“The Ben Yakir Youth Village will serve as a value source for self, social and academic realization and for realizing the ambitions of the children and youth residing there.”
The religious Ben Yakir Youth Village, located at Kfar Haroeh, was founded by the Youth Aliyah Department of the Jewish Agency in 1974. The village is designed for junior high and high school youth and provides a home for 122 at risk students. The majority of the youth are from the Ethiopian community and the others are Israeli-born. The village provides the students with an inclusive offering of formal education, enrichment activities, Jewish heritage, a comprehensive therapeutic facility and a boarding school framework that provides for all their needs.
The students at the village enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular enrichment activities, a therapeutic facility that incorporates a range of therapies and social treatment, a large animal corner which they manage and operate. The students’ day-to-day routine focuses on empowerment, Jewish tradition, values and individual excellence in different areas.
An impressively high percentage of the village alumni obtain full high school graduation diplomas, continue their studies and do their army service. Using the tools and the support they received at the village they become contributing, successful and involved citizens who take their place in Israeli society.