Adam Vasserman of Scarsdale, New York, recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on November 1, 2015. For his Bar Mitzvah project Adam wanted to help Friends of United Hatzalah.
This organization is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service in Israel. With their ambucycles, which are medically equipped motorcycles, they provide the fastest medical help to all people regardless of race, religion or national origin.
Pictured above L-R: Adam Vasserman and Eli Beer the founder of United Hatzalah on the day of Adam’s Bar Mitzvah.
MM: Does your project have a start and end date, if so what are they?
AV: I will be collecting donations until the end of year or until I reach my goal of $26,000.
MM: Why did you decide to take on this particular project?
United Hatzalah helps save lives effectively because they have ambucycles all over Israel and they can arrive at an accident quicker than an ambulance. Some people unfortunately die before an ambulance can even get to them, this organization can hopefully prevent many unnecessary deaths.
MM: In your own words, what does it mean to you to do a Mitzvah Project for your Bar Mitzvah?
AV: It helps me see the importance of becoming a Bar Mitzvah and how I can make a positive impact on peoples’ lives at such a young age.
MM: Can you give us details of your Mitzvah Project?
AV: I’m raising money for an ambucycle for a organization called Friends of United Hatzalah and they use these ambucycles to help save lives of people in accidents or other medical emergency by quickly giving them immediate care.
The photo of Adam was taken at the American Israel Public Affairs Conference (AIPAC) where the Vasserman family learned about the organization and the wonderful work they do
MM: If it involves a donation, what are you doing to spread the word?
AV: I have a Website for donating. I use social media like Facebook to let people know that they can donate money to this important cause instead of giving me a Bar Mitzvah gift.
MM: For how long can people donate to this charity?
AV: People can donate until I reach my goal or until the end of the year.
MM: Anything else we need to know about your Mitzvah Project?
AV: I learned about this organization when I went down to DC in March 2014 at the AIPAC policy conference. The Founder of the organization, Eli Beer, scooted out onto stage with one of the ambucycles. I think it will be very special to visit Israel and see the ambucycle that I donated and to learn about all the lives that were saved as a result.
We thank Adam and the entire Vasserman family for sharing this wonderful Bar Mitzvah project with our Mitzvah Market readers.