Children and Youth Village "ahavah"
“Our vision within the village is to offer young children and teenagers all their rights to life, education, protection, development, personal empowerment, and help them develop the skills and abilities they require for a higher standard of living. Guiding our graduates to where they can function independently and in a judicious manner, acquiring all the necessary tools they require to break the cycle of adversity, enabling them to function as abiding citizens with cultural codes and social norms intact.
Aiming to achieve all this by providing mental, emotional and physical treatment and care, rendering corrective experiences and opportunities. Empowering them, enabling their abilities and skills to raise their self–image as well as enhancing their coping skills, and providing educational and social skills and tools in order to cope as part of a normative society.
Our vision is to continue to nurture and develop with our therapeutic and educational services, a center comprising of professionalism, invested thought, leading to solutions and results, and engaged in continual development and high performance in the field of children, youth at risk, and their families.”
Children and Youth Village "Ahava"
Nurseries/therapeutic boarding school
education in "Ahava"
The Northern Emergency Center
Warm home care program for 18+
The history of “Ahava”
In 1914, a number of Zionist women decided to establish a special home for Jewish children in need of care in the city of Berlin, which began to serve as a shelter for Jewish children. In 1922, the specialized house changed its purpose and became a boarding school for children under the name “Ahavah (Love) House”. Beata Berger, a nurse by profession, was chosen to manage the place.
With Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, Beata Berger realizes that she must take steps for her ahavah children. Beata immigrates to Israel and buys land in Israel, on which Beit Ahavah was established in Israel. As part of its activities, Beata saves 300 children and family members whose relatives perished in the Holocaust.
From 1960, the village changed its purpose once again and became a boarding school for at-risk children who were removed from their homes due to severe socioeconomic problems or various relief cases. In 1991, under the management of Ofra Meirson, the working method in nurseries was adopted in the village, in which married couples move in with their children in a boarding school and are a model of a normal home for children and teenagers at risk.
In the 2000s, the trend of expansion continues in the village, and therapeutic day boarding schools and an 18+ project, which includes four warm homes for the village’s graduates and young people without a family background, are built there.
In 2008, the association won a tender to operate an emergency center for children at risk from the northern region.