COMMUNITY AED INITIATIVE
Keren Yosef provides automatic external defibrillators to public places in the community to make them readily available in case of sudden cardiac arrest.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death in adults. The early use of an AED (automatic external defibrillator) which delivers a shock to ‘jumpstart’ the heart in the small window of time immediately following the person’s collapse, can make the difference between life and death.
Keren Yosef has donated AEDs to many public places, all the community centers (matnasim) in Bet Shemesh, local synagogues, Shabbat clinics in Beit Shemesh and Ramat Beit Shemesh, and other places where many people gather regularly.
AEDs have also been placed in Yishuvim throughout Israel, where ambulance response time typically takes longer.
Keren Yosef has donated AEDs in national sites including the Kotel and the Churva synagogue in Jerusalem, Me’arat Hamachpela in Chevron , the kever (grave) of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron and more.
Training for proper defibrillator use is provided by Keren Yosef to every location where an AED is placed.