Israel at War: Talking to children about violence, war

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Saturday, October 21, 2023

Talking to your kids about violence and war is not easy. Below you will find a list of vetted resources to help you approach this subject with your children. While this is not a one-size-fits-all situation, we hope you are able to find useful resources to help navigate this sensitive subject.


Online Workshop - Hosted by Center for Children and Youth

Wed., October 18

7pm-8:30pm PDT

Learn valuable tips on how and why we should talk to children about difficult topics. (Preschool)


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Founded in 2001, IsraAid is the largest humanitarian aid organization based in Israel. It has responded to major humanitarian crises worldwide and has worked in more than 50 countries with a staff of about 300 worldwide.

United Hatzalah of Israel

The largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer emergency medical service organization based in Israel, that provides the fastest emergency medical service throughout Israel. Since the attacks, the group's volunteer medics have been on the front lines in Israel "responding to lifesaving calls," the group said on its website.

Doctors Without Borders

Also known as Médecins Sans Frontires, the group is made up of people from more than 169 nationalities working in more than 70 countries, including Gaza and the West Bank.


UNICEF is a humanitarian group that works in some of the world's toughest places, "to reach the world's most disadvantaged children," a statement on its website reads. The organization works across more than 190 countries and territories.

International Rescue Committee

The group that works in more than 40 countries and 28 U.S. cities "to help people affected by the humanitarian crisis to survive, recover and rebuild their lives," the organization's mission statement reads.

World Food Programme

The world's largest humanitarian organization, which is part of the United Nations, provides food assistance worldwide.

Direct Relief

The charity's mission "is to improve the lives of people in poverty or emergency situations by providing the appropriate medical resources."

American Red Cross

Founded in 1881, the nonprofit U.S. humanitarian group provides disaster relief and life-saving blood in emergency situation around the world. The group is affiliated with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, which is providing medical aid in Gaza.

The Jewish Federation

Formerly known as the United Jewish Communities, The Jewish Foundation is an umbrella organization representing over 350 independent Jewish communities across North America that raises and distribute over $2 billion annually.