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.
On 26 June the Tel Aviv Foundation welcomed the Feldman family of San Diego, USA, for the dedication of the Feldman Kindergarten on Bashevis-Zinger Street in Nofei Yam. The kindergarten was dedicated by Aaron Feldman in memory of the late David Feldman and in honor of his grandchildren, in the presence of his family from around the world. The kindergarten was built with five classrooms (as opposed to the standard two) to accommodate the large population of young families in the area.
The Tel Aviv Foundation is once again appearing at the annual Tel Aviv Cities Summit, part of the DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival.
June is Pride Month, which kicked off with a 250,000 person march on 6 June, drawing revelers from around the world.
The demolition of the abandoned Dolphinarium building represents the final step in the Tel Aviv Municipality realizing its vision to extend the coastal promenade along Tel Aviv beach and improve access to the beach.
Mayor Ron Huldai unveiled the new Sylvan Adams Velodrome on the eve of the international cycling tournament, the Giro d’Italia, which took place in Israel in May.