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Zion Orphanage Jerusalem Still Growing

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Members of the Los Angeles Jewish community recently attended a reception for the Zion Orphanage Jerusalem. Founded over 100 years ago by Rabbi Abraham Yochanan Blumenthal, the orphanage started out as home to Israel’s homeless children. Blumenthal’s, as it was known, was not only a place of refuge for these children, but a home that provided food, shelter, care – and the security of a loving family.

The Zion Orphanage now serves some 100 children, ages 7-18, along with an additional 120 children attending its yeshiva high school. While some of the children are orphans, many others come from dysfunctional, abusive or poverty-stricken homes. At Zion they receive renewed opportunities of growth and education, and a potential future of productivity and accomplishment.

(L-R) Presentation of handmade menorah from Zion Orphanage’s Rav Baruch Rakovsky to hosts Rafi and Esther Katz.

Zion’s director of development, Rabbi Gershon Unger, introduced Rabbi Dr. Izhak Dayan, chief rabbi of Geneva, who made a special trip to L.A. to extol the virtues of Zion Orphanage.

Rabbi Baruch Rakovsky, Zion’s executive director and direct descendant of the founder of the Zion Orphanage, described the orphanage’s mission. He relayed what he told an inquiring fellow passenger on his flight from Israel to L.A. as to what he does for a living. He told the person that he polishes diamonds. Upon further questioning, Rabbi Rakovsky explained the type of diamonds he deals with – namely precious, vulnerable children.

To learn more about the Zion Orphanage, visit their website (www.zionorphanage.com) and when in Israel, make arrangements to visit the orphanage.

L.A. Reception For Zion Orphanage

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

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.”

L.A. Reception For Zion Orphanage

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

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.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/l-a-reception-for-zion-orphanage/2010/06/09/

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