Amidst the most recent violence that continues to sweep across Israel, the Jewish community in the northern coastal town of Akko has faced a horrific wave of terror.
And while the stories have largely disappeared from the headlines, the trauma remains part of our lives.
After decades of building a strong and proud Jewish community in one of Israel’s most beautiful and culturally and historically rich towns, our Jewish families are in a state of constant fear – afraid to walk outside at night and unsure if a quick trip to the supermarket will cost us our lives.
To respond to that reality, through an initiative of the Yeshivat Hesder Akko, we are developing the Akko Emotional Resilience Center (Merkaz Chosen.) Employing a network of therapeutic and support services and staffed by experienced mental health and Trauma specialists, this Center will help ensure that we can continue to live here - and thrive here.
In so doing, we can promise the people of Israel – and indeed the Jewish people worldwide- that we will never allow terror to deter us in building stronger, safer and prouder Jewish communities.
Support this historic project and help ensure that in the face of terror, the Jewish community of Akko is here to stay.
The Yeshiva Hesder Akko opened twenty years ago with a vision to strengthen the proud Jewish identity of the local community in Akko. Students learning in the yeshiva volunteer in a variety of social,cultural and educational projects throughout the city. The yeshiva operates a tourism hub, a family center and an initiative promoting local economic development. The yeshiva is now developing a Resilience Center (Merkaz Chosen) that will provide mental-health and therapeutic responses for Akko residents who face daily fear for their personal safety and the very future of their city.