Israel Trauma Coalition and UJA-Federation of New York: The Journey from Response to Preparedness

By Talia Levanon, Elisheva Flamm-Oren, Debra Slonim

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

This article describes the work of UJA-Federation of New York in helping Israel respond to the trauma of the second Intifada. Federation, which works directly with close to 200 NGOs in Israel that were addressing a wide variety of issues, brought together several organizations to begin the process of creating a comprehensive, integrated trauma response. In the very early days of the Intifada, it provided five emergency grants to agencies that were responding to the most critical needs. Shortly after the allocations were made and while the agencies were still struggling to meet needs in conditions of extreme stress, UJA-Federation brought together these five agency directors with visiting professional and lay leadership from New York. It quickly became clear that UJA-Federation could play a critically important role by convening a process aimed at harnessing the energies of these key service leaders and that collaboration was essential. It was no longer acceptable that providers work in isolation of one another or that service remain fragmented. If the aim of terror is to create fragmentation, helplessness, a sense of loss of control, a loss of hope, and a feeling of isolation, then UJA-Federation's purpose in bringing these experts together was to offer the opposite - a sense of control, a sense of continuity, hopefulness, and a feeling of community and solidarity. Those who were fortunate to attend that dinner experienced an overwhelming feeling of camaraderie, mutual recognition, and support that evening.

Topic: Trauma, Diaspora Relations, Jewish Federations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Crisis Management, Medical Care, Partnerships

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 108-111

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Levanon, Talia. Flamm-Oren, Elisheva. Slonim, Debra. Israel Trauma Coalition and UJA-Federation of New York: The Journey from Response to Preparedness. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 108-111.


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