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    Eli is a licensed pilot, highly-experienced paramedic, and the founder and president
    of Hatzolah Air. His passion for emergency medicine, aviation and helping those
    in need are apparent and infectious, and have facilitated him building Hatzolah
    Air from an idea to a full-fledged air rescue organization in just a few years. On a
    daily basis, Eli is busy organizing, staffing, and even sometimes flying Hatzolah Air
    missions. In his spare time, he can be found fundraising for Hatzolah Air or giving
    tours of their impressive hangar in Sullivan County Airport.


    Favorite part of being a Hatzalah member.
    A Hatzalah member never knows if he will be going to sleep the whole night
    or if he’s going to be out and about for a whole night. Never knows whether
    his Friday night meal will be with his family or will be in some other hospital
    looking after somebody, driving them and treating them.

    Amount of miles Hatzolah Air flew this year.
    Approximately 5-6,000 miles each week.

    Favorite song to listen to when you are flying.
    I never listen to music. For as long as I can remember, I’ve never once turned
    on the music in my car. I can actually buy a car without a radio.

    Favorite Jewish musician.
    Yaakov Shwekey

    Most famous person you ever flew as a patient or a
    passenger as a member of Hatzolah Air.
    Rav Zelig Epstein

    What is the most famous Gadol that you or Hatzolah
    air have ever flown as a patient or as a passenger?
    We flew many Gedolim- Rav Dovid Feinstein zt”l, Rav Malkiel Kotler, Rav Elya
    Brudney, both Satmar Rebbes, Rav Shmuel Kamenetzky and many more.

    Name someone alive that you never met that you
    would like to meet.
    Elon Musk

    Where is the furthest you ever flew by plane as a

    Favorite person in Tanach.

    Name a person that is alive today that has true
    Ahavas Yisroel.
    Rabbi Jungreis,, the Nikelsburg & Woodbourne Rebbie.

    Your favorite Yom Tov.

    Favorite game you like to play with your family on
    What skill do you wish you had?
    I wish I knew how to cook.

    Name someone alive that you would call a leader.
    Rav Elya Brudney to me is a real leader. He spends his life worrying about
    individuals and organizations alike. If you ask him, he will tell you that he
    is married to Klal Yisroel. It’s amazing to watch him talk to people and listen
    and the detail and clarity and focus he has is simply unparalleled. He is the
    ultimate leader and someone I look up to every day.

    If you can have a chavrusah for a half hour with
    anyone from the beginning of time, who would you
    want to have a chavrusah?
    Rav Chaim Soloveitchik. Not so much for the torah but for the way he thinks
    and the way he explains and the thought processes of the whole Cheftza and
    Gavra and everything that he does is so impressive. I relate to it very much.
    I just love the Torah of Rav Chaim.

    Favorite song to sing at the Shabbos table.
    My favorite song is definitely “Kol M’kadeish Sh’vi”i.” My kids like to sing
    “Baruch Kel Elyon” on Shabbos day and I have gotten into it lately, but
    “Kol M’kadeish Sh’vi”i” to me brings in Shabbos. I could actually feel the
    malachim singing “Kol M’kadeish Sh’vi”i” and I just love it and I never
    ever miss singing it on a Friday night, it never happens, it is so special and
    so meaningful.

    If you can have any superpower, what would that
    superpower be?
    I love to be able to get people from point A to point B, so if I could fly them
    on my own, just put them on my back and fly them from point A to point B
    that’s definitely the superpower I would look for.

    If you can eat only one food for the rest of your life,
    what would that one food be?
    I’m a spare ribs guy. I could eat spare ribs and sushi all day long. So, I don’t

    know if it’s one food, but I live on sushi now and love spare ribs. Those are
    my two favorite foods.

    They say that the mann would taste like anything you
    would want it to taste like, what would you want your
    mann to taste like?
    Lamb riblets.

    What is your secret ingredient in your cholent?
    I love barley in my cholent, so extra barley.

    What are the top 3 qualities that a pilot should have?
    A pilot always needs to stay calm, always needs to being fully prepared and
    always needs to be nice to the passengers.
    Severe turbulence or ATC changes can frazzle some pilots but the good ones
    always keep their cool under stress and pivot whenever necessary.
    Hatzolah Air pilots deal with some of the most stressful situations with sick
    and sometimes dead people; sometimes taking crews to a disaster and
    sometimes flying patients from a disaster. At Hatzolah Air it’s not just a job,
    it’s changing lives, one flight at a time. Our pilots are super professional but
    also super nice and super friendly. I can’t think of a better place for a pilot
    to fly with than Hatzolah Air.

    One word that summarizes Inspector Richie Taylor.
    A legend. A shmoozer. A cutie. I don’t know. Richie is just my favorite.

    “Asei Lecha Rav”, who do you ask your important
    sheilos to?
    Rabbi Oelbaum locally and Rav Asher Weiss for Hatzolah Air.

    Who does Hatzolah-Air ask it’s shailos to?
    Rav Asher Weiss shlita. He is a world lamdan. He speaks beautifully and has
    an unbelievable ability to connect and to understand today’s problems, but
    not to be too lofty that you can’t have a conversation with him. He’s our Rav,
    Rav Asher Weiss from Eretz Yisroel. He’s a maven on refuah, he’s a maven on
    halacha and he’s a maven on Torah. He’s just a wonderful person.”

    What’s your favorite nosh to eat while you’re flying
    as a pilot?
    I like licorice and I drink Diet Dr. Pepper.

    If you can have 3 dinner guests, 3 people at your Friday
    night Shabbos table, anyone from the beginning of time,
    who would be the three people that you would want to
    invite to your Friday night Shabbos dinner table?
    Rav Zelig Epstein, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Reb Shayele Kerestir.