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Putting At-Risk Youth in Israel on the Path to Success

Friday, Feb 8 2019

Planting trees for Tu B'Shvat. Creating a mini Ethiopian Jewish village to bridge the generations. Visiting Holocaust survivors. Helping rehabilitate abandoned dogs. Tending vineyards. Winning robotics championships. Speaking out against racism and injustice.

At Hadassah's three Youth Aliyah Villages, innovation and compassion infuse the programs that help set at-risk youth in Israel on the path to success.

Fighting Injustice

Early one recent morning, before the start of the school day at Hadassah Meir Shfeyah Youth Village, student leaders organized a demonstration against violence and racism at the entrance of the village, planned in solidarity with protests happening today throughout the country.

Their messages of inclusion, diversity and respect for others mirror what they learn and experience at Meir Shfeyah, where 600 students including Jews, Druze, new immigrants from Russia, Ethiopians, Muslims and Bedouins live and study together.

Many Meri Shfeyah students are or have been victims of violence or lived in environments where they are exposed to violence, and Shfeyah is committed to providing a safe place where they can live, learn, grow, recognize their strengths and achieve their dreams.

On a recent weekend, the Hadassah Meir Shfeyah Youth Village dedicated to the theme of awareness and prevention of violence, harassment and bullying.Students and teachers produced a short film pinpointing the ways that young people perpetuate and are victims of physical, verbal and emotional violence and how to prevent it. The weekend included educational programs and activities about violence among youth and in our society.

Learn More

Read how a mini Ethiopian Jewish village is bridging the generations and geography at Hadassah’s Meir Shfeya Youth Village in this moving, up-close look by Dina Kraft in the Christian Science Monitor.

Be inspired by how teens and abandoned dogs are helping each other thrive at the Rehabilitation Kennel at Hadassah Neurim Youth Village in A Shared Journey to Uplift Rescued Dogs and Their Trainers” in the Jerusalem Post.

Learn more about Hadassah Youth Aliyah Villages

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