Brothers of Jonathan provides support to soldiers and their families experiencing early to mid-stage post-trauma symptoms to prevent chronic PTSD.

The Transcending Trauma Project

A new human-horse team approach to healing and beyond. We are incredibly grateful for your support. This program, led by Dr. Anita Shkedi and her exceptional team of trained personnel, addresses the profound impact of October 7th on many Israelis. Anita is a pioneer in equine therapy for trauma and PTSD and has come out of retirement specifically to launch this program. Each week, veteran soldiers warmly reunite and, in the presence of the horses, share precious moments that encourage relaxation, help dissolve anxieties, and lead to new positive outcomes–outcomes that help protect them from harmful physical and emotional behaviors, as well as lead to personal growth and change. Bonding with horses at this level lifts these veteran soldiers out of the vortex of trauma into a safe space that fosters true healing and for some, a genuinely transformative experience.

Your donation will make a real impact on the well-being of our soldiers.

By BIT in Israel: please contact the BROTHERS OF JONATHAN

By US tax-deductible donation: THE GOOD PEOPLE FUND

Tribute to Jonathan, by Dr. Anita Shkedi

Much of my work with veterans is connected to the memory of my late son Jonathan.

Jonathan, who was almost twenty years old, died in July 1993. He was a kind and gentle person who was gifted with high intelligence and physical strength. Academically he was a real achiever, he designed his first computer program in his last year of high school. His physical prowess culminated in him achieving track running records and becoming Israel’s cycling champion.

Jonathan joined the Israeli Army and served his country with pride and enthusiasm, always supporting his fellow soldiers, finally to be mortally wounded on a rescue mission in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Jonathan was a fighter and a sniper and was recognized for his bravery.

Always leading from the front, he sat on the outside of his armored vehicle with his guns ready to protect his fellow soldiers inside. In this position he was wounded by a bomb that landed next to his vehicle. Three weeks later he died from traumatic brain injuries.

Off duty, on his few weekends at home, he would visit his unit’s officer who had been severely wounded and left with quadriplegia. He asked me to help in his rehabilitation.

Knowing what Jonathan would have wanted, after his death I went back to work at my therapeutic riding center. On that day, a woman came into the office with her son, a veteran who had been in an ambush. He had a severe traumatic brain injury; she said both her sons had now been injured. It was at that moment that I decided to dedicate my life to helping soldiers returning damaged from the horrors of war.

Jonathan remains with me forever, and this charity is his legacy.