In 1970 a small Chabad group, came to Kiryat Gat with a vision, mission and hope. Among them were teachers and former soldiers who had served their country proudly. They wished to devote themselves to helping Israel and Israelis.
Their goal was simple. They wanted to provide young minds with a superior education but most importantly, they wished to teach and put an emphasis on Jewish values. A program specifically aimed at teaching Israeli children about their religious heritage while giving them a strong conventional education was simply unavailable in Kiryat Gat.
Additionally, in a village of approximately 20,00, there was no kindergarten facility or daycare center. Since its inception, the Center has been operating programs in accordance with our above mission serving more than 3,000 people each year.
We empower the residents of Kiryat Gat and give them tools to raise themselves out of their unfortunate situation through various enrichment programs, and we provide educational and academic tutoring that enables the youth a better future.
The network can take credit for hundreds of families and children of all ages, children coming from extremely socio-economically deprived families.
These children come to us with problems of poverty, single parent, illnesses, divorced or incarcerated parents, or just released. Their backgrounds include newly arrived immigrants from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Ethiopia, or children who were born and grew up in Israel.
Rabbi Yaakov Levin
Rabbi Levin has been the Director of Resources and Development at the Israel Help and Education Center in Kiryat Gat, Israel for the past 13 years.