Founded in 2000, Appleseeds Academy works to close the digital divide (the gap between communities who have continuous, reliable access to computers and internet and those who do not) through the development and implementation of technological programs, vocational training and job placement. It reaches 100,000 individuals per year in Israel’s poor, underserved neighborhoods in remote locations in Israel’s social and geographic periphery who lack the skills necessary to fully integrate into the economic infrastructure of the country.
Code Blue increases the employability of young adults living in peripheral cities through vocational training, hands-on experience, and employment placement.
Founded in 2006, Artists & Musicians for Israel-Neshima (AMI) works to strengthen the pluralistic Jewish identity and connection to Jewish traditions of Israeli teens using an experiential model that focuses on music and art. To achieve its mission, AMI holds in-class school workshops, teacher trainings, pre-army leadership mechinot programs and programs for at-risk youth and overseas students. Since its inception, AMI’s programs have impacted close to 10,000 Israeli youth.
Neshima Teacher Training trains 1,200 teachers at 100 schools to integrate the Neshima music and art curriculum into their classrooms, engaging 37,000 Israeli teens in exploring Jewish concepts and Jewish identity.
Founded in 1991, the Association for Children at Risk (the Association) was created due to the lack of a proper educational-therapeutic treatment program for young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Association works in 137 educational settings (e.g., day care centers, kindergartens), treating close to 1,000 children with ASD. The Association’s Cohen-Harris Resilience Center provides treatment, counsel, development, training and research on preparedness, prevention, intervention and rehabilitation as well as in development of civilian resilience during traumas, crises and mass disasters on the local, national and international levels.
The Autism and Resiliency Program will provide a trauma prevention and intervention program geared for the Autism community that will provide parents and children with tools and strategies to navigate through challenging times.
Founded in 1990, Atid Bamidbar connects Jews living in the Negev with each other and with their Jewish heritage using a creative, egalitarian, and culturally-sensitive approach. It pursues its mission by running 20 annual programs that include cultural & community events, leadership workshops and Jewish identity programming that attract over 12,000 participants annually.
Jewish Empowerment for Russian-Speaking Israelis in the Negev provides 1,100 Russian-speaking Israelis with knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture; strengthened Jewish identity; comfort and connection with native Israelis; and the tools to incorporate Jewish learning and customs into their daily lives.
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.
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.
Elul seeks to introduce Jewish Israelis both to Jewish texts and to other Jews who may not share their cultural and religious beliefs. It seeks to fill the needs for: people to rediscover their Jewish identity; Jewish identity to become an integral part of personal and professional identities as well as the national agenda; communities to engage in greater community activism; and Jewish identity programs to become more common in cities on the social and geographic peripheries.
The Learning Communities – Building Jewish Identities Through Text program engages more than 2,000 Israeli Jews of diverse backgrounds from 40 communities through an exploration of modern and traditional Jewish texts; and 9,000 community members through public events related to Jewish identity.
Founded in 1990, Beit Morasha works to provide intellectual leaders and decision makers with the skills to inspire Jewish and Zionist identity, champion an inclusive vision of Judaism, and bolster the strength and solidarity of the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world. Its educational and academic programs include informal values education in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Jewish heritage education models for Israel's Education Ministry, the Israel Center for Conversion Policy, and adult education and leadership training. Beit Morasha is a partner in the development and oversight of all Jewish identity and values education programs in the IDF Education Corps.
The Recreation and Education program provides 40 4-day training seminars in partnership with the IDF Education Corps for battalions of approximately 250-400 IDF officers and soldiers to implement activities that strengthen soldiers’ connection with their Jewish identity, heritage and values. On Days 1 and 2, the Beit Morasha facilitator meets with the officers and commanders of the battalion and introduces the commanders to Beit Midrash materials and outdoor education techniques. On Days 3 and 4, the commanders use these materials and techniques with their soldiers. Following each seminar, the senior commanders of the battalions are interviewed and surveyed to evaluate the program’s impact.
Train IDF combat officers to engage their soldiers in explorations of Jewish values and identity.
Founded in 2004, Beit Tefilah Israeli is an inclusive Jewish-Israeli grassroots community offering meaningful Jewish-cultural ritual, study and community life to the general Israeli public. It works to provide a variety of liberal and egalitarian Jewish-Israeli community gatherings and programming for Shabbat and holiday services, lifecycle events and Jewish-Israeli identity exploration. While its summer Shabbat and holiday public sphere programs are at its core, Beit Tefilah also celebrates weekly Shabbat services throughout the year at its home in central Tel Aviv, engages the community in social action programs, provides workshops for IDF officers, conducts education programming in schools and works to expose other communities to its innovative style of prayer.
Open Tent Shabbat and Holidays: Israeli-Judaism in the Public Sphere will serve nearly 100,000 Israelis per year through free, non-synagogue-based, inclusive Shabbat and holiday services in the public sphere.
Founded in 1996, BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture (BINA) was created as a forum for exploring Jewish values and texts in pluralistic settings, for leadership development and societal improvement. It impacts over 25,000 Israelis every year through its Shabbat & holiday events, seminars, classes, and social-educational programs. In 2006, BINA established the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, followed by a second location in Jerusalem. Today, attended by hundreds of young adults each year, the Secular Yeshiva has emerged as a center for Jewish cultural expression in both cities.
Secular Yeshiva – Core Tracks engages 420-525 pre-army, mid-service and post-army track students in the study of Jewish texts, exploration of Jewish culture and involvement in social activism.
Founded in 1971, the Center for Educational Technology works to empower educational systems around the globe by creating innovative learning environments that balance pedagogical needs with the evolution of new technology. It offers technology platforms and tools to enhance teaching, learning and assessment; develops online and blended learning models; and innovates in the field of STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math). It has most recently launched 929 (the number of chapters in the Tanach, which is the Torah (5 books of Moses), Neviim (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings), which uses a variety of technological outlets to share Jewish learning throughout Israel.
929 engages Israeli Jews of all religious identities in studying the 929 chapters of the Tanach, as a tool to increase pluralistic and respectful speech amongst all sectors of Israeli society.
Founded in 1955 in the underground of the former Soviet Union (FSU), Chamah helps Jews economically through job placement, holiday food distribution and spreading Jewish identity. Today, Chamah runs humanitarian and educational programs in Russia, the United States and Israel. Since 1971, Chamah’s work in Israel has included assisting immigrants to find jobs, placing immigrant children in suitable educational institutions, establishing Judaic libraries with literature in Russian, and publishing Judaic materials in Russian. In 1989, Chamah established a day care center that serves over 100 children. The center has been visited by many government representatives and serves as a model for other centers across the country.
Holiday and Weekend Retreats convenes Shabbat and holiday retreats for immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, with the goal of enhancing participants’ Jewish identity and awareness.
Initiated in 2006 by leading hi-tech and IT companies and approved by the Ministry of Education in 2011, Dan Academic Center (DAC) provides access to academic studies and employment in the hi-tech and IT industries. DAC is a public non-profit academic college that offers undergraduate programs in computer science, management information systems and business administration. In 2012, it enrolled 180 students, 7% of whom come from the social and geographic periphery. In 2013, DAC merged with the College for Academic Studies at Or Yehuda (MLA), a leading institution in its fields of studies, combining up-to-date education with practical and applied approaches that provide graduates with teh ability to successfully face real world challenges. DAC now sits under the larger umbrella of MLA.
The Dan School for Hi Tech Professions provides academic degrees, mentorship and job placement in the hi-tech and IT fields for 130 students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
Established in 1991, the Daniel Centers, comprised of Tel Aviv's first Reform Synagogue, the Beit Daniel Center for Progressive Judaism and Mishkenot Ruth Daniel (an education center and guest house), aims to expose Israelis to progressive Jewish values including equality, pluralism and Tikkun Olam. Its mission is 'to help secular and Reform Israelis find their 'Jewish Voice' and build meaningful relationships with Diaspora counterparts.' Among other programs, the Daniel Centers conducts adult education classes, runs Jewish enrichment program in 15 kindergartens and after-school care programs, and offers a 'School to Shul' program in more than 40 schools. The 'School to Shul' program introduces Judaism to Israeli students through holiday events, seminars, Bar-Bat Mitzvah courses and more.
Jewish Soul Overhaul trains more than 100 teachers over 3 years at three elementary schools in Tel Aviv and Jaffa to integrate Jewish education into their classroom curriculum and to encourage 2,000 students and their families to incorporate Jewish traditions and rituals into their
Founded in 1997, Eden Association works with at-risk girls ages 12-18, helping them to re-claim their lives and escape cycles of poverty and violence. The Association includes the Eden Therapeutic Residential Home for At-Risk Teenage Girls, an additional therapeutic residential home for at-risk children, a school for girls, and a social business café. The organization is in the preliminary stages of creating an occupational training center and a health clinic. All of Eden Association’s programs combine behavioral therapies and a feminist-focused approach. The approach helps girls understand that they are the ones responsible for changing their lives and securing a better future.
Second Chance provides girls with the education, life skills and employment experience needed to become self-sufficient, successful adults.
Founded in 2005, Ein Prat is the largest organization in Israel to bring together secular, traditional and religious Israeli young adults for shared Jewish learning. It works to impart knowledge about Judaism and Jewish texts, cultivate an appreciation for Jewish learning and nurture pluralistic Jewish identities. Through its intensive residential Beit Midrash programs, alumni programming and programming impacting the wider Israeli community, Ein Prat has helped to shape Israeli discourse on issues of Jewish identity, Jewish practice and Zionism.
Alumni Network Program builds on the increased Jewish identity fostered through Ein Prat’s intensive study programs, providing an array of Jewish identity programming and activities to alumni and their friends.
Founded in 2002, Ein Prat works to impart knowledge about Judaism and Jewish texts, cultivate an appreciation for Jewish learning, and nurture pluralistic Jewish identities among Israel’s young adults. It offers study programs where participants live on-site for a minimum of 5 weeks and as long as 4 months and spend each day learning Jewish texts in a pluralistic Beit Midrash (adult education facility). Ein Prat serves approximately 300 students from secular and traditional backgrounds each year.
Elul provides pluralistic Jewish educational enrichment to 880 Israeli young adults from across the religious spectrum through a 5-week summer intensive program aimed at enriching participants’ Jewish identity and deepening their connection to the Jewish people.
Appleseeds AcademyCode BlueEconomic Development
Artists & Musicians for Israel-NeshimaNeshima Teacher TrainingJewish Identity
Association for Children at RiskAutism and Resiliency ProgramEmergency Assistance
Atid BamidbarJewish Empowerment for Russian-Speaking Israelis in the NegevJewish Identity
Ayalim AssociationWorkshops on Jewish Identity and EntrepreneurshipJewish Identity
Beit Midrash ElulLearning Communities - Buildling Jewish Identities Through TextJewish Identity
Beit Morasha of JerusalemRecreation and EducationJewish Identity
Beit Tefilah IsraeliOpen Tent Shabbat and Holidays: Israeli-Judaism in the Public SphereJewish Identity
BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew CultureSecular Yshiva: Core TracksJewish Identity
Center for Educational Technology929Jewish Identity
ChamahHoliday and Weekend RetreatsJewish Identity
College For Academic Studies at Or YehudaThe Dan School for Hi Tech ProfessionsEconomic Development
Daniel Centers for Progressive JudaismJewish Soul OverhaulJewish Identity
Eden AssociationSecond ChanceAt-Risk Youth
Ein PratAlumni Network ProgramJewish Identity
Ein PratElulJewish Identity