Eli, a high school senior, moved to Israel from Romania with his mother and sister when he was ten. Despite her obvious intelligence, Eli's mother, an engineer, became overwhelmed with emotional problems. They became extreme: first she beat him and, when he became old enough, he hit her back. She called the police. He was referred to Meir Shfeyah Youth Aliyah village.
For the first year, he cried all day long. Kids tried to befriend him, but he was so hungry for friendship they couldn't tolerate it and moved away. He felt even more rejected. Then his mother was diagnosed with cancer.
In spite of these problems, Eli showed amazing intellectual ability. He was soon promoted into the Mofet, advanced learning track, where he excelled.
Intensive psychotherapy helped Eli grab hold of his life. Today, he is a regular member of the senior class. He has an adoptive family with whom he spends each Shabbat. He helps his little sister and visits the hospital to spend time with his mother. He is graduating with excellent grades and will serve in the IDF next year.
Meir Shfeyah this year was recognized as having one of the highest records of national service of any institution in the country.