Greetings from Shmuli Bing, Director, Yemin Orde Youth Village.
Another year has started at Yemin Orde Youth Village, with 440 youth, including six from the Bnei Menashe population in northern India.
Each one of our youth represents an entire world, full of hopes, dreams and fears. Our youth come from various and complex backgrounds; some have reasons to let go and give up. But mostly our youth, who, just by choosing to come to Yemin Orde, are saying “I made a decision to try, I will put in the effort and with lots of work I will succeed.”
In the Village, we teach the kids to create MAZEL or (luck). In Yemin Orde we use this word as an acronym for Makom (Place), Zman (time), Lenatsel (take advantage).
Some of our Mazel, or luck, and in my opinion only a small part, is not up to us. It is the collection of what we were born with. But most of our Mazel comes from how we use our personal strengths to operate in the world around us. How can we change and improve our world given our circumstances of birth?
And this is our challenge at Yemin Orde. To get our youth to be engaged in creating their own Mazel, and not in complaining about the “luck” they may be missing. To make them realize that they are in the right place, in the right time and, now, what they need to do is to take advantage of their new circumstances.
A new school year filled with “Mazel”
This challenge to recognize “Mazel” occurs at the beginning of each new year. And for us, dear partners, it also presents our staff and educators with an opportunity to say thank you for helping us create our own “Mazel.”
Thank you for being here for us. Thank you for choosing to be a part of our youth’s lives and to provide them with opportunities that enable them to make a life change.
On behalf of the staff and educators at the Village, we wish you a productive and fulfilling year, a year full of goodness, meaning and action, and a year in which we will continue to produce our MAZEL.
With great appreciation,