Successful Achievements And Public Recognition
The painstaking work was beginning to meet with significant achievements and public recognition. Rabbi Grossman’s reputation as “the Disco Rabbi” had been firmly set in the minds of the general public in all of Israel who received regular reports from the communications media. He began visiting prisoners in Israel’s jails giving them words of encouragement and providing them with young rabbis to teach them the beauty of the Torah way of life.
Though official statistics showed that criminal activity began a downtrend in Migdal HaEmek, the town’s residents didn’t need statistics to show them how much the situation had improved. The cleaned-up atmosphere helped entice entrepreneurs to set up factories in the town’s industrial zone and the unemployed regained their pride as jobs became available.
In 1969, only one year after Rabbi Grossman’s arrival in town, he was unanimously elected to the position of Chief Rabbi of Migdal HaEmek, with lifetime tenure. At age 23 he had thus become the youngest municipal chief rabbi in all of Israel.
The foundations were laid for the opening, in 1972, of the Migdal Ohr Educational Center.
Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, Dean and Founder of Migdal Ohr,
A man invested in humanity.
Recipient of Israel price, 2004.
Rabbi Grossman recieved the prestigious Israel prize in 2004 for his lifetime work and leadership and for the success and acclaim attained by the Migdal Ohr educational institutions.
Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Distinction, 2014.
This award is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to the State of Israel or to humanity, trough their talents, services, or otherwise.
The followings ARE EXCERPTS of praises by Israeli dignitaries.
“Rabbi Grossman and Migdal Ohr are the Pride of Israel.”
Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister
“… The work performed by Rabbi Grossman for the enhancement of Jewish education has become a byword… he has dedicated his efforts and energies to others. Thanks to him, many have already been privileged to benefit from the good influences radiating from Migdal Ohr…”
Shimon Peres, Former Prime Minister
“… Thousands of children have passed through Migdal Ohr’s institutions over the past 40 years and have become loyal, educated, creative citizens in the State of Israel; they are Rabbi Grossman’s source of pride. And ours as well…”
Shimon Peres, President of Israel, December 19, 2010
“This man’s vision brought about the establishment of the “Migdal Ohr” Educational Institutions, of which there is nothing comparable in our region- a tower of light for Jewish values and hard work, of a love for Israel of which cannot be paralleled…
An endeavor which has saved the future of tens of thousands of youngsters in Israel who have been condemned to alienation and humiliation…
He establishes Migdal Ohr to save the children, to provide them with the best education. Torah and morals, Jewish and Universal values, and an opportunity to realize their potential…
We remember the modest beginning, and see today the immense educational empire which Rabbi Grossman has established, the network which occupies itself with education, charity, the absorption of immigration.
The Rabbi’s hand is still extended, his inner fountain of energy is unending, he is an “overflowing spring”.
Excerpts from the speech of President Shimon Peres
“… This is the essence of what the Jewish State, the Jewish People and Zionism is all about…”
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister
“… His inspired educational work with underprivileged youth… gives Israel loyal, well-trained, self-reliant citizens… the new life of these youngsters is the gift of one good, wise, utterly devoted man, Rabbi Grossman.
Haim Herzog, Former President
“… Rabbi Grossman has brought to the people of Migdal Ha’emek the spiritual and traditional values that once was their heritage…It is to his credit that hundreds of young people have been saved and are now part of the mainstream of Israel’s society…”
Yitzchak Navon, Former Minister of Education
“…Migdal Ohr’s network of schools and programs for boys and girls from kindergarten to seminary, for prison inmates, and for families that are in need of assistance is a sterling example of what can be strengthen and Land and our People…”
David Levy, Former Foreign Minister
“The religious public requires leaders… whose voice is heeded also in the secular public. It requires leaders such as Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman of Migdal HaEmek.”
Yitzchak Shamir, Former Prime Minister