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  Overview of Migdal Ohr - The Pride of Israel

Migdal Ohr (Hebrew for "Tower of Light") was established in 1972 for the express purpose of providing education and social guidance to the children from underprivileged and troubled homes from across Israel. Overcrowded apartments, one-parent families, homes with drug problems, impoverished, crime-ridden families--these are the target populations from which Migdal Ohr draws its thousands of pupils at all levels of the educational spectrum. Its goal - to transform these students into proud and productive citizens of Israel.


The following is a brief description of some of the educational and social facilities provided by Migdal Ohr.

(a) Day Care Centers which provide tender, loving care to infants aged three months to three years old. These facilities offer the mothers of large families the opportunity to work and help their husbands support their children.

(b) Kindergartens, where pre-school age children get a proper start on the educational path.

(c) Primary and Secondary school systems, for boys and for girls, with full dormitory facilities, laboratories, computer centers, libraries, and youth centers, where emphasis is placed on individual attention to each child's needs.

(d) Prisoner rehabilitation programs in Israel's prisons. The recidivism rate among the "graduates" of Migdal Ohr's rehabilitation activities stands at about 10%, a sharp contrast to the 90% in the general prison population.

(e) Occupational Training Center offering youg adult education courses responsive to the requirements of government and industry. Courses fall into three categories:

(I) Occupational Diploma Courses (II) Education extension courses (III)After school enrichment programs.



Migdal Ohr is constantly undertaking new commitments and programs, both at the community and at the educational levels. For example, it serves as the local repository of a wide assortment of health care equipment (ranging from steam vaporizers to wheelchairs and respiratory equipment) to be lent out to those in need of such items on an emergency basis.

Migdal Ohr's immigrant absorption programs are both broad and in-depth. Among the thousands of children and adults that take part in the institution's educational and social activity projects, many are Russian and Ethiopian immigrant children enrolled as full-time students in its schools.

Kiryat Migdal Ohr. One of Rabbi Grossman's greatest dreams has been realized. Two hundred and ten apartments, on the spacious 22-acre tract of land adjoining the main campuses in Migdal Ha'Emek are filled with families who, in return for being provided with homes and employment, use their dwellings to provide foster homes for boys and girls too young to move into the Migdal Ohr dormitories. Thus, Rabbi Grossman and Migdal Ohr are able to provide shelter and love to hundreds more than they were previously able to. 


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break the cycle of poverty and

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