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Sept 6, 2022


The Israeli Ministry of Education has granted Boys Town Jerusalem the highest Award for Excellence among Israeli high schools throughout all educational sectors. The school ranked in the top 10% of the 838 high school schools examined over the 2021-22 academic year.

In releasing its findings, the Israel Ministry of Education cited Boys Town Jerusalem (BTJ) for reaching outstanding achievements in the academic and social realms, as well as for instilling crucial ethics and values. BTJ principal Yossi Cohen notes that the prize reflects the Ministry’s findings of the extraordinary efforts by BTJ instructors to spur students to reach a high academic level, avoid drop-out, and advance to IDF enlistment and higher education. “The meticulous Ministry of Education examination also scrutinized the progress from enrollment to graduation of our considerable number of boys from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

This marks the third time in the past decade that Boys Town Jerusalem has been awarded the prestigious prize for excellence, and the first time in which the school has reached the top- echelon rank. The Ministry of Education Award for Excellence includes a monetary reward for teachers among the highest-scoring schools. In saluting BTJ’s instructors, Principal Yossi Cohen stressed the Covid-related hardships over the past two years which have demanded exceptional efforts to keep students focused and excelling despite the increased illness, poverty and strife they face at home.

“Above all, our instructors care deeply for every student’s welfare,” he says proudly. “Being a teacher is the challenge of a lifetime. At Boys Town Jerusalem, our special mission is to motivate students with personal hardships to work hard and aim for success. Their achievements are a priceless reward for us all.”


YOUR support will ensure that BTJ is able to continue to provide

an outstanding education for its students.



Call the office at 416-789-7241, go to or mail your gift to

Canadian Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem, 211-3089 Bathurst St., Toronto ON  M6A 2A4 

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