During the month of May, students and faculty of Yeshiva University High School for Boys, (MTA) were offered training in CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation), AED (Automated external defibrillator) use, and in the Heimlich maneuver. The course was given by senior Philip Meyer through the Arista National Honor Society.  Philip, co-president of the MTA Arista chapter, is a certified and Licensed EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), a Facilitator of Family and Friends and Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens with the American Heart Association, and a BLS (Basic Life Support) instructor with the American Heart Association.  He is an active member of the Bogota, NJ First Aid squad.


The training was taught through the Heartsaver®  CPR AED course. Heartsaver®  CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult.  This course teaches skills with AHA’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students’ learning of skills. Students that passed the test at the conclusion of the course received certification by the AHA.

The course covered chest compressions, breathing through mouth-to-mouth, and through an intermediary device, and the use of an automated external defibrillator. Over 100 students and faculty members participated in the program. In order to enable Philip to work closely with each student, the course was repeated many times over the month, each time with no more than 5 or 6 students.

The students and faculty who attended the course gained skills and confidence in their ability to make a difference in a life threatening situation.

According to Mr. Murray Sragow, Director of College Guidance at MTA, it is reasonable to argue that failure to be prepared for a life threatening situation would, if one occurs, cause the unprepared person to violate the mitzvah of “lo taamod al dam re’echa” (Don’t stand idly by your neighbor’s blood).  Thanks to Philip Meyer, a large group of MTA students and faculty can now be confident that they will not violate this mitzvah if the case arises.

After attending yeshiva in Israel, Philip will be attending the Jay and Jennie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva University.


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