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.
Mayor Ron Huldai awarded 70 scholarships to students from low socio-economic backgrounds to enable them to commence higher education studies.
Two projects which empower youth were opened in February 2019: Sarona Hub for aspiring entrepreneurs and The Lion and the Turkey to give struggling students vocational skills. The Tel Aviv Foundation seeks support for both projects to enable their ongoing operation and growth.
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.
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.
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.