The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 5 February 2011 / 30 Shevat 5771

Life-saving Volunteers

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Another group of Jewish doctors from North America recently completed its tour of duty in Israel. This was the seventh such group of volunteers to arrive in Israel recently to help in the nation’s hospitals, especially with victims of terrorism.

These 19 volunteers are part of a unique project in which Jewish doctors from the U.S.and Canada place themselves on call for Israel, with a commitment to arrive in the country within 24-72 hours if needed. They come here once every two years from anywhere from one to three weeks. Aside from volunteering their services they also learn how to handle situations arising out of terrorist actions and familiarize themselves with the Israeli health system. So far about 200 doctors have participated in this wonderful program.

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