Children’s Homes

Children’s Residential Homes

Emunah’s five children’s homes in Israel offer a lifeline to children who cannot live at home as their parents are unwilling or unable to care for them.

About 100 boys and girls aged 8 and 18, call Emunah Achuzat Sarah their home. An oasis in Bnei Brak Achuzat Sarah Emunah cares for many of Israel’s most vulnerable children. Indeed, each child is unique, but all share an unfortunate history of neglect, abuse, and rejection. Social services and the family courts have determined that for these children, remaining with their dysfunctional families would be harmful to their physical and emotional growth and well-being. The caring staff of Emunah Achuzat Sarah welcomes every child the children with open arms, a smile and a great deal of love. Achuzat Sarah is determined to help the children learn to deal with their difficult experiences while removing the heavy burdens that prevent them from enjoying a regular childhood.

Our children develop in a healthy, supportive and safe atmosphere, steeped in Jewish and Israeli values. Since first opening its doors in 1955, the Emunah Achuzat Sarah Children’s Home has given thousands of children the tools they need to succeed in life. Many of our graduates have gone on to break the cycle to establish stable, loving families. Emunah Achuzat Sarah is proud to see the graduates integrate successfully into society and become responsible members of Israel’s army, workplace, and social fabric.

Director: Yair Solomon

Emunah Bet Saba (Elazraki) Children`s Home in Netanya was founded in 1969 to help children facing serious crises. Only 40 children were fortunate enough to find a haven at Emunah Bet Saba (Elazraki at the time. Today we have over 250 children, from all over Israel in numerous programs. The children live at Bet Saba (Elazraki) due to a combination of neglect, family violence, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, mental illness, or abandonment.

Emunah Bet Saba (Elazraki) is a warm and loving ‘home-away-from-home’ that supports and protects its children and offers them warmth and love, therapeutic support, as well as scholastic, educational and social enrichment.

Our mission is to ensure that these children become healthy young adults, develop strong self-esteem and realize their full potential.

The primary goal of Emunah Bet Saba Elazraki is to break the vicious cycle of distress that has been a part of their lives. Our graduates serve in the IDF, National Service, and later continue to higher academic studies.

We encourage them to strive to contribute to society and raise their children in a normal family setting and a loving home of their own.

Director: Yehuda Kohn

Emunah Neve Landy Children’s Village is located in rural Even Shmuel, a moshav (agricultural settlement) in the south of Israel, adjacent to the city of Kiryat Gat and less than 25 kilometers from the Gaza Strip. Neve Landy is a residential home for 76 boys at risk aged 6-16, and for many serves as an alternative or last resort intervention for boys who would otherwise require psychiatric hospitalization or following hospitalization. All of our children are placed by municipal social services, the large majority from local southern communities. Many display a variety of behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and complex emotional difficulties. The children suffer from ongoing PTSD and require a diverse range of intensive therapeutic interventions – amongst others, horticultural therapy, sand-pit therapy, animal-assisted therapy and art therapy. The therapeutic team at Neve Landy also includes two psychologists and a psychiatrist.
Neve Landy is held in extremely high regard by the Israeli Department of Child Protective Services.

Since the majority of our children lived in seriously dysfunctional homes and unstable families before being placed at Neve Landy, it’s of great importance to create a stable environment and to provide a regular but stimulating daily program to our children. This routine has a very positive calming and stabilizing effect on the functioning of our children, whilst the stimulating program provides welcome enriching activities to keep them occupied and challenged.

Neve Landy strives to provide a nurturing accepting home to all who reside or work there – both children and staff. Our home constitutes a safe and protective place that allows the child to flourish and grow emotionally and cognitively. Neve Landy enables our team members to work in a secure environment, confident in his or her ability to enable each of our children to fulfill his or her potential.
Neve Landy is a therapeutic environment that combines a stable way of life with a traditional education instilling Israeli values and Jewish daily life practices. Our goal is to fulfill the physical, cognitive, educational and emotional needs of our children.

Emunah Neve Michael Children’s Village is the only multi-disciplinary children’s home in Israel to offer a wide range of professional services on one site, such as psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, conventional and para-medical therapies, and education. Established in 1943, this 7-acre campus in Pardes Hanna is a safe haven for 280 children and youth aged 5 to 18 years who have been removed from their homes by Israeli Social Services due to extreme traumatic circumstances such as family dysfunction or neglect, violence in the home or mental, physical and/or sexual abuse. Neve Michael’s mission is to provide each child with the love, care and professional treatment to overcome the abuse they have endured and to offer them a chance at a better future, they so deserve.

Each child at Emunah Neve Michael Children’s Village has a story. Some can express it in words, while others can only convey their past traumas through the haunted looks in their eyes. In many cases, these unfortunate children have suffered mental/physical abuse and their natural parents are afflicted with mental illness or drug and alcohol addictions.

The children who cross Emunah Neve Michael’s threshold may have parents in the physical sense, but lack the emotional stability needed in a child’s young, tender life. The main objective is to break the vicious cycle of distress that has been a part of the children’s lives. With the after-school tutorial program and the various psychological treatments, the home assists in targeting the many areas needed to improve the quality of the children’s lives.

The Emunah Sarah Herzog Children’s Center in Afula was opened in 1949 and currently home to 130 children at-risk aged 6-18, in residential and afternoon care, placed by child protective services, as the result of neglect, abuse, parent dysfunction, and maladaptive social behavior. Many of our children display signs of trauma, which expresses itself in severe learning difficulties, acute emotional and psychiatric challenges and extreme behavior. The professional staff of Emunah Afula provides love, safety, and stability, as well as a wide range of therapeutic and educational programs with the goal of breaking the cycle of distress.

The Emunah Children’s Center in Afula has cared for some of Israel’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised children since 1950. Our children carry a very heavy burden and are generally unable to express their emotions and work through their issues in an effective manner, due to limited verbal skills. Often, this results in extreme and detrimental acting out behavior, which if not channeled, will have serious long-term consequences.

We believe that this program has the potential to help our children “break the cycle”, with a long-term positive effect on their lives and their future families. 50 children at risk between the ages of 8 and 18 live full time at the home’s residential campus. In addition, there are daycare intervention programs which are attended by 70 needy children who continue to live at home but spend their days at a special program returning home at 7.30pm. The Emunah children’s center provides the children with all their needs, including food, clothing, shelter, various therapies and social activities and support in schooling. Focus is placed on treatment of the whole family wherever possible and includes counseling, individual care packages tailored to the child, family therapy, parenting training, and parent-child activities.