Twenty years ago, Judith Yovel Recanati and Dr. Yossi Hadar first conceived the idea of a trauma center for victims of terror and war in Israel.  Nearly twenty years to the day, NATAL was invited for a reception at the home of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

“Post trauma victims may suffer from a transparent injury, but they must not be transparent victims. The establishment of NATAL has changed the Israeli society, changed the discourse on post trauma, helped the Israeli society recognize the victims and give them a hug. For this we all thank her, her activists, her donors and of course her wonderful patients”. – President Reuven Rivlin (translation)

From its humble beginnings in a small building in Tel Aviv, NATAL grew to a full-service trauma center that now includes the Helpline, Clinical and Mobile Unit, a Multidisciplinary Trauma Studies Center, Social Therapeutic Club, and numerous Community Outreach programs and international collaborations.

Twenty years later, NATAL has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis, including veterans, children, victims or terror and their families, first responders, teachers and more.

Thank you to President Rivlin and his wife,  Nechama, for their warm and heartfelt hospitality and recognition of NATAL’s work.