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During the terrible events of October 7th, tens of thousands of civilians and first responders were exposed to sights and experiences shocking to the human psyche. The experiences and sights were particularly difficult in view of the fact that they involved, at least for Jewish and Israeli communities, human cruelty not known on such a scale since the Holocaust.
Those affected include:

  • The survivors from the residents of the Kibbutzim and settlements along the Gaza Strip, including children and babies, who managed to survive, while hiding for long hours and were forced to watch their family members being tortured, kidnapped and murdered before their eyes.

Soul Brothers and Sisters – A Beacon of Mental Support

  • The community of the Nova Party survivors, who, while dancing at sunrise, encountered murderous terrorists but managed to escape from the terrible massacre while seeing their friends murdered or kidnapped.

Beginning the very next day, a community of therapists in the country mobilized to provide, on a voluntary basis, life-affirming mental health support to those immediately affected who were not murdered. It is quite clear that the number of psychological victims who may turn from traumatic to post-traumatic is very large. The estimate is that 15-40% of the victims in the first circle – civilian residents, and first responders of the settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip (the so-called “Gaza Envelope”) and those who had attended the Nova festival, have an increased risk of developing PTSD. This amounts to a group numbering 5,000-12,000 people. In addition, 7-15% of the population in a larger second circle – those not directly involved but having family or friends in the first group or otherwise exposed to the horrifying images and videos that have emerged– also are likely to develop PTSD. This amounts to an additional 30,000-70,000 people in Israel.

We, at Brothers and Sisters of Israel, consider mental help for those in the first circle affected to be a top priority. For that reason, we have embarked on a project to raise a budget that will go directly to the establishment of a system of professional therapists who will treat those in the first circle of affected communities

Providing essential psychological assistance through a network of mental aid, centering expertise of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, legal counselors, and therapeutic artists. We are committed to accelerate the process of delivering tailored psychological support that fosters resilience and recovery. We understand that the speed of establishing this system will determine the well-being of those affected.

Our Mission

Our main activities:

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“Otef Lev” (“Envelope of the Heart”):

The central project is the establishment of a database of mental health and allied professionals (including legal counsel and art therapists) and a system to match them with members of the first circle who apply for mental help. In the initial weeks of our operation, through some 10,000 phone, video and in-person interactions, we created an initial list of approximately 2,500 professionals. Today, 'Otef Lev ' not only offers initial psychological assistance to applicants, but also assists medical centers, organizations, and associations in building psychological treatment teams.

“Izun Nova” (“Nova Harmony”):

IZUN is an organization established in 2001, in order to help young people in crisis find their way back to internal balance and harmony . IZUN’s internationally recognized expertise and innovative models are considered groundbreaking in thefield. After the horrific massacre on October 7, IZUN decided to build an emergency program to provide therapy for the 2,800 Nova Music Festival survivors:

  • Immediate trauma First Aid

  • Building infrastructure to prevent/reduce PTSD

  • Establishing intervention programs for survivors and their families through

       - Individual and Group Therapy

       - Physical and virtual gathering spaces

       - Physical Activities/ therapy/ rehabilitation services

With your assistance and support,  we strive to provide hope, healing, and support in these times of need.
 
Your generous donation can help us make a difference.

Please mention 'Mental Support' under donation comments

Additional Projects

The cost of equipping one Civilian Emergency Squad, which includes an average of 16 volunteers, is approximately $24,000. Our aim to equip all 500 squads for a total cost of approximately $12M USD.

How Can You Help

Join us in making a profound impact on the lives of those who serve as the first line of defense alongside Israel's borders. Your support will play a pivotal role in safeguarding our most vulnerable communities, ultimately saving the lives of thousands of families across the country.

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