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Frank Storch: Honoring Today’s Young Heroes

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Frank Storch Head of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund

Founder and head of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund Frank Storch discussed the establishment of an Outstanding Youth Award for Exceptional Service. The award will recognize service in health and safety in the Baltimore Jewish Community. All young people from the greater Baltimore Jewish community are urged to take part. For more than ten years the Chesed Fund and Project Ezra have recognized youth in the community who have gone beyond the usual to help others, or in some cases even saved lives.

Frank Storch explains the new initiative in the following way:

“Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund are revamping the awards program. Each month there will be a new winner. Our new program will include children who have exhibited extraordinary dedication during trying circumstances. Honorees and winners will receive their awards at an end-of-the-year recognition ceremony. Their stories will be told in local media — the Baltimore Jewish Times is one of the media sponsors — and in an inspirational book of wonderful deeds.  Awardees and their families will receive a Shabbos candy platter, and their classmates will be included with a class party.”

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March 23rd, 2014 at 7:51 am

Frank Storch Working Hard Keeping Schools Safe

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Guidebook Available On-line and in Hard Copy

Making gathering places for children, adults and families as safe as possible is one of the primary goals in the life of Frank Storch. That is why, immediately after the tragic events of December 2012 when 26 teachers and children were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut, Storch got to work on the easy-to-use safety booklet, Keep Your School Safe.

Frank Storch’s Keep Your School Safe is a 44-page downloadable guidebook to creating a school or other public building which is secure. The book features checklists and security protocols which guide school officials in assessing the relative safety of the school they are responsible for. If the checklists show that the school can improve, there is guidance on the changes which are needed to upgrade to a more secure environment.

With the help of the Baltimore-based Project Ezra, founded by Frank Storch, and the Chesed Fund, which Storch created with his wife Danielle Sarah, he was able to distribute 9,000 booklets to Jewish schools and community centers across the country. Storch also had an additional 1,000 pamphlets mailed to Jewish summer camps. The guidebook can also be downloaded here.

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January 21st, 2014 at 7:12 am

Frank Storch is Getting the Word Out: Keep Your School Safe

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Free Guidebook by Frank Storch Helps Keep Schools Safe

There is no question that parents, school administrators, teachers and other community leaders are concerned with the safety of the children and others who spend time in community institutions. But until now it has been a daunting task to know what steps to take to insure safety and security. Now, with the publication of the comprehensive handbook, Keep Your School Safe, community leaders have a step by step guide to achieving the kind of school security every child deserves.

Written by Frank Storch, security consultant and coordinator for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Northern Park Heights, Baltimore, the guide is now on its way to thousands of schools in the Jewish community, including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and community schools. Copies will also be sent to camps, synagogues and other Jewish institutions across North America. There is even a handbook being prepared now suitable for the general public at large.

The guidebook is endorsed by a number of security-focused organizations including The Secure Community Network (the National Homeland Security Initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations) and SWAT members.

Frank Storch, with the backing of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund of Baltimore are behind this important initiative to “keep our schools safe.” Hopefully together we can prevent such horrific events as the senseless murders of 26 young students, their teachers and other staff, that occurred last December in Newtown, Connecticut- the event that spurred Frank Storch into finally writing this critical guidebook.

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June 12th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Frank Storch Helps Bring Life Saving AED to Synagogues in Baltimore

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Frank Storch Helped Bring AED to the Baltimore Community

As the overseer of the Chesed Fund and Project Ezra in Baltimore, Frank Storch is able to help his community in many ways, including ways that can save lives. One example is the installation and maintenance of the Automated External Defibrillator, which can be used by a layman who has been trained to save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. Without the AED on hand and easily accessible, most people who have SCA will not make it to the hospital alive.

Along with Frank Storch, Dr. Elimelech Goldstein helped get the AED project underway. And now, ten years later, he is still involved. Dr. Goldstein explained that he volunteered with Project Ezra in 2003. He taught CPR at Baltimore schools and synagogues, widening the reach of life-saving help in the community. The group discussed what more they could do to help save lives, and thought about AED, but the cost seemed prohibitive. Then one day an AED unit for only $1,000 became available.

“We called a meeting together at Suburban Orthodox [Congregation Toras Chaim] for basically every synagogue and Jewish school in the state. We had a pretty full room and we offered the program to everyone. There were not a whole lot of people who turned it down,” recalled Dr. Goldstein.

In the first several months 14 AEDs were installed around Baltimore, said the former overseer of Project Ezra. Now there are 70 AEDs in more than 50 locations in the Baltimore Jewish community, and several lives have indeed been saved.

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June 6th, 2013 at 10:04 am

Saving Lives is What the AED Program is All About

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Having an AED close by can save lives

Having an AED close by can save lives

Celebrating ten years since the launch of the life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator Program in Baltimore, Frank Storch was on hand to address the gathering of over 120 participants.

“Thousands of lives each year would be saved if more defibrillators were placed throughout the country. We, as the Jewish nation, value life tremendously. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program shows achdus, unity, and our commitment to help all Jewish people, regardless of their affiliations,” Frank Storch commented.

Also on hand was one of the people who most benefited from having an AED immediately available. Steven Silverman spoke about how his life was saved by the AED that had been installed in his synagogue. He thanked those that instituted the program, as well as the people who knew how to use it.

“Project Ezra and Beth El saved my life along with the people who worked on me that morning (when he had suffered an SCA- Sudden Cardiac Arrest.) It is common nature not to dwell on those events on a daily basis, life gets in the way. But the program on Monday night refocused everyone’s attention on the need to make sure that proper training of personnel and maintenance of the equipment is given the highest priority,” Mr. Silverman said.

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May 19th, 2013 at 9:33 am