Biography


Elinor Mizrachi is a firefight woman. She was born in 1983 at Moshav Beait-Nekufa. She works at the fire station in Jerusalem, Israel. She is a traditional woman who has to deal with many stereotypes and biases against women. At this time Elinor learn in the university to BA at social scientists. It's hard for her with the shift in the firefight station but the firefighter help her.

She got the idea to become a firefighter from an ad she saw in the newspaper, and she came for an interview that gave her, her job.
She didn't decide to go this job from feministic ideology, she choose this job because she thinks it's clear that women should be able to work like men in everything. Another reason she chose to work at this job is because she wants to donate to the country.
People react to her choice in different ways: The people who are close to her, are very proud and supportive of her. There are people who are against her choice and she ignores them.


The life at the station:
Her rank now in the fire department is first sergeant, and she wants to advance if it's works together with being a mother.
In the shift, everyone has his role, and they work like a crew.
Elinor managed well with the men, but sometimes she misses the women society. The fact that she is a woman affects the time she spends in the station, because she needs to prove herself more then a man.
Elinor has difficulty and she deals with them, with belief in G-d and support from the society. As a Shabbat observer she encounters difficulties and she tries to avoid from Hillul Shabbat (desecration of the holy Sabbath), if she doesn't have to.
Elinor thinks that there is a difference in the function between men and women at this job. Men are stronger then women and they work like a robot, as opposed to women, who work from their mind and from the instincts.
It is clear that firefighters, who rescue people and save their lives, endanger themselves instead. Not a lot of people really know how big the risk is and how important this job can be.
Elinor recommends women who want to work as firefighter must go with their feelings, and be serious because, being a woman firefighter is not easy. They need to know that one day they will need to choose between being a mother and between being a firefighter. She will choose to be a mother.

Elinor is a wonderful woman; she is special, impressive and amazing woman who works in the firefight station – Jerusalem.
Elinor is one of few firefighter women in the world, in Israel, and in Jerusalem specifically, they are like the water sprayed on a fire.
Elinor, as all firefighters, puts her life in danger every day when she goes out with her firefighter's friends to help, save and rescue citizens who need help in different situations, like: car accidents, fires and special rescue activities.
We understood that to work as firefight is dangerous and hard for the body and for the soul, and for women it's even harder.
This job is very remote from our daily pace. These people endanger their lives to save other people. Did you ever consider that? How many people do you know will be prefer to endanger them to rescue lives of others? What about the danger they take on themselves? Why do they take this risk for the lives of others?
Maybe we can find the answers for these questions by the people who live with you and work to help other people.
Most of these people aren't proud of their actions and don't demand any special recognition. They choose their out of concern and care for others, despite the danger they place themselves in every day and what they witness they carry along with them for a long time. They would do it again and again with no questions. They are sure, we all would. So let's give them the recognition they deserve.





Introduction
Firefighters are people who are trained to put out fires that threaten people and property. They are trained to rescue people from car accidents, collapsed and burned buildings. The complexity of modern life has added many new dangers. This has produced new technology for firefighters and widened the need for their rescue. In some counties they are part of all the emergency forces. In Israel each area has his own station which has autonomy to function as part the municipality.
Just recently, women fire fighters have become part of the team. Naturally, the men were dominated in the field, but with today's spirit of equality, there shouldn't be a preference for a man over a woman. Or should there? Men surely have more physical power and could be a big help at any rescue. What could women bring to the field? Women have empathy and sensitivity.

We had the opportunity to meet such a woman. Meet Elinor Mizrachi.



Identity Card

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Elinor Mizrachi

Full Name: Elinor Mizrachi
Parent's Name: David and Ester Abu
Year of Birth: 1983
Where Born: Moshav Beit-Nekufa
Place of Work: FairFighting Department, Station Jerusalem
Location: Chenyon Haleom Israel





Interview

  1. How did you become a fire fighter?
Accidentally, it was an ad in the newspapers, I tried to get in and I get the job and began to work at it.
  1. Why did you decide to work as a firefight? Was it from a feministic angle?
It wasn't from a feministic angle – I think it's clear that women are able to be like men and do everything like them.
In addition, I chose to work at this job since all my life I have been looking for satisfactory work that helps the country, something like the police or firefighting and not sitting in an office and not doing anything.

  1. What is your rank now in the fire department? Do you have ambition to advance in your rank?
My rank now is first sergeant. I want to advance if I manage together with being a mother, but if it's not possible I will choose to be a mother.
  1. How do your friends and your family react to your job? What do you answer to people who are against your job?
All my life I worked at things like that and my friends and family are proud and supportive of me and in my choice. I ignore the people who are against my job – it's their problem and they get used to this fact.
  1. What is the division of labor in the shift? And how do you manage with the men?
In the shift everyone have his role – we all are under the officer but we work like a crew.
I managed well with the men, they respect me and they are another family for me, but sometimes I want to be with women I miss the feminine touch.

  1. Does being a woman affect your job and the amount of time you spend in the station?
Yes, it's affected. I am a married woman and I cannot advance like a man in the station. I need to prove myself more than the men in the station, because everyone comes to me with the approach that I cannot do anything. To men they come with another approach – they check if they are suitable and if they are – they get in to the station. Because of this I need to prove myself more.
  1. What difficulties do you face as a girl throughout your work?
There are not a lot difficulties, I get used to almost everything.
  1. How do you deal with them?
First, I believe that everything that happens is for the good, and belief in G-d helps me to get over the difficulties.
Second, I have the support from my family, friends, husband and from my peers in the station. There are always good people to help you.
Another thing – people say that the women have more wisdom. We are more intelligent than men in society, and it helps us to compete if we know how to use this.

  1. What difficulties do you face as a Shabbat observer and how do you deal with?
It is not a problem at the Halachik level to go out for events on Shabbat because it's to save people's life. But I try to avoid doing things that are not urgent, like: checking the equipment, turning off the light etc.
10. Do you see a difference between men and women in these jobs?
Yes, I see. Women work by their instincts and their mind, and the men work like a robot. The men are stronger – what man do with one hand I need to do with two hands, but I can do everything like them.
If something is hard for me, we are team and we help each other, where I'm weak there is someone strong, and vice versa. Like that we complete each other.

11. How dangerous is a firefighter's job?
It is dangerous but not everyone knows that.
12.How often do you face fire fighting?
On average we go out to 3 to 4 calls a shift. It's changed, sometimes there are a lot of events like 10 times at a shift, and sometimes it's one event.
13.Do you learn? What do you learn and how do you manage with your job?
I am studying towards a B.A. in social scientists. It's hard with the shift but the firefighting department helps me and lets me go to the tests if it's at the same time of the shift.
So, if we want, we can do it and I manage with my job and with my lessons.

14.What message do you have for other girls who would consider being a fire-fighter?
I want to tell them that if they really want to work at firefighting so they must take it on seriously and go after your heart and choose what are you want because it's a lot of work. If you choose this job you need to invest in it the same way you would with any other job.
In the end, you will need to chose between being a mother and firefighter, I think that every girl will chose to be a mother.




Speech

Dear teachers and students, Following the project that was given to us this year, about women who changed something in the world, we meet Elinor Mizrachi. Elinor is a wonderful woman; she is special, impressive and amazing woman who works in the firefight station – Jerusalem. Elinor is one of few firefighter women in the world, in Israel, and in Jerusalem specifically, they are like the water sprayed on a fire. Elinor, as all firefighters, puts her life in danger every day when she goes out with her firefighter's friends to help, save and rescue citizens who need help in different situations, like: car accidents, fires and special rescue activities. We understood that to work as firefight is dangerous and hard for the body and for the soul, and for women it's even harder. This job is very remote from our daily pace. These people endanger their lives to save other people. Did you ever consider that? How many people do you know will be prefer to endanger them to rescue lives of others? What about the danger they take on themselves? Why do they take this risk for the lives of others? Maybe we can find the answers for these questions by the people who live with you and work to help other people. Most of these people aren't proud of their actions and don't demand any special recognition. They choose their out of concern and care for others, despite the danger they place themselves in every day and what they witness they carry along with them for a long time. They would do it again and again with no questions. They are sure, we all would. So let's give them the recognition they deserve. ----

Rationale:


Our class chose to write about women who did and still do something special at the last hundred. We choose to write our work about someone who is not so famous and not a lot of people know about her job.
We talk about Elinor Mizrachi. Elinor is a firefight-woman who work in Jerusalem.
We chose to write about her because we want that people know more about her special job mainly for women.
Another resound is that we looked for special woman and someone recommend us to write about her.





Reflection:


  1. We learned about the subject that there are people who stand there life in danger for saving other people and we learned that women can do it too. Another thing we learn is which big power women have.
  2. Then you explain what you learned from working on the project.
Has it improved your:

£ searching skills
£ summarizing skills
£ writing skills
£ vocabulary level
£ English language skills

3. What was difficult for you in the paper?
A big difficult we have is to get Elinor for interview

  1. a. Did you have enough time for the paper? Yes
b. Did you get enough help and support from your teacher? Yes, the teacher help us a lot and we thank her.
c. Did you understand the instructions? Yes
d. Were the assignments clear and fair? Yes
5. Choose one of the following:
I enjoyed working on this project because we have good time together and the subject was interesting and challenging.




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"Firefighter." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 29 Dec 2009, 13:17 UTC. 30 Dec 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Firefighter&oldid=334720446>.
"frequently asked questions." Become a Firefighter. 01/01/09. Rochester Fire Department, Web. 20 Oct 2009. <http://www.becomeafirefighter.org/index.html>.

Mizrachi, Elinor, firefighter woman. Personal interview. Jerusalem. 9/11/2009.

"Taking the Heat." independent lens. 01/01/09. pbs, Web. 30 Dec 2009.
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