Professionals and volunteers available to counsel youth at popular entertainment spots

Welfare Minister: we have to protect our children from possible dangers

July 5, 2015 19:49
2 minute read.

Children play in Jerusalem fountain on extremely hot day, May 27, 2015. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The Welfare and Social Services Ministry and the Education Ministry are leading a pan-ministerial partnership in the “Beaches Project” to offer guidance and support for young people during the summer vacation.

The program is meant to help prevent substance abuse, unprotected sex, violence and potential exploitation of youth.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

“Our future lies in the future of our children; we must respect and encourage them to act independently, but we also have to protect them from possible dangers along the way,” said Welfare and Social Services Minister Haim Katz on Sunday.

“Summer vacation can be a fertile time for mistakes made hastily and under peer pressure, mistakes that may endanger their future and pull them into an unnecessary cycle of self-destruction.

We are expected to prevent this and we will use all the means at our disposal to achieve this goal,” he said.

Between July 15 and August 8, stands will be set up at the Queen of Sheba Promenade Beach in Eilat, “Crack Square” in the area of Nahalat Shiva in the center of Jerusalem, Tiberias beach and the Jerusalem Beach in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

The stands will be staffed by professionals from the youth and welfare services along with volunteers making themselves available to talk to youngsters.


According to the Welfare and Social Services Ministry, over 1,000 young people – Jews and Arabs, secular, religious, and even ultra-Orthodox – made use of these stands over the course of the 2014 summer vacation.

Of those, 385 agreed to be referred for treatment and counseling in their home towns.

Some of the issues addressed by the youth included dropping out of school, neglect and rejection by their families, assistance with the army draft, and more.

The Welfare and Social Services Ministry described the stands, that will operate in the evenings and throughout the night, as a “safe place youth can come to, stop for a minute, enjoy a hot drink, have a conversation with other youth, play cards or the guitar, and rest from the wild partying. In addition, youth who find themselves in trouble or in a crisis will get immediate attention from the professionals in the stand.”

Katz also announced he would expand the program next summer to include more beaches with high concentrations of youth.

The project is part of the “Round the Clock Education” program, and the cooperation between participating ministries is being coordinated and overseen by the 360° National Project for Children and Youth at Risk.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

MDA ambulance
September 17, 2018
On high alert: Emergency services brace for Yom Kippur