JumpStart – Career Rehabilitation for Wounded IDF Veterans

Career Rehabilitation Workshop for Wounded IDF Veterans


“Thank you for the workshop! It was an amazing experience, everything I encountered during the workshop has effected me greatly. I have  never come across something like this where people shared with me how they overcame the traumas throughout their life to get where they are today. I am going to take with me the idea of finding something that I want to do, not what is dictated to me. In short, thank you Michelle, and Dror for the Wounded , and I hope I will be able to take everything and turn it into something practical for me.” – 2018 JumpStart Participant

JUMPSTART takes a group of 10 wounded IDF veterans through a series of motivational exercises, simulations, and events aimed at helping them identify a realistic career path which meshes with their talents, skills and aspirations.


The workshop is facilitated by experts and is designed to deliver the motivational JUMPSTART our veterans need for their rehabilitation. Our 2017 program will be run by Michelle S. Weber, Ph.D., a corporate psychologist, and is the first career development workshop for IDF wounded veterans.


JUMPSTART begins with the participants engaging in exercises to help them better understand their personality, leadership, and preferred work styles, resulting in a heightened sense of self-awareness.


Participants focus on organizational dynamics, differing corporate cultures, and the variety of work possibilities in the marketplace. This segment includes company visits to expose them to possibilities that could potentially suit their personalities and work style preferences.


JUMPSTART has participants sharing feedback with one another so that each may identify a career path that best matches their talents and aspirations. The workshop facilitators then select mentors in the industries or specific career domains that the participants have chosen. These mentors will actively support the participants and encourage their progress beyond the program.


Our wounded IDF veterans have much to contribute to society but are in need of sound occupational rehabilitation to get there. To aid with this critical transition, DROR FOR THE WOUNDED is committed to delivering programs such as JUMPSTART to ensure their rehabilitation is a success and their quality of life is improved.

Sponsor a participant and help a veteran leap into the future!

Sponsor 1 Veteran: $1,800

Sponsor Activity Night for 12 veterans: $540

Scholarship Sponsor: $3,600



Our JUMPSTART program is led by Michelle S. Weber, Ph.D. 


Michelle is a seasoned Human Resources consultant skilled in the disciplines of leadership, organization change and career management. She brings with her a broad range of expertise from both her professional as well as her academic experiences.


As an internal Human Resources consultant at Philip Morris USA, she served as strategic business partner to senior management across various functional areas, helping them improve their leadership and organizational capability. She earned the reputation as a catalyst for change, creative problem solver and respected Human Resources mentor throughout the organization.


Michelle began her career as an external consultant working with both Dr. David Sirota and Dr. Warner Burke on survey and focus group research, employee and customer surveys and 360-degree feedback instruments.


Michelle is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Management Systems at The Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University and an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Psychology at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She teaches a wide range of courses including organizational dynamics and theory, capstone consulting, the fundamentals of management, career management and entrepreneurship.


In recent years, Michelle has realized her passion for career coaching. She’s earned an outstanding reputation for helping her students and clients of all ages understand their talents and aspirations, guides them through a process to “discover their calling”,  and teaches them how to network and market themselves effectively.


Michelle earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in 1991, an M.A in Psychology from New York University in 1984, and a B.A. in Psychology from Queens College in 1982.