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COVID TAKES IT TOLL

Time is not in our favor, stresses BTJ Junior High Principal Rabbi Yehudah Rosencrantz. “The longer school is closed, the more boys we risk losing. Primarily those in single-parent homes, now more poverty-stricken than ever, are taking odd jobs day and night. Many have stopped even trying to connect to their “remote” lessons. Other students, deprived of friends and activities, are addicted to digital devices. Even normative families are crumbing, with their children tempted by drugs and alcohol. Worse, scores of boys and their families are ill, and many are hungry. There’s no money for food.”

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“CORONA WAS THE LAST THING THEY NEEDED ON THEIR PLATE”

For students who depend on the Boys Town Jerusalem dormitories for refuge from traumatic situations at home, the coronavirus crisis that closed Israeli schools – and dormitories – has been disastrous, reports BTJ social worker Hadas Knopf. “Our boys desperately need the emotional support, wholesome food, supervision and love that they thrived on at Boys […]

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