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.
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.
The Itamar Ben Avi School is located in the heart of Yafo in Shikun Dalet. The school serves 300 students, grades 1-6 and is a melting pot of new immigrants, Arabs and third generation Israelis. The school educates its population according to the TALI network, which is committed to providing a pluralistic Jewish Education.
The Ironi Yud Alef is defined as a “second opportunity school” serving as a warm second home to 320 pupils who are considered “at risk”. The new library and resource center is a central hub of activity at the school; it has opened the door to several new research and educational initiatives which are only possible thanks to a fully equipped library and resource centers. Throughout the school day, academic lessons are implemented, by the staff, in the audio-media room which contains a television, screening apparatus, DVD, computer with internet, and audio centers in a space geared towards, personal and group work activities. The library and resource center has become a hub of learning, and one of the most visited places in the school. In addition, in many cases the resource center provides the only access students have to the world of electronic resources and the learning possibilities that come with it.
The library at the Beit Chinuch School has brought tremendous benefit to the children of the school, the faculty and the community at large. The beautiful facility is loved by staff and students, children and adults alike. The library has a warm and inviting atmosphere and its spacious layout allows for many different kinds of activities to take place simultaneously. The library serves both as an educational enrichment facility and a hub for social and communal activity.
The Kfar Shalem Park is enjoyed by the thousands of residents of Kfar Shalem and its surrounding neighborhoods. Kfar Shalem is a low-income neighborhood in southeastern Tel Aviv that faces many financial and social problems. The establishment of the park serves as a catalyst and anchor for the gentrification of the neighborhood.