Staff members of the Tel Aviv Foundation joined together to toast the New Year. CEO Hila Oren thanked the team for their hard work and shared her vision for the upcoming year.
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.
The Tel Aviv Foundation was honored to host the board of the Bernard van Leer Foundation here in Tel Aviv. As we met for the second time as pioneers of the Urban95 Programme, we were joined by Mayor Ron Huldai and various leaders of the Municipality to discuss its importance and progress.
This August, the Marshal Multi-Service Center for the Blind in Tel Aviv gave 47 blind or visually impaired children two weeks of fun and challenge at summer camp. The camp offers the kids a broad range of activities from arts and crafts to sailing, and gives many of them a chance to make friends and feel less isolated. The camp staff is made up almost entirely of an alumni community who return year after year to ensure the continuity and success of this incredible project.
The Tel Aviv Foundation distributed 80 scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year to the graduate students of Tel Aviv-Yafo high schools, looking to pursue their first academic degree at a recognized higher education institution. These scholarships were possible thanks to the generosity of Yossi Bar Natan, a dear friend of the City of Tel Aviv and a board member of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation.
Members of The Tel Aviv Foundation toured the site of the Zehava Studio at the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre in Neve Tzedek. The project includes the construction of another floor for the center, an 800 square-meter dance studio and renovation of the existing building.
On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the dedication ceremony of the “Or Zalman and Liza Square” was held, due to the generous donation of Rina Lebiev and her brothers. Rina supports and operates a number of “Bayit Cham” centers in Israel in support of the Bukharian community. Rina is a resident of Tel Aviv who deeply loved and respected her parents and felt the importance to commemorate them in the city.
The Bialik-Rogozin Educational Campus borders Yafo in southern Tel Aviv. The school educates over 1000 from kindergarten to 12th grade. The campus includes an early education center and elementary school together with a junior high and high school.
ARD German Public Radio recently conducted an interview at Cafe Europa in Tel Aviv, a space where Holocaust survivors come together to meet, talk, listen and dance, every two weeks and on holidays.
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. I will always cherish his wisdom, kindness, fantastic sense of humor and his passion for the future of the State of Israel.
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.
On December 9, 2015, Mayor Ron Huldai gathered together with donor and Chairman of the Board of the American Committee for the Tel Aviv Foundation, Josh Weston, to dedicate the Judy and Josh Weston Science, Technology and Robotics Science Center at the Natan Alterman Tichon Net School in Tel Aviv.
The dedication ceremony on October 13, 2015, of the Margaret & Sylvan Adams Gymnasium at the Kfir School in the Southeast Neve Kfir Neigborhood of Tel Aviv. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, and dear friends of the Tel Aviv Foundation, Margaret & Sylvan Adams. Students of the Kfir School performed a number of songs during the dedication ceremony.
On June 2, 2015, Mayor Ron Huldai gathered together with donor Jose Galicot, and his granddaughter Shelly Podlipsky-Galicot-Laniado to dedicate valuable services for the students of Tel Aviv: a new library and resource center at Yud Alef High School that serves students with learning disabilities, and a new science center and library at the Magen Elementary School, a school in the Maoz Aviv neighborhood that serves children from a variety of economic and cultural backgrounds, including refugees from Darfur.
On October 28 the Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation had the pleasure of hosting Aby Rosen for a dedication ceremony of his latest project, the establishment of a new pre-kindergarten center for the Hadar Yosef neighborhood. Aby Rosen and Rachel Teigman dedicated the project in loving memory of the beloved brothers and sisters of his parents, Isak and Anni Rosen. Present at the event was Tel Aviv Mayor, Ron Huldai, Aby’s sister Rachel, their parents Isak and Anni Rosen, and their family and friends.
Josh Weston, Chairman of the American Committee for the Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation, is helping to create a partnership between two science-focused high schools: Natan Alterman (Tichonet) in Tel Aviv and Newton High School in Newark, New Jersey. With the launch of Tichonet’s robotics program in the fall, Weston decided it was an opportune time for Tichonet faculty to come to the U.S. to observe an established robotics program at Newton High School.
On May 20, 2014 Mr. Bernard Kossar dedicated the new Kossar-Hershberg Resource Center at the Nofei Yam Elementary School, for the new Bernard and Carol Kossar Fitness Center at Tkuma Special Education School, and the Palm Beach and Boca Raton Friends of Tel Aviv-Yafo Kindergarten. Mr. Kossar and his daughter Valerie were in attendance for the joyous occasion.
On December 26, 2013 the new Berta Ecological Garden at the Magen School was dedicated in memory of Berta and Jacob Isaac Bettheil by their loving son Alfred Bettheil. The Magen School, located in the Ma’oz Aviv neighborhood of Tel Aviv, looks forward to expanding their science curriculum through the many hands-on lessons the ecological garden will provide. The new garden contains an organic section in which the students will plant seasonal vegetables (lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes), an ecology section in which the students will learn how to make compost and fertilize the ground, a rainfall collection center and a butterfly and spice garden. In addition to teaching about nature, this garden will also generate a love of nature; a love which will propel students later in life to take an active role in conserving and protecting the environment.
On Monday, October 7th, 2013 the dedication/naming ceremony for the state-of-the-art Hemda Science Education Center, which will now be called the Schwartz Reisman Science Education Center took place at 3 PM. At this one-of-a-kind facility, scientifically gifted high school students, regardless of socioeconomic or religious background, are given the opportunity to study physics, chemistry and computational science at an advanced level.
On June 23, 2013, the Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation dedicated the Sarah Greenbaum Memorial Library and Media Center at the Yachdav School for Special Education. This new library was generously donated by ongoing Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation partner, Mr. Alexander Greenbaum and his wonderful Family . The facility was established in memory of Alexander’s great-aunt, the late Sarah Greenbaum.
The kindergarten holds two classes for 70 children between the ages of 3 – 6. The kindergarten operates an after school center until 4pm including holidays and vacations. The after school center offers a hot lunch for all the children and additional educational and enrichment programs. Thanks to the donation of the Miami Friends of Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation, the children of Neve Ofer neighborhood can enjoy a safe environment, where they can learn and develop, and also to be granted an equal opportunity to succeed in first grade.
On October 23, 2012 Allan Morgenthau, Michael Gee and notable representatives of the British Friends of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation were present to inaugurate the new Arab-Jewish Youth Center located in the Sha’arei Nikanor neighborhood of Yafo.
In August 2012, Gladys Shukur along with her daughter, Sally Frank, and granddaughter, Rachel Frank, recently visited several of the projects supported by the late Francine and Simon Abdallah, z”l. The Simon’s have been great supporters of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation over the years, funding many excellent projects including the Francine & Abdallah Simon Science and Art Center in Kiryat Shalom and the recently completed Francine & Abdallah Simon Kindergarten on Dizengoff Street, which is also home to Jim & Gladys Shukur Resource Center.
The dedication ceremony of Neve Eliezer’s Shorashim Park took place on July 3, 2012. The park was established by the Ken Jewish Community of San Diego in recognition of the common and permanent roots shared by Jews around the world. At the ceremony, which was attended by 23 young members of the Ken Jewish Community’s Aluma Group as well as their counselors, Mayor Huldai stated that the Shorashim Park “is a wonderful playground for children and a beautiful recreational area for families.”
The moving ceremony took place in the presence of Gabi Weisfeld of Toronto, Canada, her son Gilad, her daughter-in-law Tracey and her grandchildren. During the ceremony Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai thanked Gabi for being one of the few, who from the beginning, joined his vision for coexistence between Arabs and Jews and supported his mission to make high quality education available to all.
On January 30, 2012 the new library and media center at the Ironi Chet (Reshit) Religious Boys High School was dedicated. The Library was established through the generous support of the Gottesman Fund in loving memory of Milton M. Gottesman Z”L. Over 90% of the school’s population comes from south Tel Aviv neighborhoods where access to technology and books is limited. This exceptional facility will provide the students with an opportunity to access resources not normally available to them. The event was enhanced by the beautiful voices of the school’s choir and the moving mezuzah placement ceremony conducted by the school principal
The Dedication Ceremony for the Tel Aviv Cinematheque: Marc Rich Israel Cinema Center took place on January 16, 2012. The ceremony was attended by over 600 guests in the presence of Simon Peres (President of Israel), Limor Livnat (Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport), Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai, international ambassadors, and Donor Marc Rich and family.
On October 25, the Riklis family dedicated the Ira & Diana Riklis Family Multi-Purpose Science, Art, Library and Resource Center at the Hagalil Elementary School. The ceremony gave the school’s children an opportunity to display their talents and express their gratitude for the wonderful new facility.
The independence Park on Hayarkon Street was dedicated by Nachum Kalka from Tel Aviv, New York and Tampa, USA. Nachum and Haya Kalka, family members and friends from Israel and around the world, dedicated the reconstructed and upgraded, Independence Park.
The Jaime Brener kindergarten on Kitzis street in Hadar Yoseff is the second project Jaime has donated to the children of Israel. The new kindergarten replaced an old building which was severely damaged by a flood years ago, and which was declared by the city engineer as a dangerous and unsuitable building. The neighborhood’s population profile is very diverse: from the low socio economic society to middle class young and educated families, who moved to the area recently, creating a new vibrant community. The kindergarten operates six days a week, providing an excellent educational curriculum and allowing both parents to work and support their families.
Barry, Marlene and Keren Berelowitz from San Diego, California, family members and friends, dedicated The Ort Berelowitz College and the Ort Berelowitz Vocational Center. Thanks to a very generous donation, the Ort Yad Shapira high school and college in Tel Aviv has received new state of the art auditorium and three workshops for: automotive, electrical engineering, management and bookkeeping studies.
A new educational complex was dedicated thanks to the generosity of Dr. Shulamit and Chaim Katzman of Miami, Florida.
On October 10, 2010 Tel Aviv-Yafo Mayor Ron Huldai, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Manitoba Minister for Water Stewardship Christine Melnick inaugurated the Manitoba-Israel Playground for Peace at the Arab Jewish Community Center in Yafo. The brainchild of Christine Melnick, this project was realized because of the joint venture of the Tel Aviv Foundation, Jacqueline Simkin, the Manitoba-Israel Shared Values Round Table and the JNF. The wheelchair-friendly playground will offer children of diverse backgrounds and physical capabilities a place to come together in play. As Minister Melnick noted, “Hopefully the children, who will grow up playing together, will provide answers to some of the questions we have left unanswered.”