News from Hakshiva

Happiness and Teens

November 30, 2017

Every teen that I’ve encountered is searching for happiness.
Yet it seems to be harder and harder to find.

Dr. Caroline Peyser

New Year, New Habits-A few thoughts from Dr. Caroline Peyser, the clinical supervisor of Hakshiva’s therapy clinic.

August 24, 2017

As we mark Rosh Chodesh Elul and begin the new school year, it’s a good time to think about how to start the year off with our kids on the right foot. There may be things we have been thinking about changing for a while that we haven’t gotten around to implementing. Or, maybe there…

Our incredible sand show. Beit Guvrin Cave event 10.5.17!

July 16, 2017

Our new workshop: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.

May 8, 2017

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind. A Novel Approach to Wellness and Eating Hakshiva is offering a 6 week workshop for High School Girls With an Additional Informative Meeting for Mothers Facilitated by Aliza Eisenstein, Registered Dietician/Nutritionist and Life Coach • Gain a better understanding of how the way we think and feel affects the way we…

Building of Center for RBS Kids and Families Begins!

April 2, 2017

Although it was a cold and stormy night, warmth was felt by all those present at the groundbreaking of Hakshiva’s new building in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Located on one of the highest points of the neighborhood, Hakshiva’s new building will be a welcoming resource for the youth and families of Ramat Beit Shemesh offering the…

Letter from a School Principal

January 26, 2017

We love the message of this video!

What is Really Happening with RBS Teens on Friday Nights?

January 17, 2017

Please join your neighbors and fellow residents of Ramat Beit Shemesh this Motzei Shabbos (Jan. 21, 2017) to learn about what is happening with local teens on Friday nights and the work being done to help them. For more details, please scroll down. Please RSVP to  We look forward to seeing you!  

Hakshiva’s 11th Annual Chinese Auction Announced. Early Bird Specials Have Begun!

January 16, 2017

Hakshiva is excited to announce the 11th annual Chinese Auction which will take place on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Beis Tefillah Hall in Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef. As always, great prizes make the auction a fun way to support the vital work of Hakshiva! Ticket packages and early bird specials mean that the…

Hakshiva Homework Center = Success Center

January 3, 2017

One of the biggest challenges we face as parents is helping our children succeed in school. To help parents and kids in this area, Hakshiva is proud to have recently opened our Homework Center.

Exciting News from Hakshiva

December 27, 2016

Dear Friends, As you may know, 2016 comes to a close with an exciting development; the launch of our new website ( We are now providing vital information and guidance to parents and educators faster and more efficiently. Combined with our growing social media presence, we are reaching more people than ever before. Just this week…

Technology, Teens and the Impact on Our Lives

December 19, 2016

As a therapist working with adolescents, it is essential that I make my clients feel that I “get” their world before the real work can truly begin.

“Off the Derech” vs. “At Risk”

December 6, 2016

“Off the Derech” and “At Risk” are terms that are oftentimes used interchangeably in the Jewish community. This is understandable given the centrality of religion in our lives; however, this confusion causes us as parents and educators to make mistakes with serious implications when we focus on the wrong issues. Sometimes our efforts can actually exacerbate the problems when we are trying to fix them. This is why it is critical to understand the difference between the two concepts and how to address them.

Hakshiva’s Founder Yonason Martin to Visit Baltimore

December 6, 2016

Please join us in our home 2305 Whitley Rd. Baltimore, MD. for a breakfast reception Sunday morning, December 18th 2016 at 9:30 AM to welcome Rabbi Yonason Martin MA, Founder of Hakshiva. Hakshiva is saving the lives of American teenagers at risk in Israel through its unique and innovative programs. As more of our neighbors…

Dr. Caroline Peyser

Adolescence: The Challenges and the Opportunities

November 16, 2016

By Dr. Caroline Peyser, Clinical Supervisor of Hakshiva’s Therapy Program For many of us parents, just the mere mention of the word adolescence strikes fear in our hearts.  We think of the teen years as a rebellious and unpredictable time when we do not know what our children may end up doing or how they…

Shalom Iskowitz, Hakshiva's Director of Educational Services and Mentoring Program

How to Get the Most out of PTA Meetings in Israel

November 6, 2016

By Shalom Iskowitz, Director of Educational Services and Mentoring Program at Hakshiva For many parents, PTA meetings are their only opportunity they get to find out how their children are doing in school. These meetings are a precursor to their child’s report card –a heads up one way or another about what they can expect on…

Shalom Iskowitz, Hakshiva's Director of Educational Services and Mentoring Program

Promoting Self-Worth and Happiness

October 6, 2016

The following interview with Shalom Iskowitz, Hakshiva’s Director of Educational Services and Mentoring Program, and Malky Myers, Hashiva’s Girls Mentoring Supervisor, was published recently in Bizness Magazine Promoting Self-Worth and Happiness

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