You’re not going to want to miss the newest episode of my new series, A Visit with Shmuel, where I virtually bring you to new communities in Judea and Samaria and share their unique character.
In this episode, I drop by the village of Gevaot, a community of forty families in the hills of Gush Etzion. The people of Gevaot are truly modern-day pioneers who dedicate their lives to creating a thriving utopian community. What does that mean? Tune in to my exclusive visit to Gevaot – a beacon of hope, acceptance, and inspiration, where people of all abilities can live as equals and at the same time strive for a better future and a meaningful existence.
With God’s help, we can soon resume tourism to Israel, and we can meet in person, travel across the biblical heartland, and connect with its extraordinary people. Until then, join me on this virtual tour of Gevaot.
Even before coronavirus and beyond normal teenage angst, teens in Gush Etzion have lived through high rates of terror attacks and tragedies, which has made them more susceptible to at-risk behavior. Now, a year into the pandemic, we see an alarming uptick in at-risk cases: an increasing number of students are becoming “silent dropouts” – do not show up to their online classes and fall through the cracks of supervision into hopeless depression, buckle under the weight of mental trauma and turn to destructive, negative and violent behavior to cope.
Over 200 teenagers are currently classified as at-risk in the Gush Etzion region and they desperately need your help. A regional center for at-risk youth has been operating with tremendous results by creating structure, boosting social involvement, and building up valuable skills, all the while giving them a safe alternative to turning to the streets. But unfortunately, due to insufficient resources, especially in light of financial setbacks caused by the coronavirus, this program is on the brink of shutting down.
You can help heal this region’s youth amid these troubled times with your