NATAL – Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War


About NATAL – Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War

Brief History of NATAL

NATAL is an apolitical non-profit organization which provides a unique, multidisciplinary model of psychological support to victims of trauma caused by terror and war. Prior to NATAL’s establishment in 1998 by Judith Yovel Recanati and the late Dr. Yossi Hadar, there was no NGO whose sole purpose was to treat and care for national psycho-trauma victims and their families and to date NATAL has touched the lives of over 150,000 men, women and children in Israel who are suffering from trauma. NATAL is a recognized expert in the field of war and terror-related trauma, and aims to advance the resiliency of Israeli society through treatment, prevention, public awareness and research. In 2008, ten years after its founding, NATAL was awarded the Israel Presidential Award for Volunteerism.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a unique multidisciplinary trauma center aiming to treat those directly and indirectly affected by war and terror-related trauma. We aspire to lead the way in the field of Trauma, and to advance the resiliency of Israeli society through treatment, prevention, public awareness and research.

Our Mission

  • To provide unique multidisciplinary treatment to direct and indirect victims of trauma as a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as national crises, in order to rehabilitate and improve their quality of life.
  • To operate in the community in order to provide emergency intervention as well as to train the community to cope with and prevent trauma during routine and emergency situations.
  • To serve as a Training Center for professionals in the field of trauma.
  • To serve as a Trauma Research and Knowledge Center.
  • To advance knowledge and raise awareness about war and terror-related trauma in Israeli society.

NATAL’s Tailor-made Core Multidisciplinary Services

  1. A unique Helpline and Children’s Helpline providing specialized long and short-term tele-counseling to over 2000 callers annually (and more during emergencies).
  2. Clinical Unit providing interdisciplinary individual/group psychotherapy, psychiatric sessions and art/safe-touch therapy nationwide for over 330 patients per week.
  3. Social Therapeutic Club for those suffering from chronic trauma symptoms.
  4. Community Outreach Unit providing therapeutic treatment and resiliency training for professionals in the fields of medicine, mental health, emergency services, education and local government, among others.
  5. Mobile Unit providing therapeutic treatment in people’s homes to families living in Israel’s conflict zones.
  6. Trauma Studies Center providing mental health professionals with specialized trauma training in collaboration with Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine;
  7. Testimonial Center which so far has provided 70 trauma victims with a therapeutic platform for documenting their experiences (former POWs, discharged combat soldiers).
  8. Public Outreach Media Campaigns to educate the public about PTSD

Public Outreach and Awareness

It is estimated that 10% of the population in Israel suffer from symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, resulting from the Arab-Israeli conflict and many have never sought treatment. Some do not understand that what they are experiencing is trauma, and others are too ashamed to seek help. In order to strengthen Israeli society NATAL believes it is our social responsibility to educate the public and raise awareness of trauma, and let the public know that they can turn to NATAL for support. NATAL initiates annual media campaigns during routine times and emergencies and organizes awareness raising events across Israel.

 NATAL’s Target Population

NATAL helps all Israelis, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation, ethnicity and socio-economic status.

NATAL’s Chairperson, Judith Yovel Recanati generously donates NATAL’s entire internal operating budget every year, meaning every dollar donated goes directly to patient services.

NATAL’s International Boards

NATAL Israel

Chairperson and Co-founder, Judith Yovel Recanati

Executive Director, Col. (Res.) Orly Gal

UK Friends of NATAL

President, Sir Harry Solomon

Chairman, Alan Jacobs

American Friends of NATAL

President, Walter Weiner

Chairman, David Kostman

Swiss Friends of NATAL

Chairperson, Ariella Perles