Rikki and Racheli
Inspiring Girls To Aspire
In the summer of 2010, Rikki and Racheli Menora z”l, two young girls in the prime of their lives, tragically passed away alongside their grandfather, Moshe z’l and cousin, Sara z’l, in a devastating plane crash.
In order to ensure that their lives and memories would be channeled for a continued good, DROR – the Hebrew acronym for Derech Rikki and Racheli (in English, Rikki and Racheli’s Way) - was founded. Inspired by many of the traits that defined Rikki and Racheli in their all-too-short lives, DROR is an organization that embraces the spirit of activity and empowerment to benefit the lives of other adolescent girls.
The goal of DROR is to help provide these girls with the tools and encouragement to strive high and succeed through the power of education and athletic activity.
Based out of Beit Shemesh, where Rikki and Racheli z”l grew up and studied, DROR is dedicated to creating a working model to inspire a new generation of involved and inspired young women.
“Every child wants to excel, they just need the tools to get there.”
Opening of the DROR Hall
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
With DROR’s operations currently in three schools, the students that are selected to participate are offered a tailor made program combining scholastic support, athletic training and volunteer activities.
The program has been designed so that it will be applied in additional schools as we grow. In just a few years of operation, we at DROR have already seen the positive impact on our girls’ through their improved academic results as well as their enhanced self-image and more positive approach to life.
At DROR, we know that with the right guidance and support, young women can grow and succeed to become strong and confident members of the community. DROR works to identify students that need a little extra push to succeed and help get them on the path to educational and personal success.
With the help of the teachers, guidance counselors, and principals of the schools to identify the right participants for the DROR program, we provide small tutoring groups to strengthen math, English, and other school subjects. Self-defense workshops, and running sessions are built into the program to further encourage the role that fitness and team work have in the positive development of young women. The pinnacle of the girls' training is for the Jerusalem Marathon each spring, where #TEAMDROR members are encouraged to challenge themselves beyond their expectations.
Each week, the girls meet for an activity, tutoring session, and sports class. At each session, a new group of three girls are responsible for preparing a light meal for the group, to encourage leadership, responsibility, and creativity. Once monthly , often connected to Jewish/Israeli holidays, DROR organizes a social event and involve the girls in the process. Our parties feature good food, dancing, an art project, and opportunities to meet new people,
DROR partners with the community as well. TEAM DROR is open to participants from all over the world, including families and teens studying in Israel. We're proud to state that our 2019 team included over 230 participants, including 3 full marathon runners.
Each summer, DROR organizes a two week camp where the girls can bond with each other and their mentors, while engaging in extreme sports, a variety of workshops, and volunteer opportunities. Camp is open to all 7th-9th grade girls in Bet Shemesh and offers small camper to counselor ratios so the girls can build a strong connection with positive role models. All activities are designed with the goal of giving the girls experiences that will help them develop beyond their expectations.
With the mind and body operating at optimum, the sky’s the limit.
To learn more or to partner with DROR, please email firstname.lastname@example.org