- Did you know that ZAKA is the only volunteer organization whose members
include ultra orthodox, religious and secular Jews, as well as non-Jews, all
united behind one sacred goal – to save lives and honor the dead?
- Did you know that ZAKA's 1500 volunteers clocked up over 1,250,000 hours
of volunteering in 2007?
- Did you know that, on an average week, ZAKA deals with 35 incidents of sudden
death? And about 2000 incidents annually?
- Did you know that, during 2007, ZAKA dealt with 18,368 life saving and search
and rescue incidents and 2,174 incidents of honouring the dead?
- Did you know that ZAKA is one of only three Israeli organizations to be
recognized by the United Nations as an international organization and that this
was the first time the UN recognized the phrase "honoring the dead"?
- Did you know that ZAKA operates 34 ambulances, 162 Rapid Response motorcycles,
8 rescue all-terrain vehicles, 2 rescue motorboats, and 843 First Aid emergency
stations located in crowded public places around the country?
- Did you know that the ZAKA Divers’ Unit has 150 divers on call for search
and rescue operations in the open sea and lakes?
- Did you know that ZAKA is the only organization in the world that operates
a Canine Search and Rescue Unit that has the ability to search one square kilometer
in eight minutes and to home in on human body heat, dead or alive?
- Did you know that ZAKA is charged with operating all temporary morgues to
be set up throughout Israel in times of emergency, locating and identifying
the bodies and bringing them to a proper Jewish burial.
- Did you know that, during the 32 days of the Second Lebanon War, ZAKA dealt
with 51 victims killed on the home front and hundreds of wounded?
- Did you know that, as one of the lessons learnt from the Second Lebanon
War, ZAKA, in conjunction with the Home Front, established volunteer units in
every Israeli town? These volunteer units will serve under the IDF in times
of emergency for the benefit of the residents.
- Did you know that, for the first time, ZAKA received a war citation as a
civilian organization for its work during the Second Lebanon War?
- Did you know that even the President of Germany, Dr. Horst Köhler, is a
ZAKA volunteer? During a visit to Israel and at his request, the President met
with ZAKA leaders and expressed a wish to volunteer. In a ceremony held in his
honor, he was presented with a certificate of volunteering, a yellow ZAKA vest
and a volunteer’s kit.
- Did you know that ZAKA is almost entirely dependent on the good auspices
of private individuals and donors to continue in its sacred work?