The legendary British Major General Orde Charles Wingate

It was right after the establishment of the new state of Israel, as waves of immigrants were finally reaching the shores of the country, that a children’s village was established on the slopes of Mt. Carmel, commemorating the legendary British Major General Orde  Charles wingate2Wingate. This village was named Yemin Orde- “In Memory for Orde” – a tribute to Wingate’s strong and deep belief in the future of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.

At the opening ceremony in the early 1950’s, in the presence of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, and Lorna Wingate, widow of Major General Wingate, a special message from Sir Winston Churchill was read. In this message, Sir Winston lauded the naming of the village in honor of British Major General Orde  Charles Wingate as a most appropriate act of historical justice.

The Orde Wingate Youth Village stands as a haven for world Jewry’s vulnerable children. Today, nearly 440 immigrant at-risk children from around the world are raised and educated in the Village.

Yemin Orde is a sancutary

In the words of Shimon Peres, President of Israel: “There is no place like Yemin Orde in all the world-no place! I pray that the whole world will become like Yemin Orde.”

Yemin Orde’s unique philosophy, called the Village Way, and its creative implementation continuously promotes the integration of children from diverse backgrounds, the cultivation of their self-esteem and development of their leadership skills. These ongoing achievements have attracted widespread acclaim both nationally and internationally.

Click here to read about Lorna Wingate.