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 two and a half 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.

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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.