After 10 years of Kol HaNearim and struggling every summer like the chart on the left depicts, Pre-Covid, KH started to feel like the chart on the left. KH was a well-known program, we had a surplus of applicants, all the children’s homes in Israel were calling us for programming, the summers were amazing, we had all of our suppliers in order, and it finally started to feel “easy.” (I say that lightly because no matter what, running programming for 2,000+ people is never eas
July 16, 2021 | Achuzat Sara
During the course of KH, some kids are extremely welcoming, well-mannered, polite and ready to immediately build a relationship with you. But some aren’t. I experienced the latter with one boy over the course of camp. He would constantly shout at us, even sometimes throw things at us and we assumed he didn’t care about us being there. If anything, he wanted us gone. It’s so tempting to think that the kids who act out or worse, completely ignore us
July 16, 2021 | Achuzat Sara From corona to rocket attacks - the last 16 months have been really hard for the at-risk children and teenagers of the Emunah Achuzat Sara children home in Bnei Brak.
One thing that has kept everyone’s spirits up was knowing that Kol HaNearim was coming, and the summer would be full of its usual fun again!
The energy and love that the KH volunteers brought to every activity shows the children and young people at Achuzat Sara, just how much th
July 9, 2021 | Achuzat Sarah This is my 6th summer with KH. Every summer I know what to expect. The challenging beginning. The heat. The sweat. The music. The energy. The soccer. The tears. The pictures. It’s always expected and always special. On May 1, COVID still made everything unclear. I met three past KH volunteers named Isabel, Lizzie, and Maital. They were talking to my wife and said, "There is zero chance KH isn’t happening this summer. It needs to happen." I listene
July 9th, 2021 | Achuzat Sarah This week, Achuzat Sara hosted a surprise Kochav Nolad (Talent Show). My co-counselor, Yael, and I decided to make a dance for our girls to perform. We figured this would make it easier for them to participate (we had zero expectations that any of them would be willing to try!). Once we showed the girls the dance we choreographed and they saw how hard we worked, they decided to do it with us! We practiced for a few hours and everyone was really
July 2, 2021 | Achuzat Sara Shabbat may have begun our week in Achuzat Sarah, but its power is felt every single day. We awaken each morning revitalized with the excitement of a new day.
Motzie Shabbat, we trekked up the mountains of Tzfat; for us it was our first time in Tzfat as a group, but for the children, it was their first time ever. Together, we dawned on the upcoming fast and drew strength from meaningful stories and niggunim. It was a night to remember in a pitch b
July 2, 2021 | Achuzat Sarah Last Shabbat was beautiful, filled with quality time, Shiurim, and reflection. and we began this week with a trip up to Tzfat on Motzei Shabbat. The experience was extra special because some of the children joined us and most have never been there before! Through the trip, we sang our hearts out, focused on the kids, our goals, and why we are here. We truly came together as a group. Sunday afternoon we were back at Achuzat Sara. The kids were welc