Beit Ruth Village
The Village is situated approximately 1 hour north of Tel Aviv near the city of Afula, in rural Northern Israel. The Village was built on land generously donated by the Women's International Organization (WIZO) of Nir Ha'Emek. Currently, 45 girls from different social, cultural and economic backgrounds call Beit Ruth home. The girls of Beit Ruth come from throughout Israel, from a diverse range of family and cultural backgrounds: Hasidic, Orthodox, Secular, “Sabra” Israelis, Russian and Ethiopian immigrants and Bedouin.
Led by a professional all-female staff, Beit Ruth works to heal and transform the lives of its girls by providing a safe, structured and loving home environment. At Beit Ruth, our girls receive an intensive high school education that is specifically designed to meet each girl’s individual abilities. Alongside regular counselling and therapy with our therapeutic staff, the girls participate in a range of enrichment programs from music to art, sports to sailing, baking to horticulture and much more. In between their therapy, counseling, studying and drawing, you can find the girls cooking together, doing chores, helping each other with homework, seeking one-on-one tutoring or talking and laughing on their house patios.
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Here’s what just one year at Beit Ruth Village provides:
A Brief History
AN IDEA IS BORN
On a trip to Israel, Susan & Michael Ashner learn about the plight of at-risk girls and the dire lack of programs.
BEIT RUTH HOSTEL OPENS
After extensive planning, the Ashners open the Beit Ruth Hostel in Rishon LeZion, caring for 12 girls at a time.
NEED FOR GROWTH
With hundreds more girls needing our help, planning begins for the Beit Ruth Village.
Construction on the first two residential houses of the Village begins.
The Hostel closes and our girls move to their new home in the Beit Ruth Village.
3RD HOUSE OPENS
Our third residential house is ready and the Village can now care for 45 girls at a time.
Our brand new on-site school building opens in January.
2 NEW HOUSES
A groundbreaking ceremony began construction on a 4th house that will allow us to care for 60 girls at a time. Plans for a 5th house are also underway!