Thousands of people from all over the world are expected to visit the Polish town of Leżajsk/Lizhensk for the yartzeit (anniversary of the death) of one of the founding members of the Chassidic movement Rabbi Elimelech from Lizhensk. The anniversary takes place on the 21st of the Jewish month of Adar which begins on Monday evening, March 13th, and continues for the next day.

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Part of the Israeli delegation heading to Lizhensk on Monday

United Hatzalah is sending a medical team from Israel as well as an ambulance team from Ukraine who will be providing medical security to insure the safety of the thousands of pilgrims expected to attend the commemoration (Hilula).

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Ambulance team from Ukraine heading to Lizhensk

Lazer Hayman the Vice President of United Hatzalah’s Volunteer Department who will be part of the team and spearheading the mission said, “Each year, thousands of people from all over the world flock to the grave of  Rabbi Elimelech. We send a medical team, comprised of volunteers from Israel and our branch in the nearby city of Uman in Ukraine to provide emergency medical care for anyone who becomes ill or suffers an injury during the commemoration. The volunteers, paramedics, and EMTs will be working in shifts around the clock with the assistance of Lizhensk municipality and local medical teams. In previous years the pilgrimage has passed without any major incidents, and we hope the same continues this year as well.”