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Solving Problems

This week in Israel, school began. It is always on September 1st here. And this year was no exception, despite the Corona crisis and new

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Good Friends

  This week has been tough. My son crashed the car into a horse, so we are without a car. My son is ok, and

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The Nine Days

This week, began the 9 Days.  This is known to be a “dangerous” time for Jews no matter where they are. Here in Israel, and

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Summer nights

About a year ago I watched a movie called Interstellar. It was about a man who went into space to find a new world, because

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Returning Home

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE LATEST ARCHIVED SHOWS OF ‘RETURNING HOME’ WITH NATALIE SOPINSKY. Returning Home’ airs every Thursday at 4pm Israel time / 9am US

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Summer in Israel

This summer, like the past 9 summers, I am the Susya pool lifeguard. Everyday my day starts at 6:30 when I greet swimmers; and continues

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Building up Our Land

This past week we have been busy. We dedicated a Security Room in Alei Zahav in the Southern Shomron, we installed emergency equipment in Ir

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A sure thing

What’s a “sure thing”? This week in Israel, beaches are open, swimming pools and restaurants, life seems normal. Summer is upon us and plans are

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COMPASSION during Corona

COMPASSION That’s what Rescuers Without Borders is good at, among other things. During normal times, here in Israel’s areas of conflict, we are at the

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Bouncing Back…

This week, life is feeling normal. There is an average of 15 new cases of coronavirus daily. 1-2 dealths a day. The numbers are decreasing

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10 Ways Israel is Fighting the Coronavirus….and Winning

 

People are asking me, “How did Little Israel get it together in just 6 weeks?” and “How did they flatten the curve so fast?”

I’ve compiled a short list, and summarized the highlights here: 

  1. Quarantine requirements started very early and were taken seriously

As early as February people arriving to Israel from Italy were directed into 14 day isolation. Soon afterwards, all incoming flights had the same directive, and people adhered to these rules.

  1. Government tracking. Early on, the Ministry of Health set up an online form for all isolated people, which included infected persons and also travelers who had been abroad. This data led to several apps that were developed for tracking infected people. Individuals were contacted and directed into isolation. 
  1. Emergency Medics kept the hospitals clear; The emergency rescue systems, Magen David Adom and Rescuers Without Borders, working in full coordination,  responded to all calls with speed and professionalism. Nobody went to the hospital on his own. All symptomatic people called 101 and waited for a medic to arrive, survey symptoms, administer the Covid-19 test, etc. This allowed the hospitals to work effectively, treating patients. There was no overcrowding and no shortage of equipment or staff. 
  1. Testing Centers were built, which led to early detection –  The Ministry of Health built mobile testing centers so people could pull up in their cars, get swabbed, and get results quickly. All this was done in early days of the virus. Early detection sent thousands of citizens into quarantine, limiting the spread of the virus.
  1. The IDF and other volunteers delivered food – Our young soldiers took part in many “unconventional” tasks from building hospitals in underground parking lots, to delivering food to homebound families in Haredi neighborhoods. Other organizations and private businesses, volunteered as well, delivering games, gifts of encouragement to hospital staff, and more. We had our own “Bravo” campaign and donated cosmetics to the nurses, food cards to the medical staff, and more to keep up morale. Neighborhoods with high infection rates were locked up and soldiers delivered food and medicine, while paying special attention to the elderly who were often living alone. 
  1. Our airlines brought home stranded Israelis from abroad. As Corona hit various countries, flights were cancelled worldwide. Our Israeli airlines El-Al and Israir brought Israelis home at no charge, from Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Australia, Italy and Spain and more places at no charge. These were “rescue missions”. Upon arrival the travelers went into 14-day quarantine. This was a tremendous effort that brought pride to Israel and gave moral support to the entire country. The round trip flight to Peru was a record-breaking 44 hours long.

7. Hotels for quarantine – the Government turned hotels into quarantine centers. Passengers arriving to Ben-Gurion Airport were transported directly to these hotels where they stayed for 14 days with food, entirely free of charge. 

8. Ventilators – The innovators behind the Iron Dome converted their factory to a ventilator manufacturing center. Thus, Israel did not suffer a shortage of this life-saving equipment, and was able to produce more.

9. Keeping the rules – Israelis had strict rules to follow. Malls and schools closed; no crowds allowed; No praying in a group. Everyone had to stay 2 meters apart and within 100 meters of home. No guests for Passover seder! This was the toughest for some, who had never been alone before on this special night. What did we do under these orders? We sang from our sidewalks,  from our balconies and porches. Communities came together, even though physically apart. 

10. Our Leaders – our Prime Minister, led us through this Corona crisis with strength and heart. Almost every night he spoke directly to us. People eagerly anticipated Bibi’s talks, where he explained the science, the statistics, what everything meant. He encouraged us to be strong, to care for our elders, calling them “grandma and grandpa” and making it personal. He did not use fear, he used love. This worked.

Now, we are on our way out of this crisis. 

Kol haKavod to the strong people of Israel!!

 
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AIPAC Exhibit 2020 – Success!

In addition to learning about our work, we offered visitors courses with our medic, Eyal, in CPR. But the more popular course was the “15-Second Challenge” where we allowed visitors a chance to tested our anti-ballistic blanket, the Armadillo.  This turned out to be pretty competitive. Friends raced against each another, to see who could get covered in under 15 seconds. We had people waiting in line for that!  

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We’re going to AIPAC!!

FIND US in the Village on Sunday and Monday…..we’ll have a medic with us giving courses during the day… TRAIN WITH OUR ISRAELI MEDIC Learn

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Mission Report: Ethiopia

SSF conducted a mission in Gondar, Ethiopia, a few weeks ago.  Objective: Offer medical assistance to the locals.  600 patients were seen and treated by

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A story of terror and rescue

Survivor of Halamish massacre recalls how Rescuers Without Borders paramedics were first on the scene after brutal attack.   On the night of July 21, 2017, Michal

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Lending a Hand in Mexico After Earthquakes

Together, with the help of local doctors, the delegation established a field hospital, that has already treated dozens of injured locals. The doctors have expressed immense gratitude towards the delegation and towards Israel. 

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Hurricane Irma: Hope After Disaster

“Without my experience in the IDF, I wouldn’t have been capable of a project like this,” says Fernand Cohen-Tannoudji of Rescuers Without Borders, who led a team of locals after Hurricane Irma.

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International Team on Ground During Hurricane Irma

In 2014, our international counterpart, SSF, along with Israeli medical volunteers, established a medical aid and emergency relief station in Guadeloupe. We have been proud to have helping hands on the ground since 2014, but today, we see the dire importance of our Guadeloupe team.

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SOS Hatzalah

SOS Hatzalah is an application of emergency and first-aid operation which connects immediately of people in need of a rescue (or witnesses of an accident)

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הצלה ללא גבולות - Rescuers Without Borders

Rescuers Without Borders is an Israeli volunteer organization, with a network of over 1,600 medics, paramedics, and doctors, who are committed to saving lives.