At its annual Gala Dinner, American Friends of Migdal Ohr surpassed its fundraising goals and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for its ‘Mishpachtonim’ program which creates a new model of care for Israeli children from underprivileged and at-risk homes.
Mishpachtonim is a children’s residence framework headed by a married couple who live in the residence with their own children.There are social workers on each floor who stay in close contact with the students’ biological parents; a psychologist who ensures that various therapies are made available as needed, and a teacher who makes sure each child is prepared for school.
“Mishpachtonim is a special framework which provides an opportunity for our students to be a part of a nurturing and wholesome environment in a family setting, which helps them integrate into mainstream society and prepares them to build a solid family home in the future,” Founder and Dean of Migdal Ohr Educational Institutions and Israel Prize Laureate Rabbi Dovid Grossman said. “It is our moral, ethical and religious obligation, not just to help these children get back on their feet after such a challenging start to their lives but provide them with all the tools to help them become good and productive citizens of Israel and the world.”
Benjamin Krasna, Deputy Head of Mission at Israel’s Embassy in Washington, spoke about the importance of Migdal Ohr to Israel’s future. “While our remarkable country marches forward with extraordinary achievements, we must never allow ourselves to leave one child behind,” Krasna explained. “Migdal Ohr is providing a beacon of light to direct us in the proper direction of morality, compassion and responsibility.”