Aviva Lion

Aviva Lion

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ms. Lion is a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Palestine in August 1944 on the Morino, the only one of three boats that arrived safely from Constantinople.  She is also a wife and mother of three.  From 1948 until 1961, she worked for the Absorption Department of the Jewish Agency and then, having achieved social work training, worked at the Ministry of Social Affairs as supervisor.  In 1968, Ms. Lion was appointed Director of Adoption Services for the State of Israel, and also completed a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.   During the Six Day War and Yom Kippur War, she volunteered to help amputees and bereaved families.

Ms. Lion is one of the founders of the National Council for the Child, Tzad Kadima, and a Hungarian program for children with motor handicap in Budapest, as well as many organizations involved with the welfare of children.   She also completed a program in Integrated Psychotherapy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a graduate of the Imago System for couple’s therapy, and was editor of Saad, the Israeli bi-monthly social workers magazine from 1965 to 1979.  Finally, from 2003 to 2014, she worked at Amcha with Holocaust survivors as a group worker for Haredi women, as an individual caseworker, and as a couple’s therapist.