Zion Orphanage
The World's Oldest Active Jewish Orphanage



Each child is a unique flower, waiting to
be nurtured

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About Us

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 Shemesh.

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.