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  • Itzik Elstein, a True Emunah Hero Reaches for the Stars

    3Itzik Elstein, now 20, was a resident at Emunah's Youth Village in Pardes Chana, for more than 9 years. As Itzik settled into his new "home" he started to feel secure and loved for the first time in his life, helping him to believe in a future for himself. It is there, that he first began to set goals for himself, and to reach them. 

    As Itzik grew up, he dreamed of  being a pilot in the Israeli Air Force.  With that goal in mind, he set out to make his


  • Eden Nagado

    IMG 7161Beautiful and talented Eden Nagado, a 17-year-old senior, will commence her 6th year at the Emunah Children’s Center in Afula in September. Eden’s father, an alcoholic, is serving a lengthy sentence in the Be’er Sheva maximum security prison, for domestic violence. Until recently Eden had no contact with her father but with the intervention of the Emunah team, she met him for the first time. The meeting was moving and empowering, and Eden has grown a great deal


  • Leah's Story - Emunah's Neve Michael Children's Emergency Center

    Little Leah was recently brought to Emunah's Neve Michael Children's Emergency Center. She is slight and brittle and the look in those sad dark eyes tells an awful tale. There is a desolate place in her soul emanating through those cheerless eyes, as if someone took the light out of her life.

    The circumstances of Leah's arrival at Emunah's Neve Michael are similar to those of so many of our children. She was brought here by Court order after the Welfare authorities determined that her natural parents were no longer capable of raising her in a normal family environment. They were


  • Revital's Story - Emunah Neve Michael Children's Village

    neve michaelAt the end of October 2009, 15 year old Revital arrived at the doorstep of the first Teen Age Girls’ Crisis Center in Israel, housed at Emunah’s Neve Michael Children’s Village. Revital was accompanied by a police officer and a social worker after being dragged from the streets of Jerusalem.

    After many hours of therapy, the professional staff at Neve Michael's, discovered that Revital had been sexually abused when she



Children in 135 Daycare Centers

Children in 5 Children's Homes

Families using 11 Crisis Centers

Students in 4 High Schools

Students in Emunah College

emunah women newborn examsA bill has been submitted to the Knesset by Emunah that would enable parents whose child has just been born and who are still in the hospital to be present while their infants are undergoing medical examination or treatment. This is a right that, unfortunately, does not exist at most of Israel's hospitals.

Immediately after a baby is born, and throughout the newborn's hospital stay, he or she undergoes medical treatments of various kinds, examinations in which all external body parts are checked, as well as auscultation and palpation of the internal organs. At most Israeli hospitals parents are forbidden to be present while these examinations are being conducted on their children. The examinations are conducted without the presence of either of the newborn's parents.

This situation is untenable and needs to be rectified without delay (as has already happened at several Israeli hospitals), to ensure that all newborns' rights are meticulously safeguarded while they are undergoing medical treatment. This right of newborns is no less legitimate than the rights of adults. In fact it has an even greater claim to being safeguarded, due to the infant's helplessness, which makes it even more imperative that one of the parents be at his side. Beyond that, the parent's presence during medical care makes it possible for the parent to find out what is happening, ask questions, and obtain information from the neonatologist about the health status of the child, in "real time."

Current Israeli law states that all patients have the right to be accompanied by a person "of their choice." But in this case, what is self-evident needs to be stated explicitly: patients who are newborns cannot exercise their right and state that they want their parents at their side while being examined, and they certainly are not in a position to choose the people who will accompany them! The existing law thus violates the rights of newborns to accompaniment, and should be amended accordingly. Newborns' right to have their "companions," be it their parents or those representing their parents (rather than nurses/physicians, etc.) will be upheld only when it is clearly stated in the text of the law.

The bill submitted by Emunah on this issue via MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) seeks to ensure that when newborns undergo medical treatment, they are accompanied by one of their parents or by someone representing their parents – as a matter of routine.


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