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.
The center operates 3 times a week (with the possibility of 5 times a week at a later date) from 15:00- 21:00 throughout the year, staffed by professional youth workers, teachers and volunteers.
Musical talent will be developed alongside social and educational enrichment, teaching values of patience, empathy, teamwork, cooperation and community involvement.
The “Volume” Center in the Hefzibah neighbourhood will provide a social & educational music center for the teenagers of the Hefzibah and Neot Ganim communities, bringing together different cultures through their common interest in music.
“Chevra Lematnasim” (Community Center Society)
East Netanya Community Center
Hefzibah Community Center
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.
Renovations expert, Philip Symon, (Martin's brother-in-law) first teaches pupils the techniques they will need, and then takes them into Kfar Saba to spruce up public and private buildings (of disadvantaged communities.)
Youth aged 14 - 17 from an ORT school in Kfar Saba, who are happy to learn a new trade and to contribute to the community they live in.
ESRA, ORT Kfar Saba and the Kfar Saba Municipality
"Martin's Men" was born from his family's wish to honour the memory of Martin Peled, who died much too young from pancreatic cancer.
Click here to view a YouTube film of the project made by ESRAvision volunteers.
Purchasing paint (in addition to the paint donated by companies)
Purchasing other equipment such as brushes, ladders
Organising an end-of-year special day for the pupils (for example at a water park, or an outing of their choice).
Paying painters to supervise teams of our pupils so that they can get to more buildings.
NIS 100 buys brushes
NIS 350 buys a ladder
NIS 500 buys paint
NIS 1000 pays for professional supervision
To donate online please click on this link, or call our Gan Rashal office 09-950 8371. Thank you for your generosity
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.
Neve ESRA is open 11½ months a year, 5 days a week from 1pm - 6pm.
Children receive a hot, nutritious meal at midday, alongside schoolwork assistance, remedial teaching and afternoon enrichment programs.
Once a week they have bi-lingual volunteers running fun activities in English as a way of learning the language. Now also includes an Excellence Program where children attend institutions of higher learning; Once a week kids are transported to a local Ecological Farm and given lunch. Hope to establish an outdoor recreation area.
15 children, aged between 9-11 years, hand-picked by a professional committee due to difficult conditions at home affecting his/her emotional and physical well-being.
The Social Services Department of the Modi’in Municipality, in close cooperation with the education authorities.
ESRA Modi’in sponsors ongoing needs such as enrichment programs, household items and gifts for the children. ESRA Modi’in initiated an English enrichment program where three professional English teacher volunteers regularly assist children with their English homework and promote spoken English through games and other activities.
Midday meals, facilitator for parent support group, professional evaluations, remedial teaching, special ed teachers, transportation, enrichment activities, outings.
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.
ESRA Computer Centers offer children courses in basic computer skills and help them with online learning of mathematics, science and English. Some advanced computer skills, including competence in digital photography, are also taught through games and use of the Internet.
Courses for adults include basic computer skills and use of the Internet, particularly Facebook, to enable them to keep abreast of their children's and grandchildren's activities.
20 Ethiopian adults.
Neot Shaked Community Center
Heftzibah Community Center
Neot Ganim Community Center
For professional staff, equipment, maintenance and administration:
Neot Shaked Computer Center: NIS 60,000
Heftzibah Computer Center: NIS 40,000
In addition, we we need to replace our old, outdated computers so any help you can give will be appreciated.
The teenagers are given courses in biology, chemistry, computer skills, marine science and ecology once a week for 3 hours. They are collected from school and given lunch on the way. ESRA has established a community garden in the Institute as a way for the children to "give back" into the community that is enriching them. Two Students from ESRA's Students Build a Community Projects receive extra scholarships to lead these two groups.
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.
ESRA's funding of professional teachers in Hebrew, English, Mathematics, Bible & History Tuition provides tuition to ensure that each youngster will attain the best test results possible, right through to matriculation level.
In addition, the children receive counseling and courses such as preparation for the army, navigation, drama and computer activities. There are also films and lectures on a variety of topics.
ESRA participates in tutoring of over 80 of these children.
The Hefzibah Community Center
Donations of TV’s, sports equipment, computers and monitors are welcome.
Summer trip for the participants: NIS 3,000
Snacks: NIS 2,000
Please follow the link to donate to this project - Thank you.
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.
NETANYA: The center operates daily Sunday to Thursday from 12:30 – 18:30 throughout the year, staffed by professional social workers.
- Hot lunches supplied by ESRA
- Individual and group counselling
- Lectures on a variety of topics
- Assistance with homework (ESRA volunteers help with English homework)
- Arts and Crafts, baking, games and other activities
- Television and computers for use by girls
NETANYA: 40 teenage girls, mainly of Ethiopian origin.
The clubhouse is in the Nordau area - where ESRA also has a 'Students Build a Neighborhood Project', a 'Right Track Center' and a Sewing Center.
The Municipality of Netanya - Welfare Department of Girls at Risk
Translation of Letter from The Netanya Municipality, Welfare Dept (Teenage Girls Division)
Subject: Thank You for Your Participation in “Bayit Cham”.
We would like to thank you and express our appreciation for your participation in our Bayit Cham over the last several years and in several different areas.
First of all, we would like to thank the wonderful volunteers who come on a daily basis to help the girls with their English. The volunteers have improved the grades and motivated the girls of Bayit Cham to succeed.
We would also like to thank ESRA for the very important donation of hot lunches for these girls, which is the only hot meal they get all day.
And we’d like to mention the special activities that were provided by ESRA over the past year, including kickboxing, a trip to the movies during the summer holidays, and more.
The highlight of the activities was inviting the girls to participate in the ESRA Netanya Crafts Fair in November where the girls prepared their own handiwork and were given a stand at the Fair to sell their wares. The stall was a great success. The girls learnt the value of preparing and selling their own crafts, the value of their investment and respect for the money they earned.
It is very important for us to thank especially Esther Tolkin, the wonderful ESRA volunteer who works with us all the way through.
With great appreciation
Yaffa Cohen – Manager of the Service to Teenage Girls Department
Staff of Bayit Cham
Welfare Dept – Netanya Municipality.
Professional Staff, Equipment, Meals and Administration.
NIS 100 pays for 8 meals for one week.
NIS 500 pays for art therapy for 1 girl for 3 months.
NIS 1000 supports an activity for all the girls for a month.
5 centers provide sewing courses for adult Ethiopian men and women providing skills, social meetings and work!
ESRA pays for instruction by qualified teachers and purchases material, accessories and sewing machines. Volunteers assist in teaching, maintaining the machines and collecting donated material and machines.
The adults - men and women, young and pensioners - are taught the skills to make and repair clothing. They are given sewing machines to take home, enabling them to sew for profit. The project also serves as a social activity for the participants.
Instruction and practice in small groups (some of whom are physically handicapped) once or twice weekly.
Total number of participants: 70-80 adults in the 25 - 70 age bracket.
The centers are in Netanya, Kfar Saba and Sderoth.
Neot Shaked Community Center
Hefzibah Community Center
Youth Advancement Dept of Netanya Municipality
Kfar Saba Ethiopian Community Center
Sderot 'Atzmaut' Ethiopian Community Center
Netanya: Once weekly in each of 3 centers
Kfar Saba: Once weekly
Sderot: Once weekly
The participants are also given an annual day trip to places of interest in Israel.
Professional Staff, Equipment and Administration.
NIS 100 provides 2 pairs of scissors
NIS 500 provides 6 months of thread and needles
NIS 1000 provides professional staff for 1 group for 1 month
Please donate generously and help these communities to help themselves. Click here to donate
Five centers in Netanya, Sderoth and Kfar Saba provide sewing courses for adult Ethiopian men and women providing skills, social centers and work!
ESRA supplies sewing machines, fabric and pays for instruction by a qualified teacher and volunteers are on hand to assist.
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.
- Students actually live in the neighbourhood – in return for free accommodation they must give 6 hours per week to assist 4 local children with their academic and social skills.
- The children come to the students in their apartments and see how the students live and work.
- Students become role models for the children, showing them by example that they too can achieve their dreams.
- Students also help within the families and in the neighbourhood in general.
- In addition, the students give a further 8 hours per month organising joint social activities for the children.
- After one full year working on the project each student is given the chance to receive an extra scholarship from ESRA to help towards studying and living expenses for the next year. In return they must provide an additional 3 hours of services per week to the community.
Hefzibah, Netanya – 9th year of project: 12 students live in 5 apartments in the neighborhood. 48 children from 3rd - 6th grades, get a minimum of 6 hours of help every week.
Kiryat Nordau, Netanya – 5th year of project: 9 students live in 3 apartments in the neighbourhood, each mentoring 4 children from the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades for 6 hours a week (36 children in total).
Sela, Netanya – 2nd year of project : 9 students live in 4 apartments in the neighbourhood each mentoring 4 children in the 3rd-6th grades for 6 hours a week for 6 hours a week (36 children in total).
Neot Shaked, Netanya – Project started in September 2015: 8 students live in 3 apartments in the neighbourhood, each mentoring 4 children from the neighbourhood for a total of 6 hours a week (32 children in total)
Each year these projects enrich the lives of 38 students and over 150 children from these distressed communities.
- The Netanya Municipality.
- Netanya Education Department
- The Community Centers of Hefzibah, Neot Ganim, Kiryat Nordau, Neot Herzl and Neot Shaked
ESRA also gives individual scholarships to the students for extra involvement in the communities.
ESRA is a full partner with the Netanya Municipality for all projects and is their preferred partner for future planned similar projects.
ESRA has provided 8 scholarships to students in 2014-5 – through donations from individual donors.
ESRA pays for and organises Bat Mitzvah celebrations and other community activities during the year.
The photo on the right shows representatives of ESRA Tel Aviv Branch at the bursary award ceremony in December 2014
- Rental of apartments for the students
- A professional coordinator for each project
- Scholarships for the students.
- Special activities during the year.
Your donation will enrich the lives of all of the families in these areas and as a result the whole of each community will benefit. Click here to find out how to make your donation.
An ESRA scholarship for a student means involvement with more children at-risk, helping them on the path to achievement!
Your contribution will enrich the lives of the families in these neighborhoods, thereby benefiting the whole community.
Volunteers run several non-funded projects in the Hefzibah Community in addition to, and as a result of, the Students Build a CommunityProject.
- Evening Study Groups for English conversation
- Afternoon English “fun” groups for 11-12 year old Ethiopian children
- Nutrition courses for mothers
- Exercise courses for women
- Individual didactic evaulations
ESRA volunteers who spend wonderful hours with the men, women and children of this vibrant and exciting community.