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Ensure a Bright Future for Israel’s Children

OUR VISION

No child should be lost in foster care or left to navigate life alone.

Together, we are working to ensure that every orphaned and neglected child grows up in a community that loves them and enables them to thrive.

Together, we are working to ensure that every orphaned, and neglected child grows up in a community that loves them and enables them to thrive.

Migdal Ohr is creating large scale change for Israel’s most underserved populations. We are raising a generation of dignified, capable adults who are moving society forward, defying the odds, and exceeding even their own expectations.

A story of how much we can achieve when we work together.

The classroom where Rabbi Grossman first taught eighteen students has grown into three vast campuses that serve thousands of children every day.

Migdal Ohr was founded in 1972 by Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman, recipient of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Rabbi Grossman is known around the world for loving every Jew and caring for children who have lost their way and been abandoned by the communities they come from.

Today, Migdal Ohr’s network of services and programs provide everything from a child’s most basic needs - clothing, medical care, family structure, and emotional support -  to education, vocational training, mentorship, and more.

OUR MISSION

Migdal Ohr means “tower of light” in Hebrew and serves as a beacon of hope to thousands of orphaned and neglected children.



We serve over 10,000 children every year and raise them to become thriving, successful adults.

Migdal Ohr gives children the support and education they need to overcome socio-economic barriers and realize their full potential.

Migdal Ohr was established in 1972 by Israel Prize Winner Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman to ensure that each of Israel’s orphaned, abused, and neglected children would have a bright future, regardless of where they came from.

Decades later, we remain fervently committed to that mission and dedicated to strengthening Israel’s next generation from the ground up.

OUR FOUNDER

Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman

Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman received the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement for his contribution to society and the State of Israel. He has also received an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University and the Presidential Medal of Distinction by President of Israel Shimon Peres among many other distinguished honors. 

Rabbi Grossman is the Chief Rabbi of Migdal HaEmek, founder and dean of Migdal Ohr educational institutions, and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council of Israel. He is known for his work with children from disadvantaged and troubled homes, and has raised tens of thousands of youth through Migdal Ohr since its founding in 1972.

ENDORSEMENTS

"I appeal to everyone to contribute to this cause. You are supporting life, you are supporting the state of Israel, you are supporting yourself, you are supporting this great nation."

- President Shimon Peres, Former President, Prime Minister

ENDORSEMENTS

“Rabbi Grossman is an unbelievable person who is deep in Torah, humane in life. He wants to keep the Jewish people together. I think he has saved the lives of tens of thousands of children. He saved them from poverty, he saved them from crime. He brought them a new life, a new future. Migdal Ohr educates the next generation, with love for our fellow. Lighting up the darkness for so many who have lost the way”

- President Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel

ENDORSEMENTS

“Rabbi Grossman is more than a Rav, is more than a friend, he is an institution. This is one of the most important institutions in Israel.”

- Natan Sharansky, Chairman, Jewish Agency for Israel

ENDORSEMENTS

"This is something that can make a difference, will make a difference, to the society that we are building in Israel. A society in which everybody is enabled. That is an aim that we can all support."

- Stanley Fisher, Former Governor, Bank of Israel

ENDORSEMENTS

"Children from broken homes, who have no future, could descend into crime or drugs. How do you save them? It is independent organizations like Rabbi Grossman’s Migdal Ohr that show us the way… These children go to the army, they then become productive and active citizens in our society and this is a monumental achievement."

– Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

OUR TEAM


Atara Solow

Executive Director

Atara Solow is the Executive Director of American Friends of Migdal Ohr and a passionate advocate for Israel's underprivileged, at-risk youth. Atara came to Migdal Ohr from Nefesh B’Nefesh and The Hartman Institute where she worked on dynamic initiatives to strengthen Israeli society. Atara is dedicated to forging strong bonds between Israel's neediest children and generations of committed donors abroad.

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Atara Solow

Executive Director

Peni Landisi

Finance and Operations

Peni Landisi manages finance and operations at American Friends of Migdal Ohr and brings over twenty five years of experience in administration and human resources to her work. Peni is proud to be an integral part of an organization that is helping children from impoverished backgrounds contribute to society, succeed in the workplace, and establish strong families of their own.

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Peni Landisi

Finance and Operations

Bob Proctor

Office Management

Bob Proctor is responsible for database and office support at American Friends of Migdal Ohr and brings over seven years of administrative experience from his work in law, politics, and video production. Bob is excited to be using his expertise to work in the nonprofit world and is committed to make a difference in the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Bob Proctor

Office Management

Lily Stute

Lily Stute Consulting, Communications

Lily Stute manages Lily Stute Consulting, a nonprofit fundraising and communications firm based in Seattle, WA. Lily is working with the staff of American Friends of Migdal Ohr to shape a dynamic new communications and donor relations strategy. She is amazed at the scope of Migdal Ohr’s work in Israel and passionate about conveying the impact that donors are having on the lives of thousands of young people and Israeli society at large.

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Lily Stute

Lily Stute Consulting, Communications

Karina Chocron

Verticalloop, Creative

Karina Chocron leads Vertical Loop, a branding and digital design agency based in Tel Aviv. At Vertical Loop, Karina uses design to amplify social causes and is proud to be part of the team building a vibrant, optimistic brand for American Friends of Migdal Ohr. She is inspired by Migdal Ohr’s work helping Israel’s neediest children and committed to conveying the organization’s impact through design and creative direction.

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Karina Chocron

Verticalloop, Creative

Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Tony Fromer

PRESIDENT

Nathan Paul

VP

Jeff Eisenberg

VP

Sharon Haberman

CHAIRPERSON

Michael Kronenberg

Treasurer

BOARD MEMBERS

Jordana GrunfeldVP

Max ThurmCHAIRMAN EMERITUS

Bryna Landes SECRETARY

Murray Appelbaum

Rick Barry

Yehuda Eliezri

Steven Fink

Tzvi Fishman

Adam Grunfeld

Laurie Lasher

Louis Menaged

Howard Millendorf

Gary Miller

Fabia Preminger

Joe Rozehzadeh

Norman Saffra

Gerald Seligsohn

Tzvi Solomon

Steven Starkman

Brad Berger

PRESS

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- ATARA SOLOW
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“Time to rid our society of the sin of neglect”
- Atara Solow
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“Why poverty must be front and center in this election campaign”
- Atara Solow
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“A Tower of Light: Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman”
- Laura Ben-David
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- STEPHEN ORYSZCZUK
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