Arts & Fitness

Sparking creative development of well-rounded individuals.

After a stimulating day at school, Zion boys are eager for extra-curricular activities that spark creativity, reduce stress, and provide a good night sleep.

So whether writing and recording music, training in martial arts, or exploring the world of arts and crafts, these activities are especially crucial for Zion boys, who come from dysfunctional homes and often missed out on childhood fun and enrichment.

Case in point: our energy-packed summer camp which features swimming, hiking, rafting, magicians, and science projects. And our new rooftop sports center, with its multi-purpose basketball-soccer-volleyball court.

Through these activities, Zion boys learn vital life lessons in teamwork, perseverance, goal-setting, discipline, and leadership.

For Zion boys, arts and crafts is more than just "fun"; it is highly therapeutic and rehabilitative. As the boys improve, progress, and step outside their comfort zone, a healthy self-confidence grows.

In drawing, painting, and sculpting, Zion boys develop motor skills, visual-spatial skills, communication, and critical-thinking skills. Even more, they explore the depths of aesthetic beauty and creative self-expression.

All this is part of our commitment to developing well-rounded individuals, body and soul.

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Moshe Abutbul entered Zion Orphanage at age 9. He cites "lessons learned growing up in Zion Orphanage" as integral to his success as Mayor of Beit Shemesh, Israel's 15th-largest city.

David Azulay, Israeli Minister of Religious Affairs, spent 7 years living at Zion Orphanage in Jerusalem, which he credits for instilling his core values and work ethic.

The current Chief Rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (L) and Rabbi David Lau (C), join a Zion boy's Bar Mitzvah celebration at the orphanage.

The popular Jewish singer, Yaakov Shwekey (R), appears at a Zion Orphanage event with Yechezkel Tzion (L), the world-renowned cantor who spent his formative years at Zion Orphanage.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (R) tours the Zion Orphanage campus with CEO Rabbi Baruch Rakovsky.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef zt"l, the most important Sefardi rabbi of the 20th century, held a special place in his heart for Zion Orphanage. Here he greets Zion boys at his home in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt"l was the leader of Torah Jewry until his death in 2012 and a supporter of Zion orphanage. Here he greets Zion boys at his home in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the foremost authority on Jewish law today, is an avid supporter of Zion Orphanage. Here he greets Zion boys at his home in Bnei Brak, Israel.

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