Newsletter - Autumn Winter 2012
True Friends of Israel: Lorna and Orde Wingate
Yemin Orde, our iconic youth village near Haifa and Ein Hod, was named after Orde Wingate. Lorna and Orde Wingate from Great Britain were true friends of Israel helping thousands of uprooted, orphaned and traumatized youngsters find a home in their reborn country. Click to read the article.
Putting back the green into Yemin Orde
One of the first houses to be rebuilt at YO after the devastating fire was its Ethiopian prayer chapel. Then followed the educational greenhouse
which was expanded to include new and important educational components. Youngsters found it very therapeutic to spend hours working on the planting and tending to crop. Though the fire had brought devastation it provided, says the project director “an opportunity for the children to learn about rehabilitation of land and the richness of Israeli agriculture”.
Neveh Hadassah: A renovated synagogue
This year, for the first time, students and staff will be able to celebrate the ‘chagim’ in a renovated Synagogue complete with a dedicated section for girls, new curtains and colourful decorations – donated by the YACR Honorary Israel Director Sion Mehdi.
Not a Secret Anymore: Talpiot's Sex Abuse Treatment
Sex abuse among children and of children is no longer taboo. This has given rise to an increasing number of referrals and reporting of serious incidents to Talpiot’s Rimonim Centre which implements a successful treatment programme for victims and perpetrators alike. It has been chosen by the Israeli Ministry of Social Services and Social Affairs as the most successful model of its kind. A new branch of Rimonim Regional Treatment Center for Sex Abuse under Talpiot’s auspices has now been inaugurated in Netanya.
Aloney Yitchak: L' hitraot to Nina Glassman
After several decades at Aloney Yitzchak, first as a student who arrived alone from Romania, then as one of its most inspiring and effective directors, Nina Glassman is now retiring. Both students and staff will miss an incredibly dynamic, thoughtful and motivating educator who has helped hundreds of at-risk children achieve their dreams. Her motto was “to offer at-risk youth the very best of everything so that in their own futures they will know what to aim for”. This remains reflected both in the services the village offers and in the careers the graduates follow.
TOM: Amazing Results
This year again, TOM can take pride in its graduates with 100% (80 boys) passing their A levels. Around forty boys have now entered the army with the remainder going on to either complete a one year vocational training at the TOM college or by going to Yeshiva or university. The enrolment in the College course has seen a four-fold increase.
A Beacon in the Upper Galilee: The Mechina
In the struggling town of Hatzor, a new cohort of 60 young immigrant Israelis of from high-schools and youth villages around the country are embarking on their 24/7 year-course at the Mechina. Here they work hard to overcome gaps and build character. Their story has inspired the whole nation. Their splendid new facility, funded by New Vision, a committee of YACR, will be officially inaugurated in February 2013
14th February 2013 – Opening of the Mechina in its splendid news facilities with dignitaries from around the world and the Shabbaton Choir from London. You are warmly invited by New Vision Committee headed by Joy Cohen and Miriam Martyn without whose devoted and outstanding efforts this would not have come to pass!
News from YACR London
A fabulous 2012-2013 Village Art Calendar with images of paintings, sculptures and mosaics produced by village students has been produced by Tina Curtis, Miriam Davis and Marilyn Driver. Please call to order a copy 020 8371 1580.
Celebrate by Sharing: Ruby Daitz has singled out Talpiot Youth Village for her significant Bat Mitzvah donation. Mazal Tov Ruby! Daniel Pearlman has raised a large sum of money for the DoE award scheme in Israel by completing Iron Man. Kol ha-kavod! Toda Raba to both.
An amazing gap-year placement is being offered next year at Yemin Orde Youth Village, along with tiyulim, Hebrew classes and volunteering. Learn and live with youngsters in a community of meaning and individual and collective growth. Please call 020 8371 1580.
‘Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand’ A musical feel-good comedy with actress Sue Kelvin – the original Yiddesha Mama. Featuring songs by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and George M. Cohan. Please call now as there is very limited availability. 24th October Finchley Arts Depot. £30.00 per ticket with drinks and biscuits during intermission. 020 8371 1580