A delegation of 120 American fund-raisers came to France to discover the difficulties of the French Jewish community and to educate American communities. OSE received them Monday, July 11 on the premises of the Georges Leven school, situated near the HyperCacher, where the attack took place on 9th, January 2015.
After an introduction by Amy Bressman of the AJDC (American Joint Distribution Committee) outlining the latest events that struck the Jewish community in France, the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and the wave of aliyah, Patricia Sitruk, Executive Director of OSE recalled the actions of the association throughout its history until this day: medical and social services and most recently the Trauma and Resilience Unit, a psychological support unit created following the attacks in January 2015. Taly Levanon, director of ITC (Israel trauma Coalition) presented the partnership between the Joint, OSE and ITC to train 40 French psychologists and psychiatrists in the care and prevention of psychological crises.
Activities following the meeting consisted of working groups to allow our US visitors to meet and interact with school principals, teachers, school nurses and psychologists and psychiatrists of the Resilience Unit of OSE, to discover their stories of the attacks and the actions to collectively learn to overcome such situations, to prepare for new events and be ready to deal with future psychological crises.
These discussions were very interactive and OSE appreciated a genuine interest and concern on the part of our American friends.