Friday, June 05, 2020

(Courtesy of United Hatzalah) An all-star team of international celebrities recently joined together to support emergency first response organization United Hatzalah of Israel in its fight against COVID-19. The virtual event, titled “Saving Lives Sunday,” included messages from Jay Leno, Nuseir Yassin (Nas Daily), Rona-Lee Shimon (Fauda), Adam Kantor (Broadway), Dudu Aharon, Lior Suchard and Mark Gerson, who each shared a special, heart-filled message or song, saluting the first responders and Eli Beer.

The event, which was streamed live on YouTube and on a dedicated website, www.SavingLivesSunday.com, succeeded in raising more than $1 million to support United Hatzalah’s fight against COVID-19.

The video also highlighted guest appearances by dozens of people, young and old, whose lives were saved by volunteer first responders from United Hatzalah. In a truly special tribute, many of those who were saved got a chance to speak directly to their rescuers in conversations that were shared via Zoom with those watching the event.

“My life was saved,” said Eli Beer towards the end of the video. He then thanked the doctors and nurses in Miami who saved him and those who donated towards the EMS organization: “Without you, the donors, this organization would not be able to do what it does every day. I also want to thank all of the volunteers of United Hatzalah in Israel and around the world as well as all of the other Hatzalahs. Think about it. People are hiding in their homes trying to protect themselves from this terrible virus. But when a Hatzalah volunteer gets a call they don’t think twice. They run to save the person in need and put their own lives in danger. Now that I am in Israel, sometimes out of the window I see Hatzalah volunteers passing by with their siren on and I know that they are going out to save someone. So I want to thank you for everything that you do.”

Saving Lives Sunday: A Streaming Event Honoring First Responders and Welcoming Home Eli Beer can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL1T6S6rDIY or www.SavingLivesSunday.com.