New York - First On VIN: Major Milestone New Jewish 311 System Launched
New York - A single phone line providing access to emergency response teams and a range of other vital phone numbers in the Jewish community is being launched in parts of NYC.
Instead of having to remember the phone numbers of all chessed and assistance organizations such as Hatzolah, Shomrim, Cheveirim, hospitals, bikur cholim, etc., an automated one-line phone bank has now been set up, resembling NYCâ€™s 311 system.
The brainchild behind the project is none other than Rabbi Meshilam Lowy, with the support of Rabbi Shmiel Duvad Friedman, Joe (Yossie) Spitzer, and Ari Noe CEO of OTR media. The number is 718-705-5000.
A special thanks to Mr. Benjamin Weiser, President of Fidelity Payment Services for his great contribution to kick off this system.
It took Rabbi Lowy (MRA) almost six years of hard work to implement the program, which promises to provide a great service to the Jewish community at large.
Only Brooklyn and Manhattan are currently connected, but one of the systemâ€™s founders told VIN News plans are underway to link every Jewish organization in the United States and around the globe.
To provide vital information that should be added to the system or to contribute to the hotline service, call Isaac Abraham at 718-STANDUP (782-6387) or Rabbi Meshilaem Lowy at 917-567-6322. Special thanks to Harry Miltz of ONHOLD SYSTEMS .
The new centralized hotline will help travelers around the world who need to establish contact right away.
Willimasburg community activist Isaac Abraham who was instrumental in getting this system up and running informed VIN News, to advise our readers, the system is still being worked on, and many corrections will be fixed such as, if you are forwarded by this system to Hatzolah or any other help line that has call ID, it will come up in the caller ID not your address so please inform the person answering the phone.
Since the Sikkos and Chol Hamoed is around the corner and many families and people will be traveling all over the Nation it was important to release the phone number now to spread the word,
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