Before EPIC FAMILIES:
WHAT WILL BE WITH
As the Anglo community blossomed in Yerushalayim, Beit Shemesh, and other parts of Israel, new services and living conveniences sprang up to accommodate them.
Moving to Israel was becoming a more achievable reality – but a vital service was missing.
One group was falling far behind:
The new, unfamiliar culture can cause a young Oleh to feel confused, overwhelmed, and alone.
Add a recent parental divorce or social, emotional, or academic challenge on top of that —
You’re left with an entire group of kids who were falling through the cracks.
The Gaon Harav Moshe Shapiro ZT”L, renowned Torah leader, took note of the Anglo community’s plight. As a great visionary, Rabbi Shapiro charged Rabbi Goodman with filling this missing niche.
Our story so far
LAUNCH OF YEDIDIM
Rabbi Goodman has seen and experienced the transformative power a mentor has on a child’s life, firsthand. Therefore, he was the perfect candidate to spearhead Yedidim.
Mentoring children and teens, it wasn’t long before Yedidim earned the trust of the Anglo community and the Israeli school system. This trust enabled Yedidim to become the bridge between them.
PARENTAL GUIDANCE CENTER
For some kids, mentoring alone just wasn’t enough. Yedidim realized the need to partner up with the most important people in children’s lives: Their parents.
To this end, Yedidim added parental support services — such as workshops, seminars, and support groups — to guide parents throughout their child-rearing journey.
CHINUCH WEEKEND RETREATS
The Chinuch weekend retreat — an interactive and diverse parenting program run by educational experts — gives participants a Shabbos to recharge and rededicate themselves to becoming better parents.
YEDIDIM GOES INTERNATIONAL
The incredible success of Chinuch weekend retreats prompted Yedidim to bring a similar program to the US, which was named Chinuch of Today.
EPIC FAMILIES WAS LAUNCHED
Yedidim was rebranded as Epic Families to reflect our current mission:
Empowering Parents. Inspiring Children.
Building strong and healthy futures, one family at a time.
no child left behind, ever.
By offering guidance, support, and encouragement to families, every struggling child will have the tools to meet their challenges, thrive as adults, and live their fullest lives.