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May 31, 2022

Hatzalah vs Hatzalah

Hatzalah suing Hatzalah.

According to the NY Post, Chevra Hatzalah of New York has very aggressively sued Hatzalah of South Florida for using part of its name. They are even demanding that this fellow running the organization be placed under house arrest.

That sounds weird considering there are Hatzalah organizations all over the world, including multiple such organizations across New York itself, and Chevra Hatzalah is not suing any of them but only the one in Florida.

The guy running the outfit in South Florida claims that his organization, which he has since renamed to JVAC, is being targeted because he allows women to volunteer and serve as equals, which Chevra Hatzalah has refused to do and has fought against when other organizations tried to go that route.

Chevra Hatzalah has not responded to that claim or to any questions about the suit.

Whatever the reason may be, this is not the good type of Jewish news one looks for in the newspapers. I dont get why the outfit in New York has to be bothered by what is going on down in Florida, whether it is the women volunteers situation or if it is anything else. They arent even impinging on the chevra hatzalah market - they are about 1200 miles apart. How is whatever is going on down in Florida going to cause confusion up in New York? 

Just get back to the business of saving lives. I dare say it is this type of aggressive askanus where the askans start to think they run the world that make the community think poorly of askanim. Unfortunately this type of fighting has not been uncommon between first responder organizations, though in this case they are not even near each other and not stepping on each others toes making it more unusual..

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