Accident Prevention Program

Injury is a leading cause of death in Israeli children today. As a paramedic, Ezrat Achim’s founder, Avraham Kopp, has seen and treated far too many injuries, and his goal and mission is to prevent needless injuries.

Throughout the year, Jewish holidays and traditions, which are wonderful opportunities for family togetherness and joy, pose extra risks- menorah lighting, firecrackers on Purim, burning the chametz before Pesach, Lag b’Omer bonfires- even shabbos and yahrzeit candles, have all resulted in burns and severe injuries and even tragic loss of life.

Since 2009, Ezrat Achim, in conjunction with the Beit Shemesh municipality and Keren Yosef, has been leading the battle for fire safety awareness. Various campaigns are organized throughout the year, with a focus on particular holidays, which empower children to be responsible for their own safety and that of their family members.

Educational posters and flyers are distributed throughout Beit Shemesh and volunteers present specially designed workshops in local schools, which illustrate the inherent dangers. Raffles and prizes are distributed to children. Ezrat Achim’s annual pre-Purim campaign has resulted in a 95% decrease in injuries related to the use of firecrackers and other explosives marketed to children.


Who it is for

Children from Beit Shemesh and the surrounding area.

Volunteers at the association
Tova R., age 19

There is no greater light than that which shines from the sparkling eyes of a special needs child. Volunteering at Ezrat Achim’s special needs center has helped me to understand what life is really all about!

Mrs. G., age 56

Being an Ezrat Achim volunteer has changed my perspective on life. I used to complain about the fact that my days are boring and routine. Now I know what a tremendous bracha that is!

Moshe R., age 60

I thought of volunteering for Ezrat Achim for so long and kept pushing it off. Around six months ago, I finally picked up the phone and called and became a volunteer. I’m so glad I did! It’s a big zechus to be an Ezrat Achim volunteer- I recommend it to anyone who has even an hour a week to spare!

Rachel J., age 37

The feelings I have about being an Ezrat Achim volunteer are hard to put into words. You have to be involved with helping others in order to understand how good it makes you feel!

Dini S., age 17

People always tell me that I give so much to the special needs kids that I volunteer with. But the truth is that I get so much more from them. I can honestly say that I am a different person now, than I was before I started volunteering at Ezrat Achim’s special needs center!


Volunteering is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself! As an organization dedicated to chessed and caring for others, Ezrat Achim is proud of our amazing volunteers from all across Beit Shemesh who do so much good for the community!

At Ezrat Achim, we believe that volunteering, aside from providing assistance to the person receiving the help, benefits the volunteer on a personal level and society as a whole.

Looking to be a part of something good? Looking to spark your volunteer spirit?

You are invited to become one of the hundreds of members of Ezrat Achim’s family of volunteers.

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