History

Migdal Ohr was established in 1972.

This is how it all began… Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman born in Jerusalem and six generations in Israel is Rabbi of Migdal HaEmek and a member of the Chief Rabbinate as well as Founder and Dean of the Migdal Ohr Educational Campus in Migdal HaEmek and the national educational network connected to it, where thousands of students learn. Rabbi Grossman is involved continually in prisoner rehabilitation, Aliya absorption and uniting the nation.

Rabbi Grossman with his visionary leadership is a unique individual. The “Disco”or “Prison Rabbi”, as he is often known, is renowned for his tremendous work reaching out to troubled youth and young adults across Israel, in addition to countless welfare projects throughout the country.

In short, Migdal Ohr has grown exponentially and now includes:

  • 14 schools on 3 campuses throughout the country, serving over 12,000 students at any given time,
  • Migdal HaEmek, Migdal Ohr’s main campus, which contains day care centers, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, trade schools, modern dormitories, indoor sports facilities, and a medical center,
  • Prisoner rehabilitation programs in Israel’s prisons. Rabbi Grossman stands out as one of the key success factors in rehabilitating Israeli prisoners with the opportunity to learn Torah, Judaism and a trade in preparation for their release but most importantly gives them hope for a brighter future. The recidivism rate among the “graduates” of Migdal Ohr’s rehabilitation activities stands at about 10%, a sharp contrast to the 90% in the general prison population,
  • Occupational Training Center offering young adult education courses responsive to the requirements of government and industry. Courses fall into three categories: Occupational Diploma Courses, Education extension courses, after-school enrichment programs,
  • 800 staff, 80% of whom are alumni of Migdal Ohr programs, and being graduates of Migdal Ohr,
  • 80% of graduates, previously at-risk youth, who pursue higher education,
  • Sulamot – a unique program in partnership with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mayumana Dance Group,
  • Electronic Engineering and Computer Science Program in partnership with the IDF,
  • Ohr Yisraeli Youth Clubs, 160 Youth Clubs with over 7,000 at-risk youth participating each week,
  • Summer camps and activities throughout the country,
  • Zoharim Agricultural-Educational Youth Village for high school dropouts,
  • Gan Yavne Academic College for Ultra-Orthodox men,
  • The Migdal Ohr Bridal Fund, which provides alumni couples with the basic necessities for their weddings, including: a wedding dress for the bride, a venue, catering and entertainment for the guests and a modest sum of money for the couple to begin their new lives together,
  • Distribution of 25,000 food packages to needy families for the Passover & Rosh Hashanah

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