Ukrainian Jews Trained By United Hatzalah and ZAKA To Respond To Emergencies


ukraine-trainingResponding to a request from the Jewish community in the Ukraine, United Hatzalah and ZAKA, in cooperation with the Isralife Foundation, have worked together to train Jewish volunteers of the local Kiev Hatzalah in the latest emergency, rescue and search techniques so they respond and provide aid to mass casualty emergencies should the crisis in the country escalate.

Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, the Ukrainian Chief Rabbi, and Rabbi Hillel Cohen of the Ukrainian Hatzalah, made the request jointly to ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi Zahav and United Hatzalah President Eli Beer, as the crisis in the country rose. The men mobilized their organizations to work together to train the local team in only a matter of days.

The participants have been trained to provide first aid in mass casualty emergency situations, and include protocols for CPR, treating suffocation, injuries and diseases. In addition to that the participants have studied the Chesed Shel Emet protocol issued by ZAKA to be used in the event of fatal casualties. Finally, they participated in a massive drill simulating their operational capabilities to treat a large number of victims and report to the community and emergency services in a professional manner. The training was administered by Dov Maisel, head of international operations at the Isralife Foundation, and Mati Goldstein, head of ZAKA’s Magen division.

“We were pleased to come to the assistance of the Ukrainian community during their time of need and provide the emergency training their volunteers need to handle local emergencies in an efficient and timely manner,” said Beer. “Both ZAKA and United Hatzalah each offered unique services and perspectives on emergency response and we were happy we could work together to help our fellow Jews.”

“We are grateful to both organizations for responding so quickly and generously to help our community in this time of need. The events surrounding us require our community to be prepared with the latest training and techniques so we can respond to emergencies and help our people quickly in these dangerous times,” said Rabbis Azman and Cohen in a joint statement.

United Hatzalah is Israel’s first and largest fully-volunteer emergency rapid response service. With a fleet of over 250 ambucycles, United Hatzalah’s 2300 volunteers respond to nearby emergencies from mobile-alerts and are able to arrive first on site to administer urgent care within minutes from the initial call of distress – bridging the gap between emergency and ambulance arrival. United Hatzalah is a fully non-profit organization that relies solely on the generous gifts of supporters worldwide; all emergency medical treatment is administered by fully trained volunteers that do not charge for their life saving service. For more information watch United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer’s TED talk or visit

Founded in 1989 in Israel, ZAKA was originally formed to respond to terror attacks and deal with the retrieval, identification and burial of the deceased. Since then ZAKA has grown to a world renowned humanitarian organization, providing search & rescue, autopsy prevention, medical response and mortuary services. With over 2,800 volunteers based in over 15 countries, ZAKA can provide rapid response and deployment in short notice providing their expertise and equipment where needed.

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