Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

An orphanage in Israel

Last week I posted a video about a wonderful private Israeli charity that takes care of abandoned babies in hospitals so they are able to be placed in foster care or adoptive homes.

Today I want to share about an Israeli girls' orphanage, run by an organization called Lev La-Lev (Heart to Heart).  Unlike orphanages in many other parts of the world, this is a Children's Home which sees its function in preparing the girls for adult life, not merely warehousing them.

This preparation includes everything, from academic support:

to extracurricular enrichment:

To pre-professional training in computer graphics, fashion design, or nursing:

In addition, the girls are supported in their social and spiritual development, as they celebrate their Bat Mitzvah and prepare to find good husbands once they leave the shelter of the girls' home, so as to break the cycle of abuse and neglect that led to their own abandonment.


This is yet another way that Maimonides' highest form of charity can be fulfilled in the care of orphans today.

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