Only 17 and he is on A Do Good Mission
Never underestimate the power of a 16-year-old boy who’s out to make the world a better place. Boys Town Jerusalem student Yinon Yom Tov, for one, has moved mountains in his struggle to help at-risk youth in his neighborhood. This month, he was honored for his outstanding achievements by a prestigious award from the Ministry of Education.
Last year, within the framework of Boys Town Jerusalem’s community service projects, Yinon volunteered as a Bnei Akiva youth movement counselor in his “Kiryat Moshe” Jerusalem neighborhood. Yinon enthusiastically began working with third graders, only to discover that for the past six years, the 47-year-old Bnei Akiva clubhouse had been overrun by outside delinquents involved in drugs and alcohol abuse. The situation was so dangerous that the police slapped a closure order on the site.
In recognition for his efforts, this year Yinon was appointed to the (voluntary) position of komunare, the coordinator of the Bnei Akiva chapter’s 14 counselors. At 17, Yinon is perhaps Israel’s youngest komunare, and certainly one of the most active. With endless patience and concern, he has attracted a growing number of young members and devoted counselors. On Israel’s Memorial Day, Yinon reached out to the entire community to join Bnei Akiva ceremonies in memory of Kiryat Moshe-born victims of war and terror.
Yinon gives his Boys Town Jerusalem teachers full credit for granting him the skills, courage and determination to carry out his work. “Here I’ve learned how to speak before a dignitary or an audience with clear, correct, confident speech. My rabbis and teachers are guiding my path. They’re alongside me in my every accomplishment.”
“Yinon Yom Tov is a powerhouse of action on behalf of the good of others,” said Principal Rabbi Elimelech Yaakov. “We couldn’t be more proud of him.”