Youth Aliyah Child Rescue is a charity that is funded entirely by the generosity of our donors.

You can support us by making a donation or getting involved in a number of ways.

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Youth Aliyah Child Rescue is a charity that is funded entirely by the generosity of our donors. You can support us by making a donation or by getting involved in a number of ways.

Our history

Since the organisation was founded more than 86 years ago, Youth Aliyah Child Rescue has been dedicated to saving and improving children’s lives.
The very same day that Hitler came to power in 1933 Berlin, Recha Freier, a determined woman with incredible courage, created an organisation that would later come to be known as ‘Youth Aliyah’ in order to save as many at risk Jewish children in Germany as she could. In the harrowing years that followed, Freier’s bravery and foresight resulted in thousands of Jewish children travelling across Europe to safety in to (then) Palestine and Great Britain.

After World War Two ended, Youth Aliyah continued to dedicate its resources towards helping at risk children ‘make aliyah’ to Israel and once there, to acclimatise and cope with all the language and socio-economic challenges this brought.

Together with the Jewish Agency’s Henrietta Szold, Youth Aliyah forged relationships with Jewish communities around the world to support displaced children. Our charity was formed and one of our earliest accomplishments was the founding of Yemin Orde Youth Village, named for British Army Officer Orde Wingate.

Over the years we shifted our focus away from facilitating aliyah and towards solely caring for at risk children living in Israel. Initially this was limited to new immigrants, many arriving without their families, but today almost 50% of our children were born in Israel to immigrant and native families alike.

In 1999 the organisation added the words ‘Child Rescue’ to its name in order to better reflect our primary work of rescuing children and young people from a life of trauma and in many cases severe danger. Although we don’t help people ‘make aliyah’ to Israel (as the name somewhat misleadingly implies) Freier’s original vision remains at the very heart of everything we do, and the spirit of her values sit at our core.

Today Youth Aliyah Child Rescue continues to work tirelessly to bring as many vulnerable, traumatised children as possible to safety in our youth villages. Unfortunately, the number of children in need far exceeds the number that we are able to provide for in our youth villages, which is why the Israeli Ministry of Education encouraged the formation of the Village Way.

Youth Aliyah Child Rescue provides a ladder of opportunity empowering young people to climb from poverty, neglect and violence up towards becoming fulfilled, contributing, invaluable members of Israeli society. This concept is absolutely intrinsic and fundamental to our work, so in 2019 we updated our branding so that this was reflected visually. The H’s in our name form a ladder in the logo and also echo the shape of a Torah scroll, as a representation of the Jewish sprit and values that permeate through everything we do.

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