Open Hearts Open Homes

Open Hearts Open Homes invites Israeli teens whose lives have been forever changed due to terrorism – the loss of a loved one, living in constant fear of the next attack, not knowing life without sirens – to spend three weeks during the summer enjoying respite, home hospitality, travel camp activities, and fun with American peers.

Impact in Israel

Open Hearts Open Homes has changed the lives of families who are challenged by a traumatic past or who have suffered the impact of terrorism. By all accounts, its therapeutic value is extraordinary and helps many begin the process of psychological healing.

Impact in Northern NJ

To extend this lifeline of support and respite, Open Hearts Open Homes relies on the support of you and the entire Bergen County Jewish community.

  • Hosting is a rewarding, life transforming experience. By welcoming a teen into your home, not only do you provide comforting and comfortable surroundings for them, you gain new insight into their experiences and everyday life half a world away.
  • Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. A gift of $6,500 provides a full scholarship for one teen to participate.

Read about 2019’s teens here

OHOH 2019

Meet This Year’s Teens!

Erica Danziger | MON, JUN 17, 2019

We are so excited to announce this year’s Open Hearts Open Homes teens. They are a group of well-deserving kids who have all suffered at the hands of terrorism in…

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Happy smiles all around!

Teens Bond with Therapeutic Animals and Each Other

npgadmin | WED, MAY 01, 2019

The Open Hearts Open Homes teens of 2019 recently visited with the Therapeutic Animal Center in Sderot, Israel and also took the opportunity to start to get to know each…

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The teens arrive!

Open Hearts Open Homes 2019 – Journal Entry #1: The teens arrive!

Erica Danziger | TUE, AUG 27, 2019

The Israeli teens may have just left New Jersey after three weeks together with us but our memories of our time together with them are still vivid and bright. Here’s…

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Dressed for Shabbat

Open Hearts Open Homes 2019 – Journal Entry #2: Fun in the Sun

Erica Danziger | MON, AUG 26, 2019

Journal Entry #2: Fun in the Sun Along the way of the three weeks together, the Israeli teens from the Open Hearts Open Homes program found their footing in New…

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Photo credit: Ruth Beckman

Open Hearts Open Homes 2019 – Journal Entry #3 – Saying Goodbye but not Forever

Erica Danziger | MON, AUG 26, 2019

Journal Entry #3 – Saying Goodbye but not Forever After a never-long-enough three weeks together, our host families and teens had to say goodbye. The ripple effect of this year’s…

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