“Every soul saved is a world saved”
ARTISTS VOLUNTEER FOR LECHOL NEFESH PROJECT
100 Works of art from more than 70 well-known and prominent Israeli artists will be shown at the fundraising exhibition for a project backed by ELAH: Center for Psycho-Social Support.
Led by artist Michal Heiman, the curator of the exhibition is artist Yair Barak.
Exhibition Opening: 2nd June 2016 at 19:00 at Kastiel As Is,
2 Maor Moshe Street Tel Aviv.
The exhibition and sale will continue for three days, 2 – 4/6/2016.
Opening Hours – Thursday: 18:00-23:00, Friday: 10:00-16:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00
Over 70 leading artists in Israel will show around 100 works of art for sale at the beginning of June in an exhibition held by Lechol Nefesh, for the benefit of individuals suffering from severe emotional distress. The project operates in cooperation with ELAH: Center for Psycho-Social Support.
The income from the exhibition will be used to fund the establishment and activities of two new therapeutic units, designated to provide long-term intensive therapy for children, adolescents and adults who suffer from severe and complex emotional disturbances and are in need of immediate treatment.
The curator of the exhibition is artist Yair Barak, led by artist Michal Heiman, and among what will be on sale is work by: David Adika, Nelly Agassi, Ruth Agassi, Boaz Aharonovitch, Nivi Alroy, Tali Amitai-Tabib,Hila Amram, Anisa Ashkar, Maya Attoun, Gili Avissar, Ilit Azoulay, Michal Bar-Or, Yair Barak, Eden Bennett, Anat Betzer, Eitan Buganim, Miriam Cabessa, Daniel Chechik, Shibetz Cohen, Maya Cohen-Levy, Mali De-Kalo, Yael Efrati, Liat Elbling, Assaf Evron, Dorit Figovitz-Goddard, Yair Garbuz, Uri Gershuni, Tsibi Geva, Gidi Gillam, Sharon Glazberg, Mordechai Geldman , Michal Goldman-Reeb, Iris Hassid Segal, Michal Heiman, Irit Hemmo, Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, Shai Ignatz, Malka Inbal, Alma Itzhaki, Mosh Kashi, Uri Katzenstein, Jossef Krispel, Roi Kuper, Yoram Kupermintz, Leora Laor, Netta Lieber Sheffer, Uri Lifshitz, Ohad Matalon, Rami Maymon, Dvora Morag, Michal Na’aman, Musa Noureldin, Gilad Ophir, Ronit Porat, Eldad Rafaeli, Orit Raff, Etty Schwartz, Karin Shabatai , Atalia Shachar, Michal Shamir, Simcha Shirman, Uri Shtetner, Moran Shoub, David Tartakover, Talia Tokatly, Lihi Turjeman, David Wakstein, Gal Weinstein, Hinda Weiss, Guy Yanai, Nurit Yarden, Shai Yehezkelli, and more.
LeChol Nefesh is a non-profit organization established in 2008 by a group of mental health professionals – psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, members of the Israeli Psychoanalytic Society. The goal of the organization is to supply intensive, long-term psychological treatment to children, adolescents and adults who suffer from severe emotional distress and are in need of therapy within the public mental health clinics.
The current situation is that public mental health clinics only supply these individuals with a localized treatment (drugs and a restricted number of therapeutic sessions). These interventions are mainly aimed at decreasing major debilitating symptoms. For those suffering from severe emotional disturbances however, such therapy only “scratches the surface” of their problems and in the long run is unable to help them cope with the many difficult and complex challenges they face.
For a child who experiences severe emotional distress effective early intervention is imperative as the quality and efficiency of the therapy provided will significantly influence their chances of becoming healthy and functioning adults.
To cope with such severe stress, LeChol Nefesh, a unique therapeutic project, developed and initiated the provision of long-term intensive therapy for nearly 40 children, adolescents and adults, who were treated in two public mental health clinics: — an adult unit in cooperation with the adult outpatient clinic of Yehuda Abarbanel Public Mental Health Center in Bat Yam and a children’s unit in cooperation with the children’s outpatient clinic of the Jaffa Community Mental Health Center. The results of the follow-up assessment showed that prolonged intensive psychotherapy helped to reduce the severity of their symptoms, improved their functioning in all areas of life (personal, interpersonal, familial, occupational and academic), improved their quality of life and not least, released them from the repeated cycle of hospitalizations.
In light of the success of this original pilot project, the plan is to continue the project and establish two new therapeutic units, one in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area and another at Tirat HaCarmel Hospital. The next stage of the project will operate in cooperation with ELAH Center for Psycho-Social Support.
Lechol Nefesh https://www.lecholnefesh.com
ELAH: Center for the Psycho-Social Support provides psychological support services for the whole population. Established in 1979 by and for Dutch immigrants, the ELAH Center pioneered the provision of psychological and social help to Holocaust survivors in Israel. Throughout the years, the area of activities broadened and within the past decades the ELAH Center’s activities have assisted thousands of individuals who have experienced loss, bereavement, trauma and psychological pain, through individual and group therapy, psychiatric counseling and other diverse social activities. The ELAH Center has six branches in many areas of Israel and a large team of professional therapists with experience in a variety of therapeutic approaches and with expertise in treating individuals who have experienced loss and life crises. The ELAH Center cooperates with government offices and many social organizations.