50 Years of Migdal Ohr

Highlights of Our Remarkable Achievements

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Rabbi Grossman in 1967
1967

Rabbi Grossman is ordained by the Chief Rabbis of Israel: Rabbi Iser Onterman and Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim

1968

After the Six-Day War, Rabbi Grossman and his family move to Migdal HaEmek and begin their extensive educational work.

Rabbi Grossman in 1968
Rabbi Grossman in 1969
1969

Rabbi Grossman goes out to the bars and discos where he meets distressed youth who have fallen into crime and drugs. He becomes known as the “Disco Rabbi”.

1970

Rabbi Grossman is chosen to be the Chief Rabbi of Migdal HaEmek.

Rabbi Grossman in 1967
Rabbi Grossman in 1972
1972

Migdal Ohr is established with a classroom of 18 students. Rabbi and Rebbetzin Grossman care for all of their needs and get more requests to take in orphaned and neglected children.

1975

The cornerstone for a home for homeless children is laid in Migdal HaEmek.

Rabbi Grossman in 1975
Rabbi Grossman in 1980
1980

Rabbi Grossman teaches Torah classes and running rehabilitative programs in prisons. He is awarded the Rabbi Aryeh Levin Prisoners Father Award.

1983

Rabbi Grossman is awarded the Love of Israel Award by the President of Israel, Chaim Hertzog and Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

Rabbi Grossman in 1983
Rabbi Grossman in 1987
1987

Migdal Ohr establishes children’s day care centers and begins the construction of a village where abandoned children will live with foster families.

1990

Migdal Ohr opens the Talmud Torah School for girls and the Machshevah Elementary School.

Rabbi Grossman in 1990
Rabbi Grossman in 1991
1991

Migdal Ohr takes in Ethiopian immigrants from Solomon’s Operation. Children are resettled in dorms on campus and integrated into Migdal Ohr’s schools.

1992

Migdal Ohr Institutions open branches in Moscow and Saint Petersburg and begin absorbing immigrants from the Soviet Union at the Migdal HaEmek educational campus.

Rabbi Grossman in 1992
Rabbi Grossman in 1993
1993

Migdal Ohr takes part in the operation to bring Yemenite immigrants to Israel and absorbs them into their schools and dorms on campus.

1994

Rabbi Grossman is awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Yeshiva University in New York.

Rabbi Grossman in 1994
Rabbi Grossman in 1995
1995

Migdal Ohr works with Jewish youth in France and helps in bringing them to Israel.

1997

Construction of the Maor Israel High School is completed.

Rabbi Grossman in 1997
Rabbi Grossman in 2000
2000

A medical center for students is opened on the Migdal Ohr campus.

2001

A state-of-the-art sports complex is opened on the Main Boys Campus.

Rabbi Grossman in 2001
Rabbi Grossman in 2003
2003

Rabbi Grossman establishes the Ohr Yisraeli youth movement which grows to have a membership of some 8,000 youth in 160 branches.

Rabbi Grossman in 2003

Migdal Ohr youth initiate a “Chag Saveah for the Children” national food drive which distributes food to over 25,000 needy families throughout the country before the holidays.

2004

Rabbi Grossman is awarded the Israel Prize for his life’s work – his special contribution to the country and society.

Rabbi Grossman in 2004
Rabbi Grossman in 2006
2006

Midgdal Ohr opens its doors to provide a warm and encouraging place for 700 IDF soldiers to rest during the Second Lebanese War.

2008

Rabbi Grossman is awarded a Medal of Distinction and Merit by Youth Aliyah and lights one of 12 beacons at the Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism ceremony on Herzl Mount in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Grossman in 2008
Rabbi Grossman in 2011
2011

Migdal Ohr opens a university for the ultra-orthodox community in Gan Yavne called the Ultra-Orthodox Campus for Excellence.

2012

Migdal Ohr opens the Zoharim Youth Village that offers at-risk youth a warm and accepting home where they can chart a new direction in life.

Rabbi Grossman in 2012
Rabbi Grossman in 2014
2014

Rabbi Grossman is awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by the President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres.

Migdal Ohr opens the “Mevashlim Et HaAtid” Cooking Up a Future culinary arts and hospitality vocational training program complete with a state-of-the art training kitchen and faciliities.

2016

Migdal Ohr opens the Afikei Ohr Girls Youth Village for teenage girls at-risk, which offers a loving environment with a focus on rehabilitation and career training as girls rebuild their lives and plan for the future.

2017

Migdal Ohr opens Orot B’Emek Girls Elementary School with a focus on arts and sciences for underprivileged and immigrant youth in Migdal HaEmek and the surrounding areas

Rabbi Grossman in 2017
2019

Migdal Ohr expands the Mishpachtonim - family dorms where 12 orphaned or neglected youth live as a family with a couple on campus. Building of new housing for new dorms is completed in 2020.

Migdal Ohr absorbs Bnei Menashe Jewish children from India and brings them to live in Mishpachton family dorms while going to school on campus.

2020

Migdal Ohr is chosen by the Israeli government to operate a relief operation called “Magen Yisrael” delivering food and essentials to over 40,000 people weekly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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