About the project
The Sally & Philip W. Lown Youth & Community Center was one of the first community centers built in the city. The center provides an array of educational, recreational, social and cultural programs for children, youth, adults and seniors in the Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood, one of the largest neighborhoods in the city, with approximately 30,000 residents. The center also overseas activities at two smaller community centers that serve the neighborhood: the Beit Rachel Youth & Community Center and the Isaac & Rose Taylor Community Center, and has conducted programs in the housing projects on Stern Street. The Jerusalem Foundation supported the center’s construction, and many later additions, including: construction of a swimming pool, a multi-purpose hall for gymnastics, maritial arts and other activities, a basketball court and a library in the 1970s; renovations to create a sport court in the 1980s; creation of the Miriam Fields Study Room for the Elderly and renovations to a fitness room in the 1990s; purchase of carpentry equipment for the Kesher Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Veterans in 2000, renovations to the seniors club to create the Ruth & Maks Kriegsman Club for the Elderly, which is operated by Melabev, in 2002, and planning for the library’s renovation and rededication as the Margulies Library in 2004. The Foundation also has supported activities for all age groups and populations, including afterschool programs, programs for special needs children, and activities for seniors at the center.