קבוצת הלימוד של הפרק היומי בתנ"ך
בוואטסאפ וביוטיוב. הצטרפו אלינו -
A Building for a Community: the Nerya Center in Kiryat Malachi
Kiryat Malachi was established in established in 1951 as a ma'abara or tent city, to house the masses of Jewish immigrants who fled/were evicted Arab lands following the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. In the past two decades the town's population has grown dramatically as a result of an influx of new immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and Ethiopia, and it is now home to over 23,000 residents (July 2011).
Kiryat Malachi has been beset by a myriad of social/educational/economic challenges since its inception and it ranks only 4 out of 10 on a scale of prosperity, with and average income some 50% lower than the national average.
15 years ago a group of idealistic young adults, singles and families, from Israel's more affluent and educated sectors, formed a garin (core group) and moved into Kiryat Malachi. Their aim was to empower local residents by developing needed services and activities, serving as role models, and nurturing local leadership.
The Kiryat Malachi garin is a major force within the town with some 100 member families, including a significant percentage of local residents, among them Ethiopian-Israelis. Over the years the garin has been very successful and developed many programs and services to improve the lives of Kiryat Malachi residents, winning the support and cooperation of institutions (schools, community centers, etc.), the municipality and the people of the town. The Need
Despite its extensive projects and services, the Kiryat Malachi garin does not have a building in which to house its large array of activities, which thus transpire in a variety of temporary venues, such as rooms in schools, community centers, synagogues (when not in use), even bomb shelters. Not only are not all of these spaces appropriate for our needs, but because of the complex logistics of scheduling, the lack of a dedicated facility means the number of participants we can accommodate is severely limited. The head of the Kiryat Malachi garin, Rabbi Asher Binyamin, states that having its own building could enable the garin to double, even triple, its programs and services, thus expanding its impact on Kiryat Malachi for the betterment of all its residents.
The Kiryat Malachi garin operates a myriad of programs and services in Kiryat Malachi:
· The Nerya Family Empowerment Center: pre-marital counseling for over 200 brides/grooms, 1,000 hrs./year of couples therapy, new programs in parenting, preparation for birth.
· Enrichment for Children/Youth: Afternoon Programs for Disadvantaged children, the Shachar Club for Ethiopian-Israeli youth, camps for hundreds of children each summer.
· A Beit Midrash: 17 full-time students preparing for rabbinic ordination, an "evening Kollel" and "Friday morning Kollel" for the public to study together with yeshiva students, free classes in Judaism for the community.
· Education: The garin operates a day care center for infants and toddlers, kindergartens, and an afterschool Talmud Torah.
· Charity: The garin is an active member of the city-wide "Chesed Avraham" charity that distributes food packages and clothing to the needy, visits the old and inform, offers "big brother'
programs, and more. Hundreds of individuals benefit from our activities.
The Nerya Center
in memory of Rabbi Moshe Zvi Nerya z"l
The Kiryat Malachi garin has recently been allotted a tract of land in the center of the town on which to erect an edifice to house all its programs and services: the Nerya Center to be dedicated in the memory of Rabbi Moshe Zvi Nerya, a legendary leader of religious Zionism and recipient of the Israel Prize for his contribution to Israeli society (1978).
The building plans have been completed and the garin has all the permits required to begin construction immediately.
The Nerya Center, with floor space of 6,458 ft.², will house our large range of community programs including afterschool programs for children/youth at-risk, workshops and counseling provided by our successful Family Empowerment Center, space for storage and packaging of our charitable activities, a Beit Midrash, and a large multi-purpose area for conferences, lectures, and community events.
The total construction cost for the Nerya Center is approximately 2 million NIS = $526,300. The Israel Ministry of Housing has committed to a matching grant of over 1 million NIS ($263,160) contingent of our raising the other 50% of the funds. Memorial and Dedication Opportunities