The Ezra LeMarpeh Association, founded by Rabbi A. E. Firer, provides assistance to the sick and needy.

From Russia to Israel – Ambulance Service in Action

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, a Chabad emissary in the Dagestan  region in Russia who was shot and seriously injured, landed on Thursday 25/7/2013 at 1:30 AM in Israel – and was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at the Beilinson Hospital in Petah-Tikva. According to the hospital, his condition is serious and his life is still in danger.

Rabbi Isakov, a Chabad emissary and the Rabbi of the city of Derbent in Russia, was returning on Thursday from a shcita (kosher slaughter) trip among Jewish communities of the Caucasus. At around 5:00 AM (local time) he returned home. A Muslim terrorist who was awaiting him, shot him – and seriously injured him.

The emissary was evacuated to a local hospital, where he was operated on after bullets had penetrated his chest. His condition continues to be serious and he is being artificially ventilated. 

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, chaired by Rabbi Levy Leviev, chartered a medical plane and its services from the 'Med Assis – Medical Flights' company, that took off at 3:00 PM from Israel with a surgeon, a paramedic and an intensive care physician – directly to the city of Makhachkala, the capital of the Republic of Dagestan in Russia, on the border with Chechnya.

At around 6:30 PM the plane landed at a military airfield, and from there the medical team traveled by helicopter to the hospital in which the Rabbi was hospitalized and began to administer medical care. The plane took off with the Rabbi, and landed at 1:30 AM at Ben Gurion Airport.

Upon landing the Rabbi was transferred, by an ambulance of the 'Ezra Lemarpe' organization, with which the devoted driver of the organization, Shlomi Grossberger delivered him for the continuation of treatment to the Rabin Medical Center in Petah-Tikva.