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.
Israeli donors, the Azoory family, supported the renovation of the Gan Onn special education kindergarten and will dedicate it in the memory of their late parents.
US donor Gladys Shukur has made a generous donation to ‘Soul Key’, a special music rehabilitation program for military veterans with PTSD run by the Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv; and to deaf and hearing impaired students at ORT Geula school.
The visionary new landmark, Hamakom – The World’s Jewish Center, which is planned for Tel Aviv was presented to the Foundation’s Israeli Council at a recent meeting.
Mayor Ron Huldai awarded 70 scholarships to students from low socio-economic backgrounds to enable them to commence higher education studies.