JERUSALEM, Israel – On Tuesday, Keren Kayemet l'Yisrael, also known as the Jewish National Fund, will open the House of Excellence, the pilot project of what it hopes will be one of 10 such facilities in outlying towns throughout Israel.
The idea behind the project is to help close the educational gap in the nation's central and peripheral regions, especially for youth from disadvantaged communities.
Professional teams of teachers and veterans of the IDF's 8200 Unit will teach small groups of students a variety of academic subjects modeled after STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Everything at the facility is free of charge to Israeli youth of all backgrounds.
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The pilot project is housed in a three-story building – a former absorption center for new immigrants.
The facility includes classrooms, a computer laboratory, an auditorium (for films and lectures), recreational areas and offices for the director and educational coordinators.
The Upper Nazareth municipality and education department, along with donations from JNF-KKL supporters worldwide, financed the transformation of a former absorption center into a state-of-the-art educational facility for the nation's youth.
From its founding in 1901, JNF-KKL has helped reclaim and develop the land for Jewish settlement through land acquisition, reforestation, water reclamation and other activities. It's also played a significant role in helping new immigrants – especially in peripheral communities – to absorb successfully into Israeli society.
The House of Excellence is just one more of JNF-KKL's many projects that help meet the social, educational and cultural needs of new generations to help the nation plan a sustainable future for all.
Photos Courtesy JNF-KKL, Avi Hayun