ELEM’s Community Dinner to Support “Awake at Night”
Money raised will go support programs to help teenage and child prostitutes in Israel
WHAT: ELEM is hosting its fourth Community Dinner to support its Awake at Night program, which provides assistance to Israeli children and teenagers who are working as prostitutes, which is an ever growing problem in Israel.
Thousands of youth in Israel become involved in prostitution as a result of severe distress; a physically, sexually or emotionally abusive environment; or a scarring experience of rejection. Many of these boys and girls are as young as 12. Demographics of child prostitutes include native Israeli, Ethiopian and from the former Soviet Union.
WHEN: Saturday, February 4th 8:00 p.m. Eastern
WHERE: Multiple intimate dinner parties for the purpose of raising awareness and funds to help Israeli youth involved in underage prostitution will take place in upscale residences across the NYC metro area. Locations include: the Upper West Side, Soho, East Village and North Bergen, N.J.
WHO: ELEM-Entry activists, a group of NYC-based American and Israeli young professionals, will be in attendance at all residences. Several will discuss their visits to ELEM locations, where they did outreach with youth in need. Up and coming Israeli rock and opera musicians will perform at each location.
ELEM was founded in 1982 by a group of American and Israeli professionals and lay volunteers to help Israel’s population of at-risk youth become productive citizens. Today ELEM is Israel’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of abused, neglected, and adjudicated Jewish and Arab Israeli youth. The youth ELEM serves face tremendous hurdles; many live below the poverty line or struggle to assimilate as new immigrants. With a network of 250 professionals and almost 2,000 volunteers, ELEM is able to reach tens of thousands of youth each year. ELEM provides a unique brand of non-judgmental, innovative aid including group and individual therapy, mentoring, occupational and educational placement, and vocational training. ELEM also operates a wide network of counseling and support centers, as well as a fleet of outreach vans that take to the streets to reach the hidden “children of the night”.
Minimum donation is $100.