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        2/13/2014, Adar 13, 5774

      Developing Israel’s ‘Social Periphery’


      The Shaalei Torah network held its fourth annual conference this week in Jerusalem. The meeting brought together members of Garin Torani (“Torah seed group”) communities from around the country to discuss their work, with a focus on education and social welfare.

      Shaalei Torah supports 20 Garin Torani groups across the country. The groups represent a unique approach to social welfare: instead of bringing “outside” volunteers to struggling neighborhoods, Shaalei Torah works to bring in families that can boost troubled neighborhoods as permanent residents.