Freedom & Kindness keys to not Passover #inspired! In 3 Parts!

 

Kindness is the key to have a Kosher Passover #inspired!  “It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.”
Keep growing, Mordechai Weinberger, LCSW! Listen to Rabbi Sacks to be an inspiring parent!

Pesach is a time of seeking out Freedom being saved from slavery to selfishness and negativity. We all have the ability to live with more kindness and dedication to positive goals. Please see our post and choose your kind cause to give to this Pesach. Education and Children our the Special Future that we must prepare for futurespecialeducation
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This isn’t political this is #inspired especially as Midnightrabbi inspires is featuring #unity style! Please vote 😀

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Mordechai Weinberger, LCSW midnightabbi1eligoldsmith.wordpress.com/…/autonomy Good preps for #Passover all! And be kind Future SpecialEd – FS Education!

Today, we in education need to bring the 10 habits of inspiration alive!

Really important to emphasize and not make fun of the power of the 7 habits from Stephen Covey if applied at this young age can really turn these guys lives around. The 7 habits of highly effective teens from Sean Covey is an example of changing the youth. However, I have seen the real benefit of #Jewishising this practical approach to the 10 habits which has a direct correlation to the 10 commandments which is so relevant to every Jewish mentch.

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Looking forward to the Siyum of 2013/4 with the “fortunate ones” today Midnightrabbi inspires,

ashreinu pic 5th nightThe biggest #struggle i see in #education today is maintaining the optimistic and positive energy we see in the Rosh Hayeshiva and daily applying the true reality to never give up on even one students success! Everyday, every staff member should have in mind 100% attendance and do what ever he can to make this reality. Messaging, phoning, preparing the day before, visit to dorms and true dedication to the students whole well being. If we truly look at them and talk to the students with love and positivity we will see 100% improvement for our alumnae and Ashreinu 2014/5 and beyond! bs’d

CAM00104My goal after discussing much with many of the #students of 2013/4 for Ashreinu 2014/5 is building a more #interactive approach for any Ashreinu students i can access, and possibly suggest might #inspire…

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You got that! Tonight Nissim is coming tonight to Ashrienu in the holy land, come sponsor the shows for our boys now!

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You got that!  Yeshivat Ashreinu is the program, hoping for a show from Nissim is the game, 17th November, 2night is looking like the time, so all we need is some more sponsors and we got a night to remember asap!!!
+ORACH EMET presents +Nissim Black we hope for a show in the holy land which needs your support asap for a cause and inspirational night that will change the world forever… #Happy Chanukah Midnightrabbi inspiresd year!Please email umuse613@gmail.com or @nissimworld direct for more info and sponsorship for a truly Nissim inspired and worthy cause for our#needyboys and #fortunate all. Again contact umuse613@gmail.com<- 00972573175856, we welcome sponsors !!!

You got that! We hope to host Nissim in our center in the holy land asap, sponsor the show for our boys now!


nissim in the stores

You got that! Beit Shemesh Educational Center is the place and Yeshivat Ashreinu is the program, hoping for a show from Nissim is the game, 17th November, sunday night is looking like the time, so all we need is some more sponsors and we got a night to remember…
+ORACH EMET presents +Nissim Black we hope for a show in the holy land which needs your support asap for a cause and inspirational night that will change the world forever… #Happynewsweet Midnightrabbi inspiresd year!Please email umuse613@gmail.com or @nissimworld direct for more info and sponsorship for a truly Nissim inspired and worthy cause for our#needyboys and #fortunate all. Again contact umuse613@gmail.com<- 00972573175856, we welcome sponsors !!!

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Click inspirations-for-today Everyday! From Gutman Locks – His Sons Are Not Jewish
I explained to them in a way that children could understand that G-d is Infinite, so they should never worship a limited god. Then, I showed them how to pray for their loved ones. Although we are to help all people, including non-Jews, if a non-Jew’s father is Jewish, we have an additional reason to try to help him.A Non-Jew’s CommentTo the video; Jews Should Marry Jews

If you are Jewish, and dating a non-Jew, read this 43-year-old American’s comment to my video on the importance of Jews marrying Jews.

He wrote:“I agree that Jews marrying Jew is the most important message. My family line ended up non-Jewish because my grandparent’s son did not marry Jewish, and now everyone in the family is not Jewish in two generations.”Gutman adds:

Look beyond the sensual moment before you get involved and become attached. Do not throw away your 4,000-year-old family for a physical attraction. A central prayer that we say three times a day warns; “Do not follow your eyes and hearts for they will lead you astray.”[i]

More from Gutman locks “He’s a Heretic!”You never know when you ask someone to do a mitzvah what is going to happen. This Israeli walked by, and when I asked him to put on tefillin he roughly pushed me off.A religious Jew who was walking in the other direction called out to me, “Forget him. He’s a complete kofer!” A kofer is a Jew who denies the Torah, a heretic.

Just then, as if the Israeli had heard him, but really he was way too far away to have heard, turned, came over, and told me to help him to put on tefillin.

After he finished I asked him what changed his mind. It was as if some mystical voice told him to do it. He said, “Someone has been pressing me to do it.”I said, “But it was a good thing to do, right?” He agreed, and he walked over to the Kotel looking satisfied.

     The Jew who heard him push me off, and called him a kofer did not see that he turned, so he still thinks that he is a denier. But you can never judge someone else’s place. It is hard enough to be fair even when you judge your own.August 30, 2012 (1 photo)

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The Cry of a Child

You shall not see your brother’s ox or sheep going astray and ignore them; rather, you should restore them to your brother.

And so you shall do with every lost thing of your brother – you may not remain oblivious (22:1-3)

When Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch was a young man, he lived in the same house as his father, Rabbi Schneur Zalman. Rabbi DovBer and his family lived in the ground floor apartment, and Rabbi Schneur Zalman lived on the second floor.

One night, while Rabbi DovBer was deeply engrossed in his studies, his youngest child fell out of his cradle. Rabbi DovBer heard nothing. But Rabbi Schneur Zalman, who was also immersed in study in his room on the second floor, heard the infant’s cries. The Rebbe came downstairs, lifted the infant from the floor, soothed his tears, replaced him in the cradle, and rocked him to sleep. Rabbi DovBer remained oblivious throughout it all.

Later, Rabbi Schneur Zalman admonished his son: “No matter how lofty your involvements, you must never fail to hear the cry of a child.”

The Lubavitcher Rebbe told this story to a gathering of community activists in 1962. “To me,” said the Rebbe, “this story characterizes the approach of Chabad-Lubavitch. With all the emphasis on self-refinement and one’s personal service of the Almighty, one must always hear the cry of a child.

“This is most applicable today, when so many Jewish children of all ages, have fallen out of the cradle of their heritage. Their souls cry out to us, and we must have the sensitivity to hear their cries and to respond. We must interrupt our prayers and our studies and do everything in our power to sooth these desperate souls and restore them to their cradle.”

Jaffa Institute B’nei Mitzvah Project

This campaign is being run for the children of the Jaffa Institute.

Campaign Owner: Chantal Jacobs

THE  Jaffa Institute ‘s YOUTH 4 YOUTH Program

PUT THE “MITZVAH” BACK INTO

 BAR /BAT MITZVAH!

The most significant event in each young Jewish person’s life is their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah marks an individual’s entry into adult life and is an important time when adolescents can begin to reflect upon their responsibilities not only towards themselves and their families, but also towards the wider community.

Embarking upon a Bar or Bat Mitzvah project is a valuable experience which enhances the development of a young adult’s sense of social justice and reinforces the Jewish principle of Tzedaka. Learning about those less fortunate than themselves and taking action to relieve their suffering enriches the Bar or Bat Mitzvah experience and enhances its meaning.

Participants in the Jaffa Institute’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah program are encouraged to learn about the 30 different programs that the organization runs while considering the different needs that our services address. They often choose to embark upon their own fundraising initiative in order to contribute towards their favorite Jaffa Institute program.

When the participants or their friends and family come to Israel, they are always welcome to visit the program that they have supported and see the positive impact that their Bar or Bat Mitzvah has had upon the children of the Jaffa Institute. They can also have the opportunity to volunteer at the Institute’s Food Distribution Center where they can pack boxes of food for needy families.

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The Public Annual Report of the year 2011/2 @Jaffainstitute.org be kind!

This advert is posting to a highly successful magazine in the new week and is just one tiny example of how much good free P.R. theJaffainstitute gets in a professional positive way!

Also i would like you to understand that my approach, which is encouraged by Jeff Pulver a top Internet Mogul and my father, is a long term social media plan which is the next stage for large scale fundraising… (This can all be googled for the impact of all this work is obvious etc…)

This includes the sending of Seasonal messages/Email to over 3500 contacts I collected over years of networking has been great P.R. and led to many donations! thank G-d!!! keep them coming!

On facebook i have- many Friends (4541 currently) which on a daily level grows and receives updates on the Jaffainstitute and our fund-raising projects which our turning into donations…This includes 3 types of groups and fan pages increasing daily in support and interest! Which also require daily interactions and instant on site maintenance with personal contact. There is also the cheer-leader approach which the social media work of the office in Jaffa gains with daily likes and sharing info etc…

And more and more viewers on many YouTube sites all are promoting the
Jaffainstitute etc… Name:midnightrabbi Views: 42,573 Total Upload Age:31 Joined:Jan 31, 2009 Last Visit Date:1 day ago Subscribers: 69
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There is also general networking which while strengthening other
people sites we receive more traffic to our sites and donations etc…
Also a daily twitter site which is tweeting throughout the day which
has a -Reach to 24,155 people with 17 daily supporters!
With growing support http://justcoz.org/midnightrabbi
Also all the introductions to our cause with people throughout the
world with programs like Skype reaching to new supporters from Japan,
Italy, to France to L.A. etc…

The Media Exposure we gain from my work and blog’s!

Group Bar Mitzvah Celebration for Underprivileged Youth http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx and Post just in! Rapper Shyne Speaks to Underprivileged Bar Mitzvah Kids Moshe Levi, also known by his hip-hop name Shyne, spoke to a group of underprivileged bar mitzvah students on Monday. A group of 15 students took part in agroup bar mitzvah celebration organized by the Bet Shemesh Educational Center and the Jaffa Institute. Shyne was a hardcore rap musician who spend almost ten years in an American prison until moving to Israel. He spoke to the students about his journey to becoming a Torah observant yeshiva student. Rabbi Eli Goldsmith (<-click here for more) who co-organized the event stated, “sadly, many of the studentsat the Bet Shemesh Educational Center simply cannot afford to celebrate this special occasion because of their families’ financial hardship.” Donations enabled thestudents to tour the Western wall in Jerusalem and receive a set of teffilin and tallit.

THE BLOG approach!!! Recently, my best friend from London/Berlin Jonathan Freedman was sent this new Blog which drew his interest and support which can draw together all that I’m doing. He is planning on making an event in London which is being organised with Simon Winters help! The blog  was advised by my very successful Guru-media, brother-in-law in Bet Shemesh, Daniel Treisman who offers to donate a Sefer Torah (when we need) and with time can be very helpful source…The “Midnightrabbi Inspires’ Blog has over 18,000 viewers   http://midnightabbi1eligoldsmith.wordpress.com/ https://midnightrabbi1eligoldsmith.wordpress.com/

We have a daily inspiration blog that keeps people actively tuned into our updates!http://midnightabbi1eligoldsmith.wordpress.com/inspirations-for-today/ Below is a response to the message Chezky Portowiz kindly forwarded, to go ahead with their SEO advice needs backing with money i don’t have, my blog has built over 18000 viewers free of charge all being asked to donate to the jaffainstitute ,  like Midnightrabbi inspires -mazel-tov-1-year-of-inspirational-posts/

If we want more, then we need to pay more as stated below, otherwise i will keep doing as I am, building a following with no budget thanks and with B’sd, see below for their expensive one off proposal…

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Summary of work in the Jaffainstitute and future plans to be very successful bs’d…

The 2nd year of work here had been filled with insights into a mosdot/institution that is a true role model for the world at large…

Getting to know the largeness of the projects here and the people behind them has been truly inspirational.

The 1st commitment here has been P.R. and fundraising where we have a full list below of the blog’s made for the Jaffainstitute and the donations given!

The Jaffa Institute Inaugural Tennis Tournament 12′

30 August 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  thanks to Martin Goldsmith after the-jaffainstitute-inaugural-tennis-tournament-11/ See below for some of the after …  http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffainstitute , write in comments eli’s friends. [youtube=http://www.yo …

The Jaffa Institute charity tennis tournament April 22nd 2012 David Lloyd club London!

29 April 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  thanks to Martin Goldsmith after the-jaffainstitute-inaugural-tennis-tournament-11 and the Jaffa Institute charity tennis tournament Sunday April 22nd, 2012 David Lloyd …

Please Help The Jaffa Institute to host a Pesach Seder for 500 impoverished Ethiopian immigrants in the Bet Shemesh Educational Center!

1 March 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  and the Jaffa Institute! this coming Passover, the Jaffa Institute is hosting a Pesach Seder for 500 impoverished …

Update- book now The Jaffa Institute Inaugural Tennis Tournament 11′

7 September 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  site http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffainstitute , write in comments eli’s friends. [youtube=http://www.youtube. …

ANNUAL GALA DINNER 2012 – the Jaffa Institute!

7 November 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  30 YEARS OF SERVICE On January 9th 2012, the Jaffa Institute will be hosting its Annual Gala Dinner. This year the Institute …

The Jaffa Institute – Newsletter – Welcoming 2012!

29 November 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  New Year and the start of the 2011/12 academic year, the Jaffa Institute has witnessed the opening of a newAfter-SchoolActivityCenter – Bet …

Thanks to the kind organizers The Jaffa Institute Inaugural Tennis Tournament 11′

24 November 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  thanks to Martin Goldsmith after the-jaffainstitute-inaugural-tennis-tournament-11/ We raised a few 1000$ with top …

Exciting as Tonight was the ANNUAL GALA DINNER 2012 – the Jaffa Institute!

8 January 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  on January 9th 2012, was the Jaffa Institute will be hosting its Annual Gala Dinner. This year the Institute … impoverished children and families living in Tel Aviv – Jaffa.  Took place at the prestigiousAvenueConvention Center inAirportCity …

The Jaffa Institute charity tennis tournament Sunday April 22nd @ David Lloyd in Finchley

16 April 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  here for the thank you blog and highlights of the Jaffa Institute charity tennis tournament April 22nd 2012 David Lloyd …  April 2012 Thanks for joining us for the JI/GE (Jaffa Institute/Grief Encounter) Men’s doubles tennis tournament. We hope…

U muse a great cause the Jaffa Institute May 2011 Newsletter

29 May 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  May 2011 Make A Donation be like someone who gave to the Jaffa Institute & donated 5000$ 2 http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffainstitute please donate generously and write eli friends’ like …

Inspiring stories from the Jaffainstitute.org! “Yuri”!

22 February 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…   http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffainstitute write in comments eli’s friend’s. And join our new blogs with …

20 November 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

… dsmith.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/annual-gala-dinner-2012-the-jaffainstitute/ share and like ! Come visit our special program. בוקר …

Inspiring stories from the Jaffainstitute.org! “Dina!”

26 February 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  below http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffainstitute write in comments eli’s friends … And join our new blogs with some …

Good day, is a Shavuos day, live inspired and spread the unity!

6 June 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  , this is great time to live inspired… u 2 !!! Think Jaffa Institute, Think Tikun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (justice and …

Good Shabbos and getting ready to thank this Chanukah!

15 December 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  be kind so today of all days be filled with Kindness Jaffa Institute and JIM = Jaffa Institute & Midnightrabbi eli goldsmith The Ethiopian students …

Helping the Holocaust Survivors of Tel Aviv-Jaffa

19 April 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  the Holocaust Survivors of Tel Aviv-Jaffa There is a shocking reality in Israel today. Among the 208,000 …  a quarter is living under the poverty line. In the Jaffa Institute’s service area alone,it is estimated that over 4,000 of the …

27 February 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  Below Http://Www.Jaffainstitute.Org/Online-Donations-To-The-JaffaInstitute Write In Comments Eli’s Friends … And join our new blogs with some …

The Public Annual Report of the year 2011/2 @Jaffainstitute.org be kind!

22 May 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  fanpage helping-the-holocaust-survivors-of-tel-aviv-jaffa/Memorial Day for Beautyful Israel’s Fallen Soldiers – Today We owe them …  site http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffainstitute , write in comments eli’s friends. “The Bet Shemesh Residential …

Chanukah somayach summary!

22 December 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires

…  you can light us up too! PayPal style Hello JIM = Jaffa Institute & Midnightrabbi eli goldsmith This email confirms that you donated…

WORD FROM FOUNDER the Jaffa Institute!

6 May 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires!

…  Dear Friends, The Jaffa Institute is now entering its 30th year of serving the children of some of …  May 1982 with three programs which served 50 children, the Jaffa Institute now runs 35 different programs and activities which assist over …

Donate 2012$ for a great new year, or even better 5772$ for a truly blessed year!

3 October 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires!

…  me 057 317 5856 Donate generously online-donations-to-the-jaffainstitute leave in comments “eli”! GMAR CHATIMAH TOVAH!!! May …

Inspiring stories from the Jaffainstitute.org! “TATIANA!”

23 February 2012 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires!

…  below http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffainstitute write in comments eli’s friends … And join our new blogs with some …

Happy New Year from the Jaffa Institute & Eli Goldsmith

25 September 2011 by midnightrabbi on midnightrabbi inspires!

…  you for the friendship and support you have given to the Jaffa Institute in 5771. You have brought smiles to the faces of many needy …

The 2nd commitment was to make events inLondonwhile introducing the Jaffainstitute to 100’s of family and friends throughout myself funded trip through-outEngland. There has been two trips made in the past year and three Jaffainstitute events, including a tea made by my mother raising 300sterling/ 1800shekels

Also while in England was introduced to a huge potential fund raising plan from my family, which we can if gaining the status of National Charity, will benefit greatly from. http://www.fundraising-initiatives.org/en/

The 3rd commitment was to make a Bar Mitzvah for the students here in

Bet Shemesh Educational Center,Israel, here’s a sample of a blog! Without video etc…

 –> Please click here -> for the program you already help build last year and will help build for this year <- 

A Glimpse at our Coordinated Program for the Educational Enrichment of Students at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center

 And

Please check out the jaffainstitute.org/about which was founded in 1982 and orchestrated it’s merger with the Bet Shemesh Educational and Residential Center in 1986. Thanks to martin-goldsmith for this post and see our great cause a-short-tribute-to-a-great-cause-bet-shemesh-educational-center!

Appreciate your concern and support!
Donate generously after reading our site http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffa-institute , write in comments eli’s friends.

“The Bet Shemesh Residential Center has played an indispensable role in the growth of our students and their  noteworthy scholastic achievements”

-Daniel Vaknim

Mayor of the city of Bet Shemesh

The Bet Shemesh Educational and Residential Center

 

The Bet Shemesh Educational and Residential Center came under the care of the Jaffa Institute in 1986 and operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Education.  The Center is a junior and senior high boarding school for boys, dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children.  Founded with only the barest of essentials for its first sixteen students, the campus is now fully equipped with newly furnished classrooms, modern computer facilities, a beautiful synagogue, and a science and technology center. Having since been established as an autonomous U.S. 501(c)(3) organization, the Center now enrolls 350 children from some of the most destitute areas in the country.   

With the overall objective of improving the lives of as many children as possible by offering them the highest level of education, the Center supplies its students with a warm and loving environment, while providing comprehensive Jewish religious and secular education.

The academic curriculum at the Center is designed to fill gaps in students’ education and effectively prepare them for high school matriculation examinations. The program has proven extremely successful, with an above-national average of students passing matriculation exams. The Bet Shemesh Center’s high academic standards were officially recognized when it was awarded the prestigious National Education Prize from the Ministry of Education in 1995 and again in 2004.

Students’ Background

Our students come from poverty-stricken areas, such as Bet Shemesh and Jaffa, where social and economic hardships make “normal” family life difficult if not impossible to achieve.  As the students begin their studies in the seventh grade at age 12, and complete them in the twelfth grade at age 18, they are vulnerable to the social pressures that normally arise during adolescence.

Students are selected to come to Bet Shemesh through referrals by social workers from all over the country.  A prospective student is typically identified by the school social worker as “at risk of dropping out of school” or as a “marginal student who, due to social and family pressures, is unlikely to succeed.”

Prior to their enrollment, many of the students at the Educational Center have not succeeded in their studies on the elementary school level, due to learning disabilities, emotional stress from growing up under the most difficult family and neighborhood situations, or from lack of encouragement from their parents. Through years of elementary education, due to the large classes in most schools of up to 40 children per class, many of our students have not learned basic skills that are expected of junior high students. Many have developed large gaps in their studies as compared to other students of their age. Although the students that attend the Enrichment Center are in grades 7 through 9, some have serious reading problems in Hebrew – their native language. Others do not know how to compose a proper sentence, or to build a paragraph or essay. Many have great difficulties reading English, even though they began studying English in 3rd grade.

Failure has bred more failure and the students have little if any self-confidence, nor do they believe that they have the ability to do well at school. After so many years of discouragement they have given up on themselves. Given the proper teaching methods, together with emotional support and encouragement, these same children could reach much higher levels of achievement.

The Enrichment Center Program: Pinpointing and Solving the Problem

The goal of the Enrichment Center is to break the cycle of failure and to help the students close the gaps in their education. This Center, which provides students with many essential tools to help them improve their studies, is called an “enrichment” center rather than a learning center, in order to emphasize the progress that we set as a goal for the students that participate.

The Enrichment Center offers three tracks of learning:

  1. Learning Strategies – To counter the despair many students feel upon encountering difficult words and composition structure, students are taught to identify key words and to properly compose sentences. These strategies have improved grades by from 20-30% to 70-80%!
  2. English Language Skills– Many students enter the 7th grade with a very low level of English reading and comprehension skills, with parents who have little or no knowledge of this central language. These students are closely guided in small groups of 3 or 4 in order to close the gaps and help them feel comfortable with the English language.
  3. Overall Enrichment – When subject matter is geared to the achievement level of the average student, weaker students often fell overwhelmed, while the stronger students are bored. By teaching the students in small groups, stronger students rediscover excitement of learning new material.

Some of our Ethiopian students are in great need of help to close gaps in their basic Hebrew language studies. The teacher enriches their vocabulary and language skills.

On the junior high level, 60 students participate in the Enrichment Center. Some students study for 5 hours in the Center each week, while most of the participants study 2 to 3 hours each week. The groups are usually 3 or 4 students in size.

In addition to the teachers, a coordinator interfaces with the students’ families, arranges schedules for the students and teachers, and deals with problems that arise. Each month the teachers prepare progress reports on each child that are reviewed with the coordinator and with the general teacher.

The Bet Shemesh Educational and Residential Center Staff

Many students under our care doubted whether they would complete high school, and whether they “had it in them” to persevere with their studies and pursue a career. The teaching staff at the Center is an integral part in restoring a student’s self esteem. At present, the ratio of students to teachers at the Bet Shemesh Educational and Residential Center is 3:1. The teaching staff is committed to supporting the full academic and social potential of each student.

Every member of our staff understands that if he or she is not able to help a student solve his problems and overcome his difficulties, no one else will.  The relationships that develop between staff and students extend far beyond the classroom or the period spent at the Center. Years after graduation, former students continue to visit and remain in contact with the staff.

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