Saving Lives: Jewish Rescue Task Force in Los Angeles

Hatzolah of Los Angeles prides themselves on being first-responders in order to provide emergency medical assistance in their local communities.

“Hatzolah is a worldwide movement of emergency medical services in Jewish communities throughout the world,” Michoel Bloom, Executive Director, Hatzolah of Los Angeles said.

Move out the way fire and police departments, there’s a new life saving organization in town.

Well, not exactly…

Hatzolah of Los Angeles still relies (and expects others to do the same) on both the fire and police departments.

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They make it known to first call 9-1-1 and then Hatzolah of Los Angeles in the case of an emergency.

However, they do act and serve during that critical window or time gap, while waiting on an EMS provider to arrive and by assisting in anyway needed.

In fact, they’re very supportive and work hand-in-hand with local fire, police and rescue organizations and departments.

According to the Hatzolah of Los Angeles website, “Hatzolah of Los Angeles established in 2001 is an IRS 501(c)3 Non-Profit corporation with elected officers and a board of directors, incorporated in the state of California. Our primary goal is to provide trained volunteers capable of responding to all emergency situations in the communities we serve, with the training, skill and equipment necessary to provide competent medical & emergency care.”

Though it’s a heavily Jewish based organization, the lifesavers won’t exclude anyone from help and/or medical assistance.

The rescuers are all strictly volunteers – no one is paid for their services – and they’re all highly qualified in emergency medical aid.

And because it truly is volunteer based, it’s mandatory that a volunteer be financially stable enough to take on such a duty.

Talk about a mitzvah (meaning a very good deed for those who don’t know what a ‘mitzvah’ is)!

“Hatzolah, not to be confused with Hezbollah (a Shi’a Islamist militant group), Hatzolah is a biblical word that translates to ‘rescue’ or ‘to give help,'” David Bacall, Chief of Operations, Hatzolah of Los Angeles said.

And that’s exactly what they do . . . rescue.

If only there were more selfless organizations out there with a primary duty to serve others. Maybe the world would be a better place?

Hatzolah can be relied upon every day, around the clock, including on major jewish holidays.

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