Announcement by Aliya Institute:
Established in 2003 , A.L.I.Y.A. (Alternative Learning Institute for Young Adults) has been committed to serving spiritual, physical, educational, emotional and vocational needs of young adults in the Crown Heights community in five main ways:
1) Spirituality: Growing up in a tight-knit religious community religion plays a very large role in day to day life. Many young adults in these communities have become isolated and don’t fit in the mainstream religious structure. Aliya has created a warm welcoming and user-friendly approach to traditional shabbos and yomtov services that make everyone feel their place and sense of belonging.
2) Vocational: Many young men that leave the traditional Yeshivah system find themselves lost in the outside world when it comes to seeking employment and education. Aliya has aligned assists with scholarships on a case by case basis. Aliya also connects its members with free and paid local GED courses.
3) Employment: many young men walk through our doors and are in desperate need of employment to help them cover their day to day expenses. Aliya has a network of local businesses that are constantly looking to hire and they call us first. We also help our young members that are looking for some startup capital or business advice with local entrepreneurs.
4) Coaching: most of Aliya’s Rabbis are trained life coaches which gives them the expertise to assist and support its young members when they walk through its doors. They are also connected to a network of drug addiction counselors, local NA and AA meetings, as well as psychotherapists when needed.
5) Recreation: recreational activities play a very large role in the overall well-being and growth of young adults.The Aliya center has a full workout gym which is available to its members to help them stay healthy. Aliya also has a music studio which is used for open session jamming as well as music classes to help bring out their natural talents for music.
Aliya also takes its members on biannual shabbatons. Summer time consists of spending shabbos at a scenic location followed by fun and nature on Sunday. The winter shabbaton includes a Sunday ski trip.
In 2014, A.L.I.Y.A. Institute expanded its program to include 4 meals a week to compliment their shiurim and Shabbatons. They now need the public’s support to continue growing and serving local youth.
For the next 24 hours, every dollar donated to Aliya will be quadrupled thanks to generous matchers Lavie Popack, Herschel Kessler, Rabbi Israel Shemtov and anonymous donor identified as Carmela bas Yaakov.
The goal of this Charidy campaign is to raise $90,000. To participate, visit charidy.com/aliya2015