Israeli society is experiencing a growing trend of social and economic inequality. The disadvantaged population is growing in size, along with their desperation, apathy and lack of hope for a better future.
At the same time, our society contains the solution within it – social solidarity. The ability of the individual to see the other as part of himself, to seek his welfare – both for his sake and for his own, to see beyond the here and now, beyond narrow self-interest.
Bakehila sees the problems and difficulties in the Jerusalem neighborhoods but at the same time it also sees value-oriented youth who are willing to take on challenges in order to fulfill their values and achieve meaningful social change.
The Year-in-Service volunteers (Shinshinim) represent the best our society has to offer. They are motivated, energetic and initiators. Given the right platform, guidance and support, they can bring about real change in our complex reality. Bakehila provides this platform and creates the link between need on the one hand and strength on the other.
There are two main challenges facing a child or youth who wishes to fulfill himself in adult life: the development of educational and social skills and self-esteem. Bakehila works consistently on both these axes from morning until night, and relates to the three main components of the process: children, parents and service providers in the community. We believe that intensive work to link these components over the long run will succeed in eliminating entrenched disparities.
I invite you to take part in this long and challenging, yet fulfilling, journey…