The Jaffa Institute

The Institute for the Advancement of Education in Jaffa (“The Jaffa Institute “) is a non-profit , multi-service social agency located in Jaffa, Israel . The Institute was founded by Dr. David Portowitz in 1982. In 2001, the Institute was awarded the President’s Prize for Most Outstanding Voluntary Organization.

The Jaffa Institute works with étroitement Officials from Israel ‘s Ministry of Welfare and Social Services to target, Provide assistance for Assessment and the progress of Those in Need Within Their areas service. [1]

Throughout the 30 different programs, The Jaffa Institute provides services and relief to 4,000 citizens annually.


The Jaffa Institute’s mission is “to provide educational, recreational, and social enrichment programs that break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the greater Jaffa community and support each child’s self-esteem so that he / she can evolve into a healthy, educated, and productive adult. ”

The Jaffa Institute employs what it describes as “a holistic approach, with activities as a whole and to support the community as a whole” [2]

Service areas

The Jaffa Institute operates in Jaffa , South Tel Aviv , Holon and Bat Yam . The residents of These areas come from diverse religious, ethnic and national backgrounds and include foreign workers , asylum seekers from Africa , and new immigrants from Ethiopia , Eastern Europe and East Asia , in addition to Israeli Jews and Arab citoyens of Israel .

50% of the Jaffa Institute’s target population is currently living in poverty and 30% of them are receiving local welfare services. [3] In addition, both the unemployment rate and the rate of single mothers in Jaffa are double that of Israel’s overall census .

In November 2010, a “Report on Poverty” was released by the National Insurance Institute in Israel revealing that in 2009, 1.7 million Israelis were living below the poverty line; including 837,300 children. [3] Resulting 40% of children in Israel are now considered to be living in poverty.


As a PhD student at Brandeis University in Boston , David Portowitz has decided to focus on social work in Jaffa. In 1982 Dr. Portowitz founded the Jaffa Institute.

The Jaffa Institute has expanded greatly in the last three decades. Today it provides services to over 4,000 individuals, encompassing both at-risk children and their families.

Originally focussing on education, the Jaffa Institute has developed its programming to include services such as after-school programming, crisis intervention , housing for neglected and abused children, workplace training programs for unemployed local women, educational and residential facilities for rehabilitation and empowerment of teenagers at risk, hot meal programs, and a food distribution center. [2]

Education programs

Morning enrichment

Noting that the poorly-funded elementary schools in Jaffa did not provide a fully comprehensive educational curriculum, The Jaffa Institute established the Morning Enrichment Program in 1986. socioeconomically disadvantaged students who expect better-funded schools.

After school enrichment (‘Moadoniot’)

The Institute’s After School Educational Enrichment Program is geared towards 140 underprivileged children from the greater Jaffa area in grades 1-6. The programming is conducted at four Jaffa Institute program sites ( Neve Ofer , Jaffa Dalet , Bat Yam , Bet Metsuba ) from September 1 – June 31 daily between 1pm and 6pm. Jaffa Institute picks the children up from school, transport them to the program site, and then back home to the end of the day to ensure each student’s safety and security.

Boys in Neve Ofer’s Common Room

Neve Ofer (2000)

Located in the South Tel Aviv neighborhood of Neve Ofer , this Activity Site also shares the building with the Jaffa Institute’s Neve Ofer Crisis Intervention House – a 12-bed emergency residential facility for children from Jaffa, Bat Yam and South Tel Aviv who are removed from Their homes by the local department of Welfare and Social Services .

Jaffa Daled (2002)

Jaffa Dalet to support the new Jaffa Dalet to support new-immigrant Ethiopian students with a comprehensive integration, education, and therapeutic support curriculum. 30 children attend the Jaffa Dalet After-School Activity Center each day, 70% of which are Ethiopian.

Bat Yam (2003)

According to the last census by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics , 26% of Bat Yam’s families live under the poverty line. Amongst the community of Ethiopian immigrants in Bat Yam the statistics are even more prevalent than 70% living in the poverty line and 40% of the youth categorized as ‘at-risk’ by the Social Services. [1] Every day 45 children from difficult socio-economic backgrounds waits for Bat Yam After-School Activity Center.

Bet Metsuba (2012)

Bet Metsuba aims to address the need for after-school programs that are specifically designed for children with various emotional and psychological issues. Each day after school, 36 children with behavioral or learning difficulties comes to the center in the Hatikva Quarter in East Tel Aviv where they work in their social and emotional systems. development, academic plans coordinated with the individual child’s schoolwork, parent-child therapy sessions, and more.

Children of Foreign Workers (2014)

In the light of the unique challenges facing the children of foreign workers and asylum seekers, the Jaffa Institute has expanded its after-school program in South Tel Aviv. These sites are currently offering educational, recreational, and therapeutic programming to 60 children ages three to ten. By focusing on younger age groups, the Jaffa Institute is able to intervene in the critical window before the Israeli peers has become insurmountable.

360 ° scholarship program

Though academically able to enter higher education, most families in the South Tel Aviv / Jaffa area can not afford to extend their education. In 1992, The Jaffa Institute initiated the 360 ° Scholarship Program which provides higher education scholarships to impoverished youth.

English tutoring program

The “Closing The Gaps” English tutoring program provides children attending underfunded schools in the Jaffa / South Tel Aviv area. This program is in Hebrew and Arabic speaking schools in Jaffa / South Tel Aviv. Development of English language skills on an individual basis “closes the gaps” and puts these students on level academic grounds with their peers attending schools in more tributary neighborhoods in the area.

Building Better Bridges program

The Building Better Bridges Program Facilitated Interaction and Discussion between Jaffa and South Tel Aviv. Its scope has been expanded to include children from other areas, and ethnic, religious and national backgrounds.

The Musical Minds Program nurtures a warm learning environment where children are free to express themselves.

Musical Minds program

Launched in 2001, the Musical Minds program offers arts education for all children. The program is run in close partnership with the Bar Ilan University Yehuda Amir Institute for Social Integration in the Schools and the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation [2] That Promotes cross-cultural dialogue through the arts. Canada, United States, United States, United States, United States, United States, United States, United States

Stepping Stone program

Located in the Kiryat Shalom area of South Tel Aviv, the Stepping Stone Program for At Risk Teenage Girls provides assistance to girls who engage in destructive behaviors and are at great risk of getting through the gaps in the system by offering an enriching, educational and therapeutic framework.

Youth residences

Bet Shemesh Education Center (1986)

The Bet Shemesh Education Center is a residential and educational campus for at-risk boys. The Provides Center comprehensive Jewish and secular education and Consists of modern dormitory blocks, furnished classrooms, a synagogue, dining hall, computer facilities, swimming complex and sports fields, a fully equipped workout room, and a Science state-of-the-art and Technology Center.

Beit Ruth Hostel (2006)

The Beit Ruth Hostel is an ambitious initiative designed to support the unique needs of at-risk teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 24. The goals of the Beit Ruth Hostel are to provide a safe and secure environment. harmful environments; provide tools to overcome their personal problems and self-destructive behaviors; and to enable them to mentally, socially, and academically re-enter mainstream society. These goals are achieved through a coordinated curriculum that combines intensive home schooling, integrated mental, social, and recreational therapies, community involvement, and daily household responsibilities.

Opening of Beit Ruth Educational Village

Beit Ruth Educational Village campus (2013)

The Beit Ruth Educational Village is a joint venture with the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) [3] of Nir Ha’Emek and will be established on a portion of WIZO’s Youth Village near the city of Afula . The Beit Ruth Educational Village will be a safe haven for teenage girls who will struggle to develop socially, academically, and emotionally and will eventually serve over 200 years of age.

Hunger programs

The Jaffa Institute’s “Fight Against Hunger” program targets the world of hunger and malnutrition during after-school meals, providing meals and food parcels. The program’s objective is to provide the resources to eliminate impediment, root of depression, and / or inhibitor of pursuing gainful employment.

Hot Lunch program

The Jaffa Institute operates a free hot meal, a nutritious meal a day. The hot meal program now serves 150 children daily.

“A Sandwich for Every Child”

The sandwich does not provide enough nutritious lunch to children who would otherwise go hungry, but also provides part-time jobs. This program is executed in cooperation with fellow anti-hunger organizations, Leket Israel [4].

Volunteers play an essential role in maintaining a cohesive and productive food distribution center

The Jaffa Institute operates a food distribution program for Jaffa and Tel Aviv . The program provides 350 impoverished families with two monthly deliveries of nutritious food. Participating families are referred by the City of Tel Aviv’s Department of Social Welfare and Social Workers. During the holiday times of Pesach and Sukkot , the list triples to include over 1,350 needy individuals and families.

The Institute also distributes food parcels to 120 holocaust survivors each month and 280 survivors at Passover and Rosh Hashanah . There are close to 30,000 Holocaust survivors in the Jaffa Institute’s service area where 14% of food insecurity. [4]

Food and Beverage is a member of The Jaffa Institute and donated by food companies or donated by schools, schools, and youth organizations across Tel Aviv. The food is brought to the Jaffa Institute’s Food Distribution Center , where it is delivered and distributed by private volunteers, using a bus provided by the Dan Bus Company . The Institute works in partnership with également nonprofit organisms Latet [5] and Leket Israel [6] to Ensure That a maximum number of needy citoyens are atteint.

Immigrant integration

Early childhood intervention program for the children of foreign workers

The Early Childhood Intervention Program for the Children of the United States, South Africa, United States of America specific focus on Hebrew language skills. This ensures that when these children enroll in elementary school, they have similar language and learning skills as their Israeli-born peers.

Women’s Empowerment programs

The Jaffa Institute offers a number of programs specifically for women and mothers in South Tel Aviv, Jaffa , and Holon areas. These programs are designed to combat discrimination and empower women of South Tel Aviv, Arab women, and women immigrants from Ethiopia, Sudan, and the former Soviet Union.

Welfare to Wellbeing Program

Welfare to Wellbeing is an effective workplace training program that provides long-term employment and vocational training, and provides support to people with disabilities.

The Jewish Arab Women’s Club

This group seeks to foster the development of authentic, tolerant, and accepting relationships between Jewish and Arab women living in Jaffa and South Tel Aviv by hosting monthly workshops to discuss issues related to women, specifically, issues relating to women living in Jaffa and South Tel Aviv.

Hebrew language courses for foreign workers

These Hebrew language courses are specifically designed to develop the abilities of women from Israel. Providing foreign workers with basic skills in the field of Israeli society.

The Jaffa Institute Parent Child Center

The Jaffa Institute in South Africa and the United States of America in the United States of America. The Parent Child Center , parenting classes for Sudanese mothers, programs for young Arab mothers, workshops on fostering nurturing mother-child relationships, drama therapy for women with eating disorders, styling and make-up groups to train drug addicted women, and many others, all designed to empower these marginalized women through the community.


In 2001, the Institute was awarded the President’s Prize for the Most Outstanding Voluntary Organization . [5]

The Jaffa Institute’s Educational programming HAS twice received the Ministry of Education ‘s Award for Outstanding Educational Program , once in 1995 and again in 2004. [6]


  1. Jump up^ The Jaffa Institute. “About Us” . The Jaffa Institute . Retrieved 31 October 2012 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Durbach, Elaine. “Crafty sixth-graders help needy Israelis: Mother’s Day project will benefit services in Jaffa Institute” . New Jersey Jewish News . Retrieved 31 October 2012 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Barkali, Netanela; Endeweld, Miri; Fruman, Alex; Gottlieb, Daniel (December 2011). “Poverty and Social Gaps Report – Poverty and Social Gaps in 2010, annual report” . National Insurance Institute of Israel . Retrieved 31 October 2012 .
  4. Jump up^ Garel, Deborah (16 March 2012). “Rally for living Holocaust survivors while we still can” . The Jerusalem Post . Retrieved 31 October 2012 .
  5. Jump up^ “Presidential Award” . The Jaffa Institute . Retrieved 31 October 2012 .
  6. Jump up^ Portowicz, David. “The Impact of Heller Alumni Around the World: Israel” . Retrieved 31 October 2012 .

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