About Navah

Navah was established in 2003 in the midst of the Second Intifada terror attacks with the goal of providing emotional support to families bereaved by terrorism. Over time, the organization broadened its scope to include families affected by disasters as well.

Following the sudden and devastating loss of a close family member, every aspect of life and daily functioning is disrupted for the grieving family, including employment, community, marriage, parenting, and health. In the wake of such a loss, parents and spouses need extensive and compassionate support to find the strength and ability to move forward. That's why we're here.

What Does Navah Do?

The Empty Chair Project

For the past two decades, Navah has hosted an annual communal Seder for families, widows, and orphans affected by terrorist attacks and other tragedies. Seder night, one of the most family-oriented nights of the year, often intensifies the grief experienced by these individuals. This joint Seder is accompanied by professionals, well-known speakers, spiritual leaders, and workshop facilitators. The hotel accommodations include two nights and three days, featuring a range of therapeutic sessions led by experts, as well as entertainment. Over the past 20 years, thousands of individuals have participated in the Empty Chair Project.

"Stones with a Human Heart"

This meaningful initiative involves the placing of decorated stones with messages of encouragement and empathy on the graves of Israel's martyrs in all military cemeteries across the country on Yom HaZikaron- Israel's Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Hostilities. The gesture of the stones and their heartfelt message offer comfort, warmth, and a profound sense of connection to the grieving families. The project also aims to show solidarity with bereaved families who are unable to reach the graves of their loved ones by placing stones on their behalf.

Many schools, youth movements, community centers, day centers for the elderly, and employment rehabilitation programs around the country participate in the preparation and placement of these stones nationwide.

Holiday Activities for Bereaved Families

For families who have experienced loss, holidays often intensify feelings of absence and longing for their loved ones.
Navah embraces bereaved families during these times through the following initiatives: