About the project
The Judean Hills Youth Recreation Center was an orientation center for youth visiting from abroad and a recreation center for local youth begun in 1971. The center, which was located on 20 acres in the Jerusalem Forest just beyond Yad Vashem, originally included a main building, swimming pool and sport courts. In 1976, the Zionist Organization of Canada Youth Center was added, including a dormitory and a multi-purpose hall for use by visiting Canadian teenagers. The Jerusalem Foundation supported these construction projects as well as programs for youth from border settlements, a program that brought youth groups to Israel from Denmark several times a year over many years, an Arabic language summer camp and a senior citizens summer camp. The center later became the Chaim Zippori Community Education Center, which specializes in developing and conducting training seminars for community service professionals. In 1988, the Adam Institute for Democracy & Peace, which carries on some of the center’s original mission, was also established on the grounds.