BJF Agencies, Israel Trauma Coalition Helping Parkland

    Photo is of Parkland students being evacuated on the day of the shooting.
    BJF Agencies, Israel Trauma Coalition 
    Helping Parkland 
    From Fox News: “As the community in Parkland, Fla., works to recover from the tragic Valentine’s Day shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, a team sent by the Israeli government has been helping out.”
    That team is from the Israel Trauma Coalition which, according to its website, “was created in 2002 to harness the collective knowledge, expertise and experience of Israel’s leading trauma management NGOs and government organizations.”
    Four agencies funded by the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign are part of the Coalition — the Israel Crisis Management Center (SELAH), Jewish Agency for Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and ZAKA.
    Guy Gilady, deputy consul general for Israel in Miami, explained, “We’ve had decades of extensive experience in treating for trauma techniques, methods and practice about how to get communities — and especially children — back on their feet and bring them back to normal life.”
    Israel, unfortunately, has much experience in responding to such tragedies because its schoolchildren have been the targets of terrorist attacks for decades.
    “Israel is with America, and Israelis are with Americans. Today, every day, and especially in times of need,” Gilady added.
    (Most of the above is from Fox News.)


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