EMUNAH ISRAEL
Turning Faith into Action
EMUNAH ISRAEL
Organizational Overview

EMUNAH was started over 80 years ago by a group of religious Zionist women to provide emergency shelter and housing for orphans and refugee children escaping persecution and growing anti-Semitism in Europe and Arab countries. Today, EMUNAH (which means Faith in Hebrew) is one of Israel’s leading social service and humanitarian aid organizations, helping hundreds of thousands of Israel’s most disadvantaged and at-risk children and families build healthy, stable lives.

EMUNAH maintains five Residential Homes for children who have been removed from their families by court order due to physical, mental and/or sexual abuse, major familial dysfunction, the illness and/or death of a parent(s). These facilities offer a safe and loving home to more than 800 children ranging in age from 6-18, all suffering from various emotional and mental challenges including PTSD. Each child is given extensive support services including counseling and therapy to help break the cycle of dysfunction and trauma they have experienced. 

EMUNAH supports 11 Family Therapy and Emergency Crisis Counseling Centers serving individuals and families undergoing emotional and mental distress. 

EMUNAH maintains one of Israel’s largest networks of subsidized child care centers, with over 8,000 children attending 125 centers.

EMUNAH finances 11 specialized “multi-purpose” Day Care Centers. These Centers provide extended services, including family counseling, parenting workshops and specialized enrichment programs for at-risk children from economically disadvantaged single parent homes.

Aware of the need for quality religious and secular education, EMUNAH subsidizes four all-female high schools and a liberal arts college. These schools offer academic tracts in: science, biomedical engineering, computers, film, drama, music, and Judaic religious studies. More than 1,100 students attend, many from poverty-stricken, immigrant and refugee homes.

EMUNAH also maintains a senior-friendly eating together program providing social engagement and meals for Holocaust survivors and the elderly.

EMUNAH has been awarded the Israel Prize by the government in recognition of its “Lifetime achievement, contribution and impact on behalf of the Nation of Israel and its people.

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CHILDREN IN 125 DAYCARE CENTERS
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CHILDREN IN 5 CHILDREN'S HOMES
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FAMILIES USING 11 CRISIS CENTERS
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STUDENTS IN 4 HIGH SCHOOLS
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STUDENTS IN EMUNAH COLLEGE
NEWS & EVENTS

How the Gaza war is affecting Israeli children – opinion

By JPOST.COM, view article Trauma can have serious effects on us all, particularly on youth. Emunah is determined to ensure that Israel’s children and their families have the tools they need to heal. While the world seems endlessly concerned with the plight of the children of Gaza, the effect of the war on Israeli children is largely ignored. A simple Google search will bring up countless articles about Gazan children’s trauma but very few NGOs or journalists are concerned with

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Emunah Afula Kids Make Hats for Soldiers

While Israel is currently enjoying an unseasonal heatwave, warm hats have been requested for soldiers sleeping out at night.  The children at Emunah Afula children’s home are rising to the challenge and learning to knit, to be able to make these vital hats.  This new skill is both useful and relaxing, making it a win-win!

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TESTIMONIALS
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"And I will Bless them that Bless you...And in you, shall all the families of the earth be Blessed"
Genesis 12:3​
  • $15 – Weekly supplement meal program in Day Care Centers
  • $35 – New pair of shoes for one child 
  • $55 – After school activities for one month (art/dance/martial arts)
  • $100 – Shabbat & Holiday food basket for low-income family
  • $150 – Weekly tutoring for students in need
  • $250 – Monthly parent/child weekend activity and therapy session
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