The ‘Neighborhood as a City’ program – initiated by The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Charitable Foundation (UK) – has been hailed as a tremendous success. Almost 5,000 residents benefitted from the program, which was designed to strengthen the neighborhoods involved and support individuals through the early, formative stages of life: ‘Early Childhood’, ‘Empowerment in Education’, ‘Teens’, and ‘Young Adults’ and ‘Employment’. At a community level, social cohesion, civic responsibility and cooperation between social service agencies increased significantly.
Thanks to the generosity of Moshe Eliav, the newly upgraded Eliav Gardens were recently opened to the public. Renovated in memory Janet Eliav and designed in partnership with local residents, the park features state-of-the-art play equipment and a wheelchair-accessible gazebo. The park was inaugurated in a ceremony with Mayor Ron Huldai, CEO Hila Oren, three generations of the Eliav family, and 300 guests from the neighborhood.
There is perhaps no other field of study, in which knowledge is developing as fast, or from so many diverse sources, as Computer Science. Thanks to the generosity of Judy and Josh Weston, the MTA School of Computer Science is filling its mission to prepare young graduates for the challenges of 21st century, by exposing them to as many sites in which theory and practice are developed, while also encouraging them to put their skills in service of their community and social change at large. The school’s unique curriculum combines rigorous theoretical studies with opportunities to gain hands-on experience.
The Benny and Lotty Reich Community Center is a state-of-the-art facility that is frequented and used by many of Tel Aviv’s seniors. Designed by architect Ilan Pivko, this inviting and modern building features a well-equipped gym, a special auditorium for the hearing disabled and a host of activities for people 55 years of age and over. Among the activities and classes offered are: Pilates and yoga, arts and crafts, computers and bridge, photography and languages, folk dancing and choir. There are also organized field trips, movies, concerts and lectures. The Center also runs an alternative medicine program.
Generously donated to the Children of Yafo by the Anita and Stanley Hirsh of Los Angeles, California, the Center is a unique facility that provides health and educational services for young Jewish and Arab children who benefit tremendously from the wide array of services it offers. The facility contains a mother-baby clinic; a playroom for toddlers; enrichment classes for pre-kindergarten children and a therapeutic treatment center. The majority of this community’s parent population does not have the financial resources or the educational background to support their children’s educational, social, & emotional development. The parenting programs offered by the Hirsh Center provide the needed tools to facilitate effective child rearing and serve the daily developmental needs of the students of the neighborhood
The Café Europa program was initiated to provide needed emotional, social, and therapeutic services to this unique aging population. Café Europa offers survivors a comfortable and safe place to meet one another, exchange stories, receive therapy, and take part in social activities.Tel Aviv’s partner city, Frankfurt am Main, supports Café Europa, a unique meeting point for holocaust survivors in Tel Aviv and its surroundings.
Many of the holocaust survivors in Israel are haunted by loneliness. Once every two weeks and on holidays, Café Europa provides a place where they can meet other holocaust survivors, talk to them, listen to their stories and experiences and even dance together.
The Kossar – Karetzky Senior Center is a second home for 180 senior citizens. The center offers a wide variety of activities in a beautiful building which is equipped to ensure the best possible care for its members. Given that travel is often difficult for seniors, the center offers a variety of services under one roof. At the center, members can participate in exercise classes, consult with a nurse, go to a ceramics class, play bridge, and attend a cultural performance. Computer classes, Hebrew and English language learning courses, social clubs, parties, field trips, and lectures are also offered.The center offers key services that ensure the elderly can remain in their community while enjoying a good quality of life. The Kossar – Karetzky Center provides this aging population with a sense of belonging and community and drastically improves the quality of life of all the elderly citizens using its services.
The Ironi Hey High School emphasizes excellence in science and math and encourages its students to be part of the community of scientists, who will bring scientific innovation to the Israeli society. The construction of the science classrooms with their technological components will assist the students in studying through the discovery and research in different fields of knowledge. The new labs create a learning environment that is both friendly and challenging and encourages students to develop a passion and interest in the sciences.
The Kindergarten established on Yeffet Street in Jaffa services children ages 3 – 6. The children come predominantly from lower-middle socioeconomic backgrounds. Most of their parents work late and need a warm ‘second’ home for their children during the afternoon hours. As such, the kindergarten operates daily from 7:30AM until 4:00PM, six days a week, and 11 months a year. The curriculum is built to respond to the children’s educational and emotional needs. Students are exposed to numbers, letters, shapes, and learn social skills needed to get along with others. In addition to general academic studies, the curriculum includes social skills building lessons.
The Carlos and Judith Lindenfeld Rehabilitation and Vocational Treatment Center at the Beit Venezuela School serves close to 100 children with special needs. These children have a wide a range of physical and mental disabilities. Fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and staffed by highly trained professionals, the treatment center is an extraordinary facility that has changed what had previously seemed possible in the treatment of the disabled.