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On April 23rd 2012, 15 students at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center celebrated their B”nei Mitzvah in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the Judean Hills. Like all of the boys at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center these adolescents come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds. Sadly, their parents simply could not afford to provide them with any celebrations to mark the important milestone of becoming Bar Mitzvah.This year, the Center fulfilled the dreams of its B”nei Mitzvah students. The day”s events marked the culmination of a course in which the boys studied the significance of the Bar Mitzvah as an important boundary between childhood and adulthood. The young men began their special day with their family and friends at a beautiful ceremony, which was followed by a luxuriously catered meal. In honor of the momentous occasion, each of the boys was given a set of teffilin and a tallit, as well as a wrist-watch. They were then taken on an exciting field trip to the Old City of Jerusalem where they enjoyed several historical tours and ate delicious pizza. The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Western Wall; a poignant occasion which held much meaning for the Bar Mitzvah boys.We would like to thank the Goldsmith Family and all the other donors who made this unforgettable day possible.For more information, Click here<- and please contact Eli Goldsmith by email at umuse613@gmail.com or by telephone at +972-57-3175856.

The Bet Shemesh Educational Center was established to give boys from disadvantaged communities all over Israel the opportunity to realize their full potential. Coming from families entrenched in poverty for generations, most of the students had already begun the decline into delinquent behavior and truancy before they entered high school. The Center”s core aim is to give these boys-deemed “unlikely to succeed” by their social workers-a second chance.As the 2012 school year came to a close, the Center staff witnessed the impact of the school materialize before them as 18 boys graduated in a beautiful ceremony. The graduates have new ventures to look forward to as 15 begin various yeshiva programs which prepare them for the army, two join the IDF, and one participates in a Yeshivat Hesder program (an IDF program that combines military service with Talmudic education for those of whom wish to continue their religious studies).The graduation, which was attended by the students” families and friends, was a huge achievement for all the students. In particular, it was an admirable accomplishment for the six boys who came from Ethiopian-immigrant families. These boys came from severely impoverished backgrounds and the majority arrived at the school with weak levels of literacy and numeracy. All of those in attendance were filled with pride as they experienced the first step towards the successful futures of the Bet Shemesh graduates.

For more information, please contact Yechiel Marcus by email at yechiel@jaffainst.co.il or by telephone at +972-57-3175856.For more information, please visit: www.betshemesh-educenter.org.il
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A word from our Founder and Chairman: Dr. David J. Portowicz

In recent months the Jaffa Institute has been working hard to help underprivileged members of Israeli society live not only in comfort but also with dignity. While for most Israelis the Passover holiday represents a time for joy, celebration and delicious food, for a large minority it remains a sad reminder that their kitchen cupboards are empty and they cannot afford to provide their children with the festive treats they long for.

During Passover 2012, the Jaffa Institute strived to alleviate this hardship for the members of our community. Our Food Distribution Center delivered special Pesach food parcels to over 2,000 needy families, providing them with all of the nutritious festive food they required to observe the holiday with pride. Indeed, thanks to the help of hundreds of volunteers – including Israeli school children participating in the annual “Good Deeds Day” – we were able to quadruple our regular list of recipients and reach even more disadvantaged residents of south Tel Aviv and Jaffa.

Moreover, the Bet Shemesh Educational Center – the Jaffa Institute”s sister organization – hosted a Pesach Seder (ritual Passover meal) for over 400 impoverished Ethiopian-immigrants. For many of the guests, this was their first ever experience of a Seder and proved to be a meaningful experience, never to be forgotten.

As summer arrived and the school year ended, the Jaffa Institute”s famous summer camp began. This 8-week camp allows the disadvantaged children in our care to enjoy an exciting range of summer activities within a supervised framework. From days spent at the local swimming pools to outings to Israel”s national parks, the Summer Camp endeavors to enhance our participants” self-esteem and help them believe they are worthy of such pleasures. With one month of this summer”s camp remaining, I appeal to you, our friends and supporters, to join us in our mission of providing these vulnerable children with a safe and rewarding alternative to the dangerous streets of Jaffa and south Tel Aviv.

In friendship,


Dr. David J. Portowicz

Summer in the Sun!
Every summer, when the school year ends, underprivileged children in Jaffa and south Tel Aviv continue to receive vital help and supervision from the Jaffa Institute. In order to uphold the goals of the Jaffa institute – which prioritizes the safety and success of the children in our care – our after-school programs transition to morning care in the form of Summer Camp during July and August.This year, the young children participating in the Jaffa Institute”s Annual Summer Camp have much to look forward to. In keeping with the ideals of summer, school work is put on hold and replaced with activities such as playing sports and games within the centers, taking part in drama and, arts and crafts activities, and observing Jewish and national holidays. In addition, the children regularly take field trips to swimming pools, movie theaters and hiking destinations in order to take advantage of the summer weather and encounter new challenges and experiences.During the 2012 summer vacation, the children also have the opportunity to take part in some out-of-the-ordinary activities as well. Indeed, with all of the exciting sporting events occurring this summer, the children have more than enough to keep them busy. Together, the children kept track of the European Soccer Cup, rooting for their favorite teams and keeping score on a special score-board. They have also made predictions for the Olympics and are creating their own Mini-Olympics Games with competitions in various sporting activities! As such, the Jaffa Institute summer camp not only provides the children with a safe and supervised setting, it also ensures that their vacation is filled with fun!To sponsor a child at the Summer Camp, For more information, Click here<- and please contact Eli Goldsmith by email at umuse613@gmail.com or by telephone at +972-57-3175856.
Stepping Stone to Success
In August 2012, the Jaffa Institute is launching an exciting new program that will cater exclusively for the needs of vulnerable teenage girls. The Stepping Stone Program will provide a supportive therapeutic and educational framework for adolescent girls who are at risk of falling through the cracks in the system and entering adulthood uneducated and with few opportunities for success. These vulnerable girls are from disadvantaged families in south Tel Aviv and often display harmful behaviors such as eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, and promiscuity in response to abuse and neglect they have experienced. Crucially, the girls have begun to miss school, therefore jeopardizing their chance of graduating with any qualifications.At the Stepping Stone Center the girls will receive regular help with their school work to encourage them to engage in their education and reduce the risk of them dropping out of school. To help them overcome their psychological difficulties they will take part in both group therapy and one-on-one therapy with the program”s social worker. While the group therapy will help them to realize they are not alone in their suffering, the individual sessions will aim to address each girl”s unique issues. Furthermore, to encourage the girls to make healthy life choices, they will take part in a range of workshops focusing on lifestyle topics such as sexuality, personal relationships and drugs. Armed with increased confidence, healthy attitudes, and improved academic performance, these girls will be given the tools they need to succeed.For more information, please contact David Portowicz by email saying eli sent you at davport@jaffainst.co.il or by telephone at +972-(0)3-6832626. 
The Jaffa Institute relies on the generosity of its friends around the world in order to continue with our work in support of needy children.
To help us by making a donation, please visit the secure donations part of our website: www.jaffainstitute.org, or you can send your donation to any branch of the Friends of The Jaffa Institute.Thank you so much for your wonderful support .and don”t forget to come visit!
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45 At-Risk Teenage Girls to be given a safe haven at the Beit Ruth Village
When the Beit Ruth Hostel opened in 2006, it signified the first stage in an ambitious plan to help thousands of Israeli teenage girls overcome traumatic experiences of abuse and neglect and achieve their academic and social potential. The unique methods used at the Hostel emphasize providing its residents with a nurturing environment and helping them to break down social barriers they have built in response to the cruelty they have endured. At the Hostel, the girls receive intensive therapy and at-home schooling as well as a comprehensive welfare program which tends to all of their physical needs. This holistic approach within an all-female setting has had astounding results, with graduates from the Hostel successfully re-integrating into their communities, completing their high school matriculation exams and enrolling into the Israeli army.Soon, these effective methods will be implemented at the Beit Ruth Educational Village. The Village, which is located near Afula, will eventually provide refuge to 200 at-risk girls. The campus is being built over 6 phases and is being populated gradually. Once completed it will boast ten separate residential units, a swimming pool and two, two-story public buildings, encompassing a day school, a dining room, an auditorium, a library, an art studio, a dance studio, and many more facilities designed to encourage the residents to excel and thrive.Phase 1 of the construction of the Village is close to completion. Indeed, by December 2012 three dormitory buildings, each housing 15 girls, will be ready for use. Although Beit Ruth has not actively publicized the launch of the Village, the registration list for participants is swiftly filling up as social workers all over the country endeavor to find an effective solution for the at-risk girls in their care. The girls are selected on the basis of the urgency of their case and their chances of success. Furthermore, like the Hostel, the Village seeks to empower the girls who attend it by giving them the choice to enroll into the program; as such, the Village seeks to recruit participants who genuinely want to take advantage of the innovative program and benefit from the rehabilitative and academic framework it will provide.
First Annual Beit Ruth Gala Dinner
On June 20 2012, the first annual Beit Ruth gala dinner was held in America to celebrate the achievements of Beit Ruth and honor Susan Ashner, the founder of Beit Ruth. 400 guests including Michael Oren – the Israeli Ambassador to USA – gathered at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York.Susan Ashner has been the driving force and visionary behind the Beit Ruth project. Her determination, together with her heartfelt dedication to relieving the suffering of teenage victims of abuse, has ensured that her dream of providing a large-scale solution for at-risk girls will soon become a reality. Indeed, the ongoing support of Susan and her husband, Michael Ashner, has been instrumental in the success of the Beit Ruth Hostel and vital to the expansion of the program at the Beit Ruth Village.The event was a great success and raised $1.8 million dollars towards the construction of the Beit Ruth Village.For more information, Click here<- and please contact Eli Goldsmith by email at umuse613@gmail.com or by telephone at +972-57-3175856.

Click here to see a short film about Beit Ruth graduate, Tanya

For more information, please visit: www.beitruth.com

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  1. B”nei Mitzvah at Bet Shemesh
    On April 23rd 2012, 15 students at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center celebrated their B”nei Mitzvah in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the Judean Hills. Like all of the boys at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center these adolescents come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds. Sadly, their parents simply could not afford to provide them with any celebrations to mark the important milestone of becoming Bar Mitzvah.This year, the Center fulfilled the dreams of its B”nei Mitzvah students. The day”s events marked the culmination of a course in which the boys studied the significance of the Bar Mitzvah as an important boundary between childhood and adulthood. The young men began their special day with their family and friends at a beautiful ceremony, which was followed by a luxuriously catered meal. In honor of the momentous occasion, each of the boys was given a set of teffilin and a tallit, as well as a wrist-watch. They were then taken on an exciting field trip to the Old City of Jerusalem where they enjoyed several historical tours and ate delicious pizza. The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Western Wall; a poignant occasion which held much meaning for the Bar Mitzvah boys.We would like to thank the Goldsmith Family and all the other donors who made this unforgettable day possible.For more information, Click here<- and please contact Eli Goldsmith by email at umuse613@gmail.com or by telephone at +972-57-3175856.
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