Over the past three years, the ‘Significant Adult’ program has achieved major success in addressing challenges faced by young Ethiopians in low socio-economic neighborhoods in Jaffa. Many children lack supervision, structure and a safe environment as their parents work long hours. Thanks to the generosity of the UK Sobell Foundation, two youth workers were employed to build relationships with the children, engage them in alternative activities and support them through difficulties. The youth workers, who are also Ethiopian, have been embraced and work with over 50 children every day, helping to reduce juvenile delinquency rates, support children’s schooling, and help families access services.
The Center for Services for the Blind runs programs for, and provides support to, children who are visually impaired, blind or whose family members are visually impaired. One of their most popular programs is the ‘Marshmellow’ summer camp (the center is known as ‘Marshall’ in Hebrew). The family of Lionel and Sidel Weinstein and Temple Shaaray Tefila of Bedford, New York, are longtime supporters of this program and have generously agreed to fund the camp for the next five years. To honor their love of Israel and Tel Aviv, and to support the good works of the Center for Services for the Blind, the program will now be known as the ‘Lionel and Sidel Weinstein Camp for Vision Impaired Children, sponsored by Temple Shaaray Tefila.’
Bet Tami is a community center in the center of Tel Aviv, established in 1997 through the generosity of the Steinmetz family (Israel) in memory of their daughter, Tami. It is a hub for cultural activities, including arts, music, sports and enrichment programs, for hundreds of people of all ages. Due to the center’s growing popularity, the Steinmetz family generously agreed to fund the construction of an additional floor and other upgrades in order to house additional activities. Construction is now underway.
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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