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More on the CHW Nahalal Graduation

It was only a few weeks ago that we shared with you our experience at the incredible graduation ceremony at CHW Nahalal Youth Village!

CHW was lucky to have Claudia Goldman, CHW National President, and Alina Ianson, CHW National Executive Director be in Israel to take-part in the ceremony!

Now, Professor Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of World WIZO, has shared her impressions on the CHW Nahalal Youth Village graduation ceremony.

Click here to read all about it through her eyes!

A Moving Final Assignment

Noa RivkinWe would like for you to meet Noa, a student from CHW Nahalal Youth Village. Noa is a bright and creative young woman who loves art.

Noa knows that as the next generation, it is her responsibly to play a critical role in the future of the State of Israel.

For Noa’s final art project this year, she decided to create a piece of artwork that depicts the current situation in Israel. Therefore, Noa drew the scenery from the Jezreel Valley, part of the landscape of Israel and the area where Nahalal is situated, on a metal knife. The result: an extremely poignant piece of work.


Noa’s explanation for this piece of art is very moving. She explains, “The country, with its diverse and beautiful sceneries, all beauty and glorious, yet, a torn country, where the fight over land consumes every beautiful pasture and every hope for a peaceful life within it.” Noa continues by explaining, “The pastoral scenes express optimism and tranquility. However, the scenery on the knife expresses a sense of fear, danger, and discomfort.”

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We look forward to seeing what is in store for Noa’s promising future; both as an artist and a leader!

The National Recognition of CHW’s Female Graduates

CHW is proud to announce the awarding of the Annual National Award Honouring Exemplary Military Service to two female graduates from CHW Nahalal Youth Village.

In celebration of Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, President Rivlin hosted a ceremony where he presented 120 soldiers with the coveted award to recognize them for outstanding service and exceptional contributions in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Of those honoured, there were two female graduates from CHW Nahalal: Corporal Yuval Shitrit and Corporal Dekel Eitan.

A little about the recipients:

Yuval 1Yuval is a remarkable 21 year old woman. Born with muscular dystrophy, she refused to allow this to deter her from living an ‘ordinary’ life. Yuval was so determined that she even was able to participate in the March of the Living trip to Poland with her classmates. Due to Yuval’s medical condition, she was exempt from the army. However, Yuval volunteered to join the Israel Air Force. Yuval shares her reaction when she learned about being selected to receive the award, “It was a surprise. I’m a perfectionist, but never in my life did I imagine that I’d receive a presidential merit certificate. I feel like the sky is the limit.”

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Dekel is an incredible basketball player, and has played for the CHW Nahalal basketball team. In grade 11, Dekel was asked to join the Israeli National Women’s Youth Basketball Team, where she participated in international tournaments. After graduation, Dekel enlisted in the artillery brigade.

GroupDavid Horesh, Director of CHW Nahalal proudly shares his impressions of both Yuval and Dekel, “Yuval is a symbol of determination… her presence is inspiring for everyone who comes in contact with her. Yuval is known for her excellence, humility, maturity, and willpower. Dekel is a quiet and humble young woman who always knew what she wanted. She spared no effort to be both an outstanding student and basketball player.”


David continues, “I congratulate Yuval and Dekel, their families, and all of the staff who guided them. These young women should make all of Israel as proud as they made me and everyone at CHW Nahalal.” CHW joins David in congratulating these remarkable young women!

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It is the result of CHW’s generous donors and members who have helped support promising youth, such as Yuval and Dekel, in order to make their dreams a reality. We look forward to learning about the wonderful things that they will accomplish in their bright futures!

Read the original article here.

Photo 1: Yuval Shitrit
Photo 2: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mrs Sara Netanyahu meet with the 120 outstanding IDF soldiers (Photo by: Kobi Gideon, GPO) 
Photo 3: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and top IDF generals, with 120 distinguished soldiers at an Independence Day ceremony at the President’s Residence, May 12, 2016 (Photo by: ToI staff) 
Photo 4: President Reuven Rivlin meets the IDF soldiers awarded for their service on Independence Day, May 12, 2016 (Photo by: President spokesman’s office)

Celebrating Purim Freely

Na'aleh 13Last week, people from all around the world celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim.

On this day, we commemorate the Jews being saved from a man named Haman who was plotting their murder in the ancient Persian Empire. As it is a triumphant day, people dress up in celebration.


For many, the ability to celebrate one’s religion and identity freely is taken for granted. However, the reality is that for many people, this is not a possibility.

In fact, many children from the French Na’aleh Program at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village had never publically celebrated Purim. The children shared that in their home country of France, many feared openly celebrating a Jewish holiday due to anti-Semitism and fear for their safety.

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As a result, the Purim celebration last week was many of the French Na’aleh children’s first time dressing up publicly for Purim, and freely rejoicing the holiday with their peers.

These children left their home country in the hopes of a more secure life and brighter future. It is because of CHW’s support that we see the smiles on these children’s faces; providing them with more than a safe home, but also a fun-loving environment.

Take a look at the gallery below to see more pictures from the Purim celebrations!


CHW Hadassim Exploring Space!

The students at CHW Hadassim have been reaching for the stars and winning awards!

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CHW Hadassim offers a Space Program for students interested in learning about science and outer space. The students study astronomy, the evolution of stars, satellites, the storage of information in space, and so much more!

Recently, the students participated in the annual Ilan Ramon Space Olympics Competition, hosted by the Weizmann Institute. Over 400 classes competed, and only 15 of them could move on to the finals. Not only did the students from CHW Hadassim make it to the finals, they won 2nd place! The CHW Hadassim students invented a special telescope that can be used in classrooms. The team included 38 students from Grades 8 and 9. Their teamwork allowed them to be one of the top schools in the competition!

This Space Olympic Competition is a demanding program that requires creativity, problem solving, and teamwork. Students must also apply all of the technical skills and scientific information that they learned in school.

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Congratulations to CHW Hadassim’s students, and we look forward to seeing what they have in store next!