Members of the Israeli Trauma Coalition have now landed in Pittsburgh, PA. The delegation is made up of Israeli experts, who have international experience in two main areas. The first is therapeutic: a specialization in mental trauma, grief and anxiety. They will accompany families and law enforcement agencies that help the population. Second: a community based support group which seeks to help communities that have experienced crisis.
The members of the delegation are Talia Levanon, Ruvi Rogel, Shiri Daniels, Tami Ginzburg and Tamar Lavie.
In the past, ITC has provided assistance in several areas around the world, including in the U.S: Boston, Houston and also after the Parkland shooting. As of Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, the Jewish Agency and the Consulate General of Israel in New York began an operation to fly in the delegation, to provide psycho-social assistance and trauma care to the victims, the security forces present at the scene, and the Pittsburgh Jewish community.
Talia Levanon, C.E.O of ITC and Head of the Assistance Mission: “In Israel, we have an understanding and unique knowledge due to terror events in our country. As Israelis, we see an obligation to share this knowledge with communities in crisis all over the world, and even more so with our brothers and sisters in the Jewish communities of North America who have stood by us throughout the years since the coalition was formed in 2001. If we can return a little of what we received, that is our duty.”
Amb. Dani Dayan, the Consul General of Israel in New York: “The Jewish community in Pittsburgh is in pain and shattered, even three days following the event. It is difficult for me and others to digest the scale of this tragedy. It will take a long time to heal the wounds but we have to preserve our strength as a unified community. The State of Israel stands by the Squirrel Hill community and will continue to assist the victims of this terrible massacre, law enforcement agencies, their families and the entire Jewish community in Pittsburgh.”
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