The Masorti Movement
This year of COVID-19 disrupted the flow of our lives and created crisis situations that children and adults, families, communities, and nations now have to contend with. With the passing of time, and as many people have already been vaccinated or are recovering from COVID-19, we begin to "receive signals" from the virus; we gain insights on how to conduct ourselves in this complex time, how to further understand the implications of the disease for us and our society, and for the first time, to have hope that we will be able to return to our everyday routines. With these unique circumstances in the background, families will be sitting down at their Passover Seder tables in this, the Hebrew year 5781. With the Passover holidays soon upon us, both at the Masorti/Conservative Movement and at NATAL, Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center, it is understood that when a secure and calm environment is created, family can be a source of personal resiliency. The holiday meal, where we read the Haggadah and hold the family Seder, provides a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year. We should ask ourselves what we have learned during this challenging time: what worried us, what caused us pain, what was important to us and gave us the strength to keep moving forward. This "Passover Supplement" is intended to help us turn the Passover Seder into an "Island of Resilience" in the Corona Sea. The suggestions for activities below can be carried out during the Passover holidays or during family preparations for the Seder.
Mooli Lahad & Dorit Elmaliach
The BASIC Ph model (Lahad, 1992) has been used among various populations. Usually the model has been implemented to help build personal and organizational resilience. Up to now, the model has been applied mainly in the behavioral sciences, in the psychosocial world. Social workers, psychologists, educators and other caregivers have been trained to teach it and practice it. The world of small and medium enterprises (SME) has generally ignored the psychosocial aspects and has had little if any interest in it. However, it is natural and logical to integrate SME methods and those focusing on self-empowerment and enhancement of the human mind in order to bring a breath of fresh air into the field and to move resilience forward in SMEs.
Prof. Mooli Lahad
Founder and President of CSPC
In addition to listing hazards and evaluating risk, it is important to map the community’s diverse populations. For example, the community may contain groups of people who require special attention to ensure they receive information in a timely fashion. Does the community have members who speak a language other than the dominant one? If so, what sources do they use to get information? Are there community members who are unable to read? How do they get their information? What are the sources for people who are deaf or blind? Some of this information regarding community populations may be available through local services. Officials in various departments—for example, education, social and health services—may be familiar with various ethnic and language groups in the community.
Out of the Depth
Bereavement is always difficult but in the current circumstances, the loss of a loved one becomes even more painful. Under normal circumstances, religious and social mourning customs and rituals assist in the process of comforting and sharing the loss from the funeral to the shivah (seven day mourning period,) through prayers, visits from family and friends, and the memorial ceremonies.
Ministry of Interior
Training and Development of Local Municipalities Division
5 Principles for Operating a Municipal Model During an Emergency
Dr. Moran Bodas & Prof. Kobi Peleg
To contain the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, health and government authorities have imposed sweeping selfquarantine orders for communities worldwide. Health officials assume that the public will have high rates of compliance. However, studies suggest that a major obstacle to compliance for household quarantine is concern about loss of income. A cross-sectional study of the adult population of Israel was conducted in the last week of February 2020 to assess public attitudes toward the COVID-19 outbreak. In particular, public compliance rates with self-quarantine were assessed, depending on whether lost wages would be compensated for. When compensation was assumed, the compliance rate was 94 percent. When compensation was removed, the compliance rate dropped to less than 57 percent. This study demonstrated that providing people with assurances about their livelihoods during self-quarantine is an important component of compliance with public health regulations.