01 Apr Youth at risk during the coronavirus crisis
YOUTH AT RISK
Meet 17-year-old Elisheva from Holon in central Israel
who can no longer live with their families. Today, the Ramat Hadassah Youth Village is Elisheva’s only home, and she has no relationship with either of her parents.
Normally, Elisheva would enjoy home hospitality with a local family to celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays outside of Ramat Hadassah.
But now during the coronavirus pandemic, she cannot leave the youth village at all.
With schools closed, The Jewish Agency staff at Ramat Hadassah are trying to keep up a regular schedule for Elisheva and the many other teens and pre-teens who remain on youth village campuses. The goal is to maintain a routine for the kids, make sure they’re keeping up with their schoolwork, keep morale as high as possible, and provide avenues for therapy, leisure time and exercise.
Most of us rely on our families for emotional and physical support during a crisis like the current pandemic. Elisheva has only Ramat Hadassah.
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