Our 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.

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Zoharim Youth Village

Zoharim Youth Village is a boarding school and a pioneer in this sphere, as it accepts Orthodox youth.

The Zoharim Youth Village provides a safe home and stable environment for at-risk Orthodox boys who dropped out of the Orthodox educational system and were abandoned by their family and community. Students at the Zoharim Youth Village receive education, a warm environment and emotional support, and they learn practical professions such as carpentry, agriculture and therapeutic horseback riding.

Foster Family Programme

One of the most important projects to be incorporated at our centre is the Foster Family Programme. In this project, every foster family looks after twelve children and teenagers.

They all live together, where the foster carers provide practical and emotional support to those children in order to help them thrive and build the skills that they would require for adulthood.  The uniqueness of this programme is that the care-givers live together with all twelve children and young adults, rather than placing them in a boarding school.

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Migdal Ohr Educational Institutions

Migdal Ohr serves as an important educational institution for 6,000 children, who came from troubled and disadvantaged families.

Migdal Ohr provides these children help and support through professional staff, such as specialised therapists, teachers and social workers. Since this institution serves as a home for those children, our staff are entirely devoted to those children needs at all times, seven days a week.

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.

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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.

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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.

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“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!

Chag Saveah for Children Campaign

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, so many of us are fortunate enough to look forward to spending the High Holy Days with family and friends in a warm and loving space. In Israel, there are thousands of children who will not be able to eat this holiday. Migdal Ohr’s Chag Saveah campaign has taken on new meaning, and the charity was selected by the Government of Israel to operate a national relief effort in partnership with the Israeli Defence Forces. Right now, crews of soldiers and volunteers are packaging and delivering food around the clock to help 40,000 families in need as tens of thousands of people are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. Each day we get closer to the Jewish festivals and, by donating to the Migdal Ohr Rosh Hashanah Campaign, you will help us reach more needy families and ensure they will have food on their table on the High Holy Days.

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Bridal Fund

The programme was established in 2007 to help alumni couples in Israel who do not have the means for even a modest wedding. Covering these expenses helps to alleviate some of the burdens imposed on these young brides-to-be, and our young couples can begin a new life without the additional stress of struggling to pay their bills. Instead, they can focus on secondary education and the marital relationship – the means to a solid future.

Without us, many of these children would have no where else to go and their lives would have no hope. Without YOU we cannot continue to provide a warm, loving home to thousands of children, you can make a real difference

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