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.
On 27 February 2019, The Jerusalem Post published an excellent article about The Tel Aviv Foundation on how we are responding to new trends in urban development and philanthropy, some of our key projects, and the importance of Tel Aviv’s booming hi-tech ecosystem to re-invest in its own city’s future. Read the article online.
Over 30 construction projects and operational programs were implemented or advanced in 2018, thanks to many generous donors. These address important urban needs and meaningfully impact education, welfare, culture, and the environment in the city.
Ed and Barbara Shapiro celebrated Tu Bishvat (Jewish New Year for Trees) with Mayor Ron Huldai and children of asylum seekers, planting a tree at a local kindergarten after touring the newly renovated daycare in the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station. The Shapiro Foundation supported the renovation of the daycare as well as afternoon childcare facilities in kindergartens. Creating such facilities to remove children of asylum seekers from unsafe environments is a critical need in south Tel Aviv. The Shapiros pledged to continue to support this most vulnerable group.
The Sylvan Adams Commuter Path was recently inaugurated in a dedication ceremony in Ganei Yehoshua. The path was officially opened by Mayor Ron Huldai, donor Sylvan Adams, representatives from KKL-JNF Canada, which also contributed to the project, and riders from the Israel Cycling Academy.
On December 17th, Israel Bonds with the American Committee for the Tel Aviv Foundation hosted a special breakfast to honor major milestones of US Chairman Josh Weston, who celebrated his 90th birthday, and Mayor Ron Huldai, who was recently elected for a fifth term. Josh Weston, whose generosity has had a tremendous impact on science and robotics education in Tel Aviv, was presented with the key to the city by the Mayor during a visit to New York.
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.