January 2019


We've got big plans for 2019.

The Jaffa Institute wrapped up 2018 with remarkable achievements, providing educational opportunities, nutritional security, healthy home environments, and positive attitudes to some of Israel's most destitute communities. As we celebrate our extraordinary success over the last 37 years, we recognize the 1.8 million Israelis that still live under the poverty line. Our work is far from done. In the coming year, let our accomplishments and success motivate us all to come together and work harder than ever before to strengthen and uplift those still trapped in the vicious cycle of intergenerational poverty.


A Gala of Giving

On January 22, 2019, the Jaffa Institute hosted its annual Gala Dinner in Israel.
The Jaffa Institute presented Mr. Alfred Garfield with the Yedid Nefesh Award in recognition of his unwavering dedication to our mission for over ten years. As treasurer of the British Friends of the Jaffa Institute, Mr. Garfield's support of at-risk youth, critical school renovations, nutritional security for disadvantaged children and elderly, and home renovations for Holocaust survivors, has enabled us to serve countless children and elderly in need.  
We showcased our brand new Science Mobile, generously gifted to the Jaffa Institute by Mr. Mark Gelfand, in memory of his mother, Ms. Dolores Gelfand. The first of its kind in Israel, this mobile science lab is equipped with high quality multimedia educational materials, including two 3D printers, one laser cutter, and several interactive science experiment kits.   The Science Mobile will rotate between our after-school centers and is sure to instill a love for science in our kids!

Projects in Action

The children at our after school centers are usually on the receiving end of charitable giving, as they receive regular visits from donors and volunteers, and in-kind donations. This year, however, staff at Jaffa Daled After School Educational Enrichment Center decided to turn the tables for the children by providing them with the opportunity to give to those less fortunate and instilling in them the value of community service.
On a December morning, the Center set out with trays of 100 sufganiyot to distribute at two different centers in Jaffa. The children handed out the Israeli doughnuts to children and parents at the WIZO Family Center, and to families, and medical service providers at the Wolfson Hospital Children’s Unit. This small act of kindness lit up faces at both locations, providing the children with experiences of unconditional compassion that will last a lifetime.

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Last month, the Jaffa Institute’s Planned Giving Advisor, Yechiel Marcus, visited our emergency residential facility for at-risk youth, Neve Ofer House, with visitors from Dallas. They met with the children as well as Hodaya and Pini, the house-parents, and Sheri, the House’s resident social worker.  
Yechiel shares with us:  “It never ceases to amaze me how much love and concern they [the staff] have for each of the children at the House… when you spend some time visiting with Hodaya, Pini and Sheri, you cannot help but feel the love that they have for the children that live there… they interact with each child, setting goals and limits, expressing their satisfaction and disapproval with their behavior, and, at the same time, they deeply care for each one of the children living there. Although the children are coming from the most difficult family situations, they are so fortunate to be living in a setting with such special people caring for them.”
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Family Day at the Children of Foreign Workers Educational Enrichment Center
Parents are one of the biggest influences on a child's life. At the Jaffa Institute, we make a concerted effort to involve them in their children’s development and progress at our after-school centers whenever we can. Unfortunately, the children’s parents often spend long hours at work, and do not have the same access to cultural integration as their children.
This snippet from the Early Intervention Program for Children of Foreign Workers and Asylum Seekers showcases the tender connection between children and parents, dancing to Israeli music during Family Day. 
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Global Impact

You are never too young to make a difference - just look at Pierce Rovine. In honor of his Bar Mitzvah, Pierce joined the Jaffa Institute’s Youth 4 Youth program. Through the program, he created a Mitzvah Project, raising money for programs to serve impoverished youth in Israel. Pierce admirably raised $14,000, which will be split three ways, per his request: Summer Camps, Educational Enrichment Centers, and social media marketing. This will help provide continuing support for these critical projects into the future.  The Jaffa Institute will honor Pierce and the Rovine family for their selfless and impactful project at this year’s Gala Dinner in New York.
Mitch Chupak, Director of Development, visited the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles’s Fall Board Meeting to present the Jaffa Institute’s Yedid Nefesh Award to Mr. William Feiler, the Foundation Chair, and Mr. Marvin Schotland, the Foundation’s CEO & President. Mitch was honored to attend the event and give thanks to the Foundation for their many years of supporting the Jaffa Institute. We deeply cherish our partnership and commend the Foundation’s dedication to improving the lives of severely impoverished children in Israel.
In December, the British Friends of the Jaffa Institute held a breakfast fundraiser in London for supporters and friends, in support of our Scholarship Program for disadvantaged students in South Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Sponsored by Coller Capital, the gathering was a great success! 
This year, the Jaffa Institute intends to award approximately 150 scholarships to promising students who will pursue degrees in various fields. We are committed to providing students in our care with the same access to quality education and opportunities for success as are afforded to more affluent peers. This year's Scholarship Ceremony is set for March 2019.

Calling all volunteers!

Have a few minutes to chat over some tea? Consider taking the time once a week to change someone's life. The Jaffa Institute’s Accompanying the Elderly program serves 300 elderly and Holocaust Survivors in Israel who experience debilitating isolation, loneliness, and depression, simply because they lack human contact.
They need your help.
For more information, please contact us at 036832626 or

With sincere Hakarat HaTov (gratitude), we wish you a happy, succesful, and meaningful New Year. We are indebted for all that you do to put an end to intergenerational poverty in Israel.

American Friends of the Jaffa Institute
C/O Dr. E. Hartman
171-06 76th Ave. Flushing, NY 11366
United States
Tel: 1-866-471-1923
Registered Charity No. 11-2697261

Canadian Friends of the Jaffa Institute 
C/O Ms. Pam Albert
3409 Yonge Street Suite 10
Toronto Ontario M4N 2M8
Tel: 1-866-892-1915
Registered Charity No. 86333118RN0001

Swiss Friends of the Jaffa Institute 
C/O Mr. Roger Bollag
Kilchbergstrasse 138
8038 Zurich
British Friends of the Jaffa Institute 
C/O Mr. Simon Winters
Lakeview House
67 Hartfield Avenue
Elstree WD6 3JJ
United Kingdom
Tel: 020-3286-4224
Registered Charity No. 282049

French Friends of the Jaffa Institute
C/O Me. Laurent Lahmani
56, rue du Rocher
75008 Paris
Tel: 33-0-6-22-84-85-13

Dutch Friends of the Jaffa Institute
C/O Mr. W. van der Hoek
Waleweg 1
3291 AX Strijen
The Netherlands
Tel: 31-78-674-5014
ANBI No. 8036.98.367
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