“It’s hell at home,” says Ariel*, a 10th grader at Boys Town Jerusalem. “I’m not going back there.”

Ariel does not live at home

Ariel’s father is extremely violent, and the two of them do not get along. His father’s shouts and threats have driven Ariel out of the house, and he now lives full-time in our dormitory.

Our teachers attempted to intervene, but there is little chance for improving Ariel’s relationship with his father.

“Our goal now is to make Ariel’s life as comfortable as possible here at BTJ,” says Rabbi Yehudah Rosencrantz.

BTJ gives Ariel independence

Without any family or support, Ariel has no money for clothes, snacks, or other small things any other 10th grader would want. To give him some independence, the school hired Ariel to man our popular kiosk, which sells snacks and drinks after class.

“Beyond his life in the dorm, Ariel is a welcome Shabbat guest at the home of his rabbis and teachers,” says Rabbi Rosencrantz. “We’re constantly encouraging him to do well in his studies, so he can have a better future. Right now, our mission is to keep him on solid ground and make him as happy as possible.”

Ariel could use some help

Since his family cannot pay for his education, Ariel needs a full scholarship for tuition, room, and board. You can help Ariel and support him at Boys Town Jerusalem by clicking here.


*name changed for anonymity.

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