Our other life-changing projects

The children of Migdal Ohr benefit from individual attention and education for values which provides them a firm foundation for a new life of creativity and contribution to society and the state. We have many different projects that ensure we achieve this.


Cooking up a Future

"Cooking Up a Future" provides Migdal Ohr’s students with the outstanding opportunity to train for a profession which is currently in high demand by the tourism industry in Israel. Furthermore, considering Migdal Ohr's strong connection with the IDF, students graduating from the project will have the opportunity to enlist in the IDF as chefs.

The programme has received approval from the Ministries of Education and of Industry and Trade, therefore allowing participants to take the matriculation examination in the field of tourism and hotel management, as well as receiving a certificate as a "Level 1 Chef" from the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The programme is now hosted on the Migdal Ohr campus at  Migdal ha'Emek in the newly built recreation complex. Facilities at the complex include two workshops (one meat and one dairy), with twelve workstations in each. Each workstation has an oven, electric stove-top, work surface, sink and utensils (an assortment of knives, bowls, ladles, pots etc.). The workstations are designed to serve two students at a time. The centre has refrigeration and storage units. In addition to culinary training, the students are being introduced to the intricacies of the dining room, completing their training in the field of hosting. This segment is also recognized by the Ministry of Education for purposes of matriculation exam grading.

Machshavah School

The school was established to provide an educational framework for new immigrants in order to help them integrate into Israeli society.

The Machshava School is a unique elementary school for a student body comprised primarily of children who immigrated to Israel themselves or whose parents did so shortly before they were born. Most come from the former Soviet Union. The school provides a highly advanced academic programme focusing on science and math, with an additional arts curriculum focusing on music expression, complete with a choir and dance troupe. Machshava also recently added a very special music programme called “Sulamot” (musical scales), in partnership with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.


Day Care & Kindergarten Centres

A warm and caring environment for thousands of toddlers. Teams of committed, professional and trained kindergarten teachers care for them with dedication and lots of love.

The toddlers enjoy an educational framework which provides them with valuable life skills which allow each toddler to realize their full potential.

The work of Migdal Ohr’s network of kindergartens is based on the belief that education and the instilling of values at an early age is the foundation for Israel’s next generation. Children at our kindergartens enjoy educational programmes and games that provide them with much care, love and individual attention.

Elementary schools

Elementary schools provide their students with a framework of academic and vocational studies in the form of day and boarding schools.

The school’s students enjoy education for Jewish and national values, enrichment in music, computers, carpentry and other trends.


High schools

High schools provide a high level of moral, Jewish and secular education.

The students receive a supportive educational framework and many activities such as music, yoga, art, gymnastics, drama and more.

“Sulamot” Project

Sulamot, a joint project of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) and Migdal Ohr, focuses on teaching approximately 40 students each year how to play classical wind instruments and perform in the school’s orchestra. Founded in 2010, by American Friends of Migdal Ohr Board Member, Jerry Seligsohn, Sulamot was created to bring music education to

Israel’s neediest children and enhance their artistic development. At the IPO and Migdal Ohr, music is seen as a way of promoting change by encouraging such values as team work, responsibility, mutual respect, cooperation, tolerance, and strengthening self-confidence.

Made up of 5th and 6th graders from the Machshava Elementary School, students who participate in this unique programme practice daily and have lessons taught both privately and in small groups throughout the week. The orchestra consists of flutes, clarinets, oboes, alto and tenor saxophones, trumpets, trombones, tubas, French and baritone horns, as well as various percussion instruments.

Each year, children participating in the Sulamot Ohr Channa Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra Project perform in front of a live audience as part of the school’s end of the year performance. They also get to perform in a unique concert in Tel Aviv that is dedicated to schools participating in similar programmes. In 2013, three girls from the 6th grade competed in the first ever Ruth Lewis International Clarinet Competition in Tel Aviv and took home the 3rd prize!


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