JESS offers support
by: SJ reporter - Last updated: 2005-07-12
Following last Thursday's horrific terrorist attacks in London in which over 50 people were killed and hundreds injured, the Jewish Emergency Support Service (JESS) was activated.
This service, set up in 1989 by the Jewish community offers counselling and support to members of the community who are affected in anyway with trauma or bereavement.
As well as supporting the Jewish community, JESS works with authorities and the emergency services in times of crisis.
Working in association with the MIYAD helpline, JESS is providing counselling for bereaved family members and friends, as well as for family members and friends of those who are missing and those who witnessed the attacks.
Rabbi Martin van den Bergh, rabbinical adviser to JESS said, This tragedy has deeply affected many members of the British Jewish community. Some have lost family members, some have lost friends and those caught up and witnesses to these incidents have been left traumatised and in some cases injured.
"JESS has been working closely with all of the relevant authorities to ensure that bereaved family members are provided with the appropriate religious guidance and support in their time of need."
MIYAD can be contacted on 0800 652 9249.