The first youth Magen David Adom volunteer course for members of the ultra-Orthodox sector was recently completed at MDA’s Yavniel station. Fifteen Yavniel teens, 15 and 16, have now joined MDA teams in the Yarden Region as Emergency Medical Responders.
The course is a landmark in the process of incorporating Hareidi youth in Israel’s National Emergency Medical and Blood Services Organization. MDA has been working with the boys’ yeshiva which provided its full support.
“From a very young age, my dream was to volunteer at Magen David Adom,” said one of the graduates of the course, 16-year-old Eliezer Shlomo Yehoshua. “Providing medical care to sick and injured people and saving lives is a great privilege, and I am happy to do that.”
Yehoshua continued, “I hope with the help of G-d to be an EMT and ambulance driver when I reach the age of 18, and to have the privilege to help as many people as possible.”
“The beginning of the process of integrating volunteers from the ultra-Orthodox sector in Yavniel began years ago, with the support of the late Rebbe Eliezer Shlomo Shik, leader of the Breslov Hasidim, who recognized the importance of saving lives in the frame of Israel’s national rescue organization, Magen David Adom,” said Avi Ben Hamu of the Yavniel Hatzalah Organization and director of the MDA station in the city.
“Magen David Adom, as Israel’s National Emergency Medical and Blood Services Organization, opens its doors to every citizen in the State of Israel who wants to contribute and work for saving human lives,” said MDA Director General Eli Bin. “We work hard to enable every member of the community, sector or religion, to join Magen David Adom and help shorten the time of arrival for patients in their area of residence, where the value of saving lives is above all.”