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The Need

Much of today’s generation of Israeli youth has lost the passion of the founding fathers for the Jewish State, their heritage and sense of peoplehood. For many, their national history began in 1948 and many feel no common bond with Jews living in the Diaspora or feel part of a larger chain of history.  There has been a serious loss of the inner strength, commitment and spirit necessary to ensure the future survival of the Jewish State.  

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Until 10-15 years ago, the informal education which supplemented the curriculum of the State’s formal educational system and promoted values such as love of country, idealism, Zionism, and Jewish heritage, was traditionally the domain of the youth movements. While these still exist, with the coming of the Internet and accompanying technological advances which have changed the lives of everyone, these movements  are in decline, and many of our youth find themselves without the traditional value-based supplement not provided in their formal education. 

 
There are many ways in which this problem manifests itself. Consider the following worrisome trends: 
  • Over one million Israelis have abandoned Israel for safer lands and the dreams of riches in the West
  • Over 100,000 Israeli youth, our best and brightest, are in the Far East immersing themselves in foreign religions and drugs, searching for spirituality to which they were never exposed
  • The Israeli Army is experiencing low levels of morale, motivation and sense of mission among recruits and reservists 
  • Only 42% of male youth from the center of Israel choose to join the army. Of those who do join, only 36% join fighting units.
  • Ignorance – or worse - an undercurrent of contempt for Jewish tradition - is undermining national Jewish solidarity and love of the land of Israel
  • Tragically, Israel now holds the highest ranking among developed nations in the rate of juvenile violence
In today’s Israel – for far too many of our youth – Jewish heritage, Zionism and idealism have yielded to the mall, the pub, the Internet and Reality TV. A powerful antidote to this crisis of identity is desperately needed.

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