When he was 6-years-old, Eli Beer was walking home from school
when he witnessed a bus bombing in Jerusalem. This traumatic experience
inspired Beer to seek out a career that saves lives. At age 15, he took
an EMT course and began volunteering on an ambulance. But he found that,
when someone truly needed fast medical attention, the ambulance just
wasn’t able to get there in time because of traffic and the distance
needed to travel.
At age 17, Beer gathered a like-minded group of EMTs with a
passion for saving lives to listen to police scanners and rush to the
scene when medical help was needed in their neighborhood. The initiative
became United Hatzalah, which is Hebrew for “rescue.” Twenty-five years
later, the organization has more than 2,000 volunteers and helped
207,000 people as they waited for an ambulance last year. Beer serves as
United Hatzalah’s president.
Beer has responded to some of the worst civil, wartime and
terror-related incidents. In 2010, he was named Social Entrepreneur of
the Year in Israel by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
and, two years later, became a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Married with five children, when Beer is not saving lives or guiding
United Hatzalah, he manages the family real estate company, Beer Realty.
Yasha Koach, Eli (more power to you)