Gilo, 14 Vardinon st.

About the project

The Adi Yaffe Gilo Community Center was established in 1983. The Jerusalem Foundation supported the purchase of furnishings for the center at that time, and since has supported the construction of several facilities at the center, including the outdoor Einbender-Saperstein Sports Facilities in 1985, the Ted H. Greenberg Sports Center, which includes an indoor swimming pool and fitness center, and a multi-purpose center that primarily was used for programs for Ethiopian immigrants living at the nearby Holland Village (Givat Hamatos) temporary housing site, in 1994. The Foundation also has supported children’s afterschool programs such as the Jewish-Arab Soccer Team, programs for at-risk youth, women, seniors and the disabled. The Foundation has made a special effort to support programs for new immigrant groups at the center, including music lessons for new immigrant children, a parenting program for new Syrian immigrants and a project to support traditional Ethiopian handicrafts. The center is part of a complex of Jerusalem Foundation-supported facilities in Gilo Alef, the first area built in Gilo in 1972, that also includes the Esther Greenberg School and the Leo Model Library.

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