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.
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.
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 12,000 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.