WORCESTER – Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has received a grant of $2,500 from the Jewish Federation of Central Mass. to support Youth Aliyah, its child rescue project, specifically for its Mother-Daughter Shabbaton project. This unique program provides an oasis in time away from everyday pressures where parents and children can develop special trust and dialogue that helps to heal difficult relationships and change family dynamics. The Shabbaton aids the girls’ assimilation into Israeli culture and strengthens their Jewish identity as it also helps to bolster their sense of self and personal accomplishment.
The weekend is filled with activities that connect the girls and their mother as they experience Shabbat traditions from their countries of birth. They participate in activities that empower both the mothers and daughters by teaching problem solving and communication skills, enabling them to solve previously unresolved conflicts and hostilities. These experiences have helped heal dysfunctional relationships, misunderstandings and even abuse.
The Hadassah-supported Meir Shfeyah, Ramat Hadassah Szold, and Hadassah Neurim youth villages serve students who have been unsuccessful in other educational frameworks and are at risk of being abandoned to the streets. Young immigrants and at-risk native Israelis who have survived abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, and learning disabilities receive not only shelter and food, but counseling education, and other supportive services in our youth villages.
Since 1934, over 300,000 young people from 80 lands have graduated from Youth Aliyah.
For more information about Youth Aliyah, go to hadassah.org/youthaliyah