Talking to Children About the Violence in Israel
  • Counseling & Mental Health
  • Israel Response
  • Center for Children and Youth

Over the weekend, Hamas—the Iranian-backed terror group controlling Gaza—launched an unprovoked and vicious surprise attack on Israel and its families. Hundreds of Israeli children, families, and elderly have been murdered or kidnapped to be used as human shields.

We are heartbroken for the families who are experiencing this horrifying violence. And we know that this may be a painful and personally difficult situation for families in our community.

JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth is here for you and your family with expert counseling, guidance for parents, and emotional support. If you or your child need support, please contact us anytime at 1-888-927-0839 or online.

Our counseling services are also available to adults. If you or another adult you care about would benefit from counseling or support, please call JFCS’ Bay Area Critical Helpline at 415-449-3700.

Read on for a range of guidance on how to talk to children of all ages about antisemitism, violence, and other difficult topics.

How To Talk to Children About the Violence in Israel
Elisa Magidoff, MA, Director of Parents Place at the Center for Children and Youth, offers advice for having honest conversations that are developmentally appropriate for different age groups.
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Talking to Children about Antisemitism and Hate Crimes
There is no doubt that the horrifying and violent attacks in Israel have escalated our fears. Find guidance to help prepare you for conversations at home.
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Age-Based Strategies for Talking with Your Child about Tragedy 
Advice for answering the questions children ask about tragedies according to their age, temperament, and level of development.
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5 Ways You Can Help Your Kids Feel Safe in an Unsafe World
Tips for helping your child to feel safe and to manage their feelings associated with tragedy and violence.
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Building Honest and Open Dialogue with Your Child
Talking with children about difficult topics is never easy, but there are moments when it becomes necessary.
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Posted by Admin on October 10, 2023