Birmingham-based JH Israel is helping Israel Defense Forces (IDF) widowed spouses and orphans with a modified program meeting wartime recovery needs.

The Naomi Project is a collaboration between JH Israel and Israeli leaders supporting innovative educational initiatives. Due to the current circumstances, the multi-day program has been modified to include trauma counseling and grief components.

Organizers hope the program will help with healing and hope.

Regional and national high school programs will include grief, loss, healing and restoration components as part of the program. There will also be a new widows and orphans program to connect families with mental health professionals.

The plan is to retain employees of the National Leadership Center while it remains closed. The center is closed during wartime, but the staff is needed to help those suffering.

JH Israel also wants to install two infrastructure air raid bunkers at the National Leadership Center.

The current need to start the program is $600,000, and the Israel Ministry of Defense will provide a matching grant starting at $300,000.

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