In 1990, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, heard the cries of the children affected by this disaster and urgently established CCOC. The goal of this group was to rescue the children of Chernobyl, bring them to Israel permanently, and care for them as they embarked on their new journey. This goal has remained steadfast throughout CCOC’s existence.
The first rescue flight miraculously occurred on August 3, 1990, when 196 children were flown to Israel and brought to CCOC’s campus. Since then, thousands of children have come through CCOC’s doors, where they receive housing, education and medical care in a loving, supportive environment.