Founded in 1993, Reut Sderot sponsors and administers programs in Sderot that promote improvement and progress in its educational systems and social welfare services. Its programs serve over 5,000 children and adults, particularly the residents of Sderot’s economically needy and socially distressed neighborhoods. Reut Sderot provides hundreds of at-risk teens with quality leadership programs, encourages and supports youth to complete their secondary educations, and trains the young population to give back to the community through local volunteerism.
Touching the Jewish Spirit strengthens the Jewish identity of 580 secular Israeli students in Southern Israel, through workshops and activities that further students’ understanding of Jewish, texts, traditions and customs; and to promote tolerance and understanding towards Israel’s various religious and racial sectors through a diversity curriculum.
Established in 1976, The Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) is an educational center located in Jerusalem that aims to shape Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Its mission is to 'engage a new generation of Jews, who live within the global marketplace of ideas, and inspire them to develop a commitment to Jewish life and the Jewish people through innovative and creative thinking, gifted and visionary leaders, and transformational education programs.' The Institute houses an advanced research center for more than 50 scholars per year, a high school for boys with more than 350 students, an in-house publications department, international theology and philosophy conferences and centers for training educators, rabbis and lay community leaders.
Be'eri provides a pluralistic resource center for two non-religious high schools to integrate innovative Jewish education and help strength Jewish identity among 4,000 high school students.
Founded in 1984 by Mariuma Ben Yosef, who was herself a homeless youth, Shanti House serves as a temporary home and long-term supportive residence for runaway, homeless youth ages 14-21. It cares for youth in imminent danger of physical violence, sexual abuse and prostitution and it also runs a preventive program for youth before they reach this stage. Shanti House operates a home in Tel Aviv and another in the Negev. There are a total of 75-105 youth in both homes on any given day. According to Shanti House, 90% of its youth complete 12 years of study and matriculation exams and enlist in the IDF.
The Therapeutic Horseback Riding program provides therapeutic horseback riding for at-risk youth.
Established in 2002, Tech-Career offers Ethiopian Israeli young adults technological training, personal development workshops and job placement services. Its training programs aim to increase the number of Ethiopians working in high tech industries and decrease the number dependent on economic and social services. Between 2004 and 2009, 83% of Tech Career graduates, i.e. 52 individuals, were employed in high tech industries as software developers or software quality assurance professionals. Tech-Career is seeking to ensure that by 2012 at least 1,000 of its Ethiopian Israeli students will be working in high tech industries.
The Technology Training Program develops programming for professional training aimed at integrating a greater number of Ethiopian Israelis into high tech industries.
In Israel today, Ethiopian Israelis are confronted with many obstacles that deter their integration into society as a whole and into the high-tech sector in particular. In spite of high motivation levels, only 9% of Ethiopian Israeli soldiers are chosen to receive any technological or professional training in the army, which decreases their chances of attaining high level positions in the army and joining the high-tech sector post-army. Additionally, only 24% of Ethiopian Israelis attain a high school matriculation diploma and therefore cannot gain access to a university-level education.
The Closing the Digital Gap - Empowering Ethiopian Israeli Young Adults program supports a comprehensive vocational technology training and placement program for 80 Ethiopian Israeli young adults ages 21-30 per year.
Founded in 2005, Temech has dedicated itself to offering the financial, socio-economic, and professional tools needed to broaden professional opportunities available to women in Israel's religious community, build women's leadership, and create a more economically stable community, thus reducing poverty. Temech works closely with employers, policy makers, and key institutions to foster the expertise required for women to succeed in today's workplace. Programs include: subsidized professional training, computer skills courses, job club and workplace readiness courses, mentor programs, job fairs, employer outreach events and a professional working hub.
The Employer Based Training program will provide job training and placement services to 750 unemployed and underemployed ultra-Orthodox women from across Israel over three years.
Established in 1982, The Jaffa Institute works to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by providing educational, nutritional, therapeutic, and social enrichment services to impoverished communities in Jaffa, South Tel Aviv, Bat Yam, and Bet Shemesh. It operates 30 different programs, including crisis residences for at-risk youth, an educational enrichment center, food security initiatives, support to elderly and Holocaust survivors, and women’s empowerment programs. Each year, the Jaffa Institute serves over 4,000 individuals.
The Ethiopian Integration Program provides at-risk Ethiopian-Israeli boys residing at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center boarding school with vocational, educational, and emotional support to help them integrate into Israeli society and succeed in their academic and career pursuits.
Founded in 1973, The Summit Institute rescues and cares for 750 at-risk Israeli children who have been removed from their homes after being severely abused, neglected or orphaned. It offers case management and therapeutic services for foster youth and foster families as well as screening and training for foster families with the goal of securing strong, successful long-term foster placements. It also provides young adults who suffer from mental illnesses with in-community rehabilitation. The Summit Institute works in close partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare to help ensure that the foster youth in its care grow toward a more secure and productive future.
The Warm and Loving Home program places additional at-risk babies and children in safe, supportive home environments in the care of highly trained, compatible foster homes.
Founded in 2005, Todah L’Tzahal works to strengthen the Jewish identity of Israeli soldiers and deepen their connection and commitment to the land of Israel and the Jewish people. Working in cooperation with the education department of the IDF, Todah L’Tzahal operates 3 core programs: Begin at the Base, which provides Jewish identity lectures on army bases; the Jerusalem Experience, which brings soldiers to Jerusalem for lectures, tours and seminars; and the Jerusalem Weekend Experience, which brings officers and officer cadets to Jerusalem to celebrate Shabbat and engage in Jewish learning. Since its inception, Todah L’Tzahal has provided close to 900,000 Jewish identity experiences to 370,000 soldiers.
The Heritage Lectures, Jerusalem Experience, Jerusalem Shabbat Experience provide Jewish identity programming to 250,000 soldiers through army base lectures and Jerusalem experiences.
Established in 1997, Tzohar aims to bridge the gap between religious and secular Jews in Israel. It is dedicated to ensuring the Jewish future of Israel and to enriching Israeli culture by providing Jewish content in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Tzohar focuses its work in three areas: 1) Training moderate Zionist rabbinic leadership to reach out to secular Jews and create inclusive, pluralistic Jewish rituals and programming; 2) Facilitating meaningful Jewish ritual experiences in the areas of marriage, holidays, and prayer; and 3) Initiating public policy efforts that inform the media and public leaders about Jewish pluralism. Tzohar’s initiatives bring Jews of different backgrounds and observation levels together and make Judaism accessible for all.
The Professional Development for Community Rabbis program provides professional development for Orthodox rabbis in diverse geographic regions in Israel, utilizing online and in-person courses, conferences, and trainings to bridge the secular-religious divide.
Founded by the Religious Kibbutz Movement in 1988, the Yaacov Herzog Center is an educational center that focuses on bringing different sectors of people in Israel together with the goal of fostering a deeper understanding among secular and religious citizens and a more respectful society. Its programs offer a moderate religious Zionist approach that values humanism, mutual respect and pluralism. The organization’s programs include educational offerings for the general public at its campus in Southern Israel; Batei Midrash (Jewish study groups) for university students, women and emerging leaders; seminars for high school students on Jewish identity, leadership and religious/secular dialogue; and a one-year pre-army preparatory academy for religious women. Through its programs, YHC convenes 5,000 people annually.
The Teens Talk Jewish Identity: Culture, Conflict, and Co-Existence in Israeli Society program strengthens Jewish identity, pluralistic perspective, and community involvement of secular and religious students at high schools and youth villages throughout Israel.
Founded in 1999, Yachdav Association of Be’er Sheva operates a wide range of programs and services including employment frameworks, training apartments for people with disabilities, an Early Childhood Center, The Anchors Youth Village for youth at risk or neglected, men’s and women’s domestic violence shelters, and a therapeutic rehabilitation village.
The Respites and Shelter Needs program provides educational workshops, minor repairs and cleaning for shelters, activity kits for children and youth, shelter entertainment equipment, and emergency equipment for shelters and safe rooms.
Founded in 1953, Yemin Orde works to help youth refocus their energies from daily struggle and survival to achieving success now and in the future. It envisions program graduates as self-reliant, socially responsible adults and educated participants in the workforce. Yemin Orde is home to 440 children ages 13-19 who are primarily immigrants from Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, France and Brazil. It offers a wide array of programs including therapeutic, formal learning, Jewish learning, extracurricular activities and programs for graduates. In 2006, it launched the Village Way Educational Initiatives, a successful educational methodology that is now being used by 26 other educational communities working with thousands of at-risk youth nationwide.
The Therapeutic Treatment Center at Yemin Orde Youth Village program provides therapeutic care to at-risk teens who reside at Yemin Orde.
Founded in 2006 by Kenesset member and former Mayor, Amram Mitzna, The Yeruham Foundation’s major mission is to strengthen the people of Yeruham with an emphasis on its welfare population of 1,000 families (3,000 individuals) and to strengthen its education and school system.
The Portable Cement Shelters program will construct 40 portable cement shelters in the weakest neighborhoods of the Yeruham-Dimona area, and improve access to shelters for the elderly and people with special needs.
Reut Sderot AssociationTouching the Jewish SpiritJewish Identity
Shalom Hartman InstituteBe'eri CarmielJewish Identity
Shanti HouseTherapeutic Horseback Riding ProgramAt-Risk Youth
Tech-CareerTechnology Training ProgramEconomic Development
Tech-CareerClosing the Digital Gap - Empowering Ethiopian Israeli Young AdultsEconomic Development
TemechEmployer Based Training ProgramEconomic Development
The Jaffa InstituteEthiopian Integration ProgramEconomic Development
The Summit InstituteWarm and Loving HomeAt-Risk Youth
Todah L'Tzahal (Thank Israel Soldiers)Heritage Lectures, Jerusalem Experience, Jerusalem Shabbat ExperienceJewish Identity
TzoharProfessional Development for Community RabbisJewish Identity
Yaacov HerzogTeens Talk Jewish Identity: Culture, Conflict and Co-Existence in Israeli SocietyJewish Identity
Yachdav Association of Be'er ShevaRespites and Shelter NeedsEmergency Assistance
Yemin OrdeTherapeutic Treatment Center at Yemin Orde Youth VillageAt-Risk Youth
Yeruham FoundationPortable Cement SheltersEmergency Assistance