Rebecca is a young mother of four children, an olah chadasha, an MA graduate, an educator and a dreamer! Growing up in Sydney, living in London and then Ramat Beit Shemesh, she has always worked and volunteered as an educator both in and out of the classroom. She loves to read and learn, to meet new people and to gain inspiration from as many different places as possible. She comes from a family filled with people who devote their time and energy to changing the world for the better. Rebecca believes in the power of communities to protect and nurture teenagers. Too often troubled young men and women are sent away from their homes to seek solutions to their problems. It excites her to know that the answers can be found within their own communities, and she looks forward to the day that Kol Hadassa becomes one of these solutions.
Kol Hadassa combines a learning program and a student-run business. Both are intended to help struggling teenage Olim girls, who are not coping with school, and are at risk of academic failure and other dangerous behaviors. It is a chance for them to receive a high school diploma, to gain life skills and to develop into healthy, confident young women. This is a bridging year, a time to move on from feelings of failure to a place of confidence, self-sufficiency and hope for the future. The learning program combines study for the GED with a Jewish Studies curriculum designed to strengthen and inspire. The business run by the girls, under professional supervision, will be a cafe. This program is based on studies that show that the more responsibilities and the higher the expectations that are placed on teenagers, within the confines of a loving healthy environment, the more they thrive.