JNF Future is the gateway for the next generation to Jewish National Fund (JNF), the premier charitable organization specializing in the development of Israeli land and infrastructure. JNF Future aims to engage individuals between the ages of 25 to 40 through programming and events, missions to Israel and forums with young Jewish leaders.
The goal is to increase support and awareness for JNF’s initiatives, and ultimately to raise funds for these projects in order to enhance the lives of the citizens of Israel.
The four pillars of JNF Future are:
Creating initiatives in our city that will benefit and enhance the life of Israel’s citizens through JNF projects.
Creating opportunities for young professionals to learn about the different projects and causes JNF helps to create; teaching the different ways JNF is working in research and development to help grow/nourish Israel.
Engaging young adults and young professionals in meaningful Israel and Zionist programming that makes a difference in our community and in the State of Israel.
Creating opportunities for young leaders to be a part of JNF’s future and helping it grow and succeed.
There are many ways for you to get involved with JNF Future to make a difference in Israel.
- Join an event committee
- Volunteer at an event
- Create new outreach, education or fundraising initiatives
- Attend an event
If you have an idea that you’d like to pursue, contact Esther at email@example.com or call 416.638.7200 ext.145
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JNF Future Executive Co-Chairs:
Faith Feldman and Jared Gaber
JNF Future Executive:
Danielle Faber, Kortney Shapiro and Jordan Waldman
Jaffa Daled After-School Educational Enrichment Center
About the Jaffa Institute:
The Jaffa Institute was established in 1982 as a private, non-profit, multi-service social agency to assist severely disadvantaged children and their families from the impoverished communities of Jaffa, South Tel Aviv, Bat Yam, and Bet Shemesh in Israel. Their mission is to provide educational, nutritional, therapeutic, and social enrichment programs that develop children’s positive attitudes and skills to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Their clients include; at-risk youth, Holocaust survivors and abused women.
About the Jaffa Daled After-School Educational Enrichment Center:
The Jaffa Daled After-School Educational Enrichment Center provides educational, nutritional, recreational and therapeutic support to 30 at-risk children, ages 6-12, 70% of whom are of Ethiopian descent. Maintaining a balance of children from Ethiopian families and those from other ethnic backgrounds avoids isolating the children of Ethiopian descent and encourages their integration into Israeli society. The Center is open every weekday during the school year from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and operates a camp program during all school vacations.
Upon arrival the children receive a hot meal. For many of the children, this is their only full meal of the day. The children then spend one hour focused on academics, during which time they complete their homework, play educational games, and receive specialized instruction to bolster areas of weakness. Additionally, the children participate in a variety of enriching recreational activities. Children who display behavioral or emotional challenges receive therapeutic treatment from certified social workers and therapists.
While the Center currently serves 30 children, there remains a critical need within the community to assist additional children and their families. The neighborhood in which the Center operates is one of the most deprived and poverty stricken areas in Israel, with 50% of the population living below the poverty line. 53% of the children in this area drop out of school before completing the 12th grade.
To address these challenges, the Jaffa Institute plans to expand the Centre by building an additional floor to the existing building. The new floor will include six rooms which will be used throughout the day for a variety of activities and programming for both children and parents. Families will be referred to these programs by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality.
In the morning, the new space will be utilized as a Parent-Child Centre for the families of preschool children. Utilizing games, story time, therapy, and individual and group training, social workers and psychologists will work with parents and their children to create a foundation for healthy development.
In the after-school and early evening hours, the Centre will house two new educational enrichment groups designed to meet the needs of teenagers who have been involved in dangerous situations as a result of their troubled backgrounds. The staff will provide these youth with emotional support and tools to cope with the challenges of adolescence.
Later in the evening, the Center will host parents from the community, including the parents of children in our care. During these sessions, the parents will receive a supportive framework and tools to empower them to improve their relationships and communication with their children.
The construction incorporates energy efficiency, with walls and windows constructed with high-quality insulation to reduce heating and cooling costs, solar panels covering the roof, and high efficiency lighting installed in all rooms. The furniture will have rounded edges and the doors will be fitted with finger pinch guards and a video intercom and entrance buzzer system will be installed for children’s safety.