עברית
דף הבית צור קשר לגלריית תמונות
מפת האתר
פרחי כהונה, צפת

ברכת ישראל, עכו

דרכי תודה, רכסים

אודות אל גליל

The “El Galil” organization was established by ten activists, principals of Torah institutions in the Galilee, as a parent organisation whose goal is to advance and develop educational institutions throughout the Galilee. These schools, which deal with the education of over 3,500 students, are spread out over ten towns through the Galilee, and receive students from 50 surrounding settlements.

The schools were founded amid great sacrifice about twenty years ago, by pioneering spirits who undertook the great task of disseminating Torah and bringing families closer to Judaism – especially in the region of the Galilee, which has so rich a Jewish past. From the times of the prophets to the Tannaim and Amoraim of the Talmud, who lived and taught in the hills of the Galilee, the sound of Torah has lit up the way for generations of Jews in the annals of our turbulent history.

It is enough just to mention the Mishnah that was completed in Beit Shearim; the Jerusalem Talmud compiled by Rabbi Yochanan and the wise men of his generation in the city of Teveria; the Shulchan Aruch written by Rabbi Yosef Caro in Tzfas, home to scores of famous Kabbalists such as the Ari haKadosh, the Ramak, Rav Shlomo Alkabetz and numerous other Torah giants...

The many ancient graves scattered liberally over the hills of the Galilee bear testimony to the glorious Jewish past of the Galilee, and serve as a magnetic force to tens of thousands who come to pray by them until today. Most renowned are the graves of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Meron, and Rabbi Meir baal haNes in Teveria.

But in contrast to its magnificent past, the reality of the Galilee today is vastly different. A large portion of the Galilee is occupied by Arab and Druze villages which are growing at an alarming rate, threatening to turn the Galilee into an area where Jews are the minority. Many Jewish families are abandoning their homes in the Galilee, and in several Jewish towns these apartments are being taken over by Arabs. Only by strengthening the Jewish character and identity in the Galilee will more families be encouraged to stay – and this goal is slowly but surely being fulfilled by the Torah schools of El Galil with great success. The schools serve not only as educational centers for the youth, but also as community centers for their parents - offering spiritual and physical support and assistance to thousands of families.

An idealistic undertaking such as this requires tremendous resources. Transportation of thousands of students from fifty different settlements to the various schools they belong to, involves astronomical figures. Only 60% of the cost is covered by the Ministry of Education through the Religious Education Network, and the deficit is left to the indefatigable principals to deal with. The financial situation of most of the families is dire, and they are not able to help shoulder these monetary expenses.

The school day is lengthened in order to keep the girls and boys off the streets, but this requires additional investment with regards to extra hours of study, food and extracurricular activities. Finding quality teachers and educators, and bringing them and their families from the center of the country also requires enormous outlay - the success of the students depends solely on the strengths they can draw from those who guide them. All these combined expenses weigh heavily on the very infrastructure of El Galil, and are threatening the continued existence and progress of its schools. Approximately 80% of the budget is covered by the Ministry of Education through the Religious Education Network, and the rest is shouldered by the courageous and untiring principals.

But with each principal trying valiantly to deal with the daily expenses facing his own school, this is becoming virtually impossible. Only a combined effort and uniting of strengths for the sake of this lofty goal – that of strengthening Jewish education and identity in the Galilee, can we dare to hope that these institutions will indeed succeed in expanding and bringing more Torah true families to the land of the Galilee. This aspiration will be reached only with the help and participation of our generous brothers and sisters, here and abroad.

In the holy Zohar we find that in the future, the Messiah will be revealed from the Galilee. Come let us work together to prepare the Galilee for the fulfilment of this prophecy!



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