Yehuda Kohn is the father and spirit of the Children’s Home, managing it for over 30 years.
Yehuda is an educator and administrator, who dedicated his entire life to working with children and youth at risk. He initially served as an educating rabbi and vice principal of the technological college at the Sitrin Youth Village for Adolescent Boys. He later travelled to Brazil on behalf of the Ministry of Education and the Zionist Organization Youth and Pioneer Division.
He returned to Israel over 30 years ago, arriving to the Elazraki Children’s Home with his family. It has been their home since then. In this home, Yehuda and his wife, Riki, raised their five children alongside hundreds of children who lived at the campus over the years.
Yehuda is not just an administrator, he wears multiple “hats” during his daily routine: he is the warm and embracing father. He is the producer, organizer and manager. On the one hand, he is the strict educator that instills values and sets clear boundaries, on the other, he is the figure who plants hope in the children’s hearts. Despite the difficulties, Yehuda is a virtuoso in maneuvering through the multiple responsibilities and the children love and respect him greatly.
Yehuda’s door is open to each and every child and they are the core of his being and efforts.
Yehuda’s motto is: Give them the best, ranging from the fabric softener whose pleasant scent emanates through the Children’s Home to the most professional and skilled teacher. Yehuda’s job is performed around the clock – consistent, uncompromising and endless.
Yehuda is assisted by five major position holders, operating as “arms” that professionally address all parts of the home. Among them are organizational, therapeutic, and economic aspects.