Yes you can!

Many students from weaker socio-economic sectors lack the motivation to strive for success. That is where Ma’agalim comes in – to fill the gap and build self-esteem and self-worth.

December 22, 2011 17:37
4 minute read.
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Children 521. (photo credit: Avi Zangi)


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The loud banter being exchanged by the 80 or so 12th-grade male students in the packed auditorium turned to a quiet hush when the four uniformed soldiers reached the front of the room. Capt. T. then took center stage with a video and slideshow presentation of his experiences leading IDF soldiers into battle in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in 2009. The room remained quiet throughout the next 30 minutes or so, with the 17-year-olds, who are potentially part of next year’s class of IDF recruits, hanging on every word.

The scene described was part of a recent motivational talk delivered by an IDF commander and three paratroopers to a group of students at Kiryat Gat’s Gross State Religious High School, sponsored by the Ma’agalim organization. Founded in 1999, Ma’agalim’s mission is to motivate high schoolers from geographic and social peripheries to move away from a culture of “I can’t” to a culture of “I can.”


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