CHW Nahalal Youth Village serves 1,421 students in grades 7-12 who live both in the nearby area and in residential dormitories on campus. Many of Nahalal’s youngsters come from all over Israel and live in the residential dormitories. Others are new immigrants who have arrived in Israel without their parents. These students, who come from the Former Soviet Union, are part of the Na’aleh Program at the school.

Check out the video of the Na’aleh Program’s new students learning Hebrew. Enjoy as their teacher asks each of them where they are originally from!

The Jewish High Holidays are in full swing and being celebrated throughout the world. This week, children at the CHW Judy Mandleman Vancouver Daycare, in Holon, Israel, made paper shofars in celebration of Rosh Hashanah. We hope you enjoy these cuties in action!

CHW Netanya Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

With the New Year approaching, preparations for the High Holidays are moving into high gear. As Jewish tradition teaches us, to examine our actions and behaviours from the past year and atone for any transgressions, we find ourselves repenting, asking for forgiveness and making peace with those we have hurt.

To do this, several days before Rosh Hashanah we begin to recite the Selichot, a series of penitential prayers and liturgy.

This holds true at CHW Netanya Technological High School, where teachers recently took students on a field trip to the Western Wall in Jerusalem in order to recite the Selichot .

As CHW Netanya aims to instill values and morals within the students, this experience demonstrated the importance of tradition and respecting others.

The students from CHW Netanya wish L’Shana Tovah to you all!

As the New Year approaches, Jews all over the world are busy preparing for Rosh Hashanah. And the holiday celebrations have already begun in Israel, with fresh pomegranates being served at every meal and apples and honey being offered at every turn!

CHW’s Israeli Liaison Haley has been experiencing this for herself all week, but says that her favorite part of the impending celebrations is hearing her neighbor, Shmuel, practicing the shofar in preparation for the holiday services.

Yesterday, Haley recorded Shmuel as he was practicing his shofar playing on the busy streets of Tel Aviv in order to share with our dear members and friends.

We hope you enjoy his performance, and we wish you all a sweet and healthy New Year!

CHW Hadassim: Back to School

September marks back-to-school for students all over the world. And this holds true at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village where students are returning to campus with new students being welcomed with open arms.

This week is especially exciting at CHW Hadassim, as 15 children have arrived from France to participate in the new Na’aleh Program at the school. The Na’aleh Program absorbs youth who come to Israel without their families, helping them to excel socially, academically, while integrating into Israeli society. The new students are excited to begin their studies!

In honour of the new school year and the arrival of so many students, earlier this week CHW Hadassim hosted a special welcoming ceremony for students, staff, and parents alike. The amphitheatre was abuzz with excitement for the upcoming school year; especially critical in light of the challenging summer that many of the students faced. We look forward to a great year ahead!

The Best Way to End the Summer

While students throughout Israel are heading back to school, summer is still going strong. It is HOT – reaching over 40 ̊ C at Herzliya Beach earlier this week! That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to see air conditioned spheres on the beach in Herzliya. These “bubbles,” as they are fittingly referred to, popped up overnight and provide a place for beachgoers to cool down as the temperature rises on the beach. What a great way to enjoy the final days of summer while spending time with friends!

Israel is a powerhouse in medical innovation, with developments that are transforming and enriching lives across the planet. One recent leading innovation in the field of healthcare is the ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton.

Invented by Dr. Amit Goffre, an Israeli who became a quadriplegic after an ATV accident, ReWalk is a wearable device that enables hip and knee motion to individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries. In most basic terms, it enables there individuals to stand upright and walk again. “This revolutionary product will have an immediate, life-changing impact on individuals with spinal cord injuries,” says Larry Jasinski, CEO of ReWalk.

Check out the video above to see the ReWalk in action, and visit www.rewalk.com for more information about this incredible device! 

Whether living in Israel or just visiting, there are so many ways one can take in the culture. Music is a huge part of Israeli culture, and going to live musical performances is a great way to take in Israel’s rich and diverse live music scene.

CHW’s Israeli Representative Haley Burkes recently had the pleasure of attending her very first concert in Israel last week. When she heard that The Idan Raichel Project was going to be performing in Tel Aviv, she knew she had to go!

Founded by Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel, The Idan Raichel Project combines Hebrew, Arabic and Ethiopian lyrics and music to create a style that crosses cultures and promotes ethnic tolerance and awareness. One of the most popular bands in Israel, the group has become internationally recognized and even performed in Brooklyn, New York for Israel’s 66th Independence Day earlier this year.

For Haley, attending the concert was a truly memorable experience. Idan connected with the audience, sharing many personal stories. As an Israeli, he spoke about friends he lost during Operation Protective Edge, and dedicated songs in their memory.

What makes Idan even more special is his connection to CHW. As a teen, he worked as a counsellor at the dormitories of CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village. And he has maintained a connection with CHW Hadassim after all these years, working with former dormitory students on Israel’s hit TV show “The Voice”, as well as by supporting the Youth Village by donating part of his band’s proceeds.

CHW focuses a great deal of its efforts on promoting and advancing the rights of women in Israel and Canada.

CHW provides numerous avenues - through shelters, women’s centre, parental hotline, and daycare centres – which ensure that women are given the tools and opportunity to live a safe, strong, and successful life.

Recently, feminine care brand Always introduced #LikeAGirl– a campaign designed to curb the insinuation of doing something “like a girl.” This movement connects with the work that we, as women, all advocate and do.

We hope you enjoy the touching video that kicked off the movement, and don’t forget to retweet with the hashtag #LikeAGirl!

With all that we’ve been experiencing in Israel, we could use a little cheer in our lives! So when we discovered this fun and unique video, we knew we had to share it with you!

In 2010, StandWithUs, a pro-Israel education and advocacy organization, pioneered a project called Israel through Instagram: Once in a Lifetime. This project  brought together leading bloggers, photographers, and other social media users from around the world to visit Israel. Once in our beautiful country, they toured and saw all the sights and sounds, sharing their experiences on their social media websites in real-time.

In the words of StandWithUs, these users “shared Israel through their lens to over 2 million followers worldwide.” We hope you enjoy the video!