ORT America’s Atlanta Region has adopted Israel’s Hodayot youth village, part of World ORT Kadima Mada (Science Journey).

Atlanta donors since 2015 have helped renovate classrooms and have upgraded the learning environment at Hodayot.

Participants on the ORT America Next Gen Mission met with World ORT Kadima Mada CEO Avi Ganon and received a tour of the school. They also had a speed-dating session with students, learning about their background and Hodayot’s impact on their lives.

The students said the school is a haven from the struggles they face at home. Hodayot enables them not only to create friendships, but also to become full members of Israeli society. After graduation, Hodayot’s students enter the Israeli army or participate in service programs close to their professions of interest.

 

Photos by: Sarah Moosazadeh, Tony Gorkiewicz and Mike Amerikaner