The Koby Mandell Foundation provides therapeutic programs for families and individuals who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother or child to terrorism as well as expanding their services for the benefit of those who have experienced loss due to other tragic circumstances.
In 2001, in an event that shocked Israel and the world, 13-year-old Koby Mandell was murdered along with his friend Yosef Ishran while the two were hiking near their home in the town of Tekoa. In the wake of this terror attack, Koby’s parents committed that his murder would not be in vain and decided to harness their sorrow to create an organization that would help other families coping with the effects of terror. This was the story that led to the creation of The Koby Mandell Foundation.
Overnight camps and retreats provide individuals and families with the tools to translate their pain and suffering of their tragedy into positive personal growth and deeper interpersonal relationships. Providing educational programs and emotional and psychological support through group therapy helps them live with their traumatic loss.
Recognized by survivors of terrorism in Israel as providing a unique service in the treatment of emotional trauma, the Foundation has proven that their model of group therapy can be highly beneficial in the overall healing process.
Summer therapy camps under the name of Camp Koby together with regular group Shabbat and winter retreat provides on-going treatment for all the family members. Mothers who have experienced the tragic loss of a child participate in three days group therapy retreats as a means of added support for their loss.