Zion Choir: "Small Gifts"
The joy of creative expression
At age 7, Eliyahu came to live at Zion Orphanage. The victim of a dysfunctional home, Eliyahu was withdrawn, distrustful, and barely speaking.
Our first step was to place Eliyahu in a "Mishpachtone" mini-home on our Jerusalem campus. There he joined a young, energetic couple who live in an apartment with both their own young children and a group of Zion boys. Eliyahu, yearning for a secure and loving home, had a fresh start.
Our next step was helping Eliyahu emerge from his noncommunicative shell. We tried various activities: animal therapy, arts and crafts, music, martial arts, computers and more.
Over 120 years ago, our founder, Rabbi A.Y. Blumenthal defined our goal: that each boy should articulate: Who am I? And why am I important to the world?
For Eliyahu, the answer was music. He became lead singer in our Zion Choir. He composed songs and produced his own music video. A latent talent emerged full force, and today Eliyahu is headed for a career in music.
At Zion Orphanage, success is when a boy rebounds from his challenging tender years, and gains confidence in himself, and in a good and caring world.
We need your help to continue this flow of love and compassion.
Please join us in giving every boy his fair chance.
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