The center Vision

The unique experiences of loss in Israel are mediated through differences in culture, religion, language, and other factors. In Israel today, there are numerous organizations involved in providing various forms of bereavement services, including the Ministry of Defense; Yad Lebanim (Parents of Fallen Soldier's Organization), the Israel Defense Forces (AgafHanifgaim– Casualty Department), the Ministry of Social Welfare, and the National Insurance Institute. The establishment of the International Center for Bereavement and Human Resilience marks the first academic research and treatment center with bereavement as its domain of study. An independent research and training center dedicated to providing leadership and direction for bereavement efforts in Israel will help shape national policies for assisting the bereaved, ensure the evolution of appropriate training and research, promote the development and assessment of current intervention strategies, and serve as a respected authority for the various media outlets in the country

In addition to its uniquely Israeli orientation, the Center for the Study of Loss, Bereavement and Human Resilience is concerned with maintaining an international focus, seeking to learn from, as well as to contribute to, the evolving body of knowledge and expertise for this quintessentially human experience. Understanding the nature of the loss experience as mediated by religion and culture, sharing knowledge and expertise and working together to ease the pain of bereavement is of interest to people around the globe

An Overview of the Center's Mission, Ongoing and Planned Activities

Forging an Israeli Coalition to Deal with Loss and Bereavement

In addition to the academic, professional, and research foci of the center, forging a working network with the various authorities in Israel is critical to the vision of the center. The establishment of a working partnership with the appropriate institutions and agencies is already underway.

Professional education and training for research and intervention

The formation of an advanced training program designed to work with the best psychologists, social workers, clergy and therapists in this area. Coursework and supervision aimed at individual, family and group intervention. The training will be cutting age and multidisciplinary, and will incorporate evidence-based alternatives to examine the efficacy of intervention.

Researching Intervention


These address areas such as various forms of Psychotherapy, medication, holistic and other interventions

Culture and Religion/Spirituality

The contribution of meaning systems, beliefs, social support and rituals on bereavement

The course of bereavement among spectrum of Jews, Christians, Muslims, etc.

Russian, Ethiopian, etc. Impact on ritual & outcome

Civilian Bereavement

Short and long-term impact on family members (adults and children);

Complicating and mitigating factors in natural and traumatic bereavements and how to help: Hospital, hospice, terror, accident, illness, suicide, homicide, etc.

The impact upon children

Military Bereavements

Loss of family members: children, spouses, parents, siblings, etc.

Comrade bereavement

The impact of interventions

Furthering research independently and in partnership

Expanding the research base for tracking the natural course of loss and effects of intervention paradigms. Researchers and students will work together with participating centers and agencies.

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