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As of January 1, 2010, Hatzalah of Miami-Dade has a core group of 23 trained responders and 10 trained dispatchers ready to serve. Thanks to the effort and dedication of Mr. Joseph Dahan, a caring community leader, and after several years of intensive planning, Miami Hatzalah is already helping Miami’s residents. With Miami’s large senior citizen population, the need for a Hatzalah organization there has been long overdue.

Mr. Dahan is holding the organization to the highest levels of professionalism. Of course, the organization conforms to all city and state regulations, but in addition, its staff ensures to provide personal and devoted care and concern to every person in need of their services. Hatzalah members treat their patients with respect, dignity and humor (to help keep them calm), while simultaneously reporting to the ambulances with updates, to prepare for help as soon as possible.

The response has been tremendous. Already within the first few days of operation, Miami Hatzalah has begun receiving 3-5 calls each day, and responders have been arriving at the scene within 3-4 minutes of getting the call.

At the heart of the initiative is the Sephardic community in Aventura, capably led by Rabbi Joseph Galamidi, of Bet Edmond Safra synagogue. Rabbi Galamidi’s wit, charm, personality and unique style of teaching Torah are quick to evoke a smile from participants.

The synagogue has evolved into a vibrant community center, where all members congregate for many different kinds of functions and events. The morning prayers are full and a delicious breakfast is served with an informative shiur for all to digest with their meal. The night and day shiurim schedule at the shul is jam packed, with the most popular shiur being the Monday night women’s class taught by Rabbi Galimidi, which is attended by well over one hundred women.

The emergency number for the new Hatzalah service in Miami is 305-919-4900. Since Hatzalah Miami does not provide emergency transportation at this time, residents should also call 911 for ambulance service. For non-emergencies, the Hatzalah office can be reached at 305-490-5274 and