International Hatzolah Convention

Hatzolah Delegates from Around the World Gather in South Africa for an International Hatzolah Convention

This week over 50 delegates from 8 countries and 20 different Hatzolah branches around the world are gathering in South Africa for an international Hatzolah convention.

The idea to get Hatzolah members from around the world together was the brainchild of David Shapiro, the legal director of Hatzolah South Africa.

The main driver behind this convention is to allow the delegates to network with other Hatzolah members from other countries, to learn from and teach one another and to thereby improve their service to their respective communities.

We will be covering 5 main areas of commonality between us all:

  • Medical
  • Halacha
  • Mass Casualty
  • Operations
  • Networking

The delegates will have a full programme of talks on emergency medicine and Hatzolah related topics presented by local medical experts as well as by some of the delegates themselves. Networking time is also available to the delegates around the programme. As one of the delegates so pointedly put it - A Hatzolah convention is the place where we get to talk shop all day without getting disturbed!

On Friday the delegates will be going on safari in the Pilansberg National Game Reserve where they will be spending Shabbat. Lectures and discussions continue on Shabbat but focusing on halachic aspects of emergency medicine. These will be given by two local Rabbis – Rabbi Yechezkel Auerbach who is the Rabbi of Hatzolah SA and Rabbi Gidon Fox who has a particular interest in medical halacha. In addition Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz will be flying out from the UK and joining the convention to discuss halachic medical topics on which he is a world expert.

We have no doubt that every delegate at this convention will learn something from the collective pool of expertise in attendance, which they can then take back to their organisations and thereby improve operations in some way for their local organisations.

It is also the hope of Hatzolah South Africa that this will be the start of a trend that sees the Hatzolah’s from around the world communicating more and spending time together periodically to share the wealth of knowledge that has accumulated in so many excellent organisations, all operating independently but under the same Hatzolah umbrella.

At Hatzolah South Africa we push ourselves on a path of continual improvement. We are proud to be hosting this convention and are so looking forward to learning from the teams coming out here.