Empower young people from challenging backgrounds to build a bright future
BOYS TOWN Jerusalem is one of Israel’s leading and most dynamic educational, residential developments. It was established soon after the creation of the independent State of Israel in 1948, when so many Jewish boys, who had been orphaned in the atrocities of the Shoah, were flooding into the State.
Theseboyshadtobebothhoused and educated and Rabbi Alexander Linchner, a Brooklyn-born rabbi, ensured that a school was built that could cater for their needs.
Today, Boys Town Jerusalem stands on an 18-acre campus in Bayit Vegan. Rabbi Alexander Linchner passed away some years ago, but the present Dean is his son, Rabbi Moshe Linchner and he presides over a school that now looks after and educates over 920 Jewish boys aged 12 to 20, many of whom live on the campus.
These boys predominately come from disadvantaged backgrounds, from within Israel as well as from other countries around the globe where it has been impossible for them to practise their Judaism, and where they have been unable to learn about their history, their heritage or their culture.
Many of these boys come from the Former Soviet Union, France, Iran, and Ethiopia and they arrive at Boys Town Jerusalem, usually without family or friends, when the process begins of integrating them within the Jewish state.
Once the boys graduate, they servewithintheIDFandhelptoprotect and safeguard the state. They then forge a career for themselves within Israel and indeed many Boys Town Jerusalem graduates are now solicitors, lawyers, rabbis, teachers, career educators and leaders of industry.
British Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem works tirelessly to enrich the lives of these boys. In 2012, the charity organised a Jewish Primary School Choral Festival, extremely successful whisky and chocolate tasting evenings and a phenomenally well-received supper quiz in Edgware.
The charity’s 2013 Primary School Choral Festival has already taken place and at the time of writing it is organising a football match against an ex-Tottenham Hotspur team, to take place in March. All those players who will represent the charity need to raise sponsorship (minimum £280) for the privilege of playing.
In the UK, Boys Town Jerusalem relies heavily on its generous supporters at Pesach and Rosh Hashanah and it is indebted to those members of the community who choose to include Boys Town Jerusalem in their will.
Boys Town Jerusalem’s slogan is “we turn young boys from limited backgrounds into young men with limitless futures”.
No slogan could be more apt. For 65 years, Boys Town Jerusalem has been committed to helping disadvantaged Jewish young people and its aim, in the UK, is to help ensure that for generations to come, it remains one of Israel’s most inspirational institutions.
Boys Town pupils can be whoever they dream of being