For more than 30 years, the Community Stress Prevention Center (CSPC) in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona has worked on local, national, and international levels to help individuals and communities cope with the trauma that follows crises and disasters.
Earlier this month, after operating out of temporary spaces throughout Kiryat Shmona, the CSPC, with support from UJA-Federation of New York,
opened the doors of a new, permanent training and treatment facility.
“Despite the respect and achievements we have accomplished, we were always guests in someone else’s place,” said CSPC founder and director Mooli Lahad, an internationally recognized expert in trauma care.
“The dream to have a building with facilities to treat children and adults, a library to run seminars and conduct research, space to accommodate training for scholars and practitioners from Israel
and abroad has finally come true. This is due first and foremost to the friendship and support of UJA-Federation of New York.”
New CSPC facility in Kiryat Shmona (photo courtesy of UJA-Federation of New York)
To date, the CSPC has trained thousands of professionals both in Israel and abroad in various techniques that develop individual, family, and community skills for coping with emergencies.
The team at the CSPC has established themselves as leaders in trauma care not only in Israel, where they have been involved in nearly all security events from the time of their founding through today, but also worldwide.
The CSPC has treated innumerable individuals and families across the globe, including those in Turkey after the 1999 earthquake; New York after the events of 9/11; Beslan, Russia, following the terrible school massacre of 2004; the Far East following the tsunami of 2004; Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; and Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Matan Vilnai, the Israeli minister for home-front defense, was on hand to open the new building.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the opening of the Community Stress Prevention Center’s new treatment and training facility,” said Alisa Rubin Kurshan, senior vice president for strategic planning and organizational resources at UJA-Federation.
“Our support is based on the knowledge that the CSPC is truly making a difference in the lives of those who suffer from post-traumatic stress, helping to foster the resiliency of the human spirit in Israel and around the world.”