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Youth Aliyah

Youth Aliyah Child Rescue was the brainchild of Henrietta Szold, a remarkable lady who was born in Baltimore in 1860. She devoted her life to teaching and studying and went to Palestine in 1909. Here her organisational skills and energy were channelled into rehabilitating an ancient people upon an ancient soil. Her worth was very… Read more »

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Youth Aliyah Child Rescue was the brainchild of Henrietta Szold, a remarkable lady who was born in Baltimore in 1860. She devoted her life to teaching and studying and went to Palestine in 1909. Here her organisational skills and energy were channelled into rehabilitating an ancient people upon an ancient soil.

Her worth was very soon recognised and in 1933 she organised a reception programme for German Jewish refugees, and thirteen thousand children were rescued in her life time. In 1946,the British committee of Youth Aliyah was formed, although it had already been doing rescue work during the war.

In 1950,the Brighton & Hove committee was formed under the chairmanship of Esther Halevi. Her committee consisted of Etta Stockman, Lee Panto, Sue Bressler and Trudi Liebling. Within a few months Pearl Redhouse and Lena Rogers joined, followed over the years by Ruth Sless, Sally Crook, Laurel Woolfe, Helen Epstein, Sandra Rutherford, Pamela and Emanuel (Mac) Magrill and Doris Levinson. Of course there were many others over the years, including Bertha Lurie who served as treasurer and who left a very large bequest for “her children” as she called the kids in Youth Aliyah’s care.

Over the years, the local committee has raised money for many and variedprojects in a variety of ways, including brochures, coffee mornings and wonderful dinner dances. At first the funds were used for basic necessities such as beds and furnishings for the Brighton & Hove House at Yemin Orde (on Mount Carmel), as well as clothing for the children.

Since that time, the committee is proud to have paid for 10 computers; provided a rest room with soft furniture and music so that traumatised children can relax; purchased equipment to floodlight football pitches; and provided a greenhouse so that the children can study botany for the school curriculum.

The village at TOM (near Hadera) has had new siddurim (prayer books) for its shul.  The funds raised by the local committee have also been used to pay the wages of 24-hour security guards, as well as providing lunches and suppers for the children who come to the villages on a daily basis. In all, Youth Aliyah is responsible for six youth villages committed to the care of 2,000 children between the ages of 3 to 18.

The particular project of the Brighton & Hove committee in recent years has been to provide funds for a childrens’ petting zoo so that those children who have suffered severe emotional abuse or trauma can relax as they interact with the young animals.

The Brighton & Hove Committee was recently left a very generous bequest by the lovely Stella Hartsilver, which will again be used for the benefit of the children in Youth Aliyah’s care.

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