Summer Programs at Emunah Children's Homes for High School Juniors
High School Juniors can choose to spend their summer in the most meaningful way by volunteering to spend time with the children who live in Emunah’s children’s homes in Israel. The volunteers will connect with the children and experience daily life in the home. They will experience personal growth as they become counselors, mentor, adviser and friend to our children who are so happy for this special attention from their American friends.
During the program you will also enjoy special trips and free time with your fellow volunteers.
Programs take place at:
- Emunah Achuzat Sarah Children’s Home in Bnei Brak
- Emunah Neve Landy Children’s Home in Even Shmuel
- Emunah Neve Michael Children’s Home in Pardes Chana Neve Michael Children’s Home in Pardes Chana
- Emunah Sarah Herzog Children’s Center in Afula
Emunah Maayan Rivka Golden Age Restaurant, Petach Tikva
Ma’ayan Rivka was originally started to provide meals for some Holocaust survivors in Petach Tikvah. When the founder, Rivka Schwimmer, knew that she was dying of cancer, she asked her friends – all Emunah volunteers – to make sure that “her” people would be taken care of.
The friends organized the original restaurant as a non-profit organization, which opened on the day Rivka died. The “restaurant” charges a token fee for the meals they serve, so that the patrons retain their dignity and don’t feel they are accepting charity. Perhaps one of the most important benefits of the restaurant in addition to the delicious and nutritious food it provides, is the socialization and company that the volunteers give the seniors. Many of the elderly patrons live alone and this is their only form of socialization. It is a source of nourishment for both the body and the soul.
The patrons come from all spectrums of Israeli society. One of the regulars, an 82 year old woman, recently widowed, was too emotionally distraught to leave her home and often remained hungry. She was introduced to Ma’ayan Rivka and has since started making friends and is eating healthy meals.
In 2008 Ma’ayan Rivka opened in a new location and the opening was attended by the Mayor and Chief Rabbi of Petach Tikvah, a Member of the Knesset, and Liora Minka, Chairwoman of Emunah Israel.
In addition to the Golden Age Restaurant, Emunah runs senior groups with activities and trips in order to provide seniors with healthy companionship. Counseling centers offer services which are tailored for senior citizens.
Emunah Mechinat Lapidot
Mechinat Lapidot is an innovative preparatory program for orthodox girls, high school graduates, who are planning military service. This is one of only two programs in Israel providing a rapidly growing need for emotional support, physical training and preparation, and spiritual reinforcement to young orthodox women who have chosen to to enlist in the IDF.