Sderot’s ‘Big Brothers’ offer crucial support for the city’s youth

‘Given the very complex situation in Sderot, the children suffer from post-trauma even when it’s quiet,’ says Sderot Hesder Yeshiva’s Rabbi Ari Katz.

Sderot’s ‘Big Brother’ program

The Israeli city of Sderot in the western Negev, located just one kilometer from Gaza, is constantly under the threat of terror rocket attacks.

Even though Sderot has come a long way over the years, there are many social welfare and domestic family issues within the community.

The constant tension has had a negative impact on the lives of the residents in general, and in particular, the town’s youth and teens. No population needs more attention, support, and care than Sderot’s adolescents.

These young people are in search of role models who they can look up to and who can serve as an address for them to express their fears and insecurities.

In order to provide structured support, encouragement, and a sense of optimism for Sderot’s teenagers, the Max and Ruth Schwartz Hesder Yeshiva began a “Big Brother” program for local middle school students.

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