Community Development

Start Up
Early Childhood Center
Young Communities
Na’eh Center

Start Up

Photo : JAFI

Photo : JAFI

“I came from Ethiopia when I was one month old. My father and mother worked very hard but earned minimum wage. There was nobody to help me with my homework, because my parents didn’t understand. We had no books at home, no money for school supplies, museums or toys like my friends. I heard about Start Up and they were able to help me. Without their support and guidance, I would never have made it to university.”

Start Up is a centre that helps guide more than 6,000 young adults every year to higher education, vocational training, leadership development and job opportunities.


Early Childhood Center

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Photo : UIAFC

“My son is a wonderful child who has some speech and psychological problems. The Centre was able to offer activities and therapy to help him and to support me with training to deal with his problems. I am now able to work because I know he is well cared for at the centre’s daycare.”

The Early Childhood Center is a Beer Sheva community resource that serves as the hub fora wide array of paramedical and developmental services, and formal and informal educational programs, for children from birth to six years old and their parents.


Young Communities

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Photo : JAFI

“Living in a Young Community in Beer Sheva allows us to actively express our idealism and to understand the part of Israeli society that is underprivileged and struggling. Volunteering with these citizens allows us to create a more just society, to narrow the gaps and make our neighbourhoods a better place.”

The members of Young Communities have created an urban kibbutz where there is great societal need, working together with all sectors of the local society to encourage community leadership and involvement and to improve the quality of life in their area.


Na’eh Center

Photo : JAFI

Photo : JAFI

“When I first came to Israel from Ethiopia at nine years old, I was horrified to see lighter-complexioned Israelis. I thought that these poor people have skin problems! I thought everyone in the world had black skin like mine – and that was just the beginning of my culture shock. Everything was so different – from having indoor plumbing to being instantly immersed in a totally foreign lifestyle, language, food and culture. The one thing we did have in common was that we were Jews and had a 2000-year-old desire to live in Israel.”

Na’eh is a Beer Sheva youth outreach centre that meets the most pressing needs in an area with a high concentration of Ethiopian-Israeli youth. It cultivates leadership and strong personal and Jewish identities to help them integrate into Israeli society.