Projects in the Community
ESRA is dedicated to making Israel a better society. We do this through our volunteer work, creating special projects aimed at any sector of society that can benefit from our help. We are devoted to helping immigrant groups in a wide variety of creative ways, as well as helping the needy, the disabled, or talented youngsters who need a boost toward self realization. Our volunteers enrich Israeli society and in so doing are themselves enriched. We welcome all newcomers to our ranks.
How it started: Witnessing a major wave of immigration in 1990, ESRA decided to initiate projects aimed at helping new immigrants and to this end began raising money for the ESRA Immigrant Fund. As activities expanded to include help for other needy sectors of society, the fund was renamed the ESRA Community Fund or ECF.
What we've accomplished: Over 20,000 immigrant and disadvantaged families have been assisted by ECF projects aimed at education, welfare and employment. Below is a list of our current community projects. To read more about a particular project, click on the orange heading.Support a Project:
If you would like to donate to any of these projects, please click on this link .
|'Bayit Cham' Clubhouse for Girls||A clubhouse in Netanya creates a 'home away from home' in the afternoons for 13-17 year old girls at risk, offering a safe, warm environment of social and counselling activities.|
|'NEARLY NEW' Second Hand Shops||Donations of clothes and equipment enable hundreds of bargain shoppers to buy quality items at lost cost. Items are also given to needy families and children in hospitals.|
|'Volume' Music Center, Netanya||This project provides an opportunity for young people to develop their musical talents through listening and playing music, receiving professional training and strengthening their connection to Israeli music culture. The world of music plays a key role in the world of youth and is a significant expression of their attitudes and emotions. The identification of "What music I hear" is often the identification of "which group I belong to." Our aim is to provide a creative educational framework, attractive and meaningful to youth, thereby reducing their involvement in and exposure to violence and vandalism. The center is an open house for local teens for learning, recreation and leisure.|
|Crisis Welfare Assistance - ESRA’s helping hand to those in need in the community.||To assist immigrants from distressed countries and other persons in need who find themselves in temporary crisis due to health, unemployment or other difficulties and who can benefit from financial help. From June 2011 this fund also includes Breast Cancer Emergency Relief. This aid, though the amount is not large, often enables the individual or family to overcome their immediate problem.|
|Hand in Hand Food Pantry||The mitzva of supplying food packages to distressed and handicapped families in South Netanya neighbourhoods.|
|Hefzibah Non-Funded Community Projects, Netanya||Volunteers run several non-funded projects in the Hefzibah Community in addition to, and as a result of, the Students Build a CommunityProject.|
|Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund (IBCERF) - The Lemonade Fund||עברית To quickly and compassionately deliver direct financial assistance, easing some of the financial burdens that accompany breast cancer so that patients can concentrate on the more important challenge of getting well.|
|Martin's Men||This project, conceived in 2013 to honour the memory of Martin Peled ז''ל , takes pupils from an ORT school in Kfar Saba and gives them the tools (literally and figuratively) to brighten up their world a little, as well as helping their neighbours.|
|Neighborhood Computer Centers||Innovative teaching of computer skills to underprivileged children, youth and adults. Anyone growing up in a home without a computer is at a huge disadvantage, placing them at the wrong end of the educational and cultural gap. With teachers increasingly emailing students and parents regarding assignments, children without computer skills, as well as their parents, are left behind.|
|Neve ESRA After School care centre||Neve (Oasis) is an aptly descriptive term for an afternoon care center for a group of 15 high-risk children in the city, who need to be kept out of the home but not entirely away from the family hearth. The underlying aim of Neve ESRA, which has a permanent staff of 3 adults, is to protect these children from potential and irreversible harm by providing them with a warm, secure and supportive environment.|