About the project
The Beit Hanina Community Center provides social, educational, cultural, health and welfare programs to residents of Beit Hanina and Shu’afat. The center operated for many years out of the Beit Hanina Preparatory School for Boys and an apartment building in Beit Hanina. In 2002, it moved to its first permanent home, a three-story building designed around an atrium by architect Shlomo Khayat. The facility includes a day care center, activities hall and meeting rooms. The Jerusalem Foundation supported the planning and development of the building, and establishment of the Ataa (Giving in Arabic) Office for Assistance on Interior Ministry Affairs for Residents of East Jerusalem, a branch office to provide assistance with identity cards, birth and death certificates, passports, unemployment, health insurance and social security, which was initiated by the Citizens’ Accord Forum between Jews & Arabs in Israel. The Foundation also has supported various programs operated by the center over the years, including after school help and subsidies for Al-Kasaba Theater productions.