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At the Zion Orphanage every child's physical, emotional and educational needs are a top priority. The staff uses an individualistic approach giving each child the unique framework he needs to succeed. The Orphanage also has its own in-house health clinic, staffed by a physician and a nurse.

Rabbi Blumenthal pioneered the practice in modern Israel of providing an institution in the form of a home with the warmth and care of a loving family. As their "father", he provided for all their needs including teaching them a profession. During those initial years it was farming, today their potential future means of support are mostly technology-based fields.

The orphanage has served thousands of graduates. Notable graduates include Knesset member David Azuly, serving since 1997. Also, Moshe Abutbul, who is Mayor of the 100,000 resident city of Beit Shemesh.

Today, over 100 years later, the Zion Orphanage continues to radiate the same family atmosphere by direct descendants of Rabbi Blumenthal, Rabbi Baruch Rakovsky (4th generation) and his mother, Mrs. Rivka Rakovsky (3rd generation).

The Zion Orphanage is located in the heart of the compact Mea Shearim and Geula area of Jerusalem. When the children walk into the self-contained campus they leave the noise and activity of the city and enter an environment of children from highly troubled backgrounds that are now truly enjoying themselves as they gain the confidence and skills to re-enter the world from a position of strength.

The Zion Orphanage serves those children requiring "rehabilitative" care. The student body consists of Jewish boys from secular, traditional and religious backgrounds with diverse traditions including Ashkenazic and Chassidic and Sephardic (Yemenite, Syrian, Moroccan, Persian, Turkish, Tunisian and more).