A is aged 17 and comes from a large family where he was subject to violence, abuse and neglect. A year ago he came to the music room and, though his talent was evident, he was unable to get along with the staff and the other boys and girls. He was easily upset and had difficulties accepting basic authority and respecting the programme’s structure and boundaries.

It took some months but, slowly, the music room staff made connections with him. In time, A, who had been taking voice development and music lessons, was invited to join the Hut HaMeshulash band as a vocalist, composer, and guitarist. Last Sukkot, the band performed in Jerusalem’s Old City Jewish Quarter in front of an audience of 150.