Coming to a close

By NAAMA BARAK
June 26, 2014 11:54

A Jerusalem yeshiva that nurtures boys with special needs is under threat of closure, leaving the future of its students dire and uncertain.




Jerusalem yeshiva

English teacher Alan Simanowitz with student Noam. (photo credit: NAAMA BARAK)

Walking through the corridors of Bnei Chayil Yeshiva in Jerusalem, it seems as if the high school is like any other; the sounds of scattering on the stairs, some distant shouting from the basketball court and kids walking hurriedly by.

But Bnei Chayil is no ordinary high school, and its existence has come under threat. Founded 22 years ago by Dr. Simcha Chesner, a psychiatrist originally from Cleveland, Ohio, the yeshiva caters to high-functioning, intelligent children with neurological and learning difficulties who find it hard, if not impossible, to fit into the regular school system.

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