Defibrillators for Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue

The Fellowship  |  August 13, 2021

Jerusalem's Great Synagogue, provided with defibrillators by The Fellowship
(Photo: wikicommons/MartinVMtl)

The Fellowship’s faithful friends save the lives of God’s people in so many ways – through food, through security measures, through love. And now, lives will be saved in Jerusalem thanks to a new Fellowship program. Our friends at The Jerusalem Post report on new defibrillators placed in Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue, the first house of worship in the Holy City to be outfitted with these lifesaving devices:

New defibrillators were placed in Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue on Wednesday evening, kicking off a program funded by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to outfit the Holy City’s houses of worship with these life-saving devices.

Fellowship President Yael Eckstein said that 230 additional devices will be distributed to other Jerusalem synagogues in time for the High Holidays, which begin with Rosh Hashana on the evening of September 6.

“Defibrillators that we will install in the coming weeks in synagogues in the city are important news for tens of thousands of worshippers,” said Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion. “In synagogues, unfortunately, cardiac events can occur that require a quick response, the first four minutes from the moment such an event occurs, look completely different when there is access to an electric resuscitation device and the existence of a malfunction in the environment is often the difference between life and death.”

At the kick-off event, a 38-year-old Jerusalem resident told his story of how four years ago he was at shul when he suffered from a heart attack. The father of five said that part of his resuscitation was 12 electric shocks from a defibrillator…

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