FIRST REPORT: Hatzolah of Central Jersey rolls out new easy-to-remember emergency number

Earlier today, Hatzolah of Central Jersey (Lakewood) announced its primary emergency line went down, and was instead using a new alternate number.

The alternate number as it turns out, is a much easier number to remember – 732-888-3000.

In response to requests, Hatzolah tells TLS the alternate number can now be used as a primary number as well, not just as a backup.

The original phone number – 732-370-3600 – will remain in use, but when teaching your children or elderly Hatzolah’s number, you will now be able to give them an easier number to remember in case of an emergency.

Future stickers, magnets and other Hatzolah items will contain both numbers.

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  1. Big Mistake.

    Hatzalah NY had to do it because their old one was impossible to remember. However 370 is one of the original 3 digits in Lakewood and 3600 is 18 x 2.

    Adding a number will only need to confusion and people are going to stop remembering either number (Wait. Which is their new number? etc.). Also people are going to confuse it with a toll free number and dial 888 first.

    I was one of the pushers for the jingle. It was a decision that took time and patience. Please don’t make any new rash decisions based on a one day chance experience.

  2. @Big Mistake You seem to be a Lakewood Old Timer. We ll now, we also have the 730 exchange which easily is confused with 370. In addition, the usage of 37 followed by 36 can easily be confused. During an Emergency, when people panic, the do confuse the numbers and digits. I have been begging Hatzolah for an easier number.
    I will now list some simple Lakewood style mistakes with old number;
    and I’m sure many more.

    • @Chacham

      One of us is correct. I’m not sure whom. How about conducting a market research on the topic before launching into the unknown? This is a serious matter that needs serious consideration before plastering a second number all over their new marketing material.

      And while we’re on topic, even the change of name was uncalled for in my opinion. Think about an out of towner at a Lakewood’s Chasuna Hall looking up Hatzolah’s number. Hatzolah of Central NJ doesn’t have nearly as much name recognition as Lakewood Hatzolah. It is not as easily identifiable as Rockland County for example, because their are other Hatzolah’s in other parts of NJ.

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