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AT ORCHARD LAKE
life to juveniles
Jerusalem — Dressed in the
black garb of the Chasidim, with
traditional beard and side-curls,
Rabbi David Isaac Grossman was
often an unusual sight at the dis-
cotheques in Israel's northern de-
velopment towns during the
Yet night after night, the tall
and lanky "disco rabbi," as he
came to be called, would frequent
the night spots of Migdal Haemek
and environs in an effort to save
street kids from falling into the
alienation and surrounding pov-
"The kids couldn't figure out
why I was there," says Rabbi
Grossman about his disco- I
hopping days back in the late '60s.-
"They thought someone died and
that I was looking for a minyan,"
he told Israel Scene magazine re-
At age 22, Rabbi Grossman, a
Karlin Chasid who lives and
teaches in Jerusalem, first heard
of the rising crime rate among the
youth and new immigrants in
The rabbi and six friends went.
out onto the streets of Migdal
Haemek and into the discos to
speak to the kids.
A large number of the town's
youth are the children of immig-
rants from Morocco and Tunisia,
and products of broken homes.
Families are often large, and it is
not unusual for a mother to be left
alone to care for a brood of ten.
Even in two-parent homes, it is
often difficult to make ends meet
and maintain a stable emotional
According to Rabbi Grossman,
many of the young, unsupervised
kids already had older brothers in
jail, and were themselves turning
to drugs and crime.
The rabbi began his social ex-
periment by inviting the boys to
his home for Sabbath dinners.
Fifteen years late, Rabbi
Grossman's network of yeshivot
and his work with prison youth
earned him the Love of Israel
award, presented last June by
President Chaim Herzog.
Rabbi Grossman named his in-
stitutions Migdal Or — Tower of
Light — to defy the town's symbol
of darkness (emek means valley).
Migdal Or consists of two dor.L
mitoryyeshivot for boys aged 10 to
18 from families in the Galilee,
two day schools, six kindergar-
tens and one yeshiva for single
young adults. All told, Migdal Or 1
has nearly 2,000 students.
Orthodox education, which in-
volves approximately six hours of
regular secular study and four
hours of religious study each day
is standard at Migdal Or. Some 80
percent of the students who enter -._
Migdal Or do not come from ob-
servant homes and are not them-
selves Orthodox, and Rabbi
Grossman doesn't try to persuade
"What's most important," he
says, "is to bring the child back to
himself, to make him a mensch." --
The rabbi's easy-going manner
with the students seems to ac-
count in part for his success. "He's, <I
found the key to their hearts,"
says one teacher. "He's patient
and doesn't try to push them into