Ahava Village for Children and Youth,
|Additional Info and Factsheets|
|Gallery of Ahava Artwork!|
Ahava means ‘love' in Hebrew.
One might figure that a child in Israel will have decent and caring parents and live in a nurturing, supportive environment where dreams for the future will be encouraged and nourished. But sadly, that is not always the case. There are children in families where unspeakable horrors take place – murder, sexual abuse, drug addiction, and neglect – for whom the regular foster care system in Israel is not enough. Children from these “worst case” situations need more care, more treatment and more understanding to overcome their nightmares and to learn how to have a functional life.
They get all that at Ahava.
Ahava began educational and therapeutic work with Jewish children over 80 years ago
in Berlin. Since then, it has helped thousands of children and youth in Israel. Located in
Kiryat Bialik, Ahava is a residential center for children ages 6-18 coming from high-risk home situations. Comprised of apartments, educational facilities and leisure areas, the campus is home to 200 children, who receive personalized care, support and training. Designed to help children overcome severely dysfunctional backgrounds, Ahava offers
a variety of activities and therapies and plays a leading role integrating these children
and youth into Israeli society to be useful citizens leading fulfilling lives.
Description of Project
Ahava started educational and therapeutic work with Jewish children over 80 years ago in Berlin and since then it has helped thousands of children and youth at risk in Israel. For
the last 30 years Ahava has been home to about 250 abused children, placed there by the court system, who stay until they join the Israel Defense Forces or go into national service.
The new emergency center provides help to 25 children taken out of their homes during urgent, threatening situations and it serves as a therapeutic diagnostic center for their first three months, when the children are in a very fragile psychological state.
There are 15 apartments, each with a married couple, a volunteer and others overseeing 13 children ages 6-18 who reside in each apartment. Half of the children go to an on-campus special-education school, and the other half go to 25 schools outside Ahava, The main therapeutic center has 10 socialworkers, 8 psychotherapists, 2 psychologists and a psychiatrist. For leisure activities there are over 10 educational projects, 6 sport group activities, and many other group activities in music, journalism and in the arts.
Pet therapy is an integral and important component of the program, fostering warm and loving
relationships between the children and their animal friends that help them develop functional and positive experiences with others as adults.
The 18-Plus Project helps young alumni ages 18-25 serving in the IDF, in civil service or working, who do not have a family to return to. These young adults live in four apartments and a social worker and others provide emotional and other support.
Ahava helps children who have suffered abuse and neglect transcend their traumatic past, maximize their capabilities and embrace keen opportunities for their future.
Ahava Village History
The Impact of Bnai Zion
Plans for the Future