The Hassadna Conservatory
Need: Established in 1973, The Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna provides musical training for all of Jerusalem’s residents, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or socio-economic background. Its special scholarship programs provide children who would not ordinarily have performance opportunities with a chance to develop their creative abilities, while the high quality of its classes provides aspiring Jerusalem musicians with the opportunity to excel at their craft.
Response: Hassadna provides high-quality music instruction for children ages 3-18, for all of Jerusalem’s population groups – religious and secular, Jewish and Arab. The conservatory has five primary departments: Piano, String, Wind, Jazz and Voice. Students receive one-on-one instruction and participate in orchestras and chamber music groups as well as performing in regular concerts. Students often continue their music education at some of the most prestigious universities in Israel and abroad. Several have gone on to launch international careers.
In addition, the Conservatory offers special programs, supported by the Jerusalem Foundation, for three distinct population groups: at-risk youth, children of Ethiopian descent, and children with special needs.
Population Served: Students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and from different communities, including: secular, religious, Ethiopian-Israeli, Russian-Israeli, and Arab communities, as well as students with special needs.
Impact:Students continue their music education at some of the most prestigious universities in Israel and abroad. Several have gone on to launch international careers. Avraham Terifa, a graduate of the school’s “From Risk to Opportunity” program, which is supported by the Jerusalem Foundation, became the first Ethiopian-Israeli member of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.