At Risk Youth

Ayalim Association


Ayalim Association
Carmiel Student Village – Social Outreach for At-Risk Youth in Carmiel

The Ayalim Association was established in 2002 to undertake the critical challenge of community building and social development in the Negev and the Galilee. The organization was designed to revive the pioneering and Zionist model of settlement and development. The movement consists of young people, driven by Zionistic values, working together to revive the Zionist ideal in a way fit for the 21st century. The Association promotes educational values of Zionism, creating innovation in disadvantaged areas while fostering values of Judaism and social activism. These goals are implemented through the establishment of student villages and alumni compounds as a base for social involvement towards permanent communities in Israel’s periphery. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is proud to support the Karmiel Student village. Thirty-three students reside in the village and the volunteer in various social outreach projects throughout the city. The project’s goals are: (1) To minimize gaps in education and access to educational resources between the country’s center and its periphery; (2) To develop, enlarge and strengthen communities in the Negev and the Galilee, through its Student Villages and community groups; (3) To create social, educational and cultural empowerment in the region based on direct social involvement; and (4) To undertake projects designated as national missions, such as creating socio-demographic change in the Negev and the Galilee.  Learn more…

Kibbutz Eshbal


Kibbutz Eshbal
Mechinat Yiftah

Kibbutz Eshbal’s boarding school provides sanctuary for some of Israel’s most troubled youth. As an educational kibbutz, it takes at-risk teenagers and transforms them into individuals ready to make a positive contribution to Israeli society. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is proud to support Kibbutz Eshbal’s Mechina – a pre-army program which promotes the personal growth and integration of at-risk youth into meaningful service in the IDF, Israeli society and the workforce. Approximately half of the participants in the Mechina program are Ethiopian-Israelis. In addition, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supports the development of an educational campsite, which will host youth from all over the country during annual school trips. The campsite will be used for educational activities promoting values of Zionism, leadership and social justice. Learn more…

Orr-Shalom


Orr-Shalom
Orr Shalom Educational Intervention Program

Orr Shalom rescues Israel’s children who have been removed from their homes by the social welfare services following severe abuse, neglect and tragedy.  By providing safe, loving homes and educational, psychological and material support, Orr Shalom enables the children in its care to break the cycle of abuse, overcome their pasts and prepare for life as independent adults. In recent years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supported an emergency foster home for children aged 0 – 5, who have been removed from their homes in a crisis situation, oftentimes in the middle of the night. Each Orr Shalom foster family cares for up to five children, giving them love and stability, until a permanent foster family is found. In 2017-18, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will be supporting a foster home for adolesent girls who have been removed from their homes. Learn more…

Yemin Orde


Yemin Orde
CONNECTIONS: Immigrant Youth and Jewish Identity

Yemin Orde Youth Village (Boarding School) is home, school and safe haven to 440 at-risk and immigrant youth from around the world. Today, Yemin Orde’s youth are from Ethiopia, Former Soviet Union, France, Brazil and Israel-born. Youth at Yemin Orde face many challenges. Like their peers around the world, they are working to figure out who they are, where they fit in and who they want to become. As immigrants, they are struggling to find their place in a new country, with a new language and culture; connecting to their Jewish identity is directly related to finding their place in Israeli society. Yemin Orde works to fill this enormous void.  By deepening their understanding of Judaism and Israel, Yemin Orde is helping them to craft their own Jewish and Israeli identities from a place of knowledge, and strengthening their connection to the country and its people. The CONNECTIONS program, supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, works to provide children with a foundation in Jewish tradition, history, and values and in doing so connecting them to modern Israeli culture and society. Learn more…

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