Zion Orphanage, founded in 1899, is the world's oldest
continuously running Jewish orphanage.
Zion Orphanage provides all the needs for orphaned, homeless and
disadvantages youth in Israel with the warmth, care and education needed for
them to develop into responsible adults and productive members of society.
Our founder, Rabbi A.Y.
Blumenthal, pioneered for modern Israel the practice of providing homeless
children, not just a place of refuge, but with a home full of the warmth, care
and security of a loving family while giving each child the tools to become
self-supporting members of society. This has continued generation after
generation until today under the leadership of direct descendant Rabbi Baruch
Rakovsky, together with his highly competent staff of 88 professionals, caring
for over 120 youth 7-18 years of age.
We serve Jewish boys from diverse backgrounds from throughout
Israel and beyond. Our thousands of graduates include present Knesset member
David Azuly and Moshe Abutbul, today’s mayor of Israel’s large city of Beit
Located on an acre of land in the heart of Jerusalem, Zion
Orphanage is a self-contained campus on an acre of land providing 24/7 care
where children enjoy a safe and nurturing environment. Many of the staff live
on campus together with the children, including five couples, each one managing
their own family unit (In Hebrew, mishpachtone).
Following morning and early afternoon school, the children return
home to the Zion Orphanage for a hot lunch followed by all sorts of afternoon
activities and therapies including gymnastics, martial arts, volleyball,
soccer, arts and crafts, animal-assisted therapy, speech therapy, occupational
therapy, computer games, computer graphics, library time, electronics and more.
Please join us in providing these precious Jewish children with
the physical, emotional and educational needs they so richly deserve.