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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020

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Eli Beer

Leadership, United Hatzalah

Eli Beer is the President of United Hatzalah – Israel's largest all-volunteer emergency medical response organization. The father of five children and long-time social entrepreneur was diagnosed with coronavirus in 2020 while on a visit to Miami, contracting a little-known illness – ICU Delirium, which causes terrifying hallucinations – as a result of the drugs he was treated with in the hospital. Nevertheless, within a month, Beer was back on the ground in Israel where, during the last year alone, Hatzalah has responded to more than 650,000 calls across the country. “I work all day because I don’t want to feel sorry for myself,” Beer said of his battle with coronavirus. “I have a big responsibility to raise more funds to grow the organization. I have no choice. If I relax, people will suffer.” (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)

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