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Connecting Generations of
the Pilavin Family to Israel

December, 2011

Helene Pilavin Gates

Helene Pilavin Gates with family at the Helene Pilavin Gates Pre-Kindergarten
Nursery in Rishon Lezion.

Helene Pilavin Gates grew up understanding the importance of actively supporting Israel philanthropy. Witnessing her mother’s dedication to building Israel through her decades long partnership with IEF instilled in Helene a lifelong desire to support the people of Israel.

During the 1970s with the help of IEF, Helene's mother built six pre-kindergartens throughout Israel. In 1978, Helene, accompanied by nearly forty family members including all four of her
own children, attended the dedication ceremony of the Rishon Lezion pre-kindergarten named
in her honor.

Thirty five years later, Helene, now a grandmother, traveled to Israel with two of her children, their spouses, and five of her grandchildren to visit the Helene Pilavin Gates Pre-Kindergarten. Her young grandchildren spent that inspirational day playing with Israeli children in the classrooms that her mother built. Recognizing how transformative her own experiences in Israel were, Helene felt an obligation to expose the next generation of her family to her mother’s life’s work and to connect them to Israel’s future.

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I believe that it is important for the next generation to continue to actively partner with the people of Israel because if there
is no Israel, there
will be no next generation.”

Helene Pilavin Gates