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The Crisis of Israel's War with Gaza

Wednesday, December 13th • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Congregation Kol Ami

Join Rabbi Spector and special guest Dr. Stevan Hobfoll to discuss the crisis of Israel's war with Gaza and resilience in the face of trauma and grief.

Rabbi Spector recently went to Israel during the war. On that visit, he met with families of hostages and murdered loved ones, as well as those who were injured. Rabbi Spector will talk to us about the morale he experienced in Israel during the war and the devastation and inspiration that is coming out of Israel during this difficult time.

Dr. Stevan Hobfoll, Ph.D., ABPP, is a psychologist who focuses on treatment of traumatic stress and forensic evaluation. He headed NATO workshops and co-chaired the APA National Commission on Stress and War during Operation Desert Storm in addition to authoring many books, articles, and reports. See his full biography below.

Please RSVP below! Babysitting for children ages 5+ will be available in the Youth Lounge.

Stevan Hobfoll, Ph.D. ABPP

Dr. Stevan Hobfoll has authored and edited 14 books, including Traumatic Stress, the Ecology of Stress, Stress Culture and Community, and Tribalism: The Evolutionary Origins of Fear Politics. In addition, he has authored over 300 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports as well as being a frequent workshop leader. He was Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Kent State University and Presidential Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Nursing at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Hobfoll headed NATO workshops and co-chaired the APA National Commission on Stress and War during Operation Desert Storm, guiding policy about the treatment of U.S. military personnel and their families. He was a member of Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee: National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the wake of the November 2009 terrorist attack on Fort Hood, Dr. Hobfoll was engaged by the U.S. Army as a principal consultant for recovery and resiliency for Fort Hood and the surrounding community. Finally, his five Principles of Mass Casualty Intervention has become the world standard for organizing and guiding the response to mass casualty and mass stress events (e.g., refugee flight and adaptation), adopted by the World Health Organization, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and countries and NGOs around the world.

Dr. Hobfoll is currently in private practice, focusing on treatment of traumatic stress and forensic evaluation in the Salt Lake area and Chicago. 

A video presentation of his views can be viewed here.

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