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Open Hearts Open Homes

Thank you for your support of Open Hearts Open Homes. Our lead donors, host families, and community supporters like you have made an indelible impact on over 600 Israeli teens who have been so fortunate to participate in this special program. After twenty-one incredible years, we have decided to re-evaluate the program. Our current plan is to bring the program back in 2025. We are excited about this new chapter and look forward to creating a new, meaningful opportunity to engage our teens with their peers in Israel. For questions or more information, please contact Eliza Millman, Director of Operations at elizam@jccrockland.org.


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.

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Your kindness helped our daughter feel safe and secure during a time of uncertainty. She has grown stronger and more confident, and is looking forward to a hopeful future.
Mother of Participant
There's no better way to spend the summer. We've had a wonderful, enriching experience getting to know these kids and having such a positive impact on them. They became part of our family.
Host Family

Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up to help at our large family events. You will help set up, staff a crafts table, help kids do some art projects, or help to clean up. Volunteer service hour certification is available for those who need it.