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BTJ’S KASWELL FITNESS CENTER: A LIFESAVER FOR BOYS IN DISTRESS

Mid-morning, Dani*, a painfully thin 8th grader, entered Boys Town Jerusalem’s Kaswell Fitness Center to begin working out. “I need help adjusting the weights,” he called out to Doron Deutch, head of BTJ’s physical education department. “You’re doing great, Dani,” Deutch encouraged the youngster. Every few minutes, Dani kept calling the teacher for more attention. […]

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BENCHES, CARPENTRY, AND A LESSON FOR LIFE

Behind each vibrant new handmade wooden bench on the Boys Town Jerusalem campus lies a fascinating story—and an extraordinary expression of hard work, character-building and love. The master carpenters: ninth and tenth graders in BTJ’s newest after-school initiative for students to learn carpentry skills, rescue and transform scrap wood into treasures, and work with a […]

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BTJ STUDENTS REACH FOR THE SKY WITH HOOPS FOR KIDS

To the amazement of their teachers, classmates, and especially themselves, a remarkable change has come over 14 Boys Town Jerusalem High School students. “It happened so quickly,” marvels instructor Netanel Ra’anan, who also serves as a BTJ dorm father. “Suddenly, these boys began paying attention in class, working together, and taking responsibility.” The source of […]

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COVID TAKES IT TOLL

Time is not in our favor, stresses BTJ Junior High Principal Rabbi Yehudah Rosencrantz. “The longer school is closed, the more boys we risk losing. Primarily those in single-parent homes, now more poverty-stricken than ever, are taking odd jobs day and night. Many have stopped even trying to connect to their “remote” lessons. Other students, deprived of friends and activities, are addicted to digital devices. Even normative families are crumbing, with their children tempted by drugs and alcohol. Worse, scores of boys and their families are ill, and many are hungry. There’s no money for food.”

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SUMMER CAMP: A BOOST OF ENERGY & LOVE IN CHALLENGING TIMES

Helping one another adjust their makeshift camping gear, Noah, Nadav and their Boys Town Jerusalem Summer Day Camp friends were all smiles as they put their newly-honed skills into action in a wilderness survival workshop. For Noah and Nadav, 13 1⁄2-year-old twins long accustomed to facing survival challenges of a different sort at home, every […]

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