Across Israel, Meir Panim responds to the growing needs of the country’s 1.75 million impoverished residents through various food and social service programs.
A reception was held recently in the home of Rafi and Esther Katz for The Zion Orphanage Jerusalem. Once again the L.A. community responded with concern and support for this century-old institution that has created a home and hope for hundreds of children who had neither.
Zion Orphanage Director of Development Rabbi Gershon Unger welcomed the attendees and introduced the guest speaker, Rabbi Baruch Gradon, rosh hakollel of Merkaz Hatorah. He spoke of the important work and accomplishments of organizations like The Zion Orphanage Jerusalem.
(L-R) Hosts Esther and Rafi Katz; Rabbi Baruch Rakovsky; and Rabbi Gershon Unger at Zion Orphanage Reception. (photo credit: Rabbi Arye D. Gordon)
Today, under the guidance of a dedicated staff and the direction of members of the Blumenthal family, the work goes on. “No longer is it just a home for orphans,” said Rabbi Baruch Rakovsky, the executive director and direct descendant of Zion Orphanage’s founder. “Our institution has grown to provide disadvantaged youth in Israel with the care and education they need to thrive and develop into responsible adults and productive members of our society,” he added. “We have continued, generation after generation up until today, to provide children from diverse backgrounds with different needs the personal, individual attention and guidance that they require.”
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