Friday, December 06, 2019

The Yemin Orde Youth Choir, along with music director, Nitzan Ben-Shimon, will travel throughout the United States for two weeks to build awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by at-risk youth in Israel. Choir members are at-risk teenagers between 15-18 years of age from Ethiopia, former Soviet Union, France and Brazil.(Credit: Raanan Tal)

Friends of Yemin Orde is pleased to announce that the Yemin Orde Youth Choir, a group of at-risk immigrant teens from around the world, will begin a two-week performance tour throughout the United States, starting March 31 in White Plains, NY. Registration can be done online for this free family concert at https://yeminorde-whiteplains.eventbrite.com.

The choir is touring the US to build awareness and understanding for the challenges faced by at-risk youth throughout Israel. The choir will sing alongside the following local choirs: Carmel Academy, Schechter Westchester, Fairfield and Westchester County Congregations and Kol Hazzanim/The Cantors of Westchester.

Choir members range in age from 15 to 18 years old and are from Ethiopia, France, former Soviet Union, Brazil as well as Israel-born and reflect the diversity of the more than 400 youth at risk who live and learn at Yemin Orde Youth Village.

All of the children at the Village have suffered severe trauma in their lives—from abandonment and isolation to loss and severe poverty. At Yemin Orde, they receive the therapeutic and educational support needed to turn their troubled lives around and develop hope for a bright future as productive citizens of Israel. Friends of Yemin Orde is the U.S. fundraising arm of the Village, which provides a home, school and safe haven to 440 at-risk youth, and the Village Way Educational Initiatives, an independent organization created to expand the Village’s educational methodology, called the Village Way, to other educational communities throughout Israel. Visit yeminorde.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The choir’s repertoire includes contemporary and traditional Israeli songs as well as original songs written by the children at Yemin Orde. The group typically performs throughout Israel at special events and for programs at the Village. The choir has traveled internationally, including a performance at the reopening of the only surviving synagogue in Auschwitz at the invitation of the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation. In the United States, the choir has performed at Israel’s embassy in Washington, D.C., Jewish day schools, synagogues, community centers and in private homes.

During its two-week US tour, the choir and its adult chaperones will stay with local host families. This arrangement presents a great opportunity for the Israeli youth to meet American families and learn about each other’s culture, traditions and lifestyle.

Since 1953, Yemin Orde Youth Village has provided a sanctuary and quality education for hundreds of Israel’s traumatized immigrant youth. The Village’s highly-successful educational methodology provides these troubled teens with specialized therapeutic care, important life and leadership skills, confidence and cultural identity in order to transform their lives and develop hope for a bright future as productive citizens of Israel.

A unique feature of the Village is the promise that Yemin Orde will be a forever home to its graduates and will provide emotional and financial support whenever necessary for the rest of their lives.

Today, Yemin Orde’s graduates are accomplished and successful professionals. After suffering neglect and abandonment as youngsters and teens, these formerly at-risk children are healthy, capable and strong. They are Israel’s next generation of leaders.

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