Our Mission

The Beit Ruth Educational & Therapeutic Village is a long-term therapeutic residence and school with a mission to ensure that vulnerable and at-risk girls are given the opportunity to thrive emotionally, socially and academically, thereby breaking the cycle of violence for themselves and future generations of children in Israel.

 
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What We Do

Beit Ruth cares for abused and at-risk girls, aged 13-18 years, old who have been removed from their homes by court order as a result of severe physical, sexual and/or severe emotional abuse. They are placed in our care for up to four years or longer. The Village operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

The girls at Beit Ruth come from all over Israel and from different family backgrounds. What they share is that each one has experienced a traumatic past, and lives in a broken present.

Our Model

We provide a safe, structured, and loving home environment and the academic and therapeutic resources needed to equip each girl with the necessary life, education, social and emotional skills to enable them to become self-sustaining, empowered, responsible and contributing members of mainstream society.

Beit Ruth alumni go on to hold meaningful positions in the IDF, National Service, they continue their education, find gainful employment, develop healthy relationships, marriages and families, and some are successfully reunited with family.

More than 30,000 girls ages 12 to 18 are considered at risk in Israel. Yes, Israel. Lost to the streets, forgotten, discarded, abused.

At-risk girls in Israel

Why Beit Ruth

Few state-run facilities have the means to provide effective, therapeutic and educational programs tailored to the individual needs of at-risk girls. Additionally, most organization’s caring for at-risk youth in Israel do not distinguish between the needs and complexities of girls and boys which is far less effective than gender sensitive programming.