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International Committee

Mark Gerson
Chairman
 
Mark is also the International Chairman of United Hatzalah, which is a distributed network of volunteer first responders in Israel.  By activating the first responder closest to a trauma (heart attack, accident, choking incident or stroke), United Hatzalah volunteers can arrive at a victim's side in those first minutes that separate life from death.  The work of United Hatzalah is described here:https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_beer_the_fastest_ambulance_a_motorcycle?language=en. 
 
Mark is also the co-founder and Chairman of the African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), which enables primary healthcare throughout Africa -- by supporting the work of the Christian medical missionaries who provide so much of the treatment of patients throughout the continent.  AMHF supports maternity care, AIDS clinics, TB treatment, pediatric orthopedic services, dental care, the training of physicians and surgeons and much more in South Sudan, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and elsewhere in Africa. 
 
Mark is also the author of many books and articles on subjects including intellectual history, education, basketball and the Biblical Jonah.  He lives in New York City with his wife, Rabbi Erica Gerson, and their three children. 

 

Eli Beer
President

Eli Beer has dedicated his entire life to saving lives. His motivation began when he was only six years-old after witnessing a terror bus bombing in his hometown of Jerusalem. At age 15, Eli joined a local volunteer ambulance unit as an EMT and after his ambulance failed to arrive in time to save a young boy because it was stuck in traffic, Eli realized there needed to be a faster way to reach patients. At 17, in order to achieve his goal of faster response times, Eli implemented the Hatzalah model used by Jewish communities in the United States. In this model, volunteer medics from the neighborhood respond to calls using personal communication gear, medical equipment and supplies. He started in his own community, and along with the innovation of the ambucycle -a motorcycle with fully equipped with emergency lifesaving gear,  like an ambulance on two wheels - response times began to drop. Patients received treatment before the ambulances arrived, more and more lives were saved. Soon afterwards the model took off nationwide.

In 2006, Eli established United Hatzalah of Israel and chapters launched throughout the country bringing Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze together in order to save lives. United Hatzalah of Israel is now officially recognized by the State of Israel as a national emergency response organization. United Hatzalah coordinates the activities of more than 3,000 medics, paramedics and doctors across the country responding to more than 800 calls a day. Using innovative GPS and phone app technology, United Hatzalah’s volunteer pre-ambulance medics typically arrive on the scene in under three minutes.

Eli’s vision is to bring United Hatzalah’s lifesaving model beyond Israel to the global village. United Hatzalah branches have been successfully launched in Brazil, Panama and Lithuania and other countries around the world. In November of 2015  Eli launched the first United Rescue unit (based on the United Hatzalah model) in the United States. Today, Beer acts as the President of Friends of United Hatzalah and of United Rescue International and also runs Beer Real Estate holdings, his family business. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Gitty and their five children.

Prizes and acknowledgments

Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Israel (2010)

Beer received the Social Entrepreneur Award from the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in cooperation with the World Economic Forum of Davos in 2010. The award is given to those driving social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. 

Presidential Award for Volunteerism, Israel (2011)

Beer received the Presidential Award for Volunteerism from Shimon Peres, the President of the State of Israel in 2011. The award is given to individuals and groups whose volunteering effort is deemed to be outstanding in a given year by a committee. Twelve awardees are chosen each year.

Young Global Leader, Davos (2012)

Nominated by a committee chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan for his efforts to create a multicultural, apolitical medical rescue organization, Beer was chosen to become one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2012. Young Global Leaders come from 65 countries and are honored for their outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and commitment to society.

The Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East (2013)

The Institute of International Education (IIE) awards the Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East annually to recognize outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Arab and one Israeli, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. Beer received the prize together with Murad Alian, the Coordinator of United Hatzalah's East Jerusalem Team.

Additional achievements

Eli Beer was invited to be a speaker on April 2013 on TEDMED, an annual conference about health and medicine. His talk was later featured on the TED website.

In 2015 Eli Beer addressed 17,000 people at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C.. 

Michael Brown

NY - V. President

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Our Patron

Prof. Ned and Viviana Phelps

Our Patron

NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY

Dan Schwartz (NY)

Committee Member

United Hatzalah

Scott Shleifer (NY)

Committee Member

Prior to joining Tiger Global, Mr. Shleifer was with The Blackstone Group working in private equity.  He received a B.S. in economics, Magna Cum Laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Shleifer is actively involved in numerous philanthropic activities.  He is a member of the Wharton Undergraduate Executive Board, a trustee of the Tiger Foundation, a member of the board of Ubuntu Education Fund, co-chair for Teach for America’s Learning from Leaders Breakfast series, and committee member of United Hatzalah of Israel.
 
Scott grew up in Portland, Oregon, and lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.
 
Howard Stahl

Committee member

Greg Heyman, NY

USA Board

Joshua Berkowitz

International Board

Lydia Weiss

International Board

David M Friedman, NY

USA Board

Erica Gerson (NJ)

Committee Member

Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz, NJ

USA Board

Harry Adjmi

International Board

IG Gindi (Brooklyn)

Committee Member

Jerry Greenwald, NY

Committee Member

Raymond Gindi, Brooklyn

USA Board

Dov Perlysky, NY

USA Board

Keith Rosenbloom, NY

USA Board

David Mitchell

Board Member

FLORIDA

Bert Cohen (Virgin Islands)

Committee Member

United Hatzalah 

Joe Dagrosa (FL)

Committee Member

United Hatzalah 

Merv Jacobs, FL

USA Board

ILLINOIS

Jeff Aeder

International Board

Zev Davis MD

International Medical Advisor

CALIFORNIA

Neal Goldman (CA)

Committee Member

United Hatzalah

MISSOURI

Michael Staenberg

International Board Member

GEORGIA

Jeff Goldstein, GA

International Board

MASSACHUSETTS

Professor Alan Dershowitz (MA)

Committee Member

He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 after clerking for Judge David Bazelon and Justice Arthur Goldberg.

He has also published more than 100 articles in magazines and journals such as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, Saturday Review, The Harvard Law Review and the Yale Law Journal, and more than 300 of his articles have appeared in syndication in 50 national daily newspapers.
 
Professor Dershowitz is the author of 27 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience. His most recent titles include “an exceptional, action packed book,” The Trials of Zion, a novel which has been called “a thought-provoking page turner,” Rights From Wrong, The Case For Israel, The Case For Peace, Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence and Preemption: A Knife that Cuts Both Ways, Finding Jefferson – A Lost Letter, A Remarkable Discovery, Shouting Fire and The First Amendment In An Age of Terrorism.
 
In addition to his numerous law review articles and books about criminal and constitutional law, he has written, taught and lectured about history, philosophy, psychology, literature, mathematics, theology, music, sports – and even delicatessens.  
 
In 1983, the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith presented him with the William O. Douglas First Amendment Award for his "compassionate eloquent leadership and persistent advocacy in the struggle for civil and human rights." In presenting the award, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel said: "If there had been a few people like Alan Dershowitz during the 1930s and 1940s, the history of European Jewry might have been different." Professor Dershowitz has been awarded the honorary doctor of laws degree by Yeshiva University, the Hebrew Union College, Brooklyn College, Syracuse University, Tel Aviv University, New York City College and Haifa University. 
 
OHIO

Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein (OH)

Committee Member

United Hatzalah 

IOWA

Ron Daniels

International Board

TEXAS

Amy and Harlan Korenvaes

International Board

CANADA

Dr. Mark Nusbaum, Chairman

Canada

Daniel Gryfe, Toronto

Canada

Joshua Kuhl

Ralph Grossman

Ruthy Tanenbaum

Charles Lazar

BRAZIL

Henry Ourfali (Brazil)

Committee Member

PANAMA

Simon Hafeitz

International Board

Nessim D. Bassan

Ramy Attie

FRANCE

Jonathan Chiche

Director General Hatzalah France

Alexandre Rosanel (France)

committee Member

Dr Louis Bendayan (France)

France Board

Sebastian Bensidoun

Committee member

Dr Nathan Beaupel (France)

France Board

UNITED KINGDOM

Prof. David Latchman (UK)

Committee Member

Professor Latchman was educated at the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and received his doctorate from Cambridge University before undertaking postdoctoral research atImperial College London and in the Department of Biology at University College London. He worked in the Medical Molecular Biology Unit at UCL, and Middlesex School of Medicine. He has been Professor of Molecular Pathology and Director of the Windeyer Institute of Medical Science at UCL and was Dean of the Institute for Child Health (1999–2002).

He serves on a number of Committees including London Development Agency (observer status); Universities UK Research Policy Network; Confederation of British Industry(CBI) London Council; National DNA Database Ethics Group; London First Board member.

As a nephew of the late Maurice and Vivienne who supported 150 projects in Israel, UK and the former Soviet Union, David unquestionably carries on their tradition of genuine care for the Jewish Nation. 

Mark Davies, UK

Committee Member

Aharon Watson, Israel

Young Leader

Max Friedman, Boston

Young Leader

ISRAEL

Yair Hamburger

International Board

Maj. Gen. Meir Dagan

International Board

Yaron Lemelbaum

International Board. Young Leadership

Maj. Gen. Yiftah Ron-Tal, Israel

Committee Member

Professor Avi Rivkind (Israel)

Committee Member

United Hatzalah

Shimon Elkabetz (Israel)

Committee Member

Mr. Elkabets holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and Accounting and a Masters in Economics – both from the University of Haifa. 

He lives in Even Yehuda with his wife and four children. 
Dr Efrat Baron Harlev

Medical Advisory

Alicia and Danny Yacoby

International Board

Nurit Harel

Yonatan Nissim

Ruti and Menachem Oren

Moti Sonnenfeld

Dr. David Goldfarb

Net Jacobsson

Shaul Olmert (Israel)

Committee Member

United Hatzalah

SOUTH AFRICA

Isy Danon (South Africa)

Committee Member

United Hatzalah

YOUNG LEADER INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE

Gil Sheratzki (Israel)

Committee Member

Laurence Ainouz, Tel Aviv

President of Hatzalah France

Neil Book, Chicago

USA Board

Noah Elbogen (NY)

Committee Member

Marian Klein-Feldt, UK

Committee Member

Brad Spiegel, NY

USA Board

Joseph Meyer, NY

Young Leader

Jeremy Bronfman, NY

Young Leader

Alex Goldberg (NY)

USA Board

Zecki Dossal, NY

Young Leader

Michael Novack, MO

Young Leader

Yaron Carni (Israel)

Committee Member

Yaron Carni founded the Tel Aviv Angel Group - a small group of high value angel investors from around the world who are interested in the success of innovative, disruptive Israeli technology start ups (www.telavivangels.com)

Yaron led the investment and was the business development director of LabPixies, the first and only Israeli company to be aquired by Google. Since then, Yaron has been involved in 6 startup companies - the holdings in several of which have already been sold. Yaron is a graduate of the Sam Zell Entrepreneurship Program and holds a Master’s Degree in Law with an emphasis in IP. 

Yaron also serves as a reserve officer in the I.D.F and has been proudly serving on the board of United Hatzalah for the past three years.

 
Alex Goldberg (NY)

Young Leader

United Hatzalah