In July 2019, we held a dedication ceremony at the Onn special education kindergarten, which the Foundation renovated with the support of a generous donation from Israeli donors, the Azoory family in on honor of their parents and grandparents, Ada and Noori Azoory. Mayor Ron Huldai spoke at the moving ceremony, a celebration of family and community, and a wonderful example of Tel Avivians giving back to their city. For so long, Israelis were only on the receiving end of philanthropy, but it is fantastic to see how local Tel Aviv philanthropy is becoming a growing phenomenon and helping to power the work of the Foundation.
The Tel Aviv Foundation continued its city coin partnership with the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and Colu Tel Aviv throughout Pride Month 2019. For every Colu transaction in Tel Aviv, Colu and The Tel Aviv Foundation made a donation to the Tel Aviv LGBTQ Center’s Transgender Employment Center. The Center helps members of the transgender community to combat prejudice to find and integrate into employment.
The late Anita Hirsh was a longtime friend of Tel Aviv and Mayor Ron Huldai who, with her husband Stanley, was a generous donor to the city.
The Tel Aviv Foundation is featured in the latest publication by UN-Habitat, A BETTER WORLD, which is a collection of articles on active efforts to advance Strategic Development Goal (SDG) 11 – make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Each article draws upon experiences around the world, including Buenos Aires, Malaysia, India, Dubai, Seoul, Australia, and the Netherlands.
The Tel Aviv Foundation in partnership with the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and Colu Tel Aviv have embarked on a pilot to use local digital currency to achieve community goals – strengthening the local economy, reducing the cost of living and promoting the welfare of residents. Throughout May 2019, users can earn Tel Aviv Coins through transactions with local businesses through the Colu app. In addition, for every transaction, Colu and the Tel Aviv Foundation will donate 12 agorot to the ‘Children of Music’ program at the Lev Jaffa Youth Center, which empowers youth at risk through music.
Following the tremendous success of the ‘Neighborhood as a City’ program – initiated by the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Charitable Foundation (UK) – the transformative program has been extended to three more neighborhoods in south Tel Aviv over the next three years.
Canadian donor Jeff Mittelman has generously donated mobile devices and equipment to implement new cutting-edge technology for special needs students.
The Tel Aviv Foundation was one of several partners to a recent Urban95 conference on early childhood.
Resilience Officers and other senior policy makers from six cities in the global 100 Resilient Cities network recently traveled to Tel Aviv to participate in a workshop exploring how how a city-wide digital currency can help cities become more resilient.
Miftan Alon High School caters to students who have left, been expelled or given up on the formal education system. To foster students’ vocational skills and personal development, Miftan Alon launched a social enterprise: a private function center called The Lion & The Turkey run by students as part of a special vocational skills program – thanks to the support of Richard Hirsch.