We are excited to share a special update from CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village!
Just last week, the school received the results of their students computer matriculation – receiving one of the highest overall marks in the country! The results showed that Hadassim’s students received fourth place with an average score of 90.67%.
Hadassim students pose with their certificates that acknowledge their outstanding achievement.
Hadassim strives to ensure that each student receives a quality education, and urges their students to continue to pursue a higher education after graduation. These test results are proof of the hard work and success of both the students and the school itself. Something we at CHW are so proud of!
The Chanukah Celebrations have officially begun both in Israel and abroad! All around the world on Wednesday evening, the first candle on the menorah was lit and songs were sung in celebration of the holiday.
The school at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village hosted a large celebration for the students before they leave on holiday.
All the students and teachers got together to light the first Chanukah candle together. The students dressed up in costumes, sang songs, and danced together.
CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village strongly emphasizes instilling values of togetherness and friendship in each of its students. This Chanukah celebration is another way Hadassim works to promote these characteristics in its youth.
On behalf of CHW, we wish everyone a Chag Sameach!
This past week I visited the Nahalal Youth Village. Every time I visit here, I get the pleasure of taking part in different activities and meeting new students. This time, a group of students took me to visit Nahalal’s Farm of Sustainability.
Now, I had visited this farm before. However, I am never ceased to be amazed at the incredible work these young students are doing there!
Currently, the students are growing tomatoes, varieties of lettuce, cucumbers, and herbs. All the produce is grown organically, without chemicals. The students have learnt methods of ensuring that the crops grown do not get ruined by insects and other animals. In fact, their current crops have grown so well that the students have decided to begin selling them locally. I was so impressed by the work the students have undertaken!
I urge you to visit Nahalal Youth Village the next time you’re in Israel!
This month the grade 12 students at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village traveled to Poland to participate in the annual March of the Living trip. The students were busy visiting important sights and learning about the events that took place during the Holocaust.
While on their trip, they have been sending photos and updates about their experience. Most recently, the students held a memorial ceremony at one of the former concentration camps to commemorate those who were killed in the Holocaust.
The students shared that while this was a very emotional experience, they learnt a great deal and it helped them to feel more connected to their Jewish history and roots.
We wish them a safe and successful rest of their journey.
Last week I visited the CHW Nahalal Youth Village. Every time I visit a project I love getting to meet new students and hear their stories. On this visit, I met two special girls who are living in the dormitories at CHW Nahalal.
Sharon, initially very shy, quickly opened up and shared her story that brought her to Nahalal. Last year, she was having difficulty at home, so she decided to make a change. She arrived at Nahalal hopeful that it would help her get back on her feet. Since one year has passed, Sharon is now a bright and confident young lady.
She is extremely intelligent, planning on doing the highest level of final examinations. She is eager to enter the army and work in a special unit that treats wounded soldiers.
Sharon speaks highly of Nahalal, saying, “It helped me to find myself when I was lost. Coming here was the best decision for my future.”
This is a photo of Batel with fellow dormitory students. Batel is second from the right.
Batel, a student in grade nine, also arrived at Nahalal last year. She was living in a dangerous neighborhood and feared that she had no hope for a future. Deciding to leave home and come to Nahalal was a choice she felt critical to ensuring a promising future.
Since living in the dormitories, Batel has made many new friends. She has especially connected with the Na’aleh students who arrived this year. She explains that she felt that she understood them and the challenge of adjusting to a new environment. Therefore, Batel spends time with them and offers any support she can.
Aside from Batel’s generosity, she is a beautiful singer and captures everyone’s attention when she begins to sing!
Meeting these two girls was such a wonderful experience. If anyone is planning on visiting Israel, I would love to arrange a visit to Nahalal for you to meet Sharon, Batel, and other students.
In mid-October, the CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village hosted a “Working Together Day” for the students.
The goal of the day was to teach the students the values of leadership, cooperation, teamwork, and mutual respect.
Through multiple outdoor activities, the students were both challenged and required to find unique ways to work together. The activities ranged from relay races, passing a baton, and many more.
The day was a wonderful success and the students had a very positive response. Everyone enjoyed the activities and the lessons to be learnt from them. There were plenty of laughs and jokes to be had!
The Rose Kanee Community Centre hosts many activities throughout the week for children and parents to enjoy together.
Last week, the community centre hosted a special library hour in an effort to get children excited about reading. Rose Kanee brought in a professional story-teller who read to the children and performed simultaneously.
The event was very successful. In fact, since last week the library has been busier than ever with children spending their time reading and checking out books to read at home!
The parents were thrilled with the results of the story time and are looking forward to the next one!
What a wonderful idea and positive results!
CHW Hadassim Children and YouthVillage is continuously seeking new ways to be environmentally friendly and instill these values in their students.
This week, as part of these efforts, the students installed two ecological sculpted plants. The pants are in the shape of deer, continuing with the theme of nature as animal-themed plant designs encourage the idea of protecting living things.
Once the plants were complete, Hadassim held a ceremony to acknowledge the student’s efforts and positive environmental work.
Moreover, the new sculpted plants can act as homes for insects and birds. The students were very excited to add this new décor to their schools grounds!
I recently had the opportunity to hear personal stories about students from Nahalal. I was so moved by many of the stories and my first thought was to share this with fellow CHW members in Canada!
Liza, a Na’aleh student, spoke about the time she has spent in Israel and at Nahalal. She is away from home and has no family in Israel. Despite this challenging reality, she finds consistent support in the staff at Nahalal. When speaking about the Na’aleh Program, Liza says “If you have a dream, Nahalal is the place where it will come true!”
Another student, Bat El, is originally from Ethiopia. She is in grade 9 and lives in the dormitories at Nahalal. After coming from a deprived home, her time at the youth village has changed her life; she is a happy young girl with many opportunities. Bat El loves to sing and dreams of becoming a famous singer. She shares, “I used to think very poorly about myself. The staff at Nahalal re-built my confidence and I am now proud of myself and talents.”
These are just two of the remarkable stories that I heard that day - I hope that you enjoyed hearing them as much as me!
This week the CHW Nina Cohen Atlantic Provinces Daycare Centre welcomed a new child to the daycare: Noah, from Toronto, Canada!
Noah and his family moved from Toronto to Jerusalem only two months ago. His parents, originally from China, moved to Jerusalem in order for his father, Rongfeng, to complete his second post doctorate degree at Hebrew University.
When the family first arrived to Israel, they began looking into daycares for Noah to attend and they decided upon CHW’s Nina Cohen Atlantic Provinces Daycare Centre!
Rongfeng explains his decision to send Noah to CHW’s daycare centre, “The daycare centre has a new and excellent playground; the kitchen is enabled to prepare healthy and quality meals that Noah will enjoy, and the staff is outstanding”. Rongfeng further shared that “Irit, the manager of the daycare, has been extremely helpful answering our questions both as they relate to the daycare and being new to Israel.”
Noah, a friendly little boy, loves being at the daycare centre! He has always liked to play with other children. The Nina Cohen Atlantic Provinces Daycare Centre is the first time Noah has been enrolled in a daycare program and his parents are happy that he is receiving this important learning and developmental experience at a CHW daycare.
We were very excited to learn that one of our Canadian daycare centres is helping to maintain the family’s connection between Canada and Israel!