The extraordinary, transformative sanctuary for some of Israel’s most troubled young people.
Kibbutz Eshbal is the extraordinary, transformative sanctuary for some of Israel’s most troubled young people. It takes teenagers – sometimes sent by a judge – and helps them become young people who feel loved, believe in themselves and are ready to make a positive contribution to Israeli society.
Watch Life Re-started and meet Avi. After being caught up in a cycle of dysfunction and despair, Avi was given a choice: Kibbutz Eshbal or prison. See how his life of drugs and hopelessness was turned around by his experience at Eshbal.
United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) is proud to provide funding for an organisation that truly believes in the potential in young people, regardless of their backgrounds, and offers a last resort to those who need it most.
This educators’ kibbutz in western Galil provides a home for about 40 at-risk 15-18 year-olds mostly of Ethiopian origin. They come from underprivileged communities and have often suffered from educational and emotional neglect, and been expelled from the national school system. Crime, drugs and alcohol abuse are also key problems.
In a peaceful and nurturing environment, the teenagers have the chance to learn, to talk through their experiences and take part in unique therapeutic activities like caring for horses and dogs, which have a huge impact on their self-confidence and wellbeing.
Beyond the kibbutz, about 4,000 young people benefit from Eshbal’s activities every year in a range of projects aimed at narrowing social gaps and helping the young people of the Galil.
"Kibbutz Eshbal exemplifies the power of education to transform a culture of despair into a future of hope and trust."
WE SEND MORE THAN 50% OF OUR 16 YEAR-OLDS TO ISRAEL WITH THE UK YOUTH MOVEMENTS EVERY YEAR
School students benefiting from our UJIA JAMS programme in the last year
Proportion of students at the UJIA-supported Western Galilee college who are women
Decline in size of UK Jewish population since its post-war peak
Merom Hagalil’s income is almost 40% below the national average
Young people sent on UJIA-supported Israel tour, gap year and other Israel experience programmes last year