jewish Federations; and they have impacted social services and health care in Israel. Their most recent donation for establishment of the Kaylie Kidney Health Center of Excellence at Rambam Health Care Campus will facilitate innovative kidney research—impacting kidney health at a global level, and ensuring the best possible medical care for kidney patients in Israel’s northern region.


How often is oxygen used?

Our 6,000 medics respond to 1,800 emergencies throughout Israel every day. In 2019 oxygen was administered on 70% of calls relating to breathing and cardiac-related emergencies.

What is the need at this time?

In 2019, United Hatzalah filled 6 million liters of empty oxygen tanks, at a cost of $280,000. Additionally, United Hatzalah is currently operating approximately 2,000 oxygen tanks that are not safe for use any longer, due to new regulations made by the Ministry of Health. These tanks must be removed immediately from volunteers’ medical bags and urgently need to be replaced. As oxygen is the “bread and butter” of lifesaving, it is vital that this happens immediately.

What additional equipment is purchased with an oxygen tank?

Physically, each oxygen tank contains an oxygen cylinder, a regulator with a pressure gauge with a functioning flow meter, a delivery device such as a resuscitation mask, and a disposable mask. In addition, your purchase contributes towards the training of our medics to safely administer oxygen. The use of an oxygen tank may seem simple but there are many safety issues that need careful training before one becomes a medic.

When does one need to administer oxygen?

The air a person normally breathes contains approximately 21% oxygen. When a patient is getting less oxygen than required for an extended period they are described as having hypoxia. This is when oxygen needs to be administered. In distress, a patient’s oxygen supply may be compromised. With each passing minute, limited oxygen means potential severe damage.

What are the signs and symptoms of hypoxia?

These include increased breathing and heart rate, shortness of breath, low oxygenation, changes in the level of consciousness, restlessness, cyanosis (bluish color on lips and nailbeds), or chest pain.

Saving Time. Saving Lives.

Founded in 2006, United Hatzalah has grown to become the largest independent, non-profit, nationally recognized and fully-volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) organization in Israel, responding to over 900 emergency calls a day. United Hatzalah's 6,000 medics, paramedics, and doctors create a web of emergency first responders, each connected to a GPS-based dispatch system which, together with our innovative transportation solutions, provides lifesaving aid faster than any other EMS organization in the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

United Hatzalah has democratized access to emergency medical services by providing its services free of charge and has improved victim outcomes by getting first responders to the scene of an emergency three times faster than an ambulance. Our volunteers, spotted at every medical emergency, have been dubbed 'Angels in Orange' after their trademark orange vests. United Hatzalah has set a goal to grow to 6,000 volunteer medics in Israel by 2020 and further reduce the average response time to just 90 seconds nationwide.

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