About the project
The Baka-Mekor Cha’im Community Center was established in 1977 to serve residents of the Baka, Mekor Cha’im and Talpiot neighborhoods. The Jerusalem Foundation supported establishment of the center by renovating a former school building to include activity rooms, a sport hall and a pre-school. It supported a major renovation project in 1995 that included construction of two additional floors and relocation of the main entrance. The Foundation created the Djanogly Library (formerly the Kennedy Library), which features Hebrew and English books and hosts story hours and other activities geared to the neighborhood’s many English-speaking children, on the upper two stories of the renovated facility in 1996 and renovated it in 2006. The Foundation also has supported activities at the center, including after school programs for Ethiopian children, and summer camp programs for at-risk youth and children with special needs.