Australians creating miracles for Israeli boys in need

December 4, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Although separated by 14,000 km, disadvantaged Israeli boys are being given a crucial boost from caring Australian friends they’ve never met.

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Thanks to the generosity of the recently-established Australian Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem, students from Yr 7 through Yr 12 and in the College of Applied Engineering are receiving funding that is significantly improving their lives.

“I’m the lucky Sydney native who is creating the bridge,” declares Ilana Kaplan, Australian Development Coordinator for Boys Town Jerusalem. “I see firsthand the crucial help Australian donors are giving to disadvantaged boys, and funding all-important scholarships.

“Ben, for example, is only 13, but he’s seen much hardship: Since his mother’s death, he’s watched his father’s spirit and health deteriorate. During Covid, his dad was laid off and money is scarce. Recently, Ben found his father unconscious following a heart attack. This shock, plus his dad’s traumatic hospitalisation and rehabilitation, have taken a terrible toll on the youngster’s emotional health. Thanks to caring donors, Ben has received a full tuition scholarship, plus extraordinary “extras” the school provides, from nutritious meals to extracurricular activities. Ben’s success will be a source of pride to us all.”

Ilana Kaplan announced that 5th and 6th December (last days of Chanukah), Australian Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem are joining the worldwide crowdfunding campaign “Ignite My Future” to assist disadvantaged BTJ students. Donations of any denomination made during the 36 hours will be doubled by generous matchesThe aid is earmarked for critically-needed scholarships.

To take part in the “Ignite My Future” campaign, go to on 5th & 6th December.

Ilana Kaplan will be in Sydney from 25 November to 20 December, and will be delighted to give you more information about Boys Town Jerusalem. Contact her at: 02 8006 0249 or

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