While most of the world was enjoying a break from routine over the seasonal holidays and year-end festivities, the ZAKA International Rescue Unit was active across four continents, coordinating dozens of different people and organizations to help others in their time of need.
ZAKA, Israel’s leading volunteer search and rescue organization in not just active in Israel. Over the years, ZAKA has assisted in tragedies which have occurred in the USA, Turkey, Thailand, India, Haiti, Japan and many more.
For the first time in 2,000 years, a group of Kohanim (men of the Jewish priestly caste) living close to Jerusalem’s Old City are studying the relevant Jewish laws to be able to ascend the Temple Mount and enter the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence is said to dwell.
As the ZAKA organization marks nearly thirty years of life-saving, search and rescue missions in Israel and around the world, the first national fundraising day to salute the ZAKA volunteers will take place on December 15, 2016.