Daily Israel Report

Immigrant Doctor Trekked Through Storm To Help Jerusalemites

Dr. Joyce Morel recounts how she helped Jerusalem residents deal with the massive snowstorm - and offers advice for motorists.
By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 12/23/2013, 2:06 PM

During the recent snowstorm that wreaked havoc on Jerusalem's electricity system Dr. Joyce Morel, a recent immigrant from Canada, trekked through snow in responding to volunteer requests by Ichud Hatzalah emergency services.

Morel spoke to Arutz Sheva, recounting how she walked to the entrance of the city to help out, and from there to central Binyanei Hauma where she set up a mobile aid center for hundreds of rescued motorists suffering from cold, hypothermia and frostbite after being stranded for 12 hours - and offered some advice for Israelis not accustomed to such extreme weather conditions:

"In Toronto this snowstorm would be nothing, they would have cleared the roads within a few hours of the snow starting," thereby avoiding the situation of trapped motorists, said Morel. It took a while for the city of Jerusalem to bring equipment to the mobile aid center, she noted.

Handy tips for the snow

Dr. Morel advises winter drivers to keep a candle and matches in the car, as lighting a candle and opening the window slightly to prevent asphyxiation can warm the car to avoid hypothermia. She further suggests stock blankets and snacks in the car.

The immigrant doctor's connection with Ichud Hatzalah started at the funeral for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, which was the largest in Israel's history. There she offered to help people, and ended up helping to deliver a woman's baby.