Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our Village Way family
Lev, a 16-year-old youth from Ukraine, remains at Yemin Orde Youth Village during the coronavirus crisis, as he has no other family in Israel. Lev provides a glimpse of his life inside the Village during the nationwide shutdown of Israel's schools, businesses and communal life.
UPDATES FROM ISRAEL - May 8, 2020
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Village Way leadership issued the following coronavirus crisis updates for Yemin Orde Youth Village and Village Way Educational Initiatives. For the time being, the situation at the Village and in our partner educational communities is dynamic, with youth returning to school and and staff and educators adjusting to the "new normal" of smaller classes, physical distancing, temperature checks and masks.
At Yemin Orde Youth Village, as of Wednesday, May 6, the approximately 170 youth who either remained in the Village or returned several weeks ago have started school in classrooms. The classmates who still remain in their homes joined them via Zoom. On Sunday, May 12, approximately 150 more youth are expected to return to the Village, bringing the total population back up to 320 – almost a full house! Recent returnees will need to quarantine for 14 days, according to current government guidelines.
The Village Way Educational Institute continues to serve as a source of support and strength for our partnering educational communities during this time. This week, many of our partnering high schools and youth villages are in stages of bringing back small groups of kids to their educational communities, and our facilitators are working closely on these issues.
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Reflections on the deep emotional needs of our youth as they return to Village life. Batya Shmueli is a beloved staff member who serves as Resource Development and Community Relations Manager at Yemin Orde Youth Village. Dear Friends, I hope you and your families are well and safe. As for my work, I can report […]Read More
Village Way leadership announces youth, educators will return to classes. Village Way leadership issued the following coronavirus crisis updates for Yemin Orde Youth Village and Village Way Educational Initiatives. For the time being, the situation at the Village and in our partner educational communities is dynamic, with youth returning to school and and staff and […]Read More
From a day of remembrance and mourning into a day of joy and celebration. Jewish and Israel education is integrated into the daily life of Yemin Orde Youth Village and experienced in a real, vibrant and meaningful way. While some youth are still quarantined and social distancing remains, everyone commemorated Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron) […]Read More
Personal message from Shmuli Bing, Director, Yemin Orde Youth Village What is it like to see our kids from the confines of a walled-in building? If I was asked this question about two months ago, I would have thought it was a terrifying movie script. But today when I walked around the Village tears came […]Read More
Small groups of youth at Village continue to keep Eco-Farm humming along. Yemin Orde’s Eco-Farm has provided opportunity for new learning experiences for our youth who remain at the Village during the coronavirus crisis. Small groups of youth, now called “family units” gather at the Eco-Farm with informal educators and participate in team-building exercises and […]Read More
Updates on the living and learning environment for the 110 youth currently residing at the Village. Yemin Orde teen, Ela, extends greetings to everyone as she remains at home, outside the Village, and concentrates on her schoolwork and artwork. Shmuli Bing, Director, Yemin Orde Youth Village, recently provided a video update on the activities and […]Read More
Dotan Levi is Director of the Village Way Educational Institute and author of The Village Way Guidebook. The Torah speaks of four children: one wise, one wicked, one simple, and one who does not know how to ask. Much has been said about these four children. The four boys and girls are actually, different types. […]Read More
Helping others during difficult times is a blessing. Young Men Making A Difference Participants of the Village Way Educational Initiatives’s gap-year pre-military leadership program (Mechina in Hebrew) are delivering meals and medicine to seniors in the community of Hatzor, where the Mechina is located. During the coronavirus crisis, these young men have volunteered to return […]Read More
Thank you to our Village Way educators who provide tireless dedication and care of our youth who remain in their homes or are still in their village communities. Our Village Way facilitators remain in regular (remote) contact with staff and educators at our partner educational communities. The children who need us most at this time […]Read More
Special deliveries to make learning fun and lives brighter during coronavirus isolation. We know that during this crisis, it is crucial for our informal educators, social workers and teachers to be there consistently for our youth. Our staff has made the necessary adjustments in order to meet the emotional and educational needs of the adolescents […]Read More