Missing Israeli in Uman: Danger Rising by the Minute


Teams of the ZAKA rescue organization on Thursday continued their desperate search in Sofyivsky forest at the Ukrainian city of Uman after Amir Ohana, a missing Israeli who was among the roughly 45,000 Jews traveling to Uman for Rosh Hashanah.

Ohana (28) has been missing since Tuesday afternoon, when he went out to be alone on the second day of the Jewish New Year, during which many Jews traditionally visit Uman where Rabbi Nachman of Breslov lived.

Chaim Vingarten, head of ZAKA’s operations branch, said on Thursday that Ohana’s family in Israel reported his disappearance to ZAKA after the holiday ended on Tuesday night.

“His wife didn’t hear from us, she contacted his friend and then got in touch with us. He (Ohana) is suffering from epilepsy, and therefore anything is possible. There is a great concern for his life,” said Vingarten.

According to the ZAKA official, there are many dangers in the forest where Ohana went missing.

Vintgarten said a special hovercraft is being deployed in the searches, adding that “unfortunately we got the report at the end of the holiday after 60 of our volunteers had already returned to Israel.”

On Thursday, a specialist search and rescue volunteer team led by ZAKA Special Operations Director Haim Outmezgine was dispatched to Uman from Israel. One volunteer on the team is experienced in using ZAKA drones for search and rescue missions.