The Tel Aviv Foundation has launched a new initiative for young people to become Tel Aviv Youth Ambassadors as part of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebrations.
The Canadian Friends of the Tel Aviv Foundation have launched a junior board to focus on innovation, science and technology projects.
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.
Construction continues apace at the Sylvan Adams National Velodrome, which is taking shape in northern Tel Aviv. The Velodrome will feature in the international cycling tournament, Giro d’Italia, which commences in Israel for the first time in May before continuing to Rome. With local and international media teams visiting the Velodrome, there is tremendous excitement about the opportunity to showcase Tel Aviv and Israel through the international tournament and, longer term, to impact cycling, sport and health more broadly.
In partnership with the German government, the White City Center seeks to conserve and revive the World Heritage-listed Bauhaus White City. Currently undergoing a unique ‘Open Renovation’ involving hands-on community participation, the center has attracted hundreds of visitors for tours, demonstrations and other events over recent months. As the center prepares for 2019 Year of the Bauhaus, visitors have enjoyed the unique opportunity to peep through the cracks, uncover the layers of time, and experience a historical building under renovation.
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.
Thanks to the generosity of The Shapiro Foundation, Unitaf received a life-saving donation which will enable the renovation of the childcare center in the Central Bus Station and the opening of 10 new after-school clubs for preschool children. This will rescue hundreds of children from the appalling conditions of ‘pirate babysitters’. The Municipality matched the donation by funding 10 after-school clubs serving low socioeconomic Jewish communities in neighborhoods in southern Tel Aviv. Mayor Huldai expressed his appreciation to the Shapiro Foundation and his support for quality education for all Tel Aviv residents, regardless of their status.
Thanks to the generosity of The Stella and Yoel Carasso Family Foundation, HEMDA was awarded a donation over three years. The Carasso Family Foundation (which demonstrates genuine inter-generational philanthropy) focuses on technology education and vocational training for young adults (18+) as a means to achieve social mobility and bridge gaps in society. Although HEMDA caters for high school students, the Foundation recognizes that investing in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in school is key to achieving their goal.
At the 8th Annual Tel Aviv Cities Summit, the Tel Aviv Foundation was honored to host a workshop focused on new, local and international, and innovative fundraising platforms. Thank you to our distinguished panelists Marco Kamiya of UN Habitat, Chris Gourlay of Spacehive, Avital Blonder of Jindas and David Kapah, former CEO & Financing Specialist, for sharing their vision, expertise and experience. A special thank you to Rinat Guy, Chief Innovation Officer of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality for moderating the panel and the impressive initiatives she is driving forward at the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo.