Dear Cathy, Liz, Abigail, spouses and grandchildren, I was very saddened to learn of the loss of your dear father, Harvey Z”l. As you might know, Harvey and I were very close friends for many years. We visited each other and spent time discussing the future of the Jewish people in general and the state of Israel in particular— especially the economy and higher education, fields in which Harvey was an expert.
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 Ramat HaChayal neighborhood is located in the northeastern sector of Tel Aviv. The neighborhood was founded in 1949 directly after Israel’s War of Independence and was originally intended to hold housing units for war invalids but the emergence of the high tech boom brought global companies to Ramat HaChayal’s industrial area, making it an international Tech Hub.
The Beit Tami Cultural Center has an abundance of cultural events, arts, music, sports and enrichment programs. The center serves residents of all ages as a cultural and social epicenter with various programs such as youth programming, mental health programs, mediations (free of charge) and more. The center includes dance studios and supports the artists of the community and is home to the Tami Dance Company. The accompanying sports center, “Lev Tel Aviv,” is a state-of-the-art fitness center which includes a gymnasium, a multi-purpose training studio, and basketball courts.
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 Bialik Rogozin Educational Campus resides on the border of Jaffa in Southern Tel Aviv. Over 1,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade attend this unique school. The students at the Bialik Rogozin School come from families with diverse backgrounds and immense socioeconomic challenges. Because these children come from challenging environments, the Bialik-Regozin school has designed a social skills program to further enhance their development and help them integrate into society.
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.
Over 1,000 elderly citizens of Tel Aviv-Yafo are Holocaust survivors under the care of the social services administration. Prior to fleeing Nazi persecution, these survivors suffered from severe malnutrition which today, effects their oral health. The majority of these residents are financially unable to afford their daily living needs and consequently suffer from critical oral conditions. They are desperate for access to oral care, dentures or implants in order to significantly improve their quality of life physically and socially.