By day, Shlomo Glick an internationally-acclaimed cantor who shares his voice during synagogue services and concerts, singing before international audiences in New York, Prague, and London. But offstage, Glick moonlights as a life-saving EMT with the Israeli medical volunteer service, Hatzalah. Did we mention he does all this while riding a cherry red motorcycle?
Recently, the Huffington Post featured a fascinating profile of Glick that highlighted his dedication to serving others with his voice and his medical know how. Read the excerpt below, then check out the whole article over at HP!
“Haatzalah is always on my mind — I can get a call anywhere and anytime, even in the middle of leading prayer services at the synagogue or recording a cantorial piece at a music studio,” Glick said.Â Chazzan Glick recalls one incident when he was recording a cantorial piece at a well-known music studio in Meah She’arim. “In the middle of the song, my mobile-alert goes off. I rushed to a playground nearby, where a mom had called and treated her unconscious baby.”
United Hatzalah utilizes unique GPS dispatch technology to identify the closest and most qualified volunteers to respond to an emergency. This gives volunteers, whose cell phones and motorcycles carry the GPS technology, the ability to arrive on scene between two to three minutes. Glick responds on average to two-three emergency calls every day…
“Some people have said to me that it’s not fitting for someone of my profession to ride a motorcycle and answer the masses. An artist is supposed to distance himself from the public for his image. But that doesn’t interest me,” explains Cantor Glick. “God gave us life and he can take away life. Your image as a musician or whatever the profession, isn’t important when you’re saving a human being’s life.”