Boys Town Jerusalem transforms the lives of disadvantaged youth through excellent education in technology and Jewish values, empowering future generations of leaders to build Israel.
Established in 1948 to provide a home and education for young immigrants to the newly-created State of Israel, Boys Town Jerusalem provides an outstanding education that integrates Jewish heritage and advanced technology.
Through educating, caring, and innovating, Boys Town Jerusalem transforms the lives of Israeli youth from diverse backgrounds, inspiring our students to serve as productive citizens and defenders of Israel. We offer grades 7-12 and a College of Applied Engineering, certified by Israel’s Ministry of Education. Approximately 950 students study and live on the campus. The children of immigrants from 45 countries on six continents, they mirror Israel’s ethnic diversity. Our 7,500 graduates serve in top positions in the IDF and Israeli companies.
Today, your support allows Boys Town Jerusalem to continue to help Israel’s most vulnerable children and bring out the best in each and every child. More than 95% come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and require substantial scholarship assistance. Join us in supporting our mission to empower the next generation of leaders.
Our partners around the world
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Boys Town Jerusalem Foundation of America
British Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem
Canadian Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem
Australian Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem
When was Boys Town Jerusalem established?
The school first open in 1948.
What age are the students who attend Boys Town Jerusalem?
Boys Town Jerusalem is a high school (secondary school), the children start at age 12 and graduate at age 18.
Beyond 18, a proportion of students defer their IDF service for two years to study in the College of Applied Engineering (CAE). Students are also able to enroll in an undergraduate degree program in conjunction with the Jerusalem College of Technology. Boys Town Jerusalem is now one of very few Israeli institutions to offer the opportunity to study from 7th Grade through college.
What specific areas or services are directly supported by my gift to BTJ?
Your gift to BTJ supports several crucial areas and services, including: three nourishing meals a day, practical support such as clothing and travel expenses, full-time counseling services, one-to-one tutoring support, dedicated special education classes, and a diverse extracurricular program.
How many students are there in the school?
Numbers vary from year to year but on average 950 students attend Boys Town Jerusalem at any one time.
Since its establishment, more than 7,500 boys have graduated from Boys Town Jerusalem.
Where is the school?
Boys Town Jerusalem’s 18 acre campus has been situated in Bayit Vegan since the 1960s. The neighborhood is in southwest Jerusalem to the east of Mount Herzl and borders the neighborhoods of Kiryat Hayovel and Givat Mordechai.
With over 7,500 graduates, Boys Town Jerusalem alumni have continued on to do incredible things. Here are just some of the notable Boys Town Jerusalem graduates:
I owe Boys Town Jerusalem a great deal… The six years that I spent here were a life-changing experience for me.
Ayal Ben Atar
Director of Training
Magen David Adom, Jerusalem
Judge Baruch Azulai
Deputy President of Israel’s Southern District Court
Major Benny Brinder
Commander of Fighter Jet Engines Division on IAF base
Israel Air Force
Rafael Defense Systems
Ashkelon Water Desalination Plant (click to see video)
Colonel Ben-Zvi Elyassi
Home Front Command in the IDF
Professor Dan Engelhard, MD
Director of Paediatrics
Development Team Leader
National Fire Department
ELTA Electronic Industries, Ltd.
Civil Service Commissioner
Lt. Col. Benayahu Jamus
Chief Chaplain of the Israeli Navy
Network Monitoring, IT Infrastructure & Info Security Manager
Senior Product Engineer and Technical Leader, Intel
Prof. Avi Levy
Chemdat Hadarom University
Head of Security Operations
Prime Minister’s Office
Hillel Community School
Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai
Coordinator of Gov. Activities in the Territories
Captain Nir S.
Israel Air Force
CEO, Africa – Israel Industries
Founder and CEO of BillGuard
Dr. Moshe Suissa
Head of Religious Services
Senior Development Lead
Dr. Maro Gete
Shaarei Zedek Hospital