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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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 kashrutIt is a well-known fact that the kosher status of a home kitchen is best safeguarded by the woman who cooks in that kitchen. We therefore find it natural and self-evident that women also engage in kashrut supervision at the vocational level, especially given that there is no halachic problem with a woman being a kashrut supervisor. Emunah has developed a special course for women kashrut supervisors, the first of its kind in Israel – but the initiative has encountered problems. Ministry of Religious Services procedure calls for kashrut supervisor studies to be recognized by the Israeli Rabbinate only if they are offered at institutions that have been authorized in that area by the Rabbinate. That is, in order for women to be recognized by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate as kashrut supervisors at the end of the Emunah course, we need the Rabbinate's authorization for the very existence of the course. We have asked the Rabbinate to certify the course. As we have received no response on several occasions, we have concluded that the Rabbinate opposes the recognition of women as kashrut supervisors, meaning that our objective will not be easily achieved.

We have been forced to petition the Supreme Court. Our first petition caused the Rabbinate to change its approach and allow women graduates of Emunah's kashrut supervision course to be tested, thereby opening up a new vocational path for women.

In his ruling, Justice Noam Solberg wrote: "And thus the issue that is the object of the petition is resolved. The petition has exhausted itself. The Chief Rabbinate has had its say to the petitioners' satisfaction, and the Ministry of Religious Services has established the matters as they unfolded in the Director-General's Circular. Indeed, the halacha states that, 'In terms of trustworthiness there is no concern; so long as she is considered to be a reliable woman who knows and understands how and what to supervise, she should be trusted,' (see Iggerot Moshe, Yoreh De'ah Part II, Siman 44; also the discussion of serara – authority). In short: there is no longer any obstacle to women, as such, serving as kashrut supervisors."

We at Emunah believe in the justice of our cause, and will not cease our activity on all fronts to ensure that women are able to engage in all occupations that they desire, in accordance with the principle of freedom of occupation.

 

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