The Policeman who Was Wounded in the Terror Attack of the Har Nof Synagogue, receives 100% Support from Yad Sarah.
“Each will help his fellow man”: this is how Yad Sarah volunteers helped the wounded policeman Yitzhak Weitzman get home before the commencement of the Shabbat – and back to hospital the next Sunday.
Policeman First Sergeant Yitzhak Weitzman was wounded while fighting the terrorists who attacked the worshipers in the Har Nof synagogue. Weitzman was first to arrive on his bike at the arena immediately after receiving preliminary notice regarding the horrible event. Fighting the terrorists he shot one of them, but was himself wounded from two bullets in his leg. Ushered to Sha’arey Tzedek hospital, Weitzman had his leg operated on and was administered to stay there for further treatment.
When weekend drew near, Weitzman wished to take a break from hospital in order to join his family for the Shabbat. As Israelis are known for always finding “connections” through acquaintances, Weitzman addressed his Ma’aleh Adumim neighbor Nissim Cohen, who is Yad Sarah’s security officer.
It was from then on that Weitzman found out that, next to his own waiting family, there was another family ready to provide support – the family of Yad Sarah.
Nissim Cohen: “Yitzhak is my good neighbor – we pray and study together at our synagogue in Ma’aleh Adumim. Since the event I have been visiting him daily in Sha’arey Tzedek hospital. As Yitzhak was in need of a wheelchair and means of transportation to get home on time, it was only natural that all of us in Yad Sarah responded at once”.
Ya’akov Wertheimer and Hezi Yitzhaki helped in providing the Nehonit (a designated vehicle for transporting people with physical disabilities); Nahum Rabinovitch found a wheelchair most suitable for its user to sit down with the leg raised up. The volunteering driver Sha’aya Lichtenschtein was there too, ready for the drive.
Friday 10 AM, Yad Sarah’s Nehonit was already waiting for Yitzhak Weitzman at the hospital entrance – and drove him home for the Shabbat.
The coming Sunday, Nissim Cohen took care in advance to provide Weitzman with a special sitting cushion to make the ride back to hospital more comfortable. Again it was devoted Sha’aya at the car’s wheel – it seemed he had become the family’s friend. Eti, Weitzman’s wife, accompanied her husband and took much pleasure with the hearty reception he received at the hospital. When Weitzma started moving Nissim in the wheelchair, toward the orthopedic unit, Eti realized with certainty that her man was in the best of hands.
In the photographs: Security officer Nissim Cohen wheeling Weitzman in the hospital with smiling wife Eti behind. Priestly Blessing (Birkat Cohanim): Cohen and the volunteering driver Sha’aya, wishing the wounded policeman a quick recovery.