The State of Israel and all its inhabitants are eternally grateful to those who risked or gave their lives to ensure a safe and promising future for the next generation. As such, to honor Israel’s 70 years of Independence, Haaretz Labels is highlighting the country’s greatest non-profit organizations that who work tirelessly to provide physical, emotional and financial support for the country’s wounded veterans and victims of terror. Each charitable organization has an underriding mission that guides it. They may strive to help physically rehabilitate those wounded on the battlefield or in terror attacks, psychologically counsel those who’ve experienced traumatic events, or secure funding for new costs associated with victims’ everyday living. And yet, these diverse activities all work towards achieving similar goals for the recipients of these charities: hope for a better quality of life and psycho-social wellbeing following life shattering events.
To enable these charities to continue aiding wounded soldiers and victims of terror, with no gain to the organizations themselves, funding is of the essence. This Giving Tuesday, choose the wounded soldier or terror victim charity you feel most connected to; by giving back, you’ll be allowing these lovers of Zion to ameliorate the lives of those who secured ours.
Founded in 1998, NATAL is an apolitical nonprofit organization, the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War, is an apolitical organization that seeks to provide multidisciplinary treatment and support to direct and indirect victims of war and terror in Israel. For the past 20 years, NATAL has served as the country’s leader in the field of trauma, working to advance the resiliency of Israeli society through treatment, prevention, public awareness, research and training. Founded by Judith Yovel Recanati and the late Dr. Yossi Hadar z”l, NATAL provides its resiliency services across the country and to all Israeli citizens who have experienced war or terror-related trauma, regardless of their religion, ethnic background, nationality, age, gender or socio-economic status.
As the Arab-Israeli conflict persists and natural disasters arise, NATAL’s multidisciplinary trauma resiliency center and its dedicated volunteers act to provide trauma prevention, intervention and guidance during times of routine and emergency. To this date, they have touched the lives of nearly 300,000 men, women and children victims of trauma, working to improve their quality of life. The organization also works with mental health professionals to raise awareness of terror and war-related trauma in Israeli society and promote advanced knowledge and research in the field.
IDF Widows & Orphans Organization
The IDF Widows & Orphans Organization (IDFWO) was established in 1991 as the sole charity recognized by the State of Israel to represent the widows and orphans of Israel’s fallen heroes of the IDF and Israel's security forces (Police, Fire and Rescue Services, Prison Service, Internal Security Services and the National Intelligence Agency) which today amounts to over 8,000 widows and orphans.
Although the IDFWO acknowledges that it is impossible to fill the void of a lost loved one, the fully democratic organization works tirelessly to be a helping hand of warmth and love, to provide that backbone of support that a parent or spouse generally provides to his family. The organization represents IDF widows and orphans in interactions with the Israeli authorities and during their grieving process through an emotional support-network, from when tragedy strikes, throughout the year, and at life milestones.
They provide: financial aid, educational programs and social welfare programs such as University Scholarships, Wedding Gifts and a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration. Furthermore, they arm IDF soldiers with the comfort in knowing that should the worst happen to them, their families will be embraced by the State of Israel and the Jewish diaspora
Inspired to contribute to the health and wellness of Israel’s population? Donate now and make Giving Tuesday a day of hope.