Turning Faith into Action
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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Emunah Family Crisis Counseling and Therapy Centers

“I knew I needed help… I was crying every night and afraid… Afraid that one of my children would be killed in a terror attack.” 

Emunah operates 11 specialized crisis trauma and family counseling centers offering therapeutic intervention, psychotherapy, group therapy and supplementary medicine for individuals, couples and families. 

Emunah Residential Children’s Homes

“One night I went in to ask my mother for a hug and a glass of water… Instead, I saw my father stabbing my mother to death Right in front of me she died. Why did he do it? I miss her every day.”

Each child that comes to live in an Emunah Children’s Home has a story. Some can express it in words, while others can only convey their past traumas through their tears and the haunted looks in their eyes. In many cases, these children have suffered intense mental and physical abuse at the hands of their parents who, themselves, suffer with severe mental illness and drug addictions. Emunah’s Job: To help each child heal and become whole again. To give them the FAITH that there IS A BRIGHTER TOMORROW. 

Emunah High Schools

“When my family came from Ethiopia it was very hard. We did not speak Hebrew or understand the culture. I was sent to school… I hated it. I could not follow anything, and the kids made fun of me. Finally, I was sent to an Emunah School. It was amazing! Now, I will be going to university. I am the very first person in my family to not only graduate high school, but go to University!”

The Award Winning Emunah High Schools are best known for their wide variety of courses, which include: art, drama, music, computers, Judaic religious studies and, an advanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) track. The dedicated teaching staff utilize innovative and engaging pedagogical methods to develop the appropriate curriculum for each student, including, additional tutoring and support, when needed. Many of the 1,100+ female students come from refugee/immigrant families and live in severe poverty. Quality education offers them the opportunity to obtain advanced education, helping them to break the cycle of poverty and familial dysfunction they are all too familiar with.

Loving the Survivor By Taking Action

“Learn to do good, seek justice, vindicate the victim, render justice to the orphan, take up the grievance of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17 For the past ten years, the boys and girls from the EMUNAH Neve Michael Village and Children’s Home have participated in a very special project and Mitzvah/Good Deed. Each week, the children visit Holocaust survivors living in their community. The children, who themselves are either orphaned or have experienced unimaginable abuse and neglect have been sent to live at the

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The doctors of tomorrow are studying at Alma Emunah High School today. In a cooperative program between Alma and the Shaare Zedek School of Nursing, now in its third year, students from grades 7 and up are taking their first steps in the study of medicine and nursing.  Requiring a concentration for the bagrut (high school matriculation exams) of 5 units each in biology, medicine and a final project, the girls get acquainted with various departments in the hospital, learn

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Challah Bake
Are YOU ready to rise up and put YOUR FAITH into action on behalf of the children and families of Israel by joining the Emunah Challah Bake challenge?

Emunah Challah Bake is an interactive event bringing together the Christian and the Jewish communities on behalf of the children and families of Israel. This will be a night of making and breaking bread together! For thousands of years, Jewish women have made Challah bread. It is one of the mitzvot/commandments (Numbers 15:19-20, Deuteronomy 8:3) and it represents a beautiful synthesis of spirituality and physicality.

At this event, participants will enjoy the beauty of prayers and dance, make their own Challah to take home, and learn the spiritual significance of Challah.
Registration fees collected will go straight to Emunah, a non-profit social action organization in Israel that helps to transform the lives of Israel’s most vulnerable and at-risk children and families through the power of faith and love.

"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)
  • $90 – 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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