News and Events

Hatzolah EMT Moshe Stareshefsky Receives Citation of Appreciation from the City of Passaic

On November 12th, 2013, Hatzolah EMT Moshe Stareshefsky was presented with an award by the Mayor, Dr. Alex Blanco and the City Council of Passaic for his actions at a motor vehicle accident on the night of October 6th, 2013.

When Moshe arrived on scene, he encountered a 2 car accident with one of the cars on fire and a person trapped inside. He quickly took a fire extinguisher from an bystander and knocked down the flames enough to allow for him and 2 police officers to remove the patient from the car.

Moshe accepted this award, and during the public portion of the council meeting, thanked the Mayor and Council for this citation. He also thanked all the members of Hatzolah and Passaic's emergency services that responded to the call, and accepted the award for the collective actions of all involved that night.

Hatzolah visits Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic Pre-School

On Friday November 8, 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 brand new ambulance (P-02). On hand from Hatzolah were Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter and Moshe Raider. The members took the opportunity to provide some safety tips including Chanukah Safety in addition to displaying the various equipment Hatzolah uses to help patients. The children got to see a real Hatzolah call during the demonstration, when there was a motor vehicle accident right in front of the school. Boruch Hashem, no one was hurt.

Hatzolah Members Attend Driving Safety Class

Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS members recently attended a Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator (CEVO) class on October 24 at the Agudah of Passaic. The purpose of the class was to review and understand the enhanced danger that comes with operating an emergency vehicle. Many of the skills and safety issues discussed are applicable to any driver of any vehicle. The course was given by Raanan Zidile of Tri Boro Driver Rehabilitation and Mobility Services. Mr. Zidile is also a Paramedic for Flatbush Hatzalah and the Citywide Safety Coordinator for all Hatzalah divisions in New York City. A full Chinese dinner was provided for the members.

Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS Takes Delivery of Brand New Ambulance

Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS recently took delivery of a brand new 2013 Horton Ambulance. As a way of thanking the members and donors for all the hard work that went into this dream becoming a reality, the Board of Directors of Hatzolah coordinated an event on Sunday of Chol Hamoed. The event included tours of the new bus, snacks, and blow up rides for the children. Moshe Zahler of the Board, addressed the attendees and thanked the donors. The event was sponsored by Dovid Lisker of 8th Day Caterers. Hatzolah thanks all the members, dispatchers and donors for attending this amazing event and for their continued support of the organization.

Hatzolah Members Attend CPR and Skills Refresher

On two recent Sundays, members of Hatzolah gathered to refresh some very important skills. On the first Sunday, April 28, at Bais Medrash Zichron Eliezer, Hatzolah members gathered for a CPR refresher class. The class was organized and given by David Blumenthal. On the second Sunday, June 16, at Kehillas Beis Sholom, Hatzolah members gathered for a training/refresher on other important EMS skills. Some of those skills included stabilizing and splinting a bone or joint injury and proper methods to stabilize and safely remove a motor vehicle accident victim from a vehicle. The course was organized by the coordinators. David Blumenthal ran the splinting section inside and Moshe Stareshefsky ran the MVA section in the parking lot. Photo credits to Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter and Moshe Stareshefsky.

Fifth Annual Passaic - Clifton Community Wide Health and Safety Fair - April 21, 2013

On Sunday, April 21, hundreds of community members came to the Bnos Bracha campus for the 5th Annual Health and Safety Fair. This year, the fair was co-hosted by Hatzolah, Bikur Cholim and JFS. Many fair attendees benefitted from the various health screenings (including dental, orthodontic, vision, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and more), and the very informative booths on all sorts of health and safety related topics. This year’s fair included a special section related to special needs. While enjoying a tour of the Hatzolah ambulance parked outside the hall, hundreds of children learned about safety while travelling in a car, riding a bike and more. The Dube Zone outside gave many children an opportunity to play a variety of sport games while getting exercise and learning about teamwork.

Rav Aaron Cohen Delivers a Shiur on Hilchos Shabbos

Rav Aaron Cohen of Tifereth Israel, a member of the Rabbinical Committee of Hatzolah gave a Shiur on Hilchos Shabbos to the members on Motzei Shabbos Parshas Achrei-Kedoshim, April 20 2013. Hatzolah has ongoing Shiurim and classes to keep the members up to date on Halacha and medical knowledge.

Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter Addresses Meor U

Rabbi Aaron Eisenmann of Meor U - The University Jewish Experience (New York University) invited Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter and Moshe Raider of Hatzolah to speak to the Meor U Shabbaton attendees about what Hatzolah does, as part of a showcase on Chesed in the Passaic/Clifton Community. After Rabbi Perlmutter addressed the audience, the students had a chance to ask some questions and take a tour of the ambulance.

Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS vs. Passaic Police on the Baseball Diamond

Very often Hatzolah members and Passaic Police Officers interact on the streets of Passaic while on calls. On Wednesday, September 12, they interacted on the baseball field for a night of fun. The softball game took place on under the lights at 3rd Ward Park. While Hatzolah came out in the lead first, it was the Police department that took the win after 9 innings of play.

All around the Hatzolah members and their families and the Police officers and their families had a great time. It was also a pleasure to have Mayor Dr. Alex Blanco and Assemblyman and Passaic City Council President Gary Schaer stop by and participate in the cheering.

The event (t-shirts, food and more) were graciously sponsored by Rothenberg Law Firm (www.injurylawyer.com). We hope to have similar events in the future. Below are many pictures that were taken before, during and after the game.

Hatzolah Takes Delivery on Two Brand New Stretchers

Hatzolah recently took delivery on two brand new Ferno 35x ProFlexx stretchers. These stretchers are the latest and best in providing added stability and ease of lifting and loading ability; both very important safety functions.

One stretcher was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Zahler in memory of Mr. Sy Kraut A"H. The second stretcher was donated by Moshe and Tifarah Stareshefsky in memory of Moshe's grandparents, Joe and Lil Stareshefsky A"H, who were longtime members of the Passaic community.

Hatzolah Participates in the Massive Siyum Hashas on August 1, 2012

Alongside hundreds of other Hatzolah volunteers from across the tri-state area, Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS played a pivotal role in the health and well being of the 90,000 plus attendees of the Daf Hayomi Siyum Hashas at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford. Below are some photos that were sent to Hatzolah. More photos will be added when received.

Hatzolah Attends Lecture from Dr. Joseph Feldman, Chairman of the Hackensack UMC Emergency Medicine Department

On Wednesday, May 30, Dr. Joseph Feldman, Chairman of the Hackensack University Medical Center Emergency Medicine Department, presented a class on Strokes to the members of Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS.

Also discussed was the upcoming Emergency and Trauma Center’s expansion project which will change the layout and footprint of the Emergency Department and what the short term and long term affect on patient care will be. The new Emergency Room setup will have specialty care areas for cardiac, cancer, geriatrics and trauma patients.

On behalf of Hatzolah and the community, Hatzolah Coordinator Neal Frohlich took this opportunity to present a token of appreciation to to Dr. Feldman and HUMC for the outstanding care being provided.

The members enjoyed a delicious buffet Chinese dinner sponsored by Dovid Lisker of 8th Day Caterers.

Hatzolah Attends Lecture From Dr. Harris Sterman, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

On Wednesday, March 21, Hatzolah of Passaic / Clifton EMS members were privileged to attend a lecture in Tifereth Israel on soft tissue injuries given by Dr. Harris Sterman. Dr. Sterman is based in Teaneck, NJ and has been featured in many publications, including New Jersey Top Doctors and America's Cosmetic Doctors and Dentists.

Dr. Stermans lecture focused on different soft tissue injuries including lacerations and burns and the treatment for each. Dr. Sterman has always been available to treat patients that require a Plastic Surgeon. Hatzolah thanks Dr. Sterman for his ongoing commitment to the community and for making time for this lecture. The members enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner as well.

Hatzolah Attends Lecture From Dr. Ruth Borgen, Director of the Pediatric Emergency Room at Hackensack University Medical Center

On Wednesday, January 18, Hatzolah was privileged to attend a lecture from Dr. Ruth Borgen. Dr. Borgen is Director of the Pediatric Emergency Room at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Dr. Borgen lectured on the causes and treatment for common Pediatric calls we respond to, such as Croup Attacks and Febrile Seizures. These usually end up having an excellent outcome.

As the Passaic/Clifton community is B-H blessed with many children, a high percentage of calls that Hatzolah responds to is for Pediatric Emergencies, lo aleinu. Most hospital transports go to Hackensack and Dr. Borgen is a familiar face in the Pediatric Emergency Room to the members of Hatzolah.

Hatzolah members also had the opportunity to ask Dr. Borgen questions on related medical topics.

In attendance as well was Dr. Michael Rosen, who in addition to being Hatzolahs medical director, is also the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Much thanks to our gracious host, Tifereth Israel for enabling this and other lectures to be presented in their ballroom.

Kisleiv 5772 /December 2011 Chanukah Safety Initiative

THE MENORAH IS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE CHANUKAH CELEBRATION
It is, however, important to ensure the safety of your family and avoid fire hazards when lighting your menorah.

• Choose a menorah that’s sturdy and made of fire-safe materials.
• Clear the table from all flammable materials like papers and plastic items where you put your menorah.
• Never put your menorah in closed areas like spaces between cabinets or bookshelves.
• If you are to display your menorah in your window, make sure that your curtains are not too close to the candle’s flames.
• Never leave lit candles unattended.
• Do not let children or pets play around the area where the menorah is placed.
• Always keep a fire extinguisher in your home for emergency use.
• Don’t use PRE-FILLED PLASTIC CUPS.
• Know where your fire extinguisher is located! WATER WILL NOT PUT OUT AN OIL FIRE.

On a recent Chanukah, a member of Hatzolah and his family were extremely lucky. He used PRE-FILLED PLASTIC CUPS which caught fire during the night. His Menorah was destroyed and the porch where the Menorah was located was full of soot when the family woke up in the morning. It could have been much worse. Lessons learned: Do not use pre-filled plastic cups and never leave a lit Menorah unattended. Click here to see the poster.

In case of fire, CALL 911 and Hatzolah IMMEDIATELY!

Hatzolah Members Meet With Passaic City Councilmen

On Tuesday, December 13, Hatzolah of Passaic / Clifton EMS members were addressed by City Council President and Assemblyman Gary Schaer, Councilman Chaim Munk and Councilman Daniel Schwartz. The Councilmen expressed their appreciation for the vital work that Hatzolah does for the community and also discussed ways to enhance Hatzolah's ongoing relationship with the other emergency agencies in Passaic, including the Police Department, Fire Department and EMS.

After each Councilman addressed the members, the members were given the opportunity to ask questions.

Hatzolah is committed to building and maintaining a positive and meaningful relationship with the emergency agencies in Passaic and this meeting strengthened the resolve to continue to work together for the benefit of the citizens of Passaic.

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 Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter, Heshy Cohen and Moshe Stareshefsky. The members took the opportunity to provide some safety tips in addition to displaying the various equipment Hatzolah uses to help patients.

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.

As the summer travel season is now upon us, Hatzolah included in the mailing a Tefilas Haderech sticker, sponsored by Majestic Leasing and Louis B. Chapman, Attorney at Law - (973) 696-9600. The sticker included Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS' emergency phone number as well as the phone numbers of surrounding Hatzolah organizations. Phone stickers were also included.

If you need more of either sticker for a second car or additional phones, please contact Hatzolah's office at 973-685-4911 or by emailing info@hatzolahpassaic.net.

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:

Dr. Natie Liebster has assumed role of President, replacing Founding Chairman Izzy Fogel. Izzy and his wife Blima have moved to Israel. Please continue to daven for Izzy who is in need of a Refuah (Alter Yisroel ben Chaya Rochel). In addition Marty Lovy has assumed the responsibilities of Vice President/Treasurer, while Moshe Zahler continues as secretary of the organization.

We would also like to welcome Yitzchak Buchen as the new Executive Director. Among Yitzchak’s other chesed endeavors, he is well known for his annual Yom Kippur appeal which raises much needed funds for other worthy organizations in the community.

Much appreciation is due to the outgoing Executive Director, George Matyjewicz for his almost three years of service. George worked on numerous fundraisers, events and utilized his extensive business management experience for the benefit of Hatzolah and the community.

We are also pleased to announce that Eli Radinsky has joined the Board of Directors. Eli is replacing founding Board Member, Dr. Elliot Samet. Eli is a member of Tifereth Israel and brings along a wealth of finance experience.

We would like to thank Dr. Samet for his three plus years of service on the Board and for his continuing dedication to Hatzolah.

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
See you at the fair!

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.”

Basic First-Aid skills (ie. bleeding control, when it is appropriate to move a patient helping patients with chest pain, patients having seizures, and a push for people to learn CPR) were discussed, as well as ways that people can help (ie. turning on a porch light, clearing a path for the members to the patient, staying calm and help keeping the patient calm)), until the arrival of Hatzolah members.

Moshe also spent some time answering questions about the need for Hatzolah and the other services Hatzolah provides, such community education through lectures, screenings and health fairs. .

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.

The goal of the class was to help our emergency responders better identify a patient's medical history based upon their currently prescribed medications which in turn, would likely create a better understanding of presenting symptoms during an emergency call for help. The class presenter reviewed a myriad list of Prescription Medications and their associated uses. The class was very well received and appreciated by the Hatzolah membership.

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

On Thanksgiving 2009, Hatzolah and Bikur Cholim hosted a local drive (there were many other simultaneous drives in other communities)from 7AM until 12:30PM to help find a bone marrow donor for a community member suffering from leukemia, in need of a transplant. Three large tables were set up in the lobby of Ahavas Israel to accommodate the men leaving davening after each Shacharis minyan. Women began arriving for testing from 10:30 until 12:30PM. Hundreds of community members availed themselves of this opportunity to potentially help save someone's life. Much thanks to the Ahavas Israel for graciously hosting the event and to Bagel Munch for providing free donuts and coffee to the volunteers and people who came to be tested.

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 Heshy Cohen and Boruch Jaffe. The members took the opportunity to provide some safety tips to the children in addition to handing out Hatzolah water bottles.

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.
Not only do Hatzolah members continuously give of their free and busy time to respond to medical emergencies, they also regularly give up their time for training and continuing education to enhance the level of care provided to the community.
The class was arranged by Hatzolah Coordinator (P-8) Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter and given by a trio of instructors from Newark Beth Israel Hospital (part of the St. Barnabas Medical System). The instructors were Joe Barra, Ed Wheat & Mark Cohen.

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

On 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.

Hatzolah would like to thank the following individuals for ensuring this course be as successful as it was:

  • Mr. Robert L. Pardy - Course Instructor
  • Rabbi Heshie Hirth - For allowing us to use the YKP Preschool for the classroom portion
  • Mr. Betzalel Wagner - For allowing us to use his parking lot for the driving portion
  • Mr. Eli Klein (P-18)/Rainbow Appliances and Mr. Hymie Gluck/Bagel Munch - for providing Breakfast
  • Mr. Teddy Cohen/Jerusalem Pizza- for providing Lunch

Rabbi Binyomin Kessler gives a Shiur on Hilchos Shabbos

Hatzolah 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 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 attends comprehensive course in Burn care from St. Barnabas Burn Center

Hatzolah 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 the many times that we use candles (Shabbos, Yom 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.

Much thanks to Daniel Strimber of The Main Ingredient for sponsoring dinner for the class attendees.

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.

Website Photos

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!

On 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.

Fireman Moshe

One 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 the rounds to Yeshiva 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

Hatzolah 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 Day Caterers.

Hatzolah visits Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic Pre-School

Hatzolah visited the Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic's Pre-School division to help the kinderlach learn about the letter "Hey." Kain Yirbu, approximately 180 children - 9 classes, accompanied by their Morahs, came out and received a grand tour of the ambulance (P-01) . On hand from Hatzolah was Moshe Azer, Moshe Raider and Moshe Stareshefsky. The members took the opportunity to provide some safety tips to the children in addition to handing out Hatzolah keychains and phone stickers.

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Change the Clocks - Check Your Smoke Detectors

Hatzolah urges all to remember to check their smoke detectors in conjunction with the changing of the clock this past Motzei Shabbos. This Public Service Message brought to you by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Touch a Truck

As in past years, YBH hosted a "Touch A Truck" which provided wholesome Chol Hamoed activity and allowed the community's children to get up close and personal with many various heavy duty vehicles that they see on a regular basis. Along with the Passaic Police and Fire Departments, Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS was proud to participate in this event. Many children (and adults!) enjoyed the opportunity to get inside the ambulance and to see the equipment that Hatzolah members use on a daily basis. Many took this opportunity to get new Hatzolah stickers for their home and cell phones (if you need stickers, call the office at 973-685-4911).

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.
On behalf of the Hatzolah Rabbinical Board, Executive Board, Operations Committee, First Responders and Dispatchers, welcome to the Hatzolah family.

City Certification

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

How do you get an oxygen mask on a child who is having trouble breathing? You bring Teddy to the rescue. Teddy is a friendly, toy-like bear that is bubble-gum scented, squeaks and is designed with the ability to deliver oxygen with or without nebulization. The child holds Teddy and when the bear is squeezed oxygen flows. "It has worked wonders" said Senior EMT Moshe Stareshefsky. "Before we had to struggle to get an oxygen mask on a child. Now Teddy comforts them and saves them." This is another example of how Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS goes out of its way to provide comfort and safety to its patients.


Epinephrine (EpiPens) Administration

Hatzolah is a volunteer, life-saving organization, composed of neighbors, co-workers, fellow Shul members and acquaintances always there when you need them and always willing to provide assistance. One of our priorities is ongoing Halachik and Medical Education training. Recently, New Jersey allowed EMT's (Emergency Medical Technicians), to administer Epinephrine in certain scenarios to victims of Anaphylactic Shock (Allergic Reaction). In the past EMT's had to wait for ALS (Advanced Life Support) to provide this life saving intervention. New Jersey required an intensive full day course on Epinephrine's administration. Hatzolah jumped at this new opportunity to save lives, and the course was set up immediately. .


A Second Ambulance Is Put Into Service!

On August 5, 2008 a second ambulance (known as P-02) was put into service. This ambulance is a very much needed addition which will ensure that the community of Passaic and Clifton will always have an ambulance available when the need CH"V arises as there are often simultaneous calls being handled by Hatzolah. This addition also allows Hatzolah to provide some much needed service to the heavily used P-01. As not every ambulance is exactly the same, it is important that all members are familiar with the location and function of the equipment stored on it. Below are photos of both ambulances and the members attending an orientation session at Yeshiva M'Kor Boruch.

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 appointment only. All results were available on the spot.The screenings were held at Bais Torah Utefila (BTU).

While all available appointments were filled in advance, all who came with or without appointments were accomodated in a timely fashion. Much thanks to Racquel Houpt from the Bikur Cholim for getting everyone in, to the volunteers of Hatzolah and Dr. Jill Butler for providing the blood pressure screenings and to the wonderful staff of Mountainside Hospital for attending the event, providing the cholesterol screenings and staying ovetime to accomodate all who came. Click here for the event flyer.

Many thanks to Dr. Yaacov Weiss, Drs. Rosy Joseph and Zalman Suldan and Dr. Pearl Korenblit for their generous sponsorships.

Managing Stress, Diet, and Exercise Lecture

Dr. Alan Rozanski spoke about his approach to promoting health and vitality in today’s stressful, fast-paced world. This lecture was arranged by Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS and the Bikur Cholim of Passaic-Clifton.

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.

The 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 Police Department.

Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS Participates in NCSY Toronto Shabbaton

Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS was proud to participate in NCSY of Toronto's Annual Shabbaton in Erie, Pennsylvania over the weekend of May 16 - May 19, 2008 - Parshas Bhar. Two Hatzolah members were on premises throughout the entire weekend. Hatzolah members provided immediate first aid and response during medical emergencies and transferred care when neccesary to local EMS in Erie PA.

First Passaic - Clifton Community Wide Health and Safety Fair

On Sunday, May 18, 2008, Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS in conjunction with the Bikur Cholim of Passaic-Clifton hosted a community wide Health and Safety Fair. The fair was be an exciting oppurtunity for community members of all ages to learn about health and safety. There were many booths and demonstrations for all participants, car seat safety inspections, glucose, dental, blood pressure and vision screenings. (Event website). Pictures of the event have been uploaded to the event website. Click here to go directly to the photos.

April 2008 - Pre-Pesach Awareness Campaign

On 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 the packages.

First International Hatzolah Convention

Over the weekend of Parshas Shmini, March 27, 2008, Hatzolah volunteers gathered for the first Hatzolah International Convention in Long Branch, New Jersey.  Hatzolah volunteers from all over the world, including Israel, Europe, Australia, and of course from the New York Tri State area attended this three day convention.  Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS was proud to be part of this historic event.


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

Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS volunteer responders and dispatchers gather on a regular basis for Shiurim in Hilchos Shabbos, Continuing Education and dispatching classes. Additionally the Executive Board of Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton EMS meets on a continuing basis.


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