Israel’s largest all-volunteer EMS organization will be honoring three local Floridians in an upcoming Gala for their dedication to Israel and to saving lives. The Gala will be the first annual event held by the organization in Miami. 


The 1st annual Miami Gala will be taking place during Art Basel week at Jungle Island in Miami on December 3rd, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Israeli guests and celebrities who will be attending the event include world-renowned Israeli singer Dudu Aharon who will be volunteering his time, Fauda actress Rona Lee Shimon and American comedians Renee Willet and  Elon Gold. The Gala Chairman, philanthropist and businessman, Ami Pomeranc, has been appointed as the International Gala Chairman for all of the Galas run by United Hatzalah. The Local Co-Chair is Miami resident Nili Galbut. 

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UH ambucycle at a previous Gala

The youngest honoree of the event will be Joseph Levi, a young boy who saw his brother falling off of the changing table, and with incredibly quick reflexes caught his brother before he hit the ground. Joseph was just nine years old when the incident occurred. Joseph is the son of Tila and Moshe Levi and the grandson of Duty-Free Americas owner Simon Falic and his wife Chana, as well as the former Chief Rabbi of Panama Rabbi Zion Levi. “With grandfathers who so proudly showed their support for Israel and for the work of United Hatzalah, Joseph could not help but be a hero in his own right. His life-saving actions solidified his place as the youngest nominee for an award by United Hatzalah ever. We look forward to seeing how Joseph develops and hope that he too will become an avid pillar of our organization in the future,” said Beer. 


Cherna Moskowitz is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her continued support for Israel in general and for United Hatzalah specifically. “Cherna and her late husband Irving, have been supporters of Israel for as long as I can remember. Their efforts on behalf of the people of Israel have been extraordinary. The Moskowitz’s donated millions in support of saving lives in the country and our organization’s technological advancements have been in a large part due to their generosity. They are a shining example of Jewish philanthropy for Israel.”


United Hatzalah’s Regional Development Director for Florida Danielle Elyse David, who has a close connection with Moskowitz said: “I am honored to know Mrs. Cherna Moskowitz. Not only is she a great role model with a warm and generous spirit, but she is also a true visionary. Thanks to her support and vision, United Hatzalah has been able to save so many lives in Israel. Cherna understood the importance of technological innovation then, and she understands the importance of it today.”


Paul and his wife Marian Kruss, are the third honorees. Paul is the owner and manager of Mo’s Bagel and Deli. He is being recognized by the organization for his continuing support of Israel and his community involvement. “Paul is a dear friend who does everything he can for Israel,” said President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer. “He merited to be married to a wonderful partner who enables him to do as much as he can for the country and whenever Paul is asked to do something to help, he never says no,” Beer continued. 


“While United Hatzalah has other Galas in other cities, this gala is different because it’s an evening of inspiration and enjoyment for the people of Miami. We are coming to celebrate the community and the achievements of some of its local heroes. We will be having a mix of Israeli and U.S. talent putting on a spectacular show to honor them. United Hatzalah is about building communities around the joint goal of saving lives. It is time to honor those in the Miami community for their achievements in this field,” said David.