The number of at-risk girls in Israel between the ages of 14-18 awaiting placement outside of their homes is increasing rapidly. These girls are unable to remain in their current living conditions due to serious physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Tragically, Israel’s epidemic of ‘teenage girls on the streets’ grabs few headlines and is viewed as a low-priority for government funding. This translates into exhausted state-run facilities with no financial means to expand services as well as an inability to enact creative therapeutic and educational programs specifically targeted to individual needs.
In 2006 the Jaffa Institute opened the Beit Ruth Hostel; an ambitious initiative designed to support the unique needs of at-risk teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 24, who are referred to the Hostel by the Department of Welfare and Social Services.
Located in Rishon Lezion in a beautiful suburban community, the 13-bed Hostel is a warm home, whose location and aesthetic appeal is designed to play a key role in supporting an environment of trust, privacy, and serenity. The goals of the Beit Ruth Hostel are to provide each teen with a safe warm environment and remove them from their harmful environments; provide tools to overcome their personal problems and self-destructive behaviors; and to enable them to mentally, socially, and academically re-enter mainstream society. These goals are achieved through a coordinated curriculum that combines intensive home schooling, integrated mental, social, and recreational therapies, community involvement, and daily household responsibilities.
Beit Ruth Educational Village Campus
In light of the Jaffa Institute’s many success at Beit Ruth Hostel, the methodology of the Hostel will soon reach over 200 at-risk young women, aged 14-24, thanks to the new and revolutionary Beit Ruth Educational Village.
The Beit Ruth Educational Village is a joint initiative with the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) of Nir Ha’Emek and will be established on a portion of WIZO’s Youth Village near the city of Afula.
The Beit Ruth Educational Village will be a safe haven for teenage girls who struggle to develop socially, academically, and emotionally and will eventually serve over 200 disadvantaged girls and young women between the ages of 14 and 24.
The Beit Ruth Village professional counseling staff will combine small-group therapy and a thorough rehabilitation/empowerment curriculum. Beit Ruth will provide these young women with social, recreational, and educational enrichment programs, all while nurturing their personal sense of self-esteem and self-belief.
Support Beit Ruth and help enable the empowerment and independence of troubled and disadvantaged young women from all around Israel.