Our Leaders

Using their professional skills around the clock to help trauma victims.
Miriam Ballin, MFT, Advanced EMT
Founder and Director
Miriam Ballin is a proud Olah, born in Houston, Texas. She’s had life stopovers in San Francisco, Denver, New York, Maryland and even Down-Under in Sydney, Australia before fulfilling her dream of making aliyah with her husband and five children.
She started out in education and then gravitated to psychology, graduating with a double major. After watching her husband in action in the medical field she also felt drawn to emergency medicine; but how to combine it all?
She was completing her Diploma of Family Therapy and her Emergency Medical Technician course through United Hatazalah of Israel when the idea hit her – literally! She was run down at a crosswalk by a speeding motorbike and knocked unconscious. Miriam was concussed but thankfully no major injuries but when she went back to thank one of the ladies who gave her first aid she was shocked. She was way more traumatized than Miriam was?! And so the United Hatzalah Psychotrauma & Crisis Response Unit concept was born. Since the Unit was founded they’ve been helping people in their moment of crisis – from the Haifa wildfires, to crib deaths, to Sarona Cafe – because some wounds need a different type of a bandage.
Avi Tennenbaum
Project Developer / Instructor
Avi Tenenbaum was one of the volunteers that flew to Houston to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. As a psychotrauma trained responder, he was instrumental in helping treat dozens of people from trauma after they lost their homes! Avi, an EMT, is also a board-certified Addiction Specialist & Psychotherapist and the founder of the non-profit organization, “Jewish Network of Addiction Recovery Support” (JNARS), advancing the professional treatment of addiction disorders in the Jewish community. He is also an Emergency Medical Technician and Instructor/Responder for the United Hatzalah Psychotrauma Unit. He lives with his wife and four children in Jerusalem.

The United Hatzalah Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit is the first of its kind in the world.

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