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.
The Tel Aviv Foundation has launched a new initiative for young people to become Tel Aviv Youth Ambassadors as part of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebrations.
The Canadian Friends of the Tel Aviv Foundation have launched a junior board to focus on innovation, science and technology projects.
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.
Construction continues apace at the Sylvan Adams National Velodrome, which is taking shape in northern Tel Aviv. The Velodrome will feature in the international cycling tournament, Giro d’Italia, which commences in Israel for the first time in May before continuing to Rome. With local and international media teams visiting the Velodrome, there is tremendous excitement about the opportunity to showcase Tel Aviv and Israel through the international tournament and, longer term, to impact cycling, sport and health more broadly.
In partnership with the German government, the White City Center seeks to conserve and revive the World Heritage-listed Bauhaus White City. Currently undergoing a unique ‘Open Renovation’ involving hands-on community participation, the center has attracted hundreds of visitors for tours, demonstrations and other events over recent months. As the center prepares for 2019 Year of the Bauhaus, visitors have enjoyed the unique opportunity to peep through the cracks, uncover the layers of time, and experience a historical building under renovation.
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.
Thanks to the generosity of The Shapiro Foundation, Unitaf received a life-saving donation which will enable the renovation of the childcare center in the Central Bus Station and the opening of 10 new after-school clubs for preschool children. This will rescue hundreds of children from the appalling conditions of ‘pirate babysitters’. The Municipality matched the donation by funding 10 after-school clubs serving low socioeconomic Jewish communities in neighborhoods in southern Tel Aviv. Mayor Huldai expressed his appreciation to the Shapiro Foundation and his support for quality education for all Tel Aviv residents, regardless of their status.
Thanks to the generosity of The Stella and Yoel Carasso Family Foundation, HEMDA was awarded a donation over three years. The Carasso Family Foundation (which demonstrates genuine inter-generational philanthropy) focuses on technology education and vocational training for young adults (18+) as a means to achieve social mobility and bridge gaps in society. Although HEMDA caters for high school students, the Foundation recognizes that investing in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in school is key to achieving their goal.
Friends and partners of the Tel Aviv Foundation gathered in Mayor Huldai’s office for a celebratory lighting of the Channukiah.
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.
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.”