A miraculous story from our alumnus student
Chaim-Dan is just one of the thousands of alumni whose life was changed by Migdal Ohr and who is now making a difference in Israeli society.
My name is Chaim-Dan Blumkin.
I was born in Ukraine in the city of Munkács. When I was two and a half years old, my parents went to a family event and never returned. They were tragically killed in a car accident. I had a difficult childhood, to say the least, and was moved from relative to relative, but things changed completely when I was 14, and I met Rabbi Grossman.
He brought me to my new home in Israel and raised me like a son. I remember when Rabbi Grossman first came to greet all of the new students at Migdal Ohr. He was a towering figure with a white beard and gentle eyes, and he hugged us like a loving father, welcoming us home. At that moment, I knew that everything would be alright.
Thanks to kind people like you, I finally had a home of my own and wonderful mentors who cared for me and inspired to strive for excellence, passing on the kindness I had received to others. After ten years as a commander and officer in the IDF, I came home to Migdal Ohr as the Programme Director of the Zoharim Youth Village.
For the past seven years, my wife Tirzah and I have been privileged to raise our children here whilst working with troubled youth. Every day, I remind the boys that they can overcome the toughest obstacles and find meaning and purpose in life.
I was once an orphan alone in the world, and Migdal Ohr changed everything. Donors like you gave me a new chance at life. I owe my family, career and future to your vision and support."
An inspiring storybook to every child
Chaim-Dan Blumkin's life story inspired us to publish a book called "David's Journey." It tells the story of how a child can overcome darkness and find a new family and home in Israel.
Teach your children the importance of family values through this meaningful book.
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