D'Oraita - youth centers in Israel’s tough neighborhoods


D'Oraita are youth centers in Israel’s tough neighborhoods that offer an alternative to the street culture.
Teenagers are often faced with a variety of pressures and crises. In some neighborhoods alcoholism, substance abuse and crime are on the increase.

At the same time, funding for social welfare programs is being reduced. D’Oraita youth centers work with local welfare offices to provide a relaxed, supportive environment to bridge this gap. This pathfinding, countrywide, and expanding project reaches out to older teenagers - many with delinquent backgrounds - in peripheral towns. D'Oraita provides them with snooker clubs wherein they find a focused, fun, yet educational, nurturing environment. The teens develop self-confidence, learn to contribute, and gain pride in their Jewishness as citizens of Israel. D’Oraita contributes to a reduction in abhorrent behavior and an increase in proactive activity, which impinges positively on the local neighborhoods and assists the participants to enter normative frameworks – especially the IDF – after leaving school.

There are 11 D'Oraita clubs from North to South: Kiryat Shmona, Tiberias, Nahariya, Acco, Nazareth Elite, Ariel, Ramat HaSharon, Yaffo, Ofakim, Dimona and Yerucham.

To the program's web site - click here