Pittsburgh- We are coming!

The Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Team were requested by the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, after coordinating with the local Pittsburgh community, to come to the city to help with the trauma everyone is experiencing after yesterday’s tragic and horrific massacre.

The Psychotrauma team’s expertise was requested and that is why we are sending four experts, four Psychotrauma volunteers, that will arrive Sunday evening in Pittsburgh.

The team consists of 2 psychologists, 1 social worker, and 1 psychotherapist- all trained Psyhotrauma experts: Miriam Ballin (from Jerusalem), Avi Tenenbaum (from Jerusalem), Einat Kaufman (from Rishon Litzion) and Hadas Rucham (from the Shomron).

If you have any questions or want to help at all with this mission, please contact Cari Immerman at Cari@israelrescue.org or 216-544-3010

The team is comprised of members of the organization’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit and will assist the families of those who were killed in the attack as well as the injured and the rest of the community by providing psychological and emotional stabilization and treatment to those who need it.

The team of volunteers is departing Israel at 10:30 a.m. Israel time on Sunday morning.

Director of United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit Miriam Miedzinski-Ballin who is heading the team said: “We are heading to Pittsburgh in order to treat those who witnessed the attack and anyone else from the community feels the need for our assistance. We will be utilizing techniques and tools that we have developed here in Israel and have proven to be highly successful in assisting those who have suffered from similar incidents here. Additionally, we hope that our work will give the community a sense of solidarity on behalf of the people of Israel.”

Sending strength and support to the community of Pittsburgh, the victim’s family and friends, and to the Jewish community at large.

United Hatzalah needs to raise about $15,000 to cover the costs of this mission. Please donate whatever you can towards this important cause in helping the community of Pittsburgh. 

Please click here to help sponsor this initiative and learn more.

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