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Help Our Heroes

 

Beit Rayim is so excited to be co-sponsoring the Peace of Mind Program with
Temple Har Zion this fall. Beit Rayim will be co-hosting a unit of 15-20 former elite soldiers from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) for one week in Toronto as part of a year-long course of therapy that aids these young men in recovering from trauma they endured as a unit while serving in the IDF. 

We have proudly dedicated a portion of the proceeds of our Mishloach Manot campaign and WOW XI to this meaningful program. Our shared cost of hosting one unit in Toronto is estimated at $20,000. The members of our committee have been working diligently to raise the funds and we are all asking for your contribution to raise the balance. (Unfortunately), we are not quite there yet. Without your help we will not reach our goal.This program gives both the soldiers and our congregation the opportunity to engage in a meaningful experience - including the chance for
Beit Rayim members to meet and interact with the soldiers. 

 

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Peace of Mind’s (POM) 9-month long intervention consists of four phases; a two-day opening workshop, a week-long intensive overseas seminar, a full day of follow-up activities and a concluding workshop. Throughout the nine-month intervention, team members receive approximately 65 hours of group counseling, with additional counseling for those who require additional therapeutic interventions.

Approximately 17 veterans work with two therapists to process their experiences. Participants do not suffer from PTSD, yet are very much in need of a place and time to process their combat experiences in a facilitated group setting.

The most intensive part of the therapeutic process takes place while a Jewish community overseas hosts the unit. The distance from Israel, and the community support during this phase of the therapeutic process, play a crucial role in creating a safe, quiet and supportive environment. Participants report that they have a greater ability to process their combat experiences while abroad. An equally important element is the gratitude and warmth received from Diaspora Jewish communities, which gives veterans a sense of love and support.

This is where we, as a community, can really make a difference. Let's do our best to welcome these soldiers into our House of Friends.

Please note, Beit Rayim will not be able to participate in this incredible experience if we do not meet our $20,000 target by August 26th. Let's take this chance to make a difference - donate today!

 

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Wed, August 21 2019 20 Av 5779