Project of the Month

These programs allow talented underprivileged teenagers to fulfill their potential by providing them with a challenging program of enrichment and leadership training at the Ruppin Institute of Marine Science. Talented 7th graders from all backgrounds of Israeli society in the lower socio-economic levels are chosen - programs run for 2 years.

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.

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If you would like to donate to any of these projects, please click on this link .

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. They are further empowered through an array of enrichment activities funded by ESRA Modiin that includes support groups, didactic evaluations, remedial teaching, therapeutic programs, outings, and purchases from furniture to computers, and from indoor games to an all-weather outdoor football table.
Programmes of Excellence Encouraging talented underprivileged teenagers to fulfill their potential by providing them with a challenging program of enrichment and leadership training at the Ruppin Institute of Marine Science.  Two programs have been running since September 2011.  The programs choose talented children in the 7th grade from lower socio-economic levels. The programs run for 2 years each and are today fully integrated, choosing children from all backgrounds of Israeli society.
Right Track Centers for Youth Right Track Centers are part of ESRA's 'GIVE A CHILD A FUTURE' group of projects and provide a 'home away from home' for teenagers at risk.  4 centers provide afternoon social activities and help with homework, for children aged 13 - 17. ESRA is currenttly working in 3 of the centers ESRA pays for 8 teachers who give supplementary lessons.
Sewing Courses for Ethiopian Adults and Pensioners 5 centers provide sewing courses for adult Ethiopian men and women providing skills, social meetings and work!
Social Club for Handicapped Youth Offering handicapped youth a social framework, reducing their isolation and increasing their social skills.
Students Build a Community Students Build a Community project has two main tracks: 1. To create and establish new foundations in distressed communities based on the education of their children. 2. To assist motivated university students to complete their studies by providing living accommodation and to enrich their lives through community service.
The ESRA/Meyer Shapiro Skateboard Project Youngsters from the distressed areas of Netanya find themselves with nothing to do in the afternoons and spend more and more time on the streets, often getting into trouble. We provide these youngsters with a sport, a skill, discipline training and self-confidence building, all through the enjoyment of one of the most popular sports – skateboarding.
Tlamim Riding Therapy Center This project offers an enriching, warm, supportive, therapeutic and caring environment, after school hours, for physically handicapped children.