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Giving Opportunities in Israel: The Negev

Arad, Tamar
Beersheva, Bnei Shimon
Eshkol
Kiryat Gat, Lachish
Kiryat Malachi, Ashkelon Coast
Mitzpe Ramon, Ramat Hanegev
Netivot, Azata
Ofakim, Merchavimt, Sha'ar Hanegev

 

Arad, Tamar

Community Club - Neve Zohar, Tamar
Community club


Girls Dormitory for Bnei Akiva, Arad
The Bnei Akiva Ulpana, located in Arad, provides young women from Eilat to Bnei Brak with the highest standards of Jewish and general education along with the guidance needed to perform regular volunteer activities in the community of Arad, which includes approximately 12,000 new immigrants from the FSU and Ethiopia. However, the Ulpana lacks suitable dormitory facilities. The proposed dormitories will provide accommodation for 170 students.


Renovation to Communication Center, Arad
Arad's remote location from the center of the country has hampered its development. In order to encourage its new and veteran residents to remain, it is necessary to provide adequate educational and cultural services. The proposed Communications Center will provide the entire population of Arad with services in one of the most central spheres of modern daily life.


Social Club- Neot HaKikar, Tamar
Social club


Social Club, Tamar
Ein Tamar is located south of the Dead Sea and is home to 31 families. All of the families earn their living by working in local agricultural. Most of the community events and holiday celebrations are held jointly with nearby Naot Hakikar. The proposed Social Club will providing a setting for these events as well as other community activities.


Social Involvement of Youth and Adults in the Community, Arad
Bnei Akiva's Social Involvement program is geared to 14-16 year-olds in Arad who will participate once a week for half a day in activities in old age homes, day centers and with individual senior citizens. These activities will include helping out with household chores, yard maintenance, encouraging participation in cultural activities and providing personal support. Aside from building and nurturing educational values, such as mutual respect, the program will also act as a bridge between the two generations.

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Beersheva, Bnei Shimon

Community & Family Center, Beersheva
Beersheva located in southern Israel has 180,000 residents 9,500 of whom live in the Northern Daled neighborhood. Of these 9,500 residents 1/3 are new immigrants, 1 out of every 5 are over age 60, and 40% are clients of the municipal welfare division. 20% of the children in the neighborhood are considered at risk. The center will offer a range of activities for the residents of all ages including ulpanim, activities for children and families, learning centers, internet access, occupational training for adults and social activities for the elderly.


Cultural Center for New Immigrants, Beersheva
Beersheva, located in southern Israel has throughout its history maintained the Patriarch Abraham's tradition of receiving guests gracefully. Today almost a 1/3 of Beersheva residents are new recent immigrants from over 60 countries. A major step towards providing the city's heterogeneous residents varied, excellent cultural opportunities is the Municipality's undertaking to construct a Cultural Center for New Immigrants close to one of the city's three absorption centers. When completed the Center will include exhibition space, an auditorium, studio rooms for dance, art music and theatre, an information center, 14 classrooms for ulpanim and vocational retraining and offices for olim organizations.


Day Care Center, Bnei Shimon
Bnei Shimon Region Council is located in the Northern Negev, contains 12 agricultural settlements, and is isolated from urban centers. The proposed Day Care center will serve three of the settlements, which have shared community facilities on Moshav Brosh. As a result of the crisis in Israel's agricultural center, more and more women from this area are seeking employment outside of their homes. The existing day care facility is inadequate to handle the demand for places for young children. The proposed Day Care Center will offer three classrooms for young children, and will provide afternoon care for older children. Two additional rooms will be used for parental guidance and counseling.


Electrical/Electronics Building, Beersheva
The Negev College of Engineering was established in 1995 and offers degree programs in 5 different fields; Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Software Engineering. NACE students are still attending classes on the old campus of the Beersheva College of Technology. With the high school, the non-academic programs for post-high school education and the NACE students, the campus has 7000 students and is very crowded. Land has been allocated and construction begun to create a new campus next to the old one. The Electrical/Electronics Building will house the existing Department of Electrical Engineering and allow for the expansion into the fields of electronics and telecommunications.


Enlargement of Kitchen, Beersheva
Ashalim is the first and only institution in southern Israel dealing with children and youth who are at risk and in danger. The facility is a residential one providing shelter and programming. Keren Hayesod built the Institution over 20 years ago. The Ministries of Health and Social Welfare have refused to renew Ashalim's license because the existing kitchen is too small and does not meet current safety requirements, The proposed expansion and renovation will bring Institution's kitchen in line with today's health and safety standards.


Help Center for Abused Women, Beersheva
Beersheva located in southern Israel has 180,000 residents. The small shelter in Beersheva is currently housed in a rented building and is not adequate to meet the needs of the women and children from southern Israel seeking shelter. According to international law, women and children seeking shelter are required to be given shelter at a distance from their own homes. The opening of an appropriate shelter in Beersheva will give women from Beersheva and the whole southern region the ability to find places in other shelters around the country.


Lecture Theater Building, Beersheva
The Negev College of Engineering was established in 1995 and offers degree programs in 5 different fields; Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Software Engineering. NACE students are still attending classes on the old campus of the Beersheva College of Technology. With the high school, the nonacademic programs for post-high school education and the NACE students, the campus has 7000 students and is very crowded. Land has been allocated and construction begun to create a new campus next to the old one. The new Lecture Theater Building will be the major entrance to NACE from the underground parking area and the existing campus. The building will also have rooms for large class lectures and major gatherings.


Lehava Students' Association, Beersheva
This program is being provided by the Lehava Students' Association which affords a formal framework for Jewish activities on campus and promotes dialogue, respect and understanding between students of diverse backgrounds and affiliations. Through lectures, panel discussions and seminars on Judaism and Jewish identity, 500 students at Ben-Gurion University in Beer are being exposed to the richness and beauty of Judaism.


New Immigrant Youth from the Caucasus Integrate Into Israeli Society, Beersheva
This project is an attempt to assist new immigrant youth from the Caucasus, living in the Nachal Beka Neighborhood in Beer , to integrate into Israeli society. To this end, the ninety 13-16 year-old program participants are provided with a variety of regular after-school programs which incorporate activities with native-born Israelis, including field trips, leadership workshops for youth movement counselors and a summer camp. By enabling new immigrant youth to participate in a youth movement, they are being allowed to contribute to Israeli society in a positive manner, often deferring them from from taking the path to delinquency.


Provisioning of a Computer Classroom at the Altshul Absorption Center, Beersheva
The proposed project would create a computer room at the Altshul Absorption Center to be used by the students for their studies, enrichment, culture and leisure and to communicate with their families abroad.


Startup Guidance Center, Beersheva
Beersheva is home to 60,000 young people ages 13-35, including 15,000 new immigrants. An additional 23,000 students live in Beersheva In recent years many of the young people have been leaving the area, and their departure deprives the city of important manpower who should be aiding the development of Beersheva and the region. The proposed Guidance Center will create support frameworks for these young people and provide guidance and counseling in the areas of employment, educational and vocational training, scholarships and financial aid, business initiatives, housing, legal counseling, and more.

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Eshkol

Dance and Ballet school, Eshkol
The Regional Council of Eshkol, established in 1951, is located in the southwest of Israel. 11,000 residents populate the Region's 14 kibbutzim, 13 moshavim and 2 communal settlements. Despite its relative prosperity, newcomers are reluctant to make their homes in isolated Eshkol. The proposed new Dance and Ballet School will replace the present cramped, insufficient facilities, and aid the Israeli government in its policy to strengthen this strategically important Region, by attracting more young families from the densely populated center of the country.


Indoor Swimming Pool, Eshkol
The Eshkol Region forms Israel's southwest border with Egypt and Gaza. The Region strives to improve the standard of living for its pioneering 10,000 residents, of which 1,000 are new immigrants from the Former Soviet Union. Moreover, since attracting families to the Region is a national goal, it is important to offset the sense of isolation with a sturdy structure of recreational and social services. However, the Region's southern section lacks a suitable swimming pool. The proposed new swimming pool will be part of a new recreational complex that will be designed for the benefit of residents of all ages.


Negev Youth Center, Eshkol
Kibbutz Gevulot located in the Negev 20 kilometers from the Egyptian border is the proposed site for Negev Youth Center . The Center will call upon the talents of the kibbutz and nearby settlement to provide youth from Israel and from abroad with an exciting setting to learn about the Negev region. Additionally the Center will serve as a site for teacher continuing education, education for soldiers, and Internet education.

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Kiryat Gat, Lachish

All-Purpose Center, Lachish
All-purpose Center


Community Center, Kiryat Gat
Community Center


Comprehensive School - Sports Hall, Kiryat Gat
Comprehensive School - Sports Hall


Dormitory, Shafir
Located between Kiryat Malachi and Ashkelon, the Shafir Regional Council encompasses 14 settlements. The Shapira Center includes a regional elementary school, middle school and high school, a religious technological college, a boys' yeshiva high school and the Or-Etzion "Hesder" Yeshiva, in which the students combine Yeshiva studies with compulsory service in the IDF. There are currently 400 students in the Or-Etzion Yeshiva, including 45 Ethiopian youngsters. The program is constantly expanding, but the existing dormitories only have room for 128 students. The remainder sleep in old caravans that the Hesder boys say are worse than the conditions in their army basic training. Construction of an additional dormitory building will provide housing for another 128 students.

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Kiryat Malachi, Ashkelon Coast

Art & Music Center, Kiryat Malachi
The town of Kiryat Malachi located in southern Israel has 22,000 residents and is expected to double its size in the next 15 years. Many of these residents are new immigrants from the FSU The goal of this municipal project is to have every child in the town learn to play an instrument and therefore benefit both personally and culturally. The center will house classrooms, and performance and practice space and provide employment for new immigrants as music and dance teachers.


Day Care Center, Hof Ashkelon
The Hof Ashkelon Regional Council is located in Israel's southern coastal plain. Beit Hadar is a newly developed community located next to the regional center and provides services for the Meyuchas Youth Village located in close proximity. In order for the parents to work, day care centers are needed to provide appropriate care for young children. The new center will provide day care facilities for 50 children to begin with and the number is expected to grow as a number of communities in the area are experiencing growth at this time.


Library, Kiryat Malachi
Library


Tennis Center, Kiryat Malachi
Kiryat Malachi, established in 1950, is located in Israel's southern coastal plain. Due to the arrival of new immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia in the last five years, the city's population has increased by 40%, reaching 22,000 residents. It has become necessary to provide the residents of Kiryat Malachi with a strong network of social services to ensure that the new immigrants will be successful integrated within Israeli society. The proposed Tennis Center will serve as a wonderful social equalizer for new and veteran immigrants of all ages.

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Mitzpe Ramon, Ramat Hanegev

Day Care Center, Mitzpe Ramon
For the first time since its inception, Mitzpe Ramon is entering a new era of growth and development. It is necessary to provide young working couples with adequate day care facilities for their children. The proposed Day Care Center will serve 100 infants aged between 6 months and 3 years, enabling both parents to enter the workforce, thus raising the family income.


Hidon HaNegev (The Negev Quiz), Mitzpe Ramon
The Mitzpe Ramon Cultural Center has established a regional competition covering various aspects of the Negev region - such as settlement, industry, economics, agriculture, geography, Zionism, history and familiarity with the area's contrasting populations - for 12-14 year-old students in the Negev's regional high schools (Mizpe Ramon, Sde Boker and Yerucham). The program, which will take place over the course of the 2001-2002 school year, will culminate in the regional quiz.


High School Yeshiva, Mitzpe Ramon
Mitzpe Ramon is located in the southern Negev and is home to 6,200 people and home to two high schools that attract children from all over the country. Demand for places at the Environmental Yeshiva High School is high and currently the school cannot accept all of the children it would like to. The proposed renovation and expansion would add additional dormitory space and a Beit Midrash, and enlarge and renovate the kitchen and dining room.


Library, Ramat Hanegev
Nitzana is located in the southern Negev on the border between Egypt and Israel. It was founded as an educational institution by the Jewish Agency as a unique symbol of peace between the two countries. The institution hosts a number of different programs including newcomers from the FSU who come to Nitzana to learn Hebrew, youth from Western countries who stay in Nitzana for several months, and Israel high school students who attend this school to learn about the desert and the potential for peace in the area. The original buildings were mostly temporary structures that could provide the village with immediate solutions. Today there is a need to create a structure that will house a library focusing on environmental and desert issues to promote the educational plans of the village. The proposed structure will include a library, meeting rooms for preparing group projects and a an audiovisual presentation room for hosting visitors to the village.


Planetarium, Mitzpe Ramon
Planetarium


Sports Hall, Ramat Hanegev
Nitzana is located in the southern Negev on the border between Egypt and Israel. It was founded as an educational institution by the Jewish Agency as a unique symbol of peace between the two countries. The institution hosts a number of different programs including newcomers from the FSU who come to Nitzana to learn Hebrew, youth from Western countries who stay in Nitzana for several months, and Israel high school students who attend this school to learn about the desert and the potential for peace in the area. The integration of these three groups through sport activity is a natural. Unfortunately, the outdoor playing fields are too hot to use most of the time. The proposed sports hall will house a regulation size basketball court which also will be used for folk dancing, volley ball and other sports activities as well as a fitness center for individuals, showers and locker rooms.


Study Center, Ramat Hanegev
Nitzana is located in the southern Negev on the border between Egypt and Israel. It was founded as an educational institution by the Jewish Agency as a unique symbol of peace between the two countries. The institution hosts a number of different programs including newcomers from the FSU who come to Nitzana to learn Hebrew, youth from Western countries who stay in Nitzana for several months, and Israel high school students who attend this school to learn about the desert and the potential for peace in the area. The original buildings were mostly temporary structures that could provided the village with immediate solutions. A permanent classroom structure is needed to meet the needs of all the groups studying at the village and is intended to have a meeting room which will serve large groups and special needs.


Youth Hostel, Ramat Hanegev
Nitzana is located in the southern Negev on the border between Egypt and Israel. It was founded as an educational institution by the Jewish Agency as a unique symbol of peace between the two countries. The institution hosts a number of different programs including newcomers from the FSU who come to Nitzana to learn Hebrew, youth from Western countries who stay in Nitzana for several months, and Israel high school students who attend this school to learn about the desert and the potential for peace in the area. The original buildings were mostly temporary structures that could provide the village with immediate solutions. The planned Youth Hostel will provide permanent housing for 250 students. Each unit will house up to 3 students with attached bathrooms and showers, as well as a small dining or study area.

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Netivot, Azata

Child Therapy & Enrichment Center, Azata
The Azata Regional Council, situated northwest of Beer , was established in 1951. Located in close proximity to the Gaza Strip these sixteen rural settlements have persevered through multitude of difficulties. Azata is ranked on the lowest rung of Israel's national welfare scale with a 21% unemployment rate and the levels of education and income of the residents are below the national average. A high percentage of children entering primary school in this region were found to have learning disabilities, which led to social adaptation problems. The proposed center will provide therapeutic and enrichment activities for the children of the region.


Community Center, Netivot
Netivot, established in 1956 in the northern Negev, is populated by one of the largest proportions of new immigrants from Ethiopia in the country. Currently, the community of Ethiopians residing in the southwest of the city utilizes an old and inadequate bomb shelter for a small number of social and recreational activities. The proposed three-story Community Center will prevent delinquency in youth and children and ensure that the newcomers will not become marginalized and alienated from mainstream Israel.


Day Care Center, Azata
The communal settlement Tushia is part of the Azata Regional Council, alongside 15 other rural settlements in the Negev Desert, some 6 km. from the Gaza Strip. A socio-economic crisis has led to a trend of negative migration. In order to stop this trend and attract new settlers, it is necessary to provide adequate day care faculties. The proposed Day Care Center will consist of three classes and will accept up to 100 children.


Day Care Center, Netivot
Netivot, established in 1956, is located in the northern Negev. Some of the city's population of 17,000 is employed in the local industrial enterprises. Many women and single parents in Netivot wish to work, but cannot leave their children unattended. The proposed Day Care Center will allow them to pursue their vocations, secure in the knowledge that their children are being adequately cared for.


Dormitory For Female Olim Students, Azata
Dormitory For Female Olim Students


Science & Technology Center, Netivot
Netivot, established in 1956, is located in the northern Negev, 60 miles from Tel Aviv. Over the years, its population of 18,000, which includes over 5000 new immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, has suffered a high level of unemployment. Since the city's young residents often lack the educational qualifications required for employment opportunities, it is necessary to provide them with a suitable Center for education in the fields of science and technology. The proposed two-story 450 sqm Center will accommodate over 2000 students and improve the prospects of Netivot's future generation.

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Ofakim, Merchavimt, Sha'ar Hanegev

Community Center, Merchavimt
The Merchavimt Regional Council, established in 1951, is located in the northwestern Negev. Today, 7,500 residents populate the Region's 14 settlements. The Region has recently experienced the negative migration of some of its residents, due to its lack of amenities and relative isolation. The proposed Community Center will provide residents of all ages with a local setting for numerous recreational and social activities, similar to those available in the center of the country, in order to encourage the veteran population to remain and help attract newcomers as well.


Day Care Center, Merchavimt
Day Care center


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