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Happy Birthday to Us!

Tu B'Shvat and 68 Birthday Celebrations

As the opening ceremony of the village took place on Tu B'Shvat 68 years ago, we continue our tradition of celebrating both events together. We began celebrating with a Village wide trivia game where a representative of each grade was going for the gold. The competition was fierce but Dima, a 10th grader, reigned supreme, stealing the throne from last year's champion in the grade below.


Students and staff continued the festivities by having a traditional Tu B'Shvat seder, where each of the seven species mentioned in the Torah are eaten to give thanks to the world's beautiful creations. The Village also had a tree planting ceremony in honor of the holiday, where students continued to add to the diverse greenery of the Village in it's 68th year.
 
What's new at the Israel Goldstein Youth Village?

Our Students

Last week, a student delegation returned from 'Between the Truth', an international journalism for human rights project in Germany where youngsters from around the world gathered to learn about media production and journalism.



Our incredible athletes are continuing to win competition after competition, including the swimming tournament between all Israeli youth villages that was held here on our campus, as well as the national fencing competition where our Stas Gelper won first place.

                              
Our arts students are also thriving, and the recent integrated theater class for all Villagers, including the Autistic school, was a great success! Many of the students used the skills they learned in the workshop in their performances at the Village-wide talent show, showing off their incredible abilities and wowing the audience with each act! We couldn't be prouder!
Social impact
Many of our 11th graders are involved in a Survivor buddy program where they spend quality time with Holocaust Survivors each week, volunteering. On international Holocaust Memorial Day, we were honored to have the Survivors visit the Village and enjoy a concert performed by our students. After music and refreshments, a ceremony was held where six candles were lit, each to represent one million of the Jews that perished in the Holocaust. Survivors then went to tell their personal stories to each school grade, each of which had a profound impact on our students and staff.



Another group of students recently visited Bet HaLohem, the center for handicapped veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces, to learn about the importance of handicap accessibility. This is part of a yearly project where students visit a different institution each month that provides services for special needs citizens. The tenets of this project are social responsibility and loving your neighbor as yourself, and we are proud to be raising the future of Israel with such important values in mind.

 

Naale: Supporting Aliyah to Israel

Our Naale program that absorbs children from the Former Soviet Union just entered its 25th year in existence. Starting with a group of 16 students in 1991, the Naale program has now expanded to providing an education, and home, to about 100 children at the Village each year. This year, Village staff representatives visited Kazakhstan and Ukraine to meet with potential Villagers and show them what the Israel Goldstein Youth Village has to offer!



But the fun doesn't end at graduation! At the end of March, our Naale program alumni will be having a reunion! Dozens of former students will come together at the Village for an evening of dinner, dancing, and catching up with old classmates and staff. It is always a pleasure to welcome back our alumni and we can't wait to show them all that  the Village has accomplished since their graduation!
 
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Gilad: Making an Impact

We will soon be launching a crowdfunding campaign for an exciting student-led project! Gil’ad, a group of 12th graders at the Village, will soon graduate from the place many of them have called home for the last six years. We present to you Hava Peer Center, a student-run indoor integration space. Hava Peer Center is a student-run space where anyone can take a break from their studies and participate in the many activities that we have planned, such as: peer mentoring, homework help, relaxation exercises, and much more. The Village has already allocated the space for the Center. Gil’ad will contribute to the renovation with adult supervision, and each student will also fund raise for the project. More details coming soon....


  
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