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Charlotte Dachs Mechina Program

Every young woman in Israel, regardless of their socio-economic background deserves the opportunity to succeed educationally. The Charlotte Dachs Mechina Program at the EMUNAH College of Art and Technology, is meeting this need, giving new hope to students who could not finish high school and move on to higher education because of severe financial or personal challenges during their high school years.

This highly successful program helps students in urgent need of enrichment and remediation services overcome their challenges and pass their bagrut (matriculation exam). Without this unique Mechina Program, the students would have little or no chance of meeting the requirements to be accepted in an academic institution of higher education. These would young women lose this “second chance” for a promising future and economic independence.

The student population is comprised of Israeli girls from poverty stricken homes and Ethiopian immigrants. All of them require financial assistance to enroll in the Mechina Program. Many of the girls also need of financial help to meet their daily living expenses. Some receive food to take home to their families.

The positive effect that these intensive support services offered at the EMUNAH Mechina Program has on the lives of the very needy young women is immeasurable. It is literally giving our young women the ab ility to overcome their challenges, succeed educationally and go on to be a productive member of Israeli society.

Help students in urgent need.

Florence and Joseph M. Schwartz Vocal Arts Program

Florence and Joseph M. Schwartz Vocal Arts Program at the Emunah Torah and Arts High School in Jerusalem.

Florence Schwartz had a beautiful soprano voice and loved singing.  But it was only after the birth of her 4th daughter, and with the encouragement of her husband Joseph, that she was able to pursue her dream to take professional singing lessons.

The program named in their memory is fulfilling the dreams of talented teenage girls by giving them the opportunity to pursue voice and music training.  Their artistic training is part of a full academic program within a Torah environment.

The Jossi Berger Holocaust Study Center

It is a priority at Emunah to ensure we educate the next generation about the lessons of the Holocaust and to remember the six million lives lost, as well as the triumph of the survivors.

An important part of the Emunah Florence and Joseph Appleman College curriculum is Holocaust Studies. The College houses

the Jossi Berger Holocaust Study Center and every freshman studying at the College participates in a unique learning experience at the Center. Classroom lectures and reading material outline the historical framework of the Holocaust while the interdisciplinary project allows creativity to merge with historical study. The students create a project in their chosen field of study.

In addition to this one-year program, all students at the EMUNAH College attend and participate in special programs and symposia on the Holocaust throughout the year.

The Jossi Berger Holocaust Study Center not only serves as the focus for Holocaust studies for the college students, but it has also become the central address for English language Holocaust programming for the large “anglo” community living in Jerusalem.

EMUNAH established The Holocaust Library and Resource Center as part of the Jossi Berger Holocaust Study Center at EMUNAH College. The Library is available not only to students, but to the general community as well.

Be a part of our goal to ensure we “never forget!” and support the Jossi Berger Holocaust Study Center.

Sderot Counseling Center

The counseling center in Sderot provides vital services to the residents of Sderot and surrounding areas. Sderot, which is located close to the Gaza border, has been under ongoing rocket attack for over ten years. At times, the rocket attacks are unrelenting. Citizens don’t know when the next alert will sound, leading to a constant state of anxiety. Running to rocket shelters

within seconds is sadly a way of life, and resultant emotional and economic damage is tremendous.

Children in particular are suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, in addition to adults. Families are under great stress and the services of the Sderot Counseling Center become a crucial life-line to those in crisis.

There are between 110-120 patients receiving conventional therapy at the therapy. The clients include: children, teenagers, individuals, couples and senior citizens. There are 100 patients receiving treatment with alternative medicine.

The center employs 13 therapists including 4 child therapists and 2 art therapists. There are five alternative medicine therapists in the center.
It is open from 8am to 8pm every day of the week, except Friday. During times of war, someone is available 24 hours a day.

In Israel, no government agency is responsible for defraying the costs of counseling. If the patient cannot afford to pay, EMUNAH Israel underwrites the cost of the therapy session.

Please help support this vital source of healing for the residents of Sderot.

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