Ayalim Association

Ayalim Association
Program Name: 
Workshops on Jewish Identity and Entrepreneurship
Grant Year: 
2011
Grant Type: 
Israel
Grant Amount: 
$250,000
Interest Area: 
Jewish Identity
Grant Purpose: 

Teach business entrepreneurship and Beit Midrash workshops to help Jewish students embrace their Jewish identity, launch a business venture and gain employment in the Negev region.

Description: 

Founded in 2002, Ayalim Association works to promote the values of Zionism, Jewish identity, and young entrepreneurship in the Negev and Galilee regions. It runs 11 student and entrepreneur villages in these regions that house 600 students and provides incentives such as scholarships and subsidized housing to encourage students to settle in these areas. In return for discounted housing, students volunteer 500 hours per year, working with underprivileged 20,000 children, providing academic support/activities, renovating schools, and building gardens.

Workshops on Jewish Identity and Entrepreneurship provides Ayalim participants with workshops that assist participants in embracing their Jewish identity, gaining employment, and ultimately living permanently in the Negev region.  Workshop topics include business plan creation, intellectual property and legal issues, management and team building as well as Tanach, Talmud, Jewish philosophy, Hebrew and living a Jewish life.

Grant Quote: 

"In a powerful way, Ayalim is mobilizing young Israelis Zionists to develop and strengthen the Negev and the State of Israel. This important grant from The Foundation will help these modern day pioneers do their work more effectively and with even more deep-rooted Jewish values.” -Jay Sanderson, president and CEO,  The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles