From the day 56 years ago when Eli Lion started studying at Boys Town Jerusalem, he began to touch the future.

The son of German-born parents who’d harrowingly escaped Nazi terror, Eli grew up in Haifa. In 1964, 14-year-old Eli began his BTJ studies in the temporary building in Jerusalem then housing the school. His makeshift dormitory was a rented apartment for ten boys in a room.

With his father’s electronics and radio store in Haifa as his inspiration, Eli majored in BTJ’s brand-new Electronics department. He well recalls having to travel to the center of town to use engraving and etching machines. By 1965, Eli was among the first students to inaugurate the new (and present-day) BTJ campus, well-equipped with advanced engraving machines, a spacious dormitory, and much, much more. Above all, he recalls the care and love his teachers gave him.

Eli’s high-level electronics studies enabled him to progress in the Israeli Army. He was one of the top soldiers dispatched to the US for special training in operating an advanced electronics device. After his discharge, Eli continued for 30 years of IDF Reserve Duty to train Israeli soldiers in electronics.

Today Eli Lion and his wife are the parents of four, grandparents of sixteen, and great-grandparents of one. Now retired from top managerial positions, Eli credits Boys Town Jerusalem with having granted him not only knowledge, but critical values that he has passed on to his children, grandchildren and to the students he voluntarily teaches.

“Always look at everything in a good, positive way, and do your utmost in every endeavor.”

As for the future, Eli’s son Yaakov, who studied Electronics at BTJ in 1991, is now an IDF expert in the realm of traffic safety, and his son Tal, a Class of 1992 Mechanics major, trains handicapped athletes. “They continue to pass down the priceless BTJ values to the generations of tomorrow.”

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