Youth Aliyah/Children at Risk
Youth Aliyah is a child rescue program that Hadassah helped to create in 1934 when Henrietta Szold assisted Recha Freier in rescuing tens of thousand of children from war torn Eastern Europe. At the beginning, the youth were settled in agricultural villages and helped to build the fledgling country that would become Israel. Today the job of Youth Aliyah is to help resettle the children of the Ethiopian and Russian migrations as well as the Israeli children who are part of the over 300,000 youth living on the streets, doing drugs, drinking and doomed to a life that goes nowhere. They are all our children.
We are in the business of fulfilling dreams:
Youth Aliyah has always spoken to the women of Hadassah of all ages because the project does what women do—take care of the young. It is instinctive for us. Today many of our offspring choose Youth Aliyah as their bar/bat mitzvah tzedakah project because it also speaks to them. They understand that all it takes is someone to believe to make dreams come true.