Matzmichim (formerly the SOS Violence Center), the Israeli Violence Reduction Organization (registered organization), conducts hundreds of workshops, classroom interventions and trainings for teachers, students and educational staff across Israel.
Our organization was awarded with the Knesset Chairman Quality of Life Award for 2015 and was selected by the New Fund for Israel and the IVN Fund, among hundreds of applicants, as one of the four leading social start-ups in the years 2008-2010.
Matzmichim’s unique intervention model includes using demos and interactive activities to train teachers and work directly with students.The workshops consist of a 2-3 day course that includes both authentic emotional discussion and experiential activities that reflect the social situation in the classroom. We train students and teachers to use the learning and teaching tools effectively. Our unique training and workshops together will help make the classroom a safe and more pleasant environment.
In most of the schools with which we conduct activities, the complete program spans the entire academic year. In addition, we conduct training courses for educators and student teachers in the country and abroad.
The lectures and workshops presented to educators and parents cover a range of topics, including virtual violence reduction and more.
From Kiryat Shmona to Yeruham, we have worked with 45,000 students, teachers, counselors, and parents – including schools for youth at risk and those for special education, as well as some in the Arab sector.
Internet and social networks play a central role in our lives and an even bigger role in our children’s lives. The virtual violence lecture offers an overview of the current situation in Israel and abroad. The lecture also discusses rules and norms recommended for children to adopt for daily surfing/browsing to maintain the wellbeing of all Internet users.
A lack of effective tools for dealing with violence among children and teenagers has led to despair, anxiety and a wave of harsh, mainstream punishment approaches. Educators and parents need an innovative solution to violence that is quite different from all other attempts thus far which have failed to yield the intended results.