ZAKA Volunteers Lauded
by Betzalel Kahn
At the end of the rescue operation at the Versailles halls
in Jerusalem all of the professional rescue and medical
teams praised the scores of ZAKA (Disaster Victims
Identification) volunteers, almost all of whom are
As soon as reports of the collapse of the building were
heard, scores of ZAKA volunteers, some of whom are also
volunteers in Jerusalem's Hatzoloh, appeared at the site.
When the rescue of the wounded was completed, the ZAKA
volunteers began to extricate the bodies trapped under the
The volunteers, though, didn't terminate their activity once
the rescue was over, but also helped remove the bodies from
the site, assisting in their identification and helping the
families immediately after the identification. They also
collected the human parts found amidst the debris and
displayed much mesiras nefesh.
ZAKA's volunteers worked for many long hours along with the
members of the Nationwide Rescue Unit of the Home Front
Command. This was the first time ZAKA's volunteers
participated in the rescue of victims in such a disaster.
All of the professionals involved in the rescue efforts
highly praised the efforts of the ZAKA organization, who
caused a great kiddush Shem Shomayim.