In a magical location along the north shore of the Dead Sea silhouetted by desert mountains lies a safe harbor that has changed, from one extreme to the other, the lives of hundreds of teenage youth. An intense process of self-discovery is taking shape in the presence of that matchless spirit of the Judean desert that fills the heart with renewed hope, with the help of a unique, innovative and supportive framework.
Yiftach is home for 45 teenage boys from religious homes in grades 10-12 whose existing places of learning in the religious sector (high schools, yeshiva high schools) did not suit them for various reasons. With the absence of a supportive framework there arose among the youngsters feelings of frustration and the loss of a sense of belonging, which led to vagrancy and extended periods outside the school framework. In consequence, more than once they found themselves exposed to grave risks.
The main objective for which Yiftach was established was to enable teenage youth at risk to realize their latent potential for successful integration into various life structures. With a personal response suitable to the needs of each individual, teenagers develop a strong desire and sense of self-competence to integrate into the army or preparatory school, attend college, become part of the work force and lead a balanced family life.
The success at Yiftach in bringing hundreds of teenage boys at risk back to a path of growth brought with it a growing demand to establish a similar framework for teenage girls. Following many repeated applications from parents, authorities and education institutes, the project started taking shape within the framework of a residential school. In 2007, after seven years of achievement at Yiftach, the Timora non-profit organization founded the Machol Residential Village for Teenage Girls’ at Risk, which is located in the Mechula Settlement north of the Jordan Valley.
Machol is home for 24 teenage girls from religious homes in grades 9-12 whose existing places of learning in the religious sector did not suit them for various reasons. The absence of a supportive framework that teenage girls are so much in need of led them to vagrancy and extended periods outside the school framework. In consequence, more than once they found themselves exposed to grave risks.
Neve Sraya is Timora’s creative solution for the phenomenon of 13-18 year old boys who have difficulty persevering in their regular schools, and need a framework that will prevent their dropping out and will give them a sense of confidence and stability.
Neve Sraya receives teenage boys with open arms and, with the help of art and ecology, helps them cope with a wide variety of their personal and social difficulties.
Life in the Village combines studies for a high school diploma, investment in art and creation, and physical work based on agriculture and the prevailing principles. Activities involving art and creative work relate to the teenagers’ emotional worlds, whereas their former schools didn’t give them an outlet for expression.
Neve Sraya is an educational, creative and rehabilitative model for teenage boys at risk who lack boundaries and a framework.
Teenagers at the age of 14-18 from Haredi families who did not adapt well to the yeshivas experienced failure in the education institutes and face alienization from the communities they feel a part of and wish to belong to.
Now there is a solution for them: the Na’aleh Haredi Technological High School in Betar Illit.
Timora established for these teenagers an educational framework that combines technological studies for a high school diploma with Torah studies and personal support, which enables them to go home and become integrated in their communities as supportive adults, as opposed to those in need of support.
Na’aleh provides all its students with educational wide-open space that helps them bridge their learning gaps, fall in line with peers their own age in the school system and prepare for a full high school diploma in technology. If necessary, they are also eligible for complementary pedagogic assistance.