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Much has changed since Keren Hayeled was founded a half century ago. It began as a fund ("keren" in Hebrew) to save immigrant children from missionaries.

Today it provides a warm home to orphans and children from dysfunctional families throughout Israel.

Keren Hayeled's goal is not just to provide its children with food, clothing, shelter, and an education, but also to see it to they grow up happy and healthy.

Its dedicated staff gives their hearts and souls to the children, providing them with the home - and family - they never had.

Keren Hayeled - Because Every Child Deserves a Family.

 

1941

World War II. Rabbi Yehoshua and Rachel Godlewsky escape war-torn Europe via Shanghai, China, and survive the Holocaust.

 

1946

The Godlewskys settle in New York.

 

1947

The Godlewskys receive letters from relatives in Israel describing the rampant missionary activity in the transit camps for new immigrants.

 

1948

The Godlewskys begin raising money to send food and clothing to immigrant children. The money is used to counter missionary efforts and to provide needy families with basic necessities.

 

1949

The Godlewskys establish Keren Hayeled, an organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged Jewish children in Israel.

 

1974

The Godlewskys move to Israel.

 

1975

The Godlewskys open a network of daycare centers in Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Missionary activity ceases in the area.

 

1977

Keren Hayeled establishes afternoon classes for underprivileged children in Tel Aviv-Yaffo.

 

1981

Mrs. Godlewsky suffers a heart attack. She promises that if she recovers, she will open a home for children from dysfunctional families in Israel’s central region.

 

1982

Mrs. Godlewsky fulfills her promise. Keren Hayeled opens a rehabilitative center for girls, serving 10 children in its first year.

 

1985

Keren Hayeled opens a similar rehabilitative center for boys.

 

1987

Keren Hayeled founds a boys’ school for its children and others in the community from broken homes.

 

1996

Keren Hayeled establishes a school with dormitory for boys who have left traditional educational frameworks.

 

1997

Keren Hayeled establishes a community-style living facility, in which children with “extra special needs” live in a family setting.

 

2003
Keren Hayeled purchases and renovates a permanent living facility suitable for these hundreds of disadvantaged children. A family atmosphere is created as a young couple acts as the mother and father to the children and a large professional staff dedicates itself to giving these children the constant care they need.
2004
Due to the growing need, Keren Hayeled opens an additional family-style living facility to accommodate more underprivileged children. This facility focuses on giving each child the personalized attention they desperately need.
2006
Keren Hayeled opens an afternoon recreational center in Pardes Katz. This center provides a nurturing environment to children that cannot thrive at home. Professional therapies, specialized activities, and nutritious meals are given to these children each and every day.
2007
Keren Hayeled opens night clubs in Herzelia and Tel Aviv. These clubs keeps troubled adolescent boys off the streets and keeps them in a safe and secure environment. The professional and dedicated staffs at the clubs reach out to these boys with a warm and loving heart as well as teach them about their Jewish heritage.
2008
With its family-style living facilities, rehabilitation homes, recreational center and night clubs, Keren Hayeled serves hundreds and hundreds of disadvantaged children throughout Israel, giving each child the love and care they need in order to succeed.