“We resuscitated an unconscious man in a gas station yesterday near Haifa.

It was a fantastic sensation to be part of saving somebody’s life. I will definitely bring this experience in Israel back to the US and continue as a first-aid volunteer.”
David Rajlevsky, 18, MDA Volunteer Program participant from California

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Ambulance Volunteer Program
in Memory of Yochai Porat

Magen David Adom

Ambulance Volunteer Program
in Memory of Yochai Porat
Where there is sickness, crisis or disaster, Magen David Adom (MDA) is on the scene. Israel relies on the emergency first-aid of MDA volunteers and professionals to provide effective initial treatment and critical first-response services. The Jewish Agency’s MDA Ambulance Volunteer Program brings university students from around the world together to participate in this effort. Each year, hundreds of young volunteers take part in this deeply rewarding experience. The program begins with an intense eight-day training course that covers material ranging from bandaging a simple wound to CPR and mass casualty incidents. Volunteers are then placed in MDA stations throughout the country, spending five to six weeks riding in ambulances and providing emergency medical care. Many of them live at Jewish Agency absorption centers while doing their volunteer service.

Magen David Adom
Working side by side with Israeli volunteers and MDA staff, participants strengthen their connection to their homeland and the Jewish people while contributing to the country’s security and welfare. Special field trips also provide the opportunity to visit different regions of the country and learn about Israeli culture and history. Volunteers are enriched and transformed by their time in Israel. During the second Lebanon war in the summer of 2006, MDA Volunteer Program participants played a crucial role in caring for victims. As Hezbollah missiles and rockets rained down upon the North, dedicated volunteers bravely entered the war zone to offer emergency services and medical attention. The program is named for Yochai Porat, former coordinator of the Volunteer Program. On March 3, 2002, a Palestinian sniper shot and killed Yochai, who was giving medical care to a fellow soldier. He was 26 years old at the time of his death.

Connecting to Israel

Saving Lives
Through the Jewish Agency’s Magen David Adom Ambulance Volunteer Program, young people from across the globe are volunteering as emergency first aid responders, saving lives, rescuing those in distress and strengthening their connection to Israel.

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