In advance of the tens of thousands who are expected to pray at the final resting place of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav in Uman, Ukraine during Rosh Hashana, ZAKA will operate a Central Command for Assistance and First Aid at the site from Monday, 6 September through to Motzei Shabbat, 11 September.
In addition – and for the first time – ZAKA will cooperate with the local security services in securing the mass prayer event. The IDF Home Front Command has made available a professional communications system to the ZAKA security and paramedic volunteers to ensure a fast and efficient response.
Under the direction of veteran, Jerusalem-based ZAKA volunteer Shimi Grossman, dozens of specially-trained and equipped ZAKA volunteers will be on call round the clock to provide immediate and professional emergency medical response to the hundreds of medical situations that normally arise. This, in addition to the medical services supplied every year by Rabbi Nachman Klein who operates a surgery in Oman staffed by senior medical personnel from Israel.
ZAKA Chairman and Founder Yehuda Meshi-Zahav: “For the first time this year, there will be full cooperation between ZAKA and the various local emergency and security forces. This year, thanks to the Home Front Command’s communications systems, ZAKA will be able to operate more efficiently and offer a greater level of security and safety to the thousands of hasidim who come to pray at Rabbi Nachman’s final resting place.”
ZAKA Ukraine, headed by Chief Rabbi Moshe Reuven Asman and under the direction of Rabbi Ya’acov Zilberman, will also be on hand to help with any emergency or logistical situation that may occur during this period. ZAKA Ukraine volunteers, who met with local police to coordinate activities in advance of Rosh Hashanah, will meet and accompany the hasidim as they arrive at Kiev airport.