Dream Comes True

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When a caring couple from Los Angeles gave their love and support to youth-at-risk in Jerusalem, the result was a dormitory recreation room that dreams are made from. The new “Bagno Activity Center” at Boys Town Jerusalem, which opened its doors at the recent start of the school year, has become the gift of a lifetime: a homey, welcoming haven for its young residents to enjoy.

“Boys Town’s intensive curriculum means that our students are in class from early morning until late afternoon, with very little leisure time for themselves,” notes Boys Town dean of students Rabbi Moshe Linchner. “The Bagno facility fills a prominent need for our dorm students to take time out and relax.”

The 1,600-square foot recreation room that Benjamin & Harriet Bagno contributed to Boys Town has been built to provide generous lighting, air conditioning and heating, and well-insulated windows—all elements which had been sorely lacking until now. Best, the facility has been equipped with a wonderful kitchenette, three computer workstations for students to use for their schoolwork, and such leisure-time activities as a Ping-Pong table, Xbox and a Playstation.

“The Bagno Activity Center has given our students an invaluable boost,” says dorm parent Doron Taib. “Not only is it ideal for the regular evening activities we hold for the boys, but it is a source of pure pleasure and relaxation. You’ve never seen happier boys than ours, whether fixing light snacks in the kitchenette or playing games and music.”

The Boys Town Jerusalem dormitory where the Bagno Activity Center is located is a home-away-from-home for ninth through twelfth grade students from across Israel. A large percentage of the students come from difficult family backgrounds, and for them especially, the Boys Town dorms (and nutritious meals) are true lifesavers. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Bagno, the lives of these young men are now all the happier.

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