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Israel Youth Award: About Student Recipients

CHW Nahalal Youth Village

Yariach: Yariach arrived to CHW Nahalal Youth Village four years ago. He comes from a single parent home and has four other siblings from different fathers. All of Yariach’s siblings were educated in boarding schools and lived in dormitories; Yariach is the only child who went to CHW Nahalal.

Yariach has had a challenging upbringing. His father has no interest in the family, Yariach has never met him, and his father does not pay child support. When Yariach first arrived to CHW Nahalal, the transition was very challenging and emotional. He struggled with his studies as he arrived with large educational gaps. However, Yariach received a great deal of support and over time, Yariach received tools to help him grow into the person he is today. The tools he learnt enabled Yariach to take part in the Israel Youth Award; a process he began in grade nine.

Yariach decided to enroll in a special course through the Ministry of Education. This course teaches children how to be leaders and guide groups of children in various social and community endeavors. Yariach successfully completed the course and received a certificate from the Ministry of Education. Yariach worked with children from CHW Nahalal between the ages 9-11 helping to teach about teamwork, responsibility, anti-bullying, and so on.

At the end of this academic year, Yariach will be graduating from CHW Nahalal Youth Village. He is going to enter the army and serve his country.

Bat-El: Bat-El arrived to CHW Nahalal Youth Village from Haifa three years ago. Bat-El made Aliyah from Ethiopia in 2000. She has seven siblings. When Bat-El arrived to CHW Nahalal, she was extremely insecure and greatly lacked self-confidence. Gradually, Bat-El grew into a strong and poised young woman.

Bat-El decided to pursue poetry and music as a way to express her feelings. She felt that it was important to open up and share her experiences in her life as a way of growing and developing herself. This has helped Bat-El to succeed both academically and socially. Bat-El is studying theater and is taking special extra-curricular classes in voice development.

Bat-El has initiated many social initiatives at CHW Nahalal. She has reached out to her peers and created a friendly environment that focuses on inclusion and helping one another. Bat-El is an excellent example of the impact that one person can have on a large group.

Adam: Adam arrived to CHW Nahalal Youth Village four years ago. Adam is Druze and comes from a Druze village in Israel. Adam loves sports and plays for the Maccabi Haifa soccer team. In fact, Adam was made the team captain for his optimistic attitude and exemplary teamwork skills. As the team captain, Adam is a confident and positive leader. Despite being busy with sports, Adam maintains excellent grades in school, is very friendly and social, and ensures to always speak to everyone at school and in the dormitories; always reaching out to new arrivals to ensure they feel welcome and at home.

Adam is an excellent role model. However, when Adam first arrived to CHW Nahalal he was very shy and quiet. Over time Adam opened up and today he is outgoing and well loved. Adam is a young man of ambition and goals to succeed.

CHW Hadassim Children Youth Village

Michael: Michael is in grade eleven and arrived to CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village in grade five from Sderot. Michael is positive children and an excellent student; he volunteers in at CHW Hadassim working with children and assisting them in their homework. Michael is also a guide at CHW Hadassim; teaching fellow children about being mature, responsible, and independent.

Sheri: Sheri is in grade twelve and arrived to CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village in grade seven. Sheri loved music and is part of the choir at CHW Hadassim. Sheri performs at all of the ceremonies that CHW Hadassim hosts or is invited to, positively representing the youth village. Sheri is a mature and responsible young woman.

Israel Youth Award

Israel Youth Award 2016

Self-development, hard work, determination, and passion is what the Israel Youth Award is about. This award began 8 years ago in Israel, and over 50 years ago as the International Youth Award in the UK.

Last week, at CHW Hadassim, a special award ceremony was held for recipients of the Bronze and Silver award from WIZO supported youth villages that included CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, and CHW Nahalal Youth Village.

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In attendance was British Ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, Mayor of Even Yehuda, Avi Harari, and CEO of the Israel Youth Award, Yossi Friedman.

Mr. David Quarrey, spoke at the ceremony addressing the nearly 200 young recipients and commending their dedication and success at such a young age.

Professor Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of World WIZO Executive shared her impressions of the Israel Youth Award saying, “If you want to achieve something, you can, and you can fulfill your dreams.”

Children with Rivka Lazovsky

In order to receive these awards, each child is responsible for committing a minimum of 5 hours a week to this program. The children participate in community service, personal skill, physical recreation, and a journey that covers distance of 35km.

The recipients of this award are unique children who possess remarkable qualities, especially in the face of major obstacles they have needed to overcome in their lives. Included in the recipients of the award were students from the French Na’aleh Program.

Making Olives

Making Olives at CHW Hadassim

CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village is truly an incredible place. Here, children have a bounty of options to learn: in the fields of science, mathematics, art, agriculture, and so much more.Preparing 1

Recently, the children from the Agriculture Department participated in a three-month long experiment, in which each child was tasked with creating his or her own recipe to ferment fresh olives. The olives used for the experiment were home-grown by the students on the youth village.

At the conclusion of the three months, after the olives had gone through the process of fermentation and curing in each student’s unique concoction, a panel of judges participated in a taste testing and voted for the tastiest olive recipe.

The results are in: all of the students’ olives were delicious!Preparing 3

According to the head of the Agricultural Department, Haim Ziv, since olives are one of the key components in Israeli Mediterranean cuisine, and olive trees can be found across the country, choosing to highlight olives as part of the students’ agricultural study was a natural decision.

The students had an excellent time being creative and challenged. And, of course, the panel of judges certainly didn’t mind having to taste them all!

Coaching For Life

“Pursue Your Dreams” Coaching for Life at CHW Hadassim

CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village provides numerous programs for the children who live in the dormitories and family units. The youth village strives to ensure that each child’s needs are met. One such program, Coaching for Life, operates at CHW Hadassim in order to meet the needs of the Ethiopian children who reside there.

Coaching for Life is a mentorship program that pairs an Ethiopian child Group 3with an adult volunteer. The aim of the program is to provide children with a positive role model.
The program runs over the course of the year and includes interesting trips throughout Israel. Recently, the children from the program were taken on an exclusive tour to the elite air force base, Nevetim, in the Negev.

At Nevetim Airbase, the children met with soldiers from the Hercules Squadron, one of the most elite units in the IDF. This unit is responsible for military, civilian, and humanitarian aid both domestically and internationally.

This is an especially meaningful unit to the children’s heritage as it was the Hercules Squadron who carried out Operation Solomon; the mission that airlifted over 14,500 Ethiopian Jews to Israel over 20 years ago. These children were so moved to learn about their history. Many of them shared memories of their grandparents telling stories of that mission and how it saved their lives.Child 3

The aim of this excursion was to provide these children with an unforgettable experience that would inspire them to dream big. The children were encouraged to pursue their education and remain dedicated to their goals.

Two students shared their impressions from the visit. Shai, a grade 12 student, said, “I always dreamt of becoming a pilot but I never felt like I would succeed. This trip and meeting pilots who are like me, showed me that this is possible. This visit strengthened by will to become a pilot.” Esther, a grade 11 student, expressed, “This visit makes me want to follow my dreams. I know that no matter what I decide to do in life, I will succeed.”

These are such special and meaningful sentiments to hear from the children. It is clear that this trip had a tremendous impact on them!

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Raising Kind Children

Many of us can recall scenes and lines from the film “Mean Girls.” Perhaps there were scenes that made us laugh, scenes that made us angry, and scenes that brought up familiar memories of life in high school.

However, if there is any message to take away from the film, it is that bullying hurts and it must be confronted.

As many of our children have returned to school, we do not always know what is happening during their eight hours while out of our sight. We may ask ourselves: are they happy? Who are they sitting with at recess and lunch? Were they picked in gym class?


Our jobs are to do our best to raise children who are kind, inclusive, and considerate. We have tasked ourselves with this mission to ensure that when we send our children into the world, whether it is to school, camp, the workforce, and so on, we know that our children will be respectful citizens.

At CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, CHW Nahalal Youth Village, and CHW Netanya Technological High School, the teachers, house parents, and counselors are charged with overseeing hundreds of children and ensuring that each child is being well looked after. In fact, throughout the year, these children participate in various workshops that teach the importance of being kind to your peers, not succumbing to peer pressure, and stepping in when you see a harmful situation.

Raising kind children is not a simple task; this we can all agree on. Click here to read an article on how to raise inclusive girls instead of mean ones.