News and Events
Hatzolah EMT Moshe Stareshefsky Receives Citation of Appreciation from the City of Passaic
visits Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic Pre-School
Hatzolah Members Attend Driving Safety Class
Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS Takes Delivery of Brand New Ambulance
Hatzolah Members Attend CPR and Skills Refresher
Fifth Annual Passaic - Clifton Community Wide Health and Safety Fair - April 21, 2013
Rav Aaron Cohen Delivers a Shiur on Hilchos Shabbos
Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter Addresses Meor U
Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS vs. Passaic Police on the Baseball Diamond
Hatzolah Takes Delivery on Two Brand New Stretchers
Hatzolah Participates in the Massive Siyum Hashas on August 1, 2012
Hatzolah Attends Lecture from Dr. Joseph Feldman, Chairman of the Hackensack UMC Emergency Medicine Department
Hatzolah Attends Lecture From Dr. Harris Sterman, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Hatzolah Attends Lecture From Dr. Ruth Borgen, Director of the Pediatric Emergency Room at Hackensack University Medical Center
Kisleiv 5772 /December 2011 Chanukah Safety Initiative
THE MENORAH IS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE CHANUKAH CELEBRATION
Hatzolah Members Meet With Passaic City Councilmen
visits Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic Pre-School Again
June 2011 Community Appeal for Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS
Over two Shabbosim at the end of June, the community's Rabbonim appealed to their respective congregations to support Hatzolah in meeting it's annual budget. Hatzolah's annual budget is approximately $100,000, of which 100% goes to operating expenses. There are no salaries and never has Hatzolah billed anyone for services provided. A follow up letter was mailed out to the community, reaching mailboxes this past Friday and Shabbos. Each family in the community is requested to join the Life Support program which will be used to cover the costs of operating Hatzolah. Hatzolah responds to over 500 calls a year with more than 300 requiring emergency transport to the Emergency Room.
Update from Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS - June 2011
The Board of Directors and the Rabbinical Board of Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS would like to announce the following changes:
Fourth Annual Passaic - Clifton Community Wide Health and Safety Fair - June 19, 2011
On Sunday, June 19, 2011, Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS and the Bikur Cholim of Passaic-Clifton once again hosted a Health and Safety Fair for the community. For a full report, photos and video click here.
Hatzolah visits YBH of Passaic
Hatzolah visited the YBH of Passaic's Pre-School division to help the kinderlach learn about the letter "Hey." The children, accompanied by their Morahs, came out and received a grand tour of the ambulance (P-01) . On hand from Hatzolah were Heshy Cohen, Moshe Raider and David Schlachter. The members took the opportunity to provide some safety tips to the children and the children presented the money they collected over the last year for Hatzolah to the members. Tizku Lemitzvos!
Upcoming Fourth Annual Hatzolah and Bikur Cholim Health and Safety Fair
Don’t miss the 4th Annual Health and Safety Fair proudly brought to you by The Bikur Cholim of Passaic-Clifton and the Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS. It will be loads of fun rain or shine on June 19th, 2011 from 1-5PM at Bnos Bracha Girls School – 181 Pennington Ave in Passaic. We will provide many free health screenings including: blood pressure, glucose, vision, hearing, dental and orthodontic screenings. There will be a plethora of health care professionals in various fields of specialty available to meet and discuss health related concerns with participants. Over 30 health and safety related booths will showcase information and many will have interactive activities and give-aways . We have an intriguing and informative line-up of workshops on topics ranging from advances in skin care and protection to healthy cooking. There will be emergency vehicles such as an ambulance, police car and fire truck for the kids to explore and of course tons of balloons, two magic shows and an acrobatics show just to live up to our reputation of providing a fun filled family experience. Visit the fair website and take a look at pictures from the last three years at passaichealthandsafetyfair.org
Members and Dispatchers Attend CPR Class
As part of Hatzolah's Continuing Education/Training, all our Members and some Dispatchers recently completed a CPR class which included the new American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines, which were revised in late 2010. To keep the Instructor to Student ratio down, the same class was taught on two consecutive Nights with alternating halves of the Hatzolah Membership in attendance. We thank our very own David Blumenthal (P-12) who is a Certified AHA Instructor, for teaching the course. In the coming Months, Hatzolah intends to offer a CPR class for the Passaic/Clifton Community.
Please contact our office (non-emergency) at 973-685-4911 for Sponsorship Opportunities.
Hilchos Shabbos Shiur from Rabbi Heshy Kleinman
Hatzolah members were priveliged to attend a Shiur on Hilchos Shabbos and Pikuach Nefesh from Rabbi Heshy Kleinman, a longtime member of Flatbush Hatzoloh and their Halachik liasion. While the Piskei Halacha that Flatbush Hatzoloh follow are not always the same Piskei Halacha that Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS follows, almost all of the scenarios are the same.
Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS is committed to constantly enhancing the Halachik knowledge of our first responders, as well as ensuring that our level of care is in line with the latest techniques in emergency medicine.
Hatzolah visits Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic Pre-School Again
Hatzolah visited the Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic's Pre-School division to help the kinderlach learn about the letter "Hey." The children, accompanied by their Morahs, came out and received a grand tour of the ambulance (P-01) . On hand from Hatzolah were Rabbis Moshe Perlmutter and Heshy Cohen. The members took the opportunity to provide some safety tips to the children.
Continuing Education - Start Triage
In a continuing effort to provide top notch training and education for the members of Hatzolah so they can be prepared, Hackensack University provided a class on Start Triage. Triage is the method used to determine priority patients in a mass casualty incident lo aleinu. Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton would like to thank Mr. Glenn MacDonald of Hackensack University Medical Center for arranging this particular class at no cost to Hatzolah. Dinner was provided by Glatt Mart and hosted by Bais Medrash Zichron Eliezer.
Simchas Bais Hashoeivah for the Members of Hatzolah
On Chol Hamoed Succos, Hatzolah Coordinator Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter hosted a Simchas Bais Hashoeivah for the members and dispatchers of Hatzolah. Harav Nosson Weissman Shlita, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Gedola of Passaic, delivered Divrei Brocha.
Passaic Hatzolah Member Lectures at Kutsher's Country Club on July 17, Shabbos Devarim
One of our members, Moshe Stareshefsky, was invited to be a guest speaker at Kutscher’s Country Club this past Shabbos. While Moshe spoke about many different Hatzolah related topics, the primary lecture was entitled, “From call time to the arrival; what you can do while waiting for Hatzolah to arrive.” “
Third Annual Passaic - Clifton Community Wide Health and Safety Fair - June 6, 2010
On Sunday, June 6, 2010, Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS and the Bikur Cholim of Passaic-Clifton once again hosted a Health and Safety Fair for the community. Crowd estimates ranged from 1500-2000 attendees. Attendees were able to browse more than 30 booths relating to their personal health and safety. Many health screenings were provided free of charge, such as vision, glucose, dental, scoliosis, blood pressure and more. There were even booths dealing with computer/internet safety! Children received balloons and everyone was able to enjoy free healthy snacks- bottled water, fresh fruit and hot popcorn. For a full report and photos, click here.
Pharmacalogy Class Given by Hackensack University Medical Center
On Thursday April 29th, the Members of Hatzolah had
a continuing education class on Pharmacology presented by a Paramedic
from Hackensack University Medical Center.
Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton would like to thank Mr. Glenn MacDonald of Hackensack University Medical Center for arranging this particular class at no cost to Hatzolah. Hatzolah would also like to thank Mr. Breyer of Kosher Konnection for donating refreshments for the class.
With the recent changes to the State of NJ EMT Training Fund, many of our Continuing Education Classes will no longer be covered by the State. Please visit www.hatzolahpassaic.net/support.html to donate online or call our office at 973-685-4911 to help fund future training classes. Dedication opportunities are available for classes to be sponsored in Honor/Memory or L'Refuah Sheleima of a loved one.
Hatzolah and Bikur Cholim Host Bone Marrow Drive
visits Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic Pre-School Again
Simchas Bais Hashoeivah for the Members of Hatzolah
Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter (P-8) once again hosted a Simchas Bais Hashoeivah for the members of Hatzolah in his Succah on the 3rd night of Chol Hamoed. Rabbi Ron Yitzchak Eisenman Shlita said Divrei Brocha and Divrei Torah. Also attending were Rav Menachem Spira Shlita, Rav Menachem Zupnik Shlita and Hatzolah's Medical Director, Dr. Michael Rosen.
Once Again Hatzolah Pitches In
Once again, Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS was proud to participate in the weekly Yiddle League games which took place most Sunday's and sometime on weekdays throughout the summer at the Clifton Y. As hundreds of youngsters participate, it is important that medical assistance be readily available if the need CH"V arises. Hatzolah provided members (and some coaches!) as well as an ambulance on call for each game.
Hatzolah Members Train for Pediatric Emergencies
On Sunday, July 26, 17 members of Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS along with Medical Director, Dr. Michael Rosen, gathered at Bais Torah Utefilah for a full day of hands-on intensive learning. The course given is entitled PEARS. The PEARS neumonic stands for Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization. The course was designed for health care providers that infrequently see critically ill children. PEARS prepares EMTs to assess, categorize, decide and act early to stabilize the child.
Hatzlah of Passaic / Clifton EMS Attends Pediatric Spinal Immobilization Class
On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, Bais Torah U'Tefilah once again provided the
location for a very important and informative class on Pediatric Spinal
Immobilization. Unlike a regular municipal EMS system, a large percentage
of calls that Hatzolah responds to is for pediatric patients. Many of those
calls involve falls and immobilization. Dr. Michael Rosen, Director of
Pediatrics at Newark's Beth Israel Hospital and Hatzolah's Medical Director,
gave the class.
Second Annual Passaic - Clifton Community Wide Health and Safety Fair - June 7, 2009
On Sunday, June 7, 2009, Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS and the Bikur Cholim of Passaic-Clifton once again hosted a Health and Safety Fair for the community. Crowd estimates ranged from 1500-2000 attendees. Attendees were able to browse more than 30 booths relating to their personal health and safety. Many health screenings were provided free of charge, such as vision, glucose, dental, scoliosis, blood pressure and more. There were even booths dealing with computer/internet safety! Children received balloons and everyone was able to enjoy free healthy snacks- bottled water, fresh fruit and hot popcorn. For a full report and photos, click here.
Hatzolah of Passaic / Clifton EMS attends full day EVOC Course
Sunday May 3rd, all the members of Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton
EMS completed an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course. This
training course, offered and mandated by our insurance company,
provided our members with valuable guidelines, rules, and procedures in how to safely operate vehicles
in emergency mode, when responding to calls for help. The lessons learned
will be applied by the members, both when responding in their private
vehicles as well as with the ambulances. The classroom lecture portion
was followed by hands-on driving of the ambulances through multiple maneuvers.
Everyone came away with valuable lessons, tools and knowledge that will help us better serve our community safely.
Rabbi Binyomin Kessler gives a Shiur on Hilchos Shabbos
of Passaic / Clifton EMS members attended a Shiur on Motzei Shabbos
Parashas Ki Sisa on Hilchos Shabbos. Rabbi Kessler is a Coordinator
of Queens Hatzolah, a member for more than 15 years and the official
Halachik liasion for Queens Hatzolah to the Poskim of Hatzolah in
New York City. While the Piskei Halacha that Queens Hatzolah follow
are not always the same Piskei Halacha that Hatzolah of Passaic / Clifton
EMS follows, almost all of the scenarios are the same.
Hatzolah attends comprehensive course in Burn care from St. Barnabas Burn Center
of Passaic / Clifton EMS members, together with a number of Union County
Hatzalah members, gathered on February 10, 2009 for a lecture on burn
care given by Ilene Byrne RNC, WCC, Community Burn Educator for St.
Barnabas. Unfortunately, burns are somewhat more prevalent in the Jewish
community because of
Tov and Chanukah). Hatzolah's Operations Committee determined that
it was prudent to provide this additional training due to the number
of times that Hatzolah has had to treat burn victims in Passaic and
Clifton (as recently as Chanukah, when a child suffered severe burns
from a Menorah). If Chas V'Shalom there is a need, Hatzolah members
are ever more prepared to assist a burn victim. Dr. Michael Rosen,
Hatzolah Medical Director and Dr. Elliot Samet, a prominent Passaic
pediatrician who also serves on Hatzolah's Board of Directors attended
the class as well.
Hatzolah of Passaic / Cifton EMS First Annual Melava Malka
Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS held its 1st Annual Melava Malka on Motzei Shabbos Parshas Beshalch-Shirah, February 7, 2009. For a full report on the Melava Malka click here.
Hatzolah apologies for watermarking all the photos on the site. Some unscrupulous individuals were harvesting photos and using them illegally for nefarious purposes.
Plane Crashes on the Hudson River - Everyone Survives - Miracle on the Hudson!
the afternoon of January 15, 2009, Hatzolah of Passaic / Clifton EMS
received word (as did everyone else) of a plane that went
down on the Hudson River near the Intrepid. Immediate reports indicated
that it was a small personal plane. Upon receiving confirmation that
it was a commercial airliner with the possibility of over 150 passengers
on board, and that every Hatzolah in the immediate area (including West
Side, East Side, Upper East Side, Washington Heights, Riverdale, Flatbush,
Boro Park, Staten Island, Union City) was participating in the rescue
effort, Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS contacted Central Hatzalah and
was requested to proceed in as well. After ascertaining that there was
adequate coverage in Passaic and Clifton, P-01 with 3 members on board
headed into the city. A fourth member was picked up in the city at the
Lincoln Tunnel. Together, they proceeded to staging areas (the staging
areas kept changing, as the plane floated downriver) and eventually ended
up at the ferry terminal at 41st. and the West Side Highway. At the end
Boruch Hashem, while very few patients needed transport, Hatzolah did
transport one or two patients, and all Hatzolah members returned to their
regularly scheduled day.
of Hatzolah's members doubles as a volunteer firefighter for the Rutherford
Volunteer Fire Department and is therefore well "suited" to
teach the children of Passaic and Clifton (as well as outside of Passaic
and Clifton) about fire safety. For the last few years, Moshe Stareshefsky
has been making
K'Tana of Passaic's pre-school as well as the pre-school at YBH-Hillel
teaching about fire sefety and demonstrating his fire fighting
equipment. Many children in the community fondly refer to him as Fireman
Moshe. Recently, Fireman Moshe visited YKP and YBH-Hillel.
Hatzolah Chanukah Safety Mailing
Recently, Hatzolah sent out a Chanukah Safety mailing, sponsored by Bergen Regional Medical Center. Nearly every household in Passaic and Clifton received a Safety Coloring Book. The coloring book was produced jointly by the Torah Safety Commission and Hatzolah (Central) and provides valuable lessons to youngsters about safety while at the same time providing a wholesome fun and safe activity. Included in the mailing was a letter from Hatzolah which included some very valuable safety tips related to Chanukah and year round. Unfortunately, instances of burns and fires are more prevalent in the Jewish community as many of our religious activities involve candles and cooking. Hatzolah hopes to help avoid such tragedies by sending out this mailing, thus raising awareness in the Jewish community. Hatzolah respectfully requests that you help us continue our lifesaving activities by utilizing the enclosed return envelope to send in your end-of-year tax deductible donation. We thank you for your ongoing support.
Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS Continuing Education - Missing Persons Searches
members gathered this past Motzei Shabbos, December 13, 2008 to hear
a lecture on procedure and technique for conducting searches
for missing persons. The class was given by Akiva Klein, a longtime member
of Flatbush Hatzolah and Flatbush Shomrim. Mr. Klein is the official
search coordinator for both organizations and has conducted searches
for many years. The class was well attended by Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton
EMS members as well as members from Hatzalah
of Union County (Elizabeth
area). Refreshments / Melava Malka were sponsored by 8th
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Change the Clocks - Check Your Smoke Detectors
Touch a Truck
Simchas Bais Hashoeivah for the Members of Hatzolah
Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter (P-8) hosted a Simchas Bais Hashoeivah for the
members of Hatzolah in his Succah on the 2nd night of Chol Hamoed. In
attendance was Hatzolah's Executive Director, George Matyjewicz,
Hatzolah's Medical Director, Dr. Michael Rosen as well as other members
of the Executive Board of Directors. Rabbi Menachem Zupnik Shlita of the Hatzolah Rabbinical
Committee said Divrei Brocha and Divrei Torah.
Union City Hatzolah to the Rescue
On Erev Shabbos Vayeilech, October 7th, at approximately 4PM, all
traffic entering and exiting the Lincoln Tunnel ground to a halt as the
Port Authority Police Department investigated what was later identified
as a bomb hoax. The closing of the Lincoln Tunnel created a commuter
nightmare, and even more so for the many Passaic residents trying to get
home in time for Shabbos. With Shabbos fast approaching, those still in
New York City made arrangements to stay there for Shabbos. There were
many who were stuck on buses in the tunnel and on the Rt.495 Helix, who
had nowhere to go. In desperation, many of them called local Rabbonim
for advice, and Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS was also called for
help. Since there was no time for a trip to the Lincoln Tunnel and
return to Passaic before Shabbos, Avi Koplowitz, Hatzolah Coordinator,
put in a call to Yanky Askal, Director of Union
City (UC) Hatzolah for
assistance. He advised Mr. Askal that many were stuck on buses with
drivers who would not let them get off, and to prepare for the very high
likelihood of hosting stranded travelers in Union City over Shabbos. UC
Hatzolah, with assistance from Rabbi Yanky Meyer, Chaplain of the Port
Authority Police Department (PAPD), contacted NJ Transit to ask the
drivers to permit passengers to disembark the buses. UC Hatzolah with
the cooperation of the PAPD, immediately began sending buses and
ambulances to pick up the stranded passengers. Many were brought to
Passaic in time for Shabbos with minutes to spare. Many others enjoyed
the gracious hospitality of the Union City Kehilla over Shabbos.
It is imperative that we recognize the Mesiras Nefesh of Mr. Yanky Askal
who together with UC Hatzolah and other dedicated residents of Union
City, ensured that most, if not all, were able to enjoy Shabbos in a
most meaningful way.
New Executive Director
The Board of Directors and the Rabbinical Board of Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton
is pleased to announce the appointment of George Matyjewicz as Executive
Director, effective August 1. 2008. George brings with him a wealth of
business management experience having served as an executive and as an
advisor to many organizations worldwide. He will apply his formidable
skills learned in the business world to managing Hatzolah, helping us
grow and continue to focus on serving our community. We would like thank
the outgoing interim Executive Director, Heshy Cohen, who, at the very
beginning, volunteered for the position and gave Hatzolah the management
it needed to get off the ground. Heshy will now focus his skills as a
valued EMT with Hatzolah.
Maintaining our excellent relationship with various government agencies in Passaic and Clifton in general and specifically the Police, Fire and EMS departments is a very integral part of our daily routine. Currently Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS is certified by the city of Passaic to operate. Our members are authorized to utilize blue emergency lights, to provide emergency care and our ambulances are inspected by the OEMS of the State of New Jersey annually (in addition to other requirements) as outlined in the city ordinance.
Teddy Bear Saves Lives
Epinephrine (EpiPens) Administration
Second Ambulance Is Put Into Service!
Free Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Screenings!
On July 30, 2008 and in
conjunction with Dr. Rozanski's lecture the day before, Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton
EMS and the Bikur Cholim of Passaic-Clifton offered free cholesterol
and blood pressure by
held at Bais Torah Utefila (BTU).
Many thanks to Dr. Yaacov Weiss, Drs. Rosy Joseph and Zalman Suldan
and Dr. Pearl Korenblit for their generous sponsorships.
Stress, Diet, and Exercise Lecture
The lecture took place on Tuesday, July 29, at 8 PM, at Bais Torah Utefilah (BTU) and was attended by a large crowd. Dr Rozanski provided a very educational and entertaining lecture which held the audience spellbound.
Dr. Rozanski,a noted cardiologist, is on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is an attending cardiologist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Rozanski has published extensively in the field of nuclear cardiology, and has been the principal investigator in numerous major national and international trials. He is involved in ongoing research regarding the effects of the regression of coronary artery disease through diet and/or lipid lowering drugs.
lecture is part of a regular program of health initiatives, presented
jointly by Bikur Cholim and Hatzolah, to the Passaic and Clifton communities.
Hatzolah Pitches In
Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS is proud to participate in the weekly Yiddle League games which take place every Sunday throughout the Summer at the Clifton Y. As hundreds of youngsters participate, it is important that medical assistance be readily available if the need CH"V arises.
YBH of Passaic Hachnosas Sefer Torah
Yeshiva Beis Hillel of Passaic (YBH) recently completed the writing of a new Sefer Torah, and held the Hachnosos Sefer Torah on Memorial Day, May 26, 2008. Many community members attended.
To ensure the health and safety of parade participants, YBH officials
requested assistance from Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS. Hatzolah was
pleased to have a standby ambulance on-site throughout the festivities,
and two members to monitor the crowd, in cooperation with the Passaic
of Passaic/Clifton EMS Participates in NCSY Toronto Shabbaton
Passaic - Clifton Community Wide Health and Safety Fair
Erev Shabbos Parshas Metzora, April 11, 2008, Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton
EMS distributed over 2000 keychains, stickers, a memo from the Board
of Directors and a flyer for the upcoming Health
and Safety Fair to all school children in Passaic and Clifton.
Many Hatzolah dispatchers and members worked alongside community members
to put together
International Hatzolah Convention
Purim Awareness Campaign
Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS placed ads in numerous online and print venues (Around Town and Jewish Local Pages) to promote awareness about safety on Purim.
Shiurim and Training