Tel-Hai College has established itself as a centre of excellence for biotechnology, social sciences and computer sciences, as well as being the largest employer in the Upper Galil. UJIA supports access by providing scholarships.
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EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION
From the outside, Israel seems an extraordinary success story when it comes to academic achievements, particularly in the sciences.
Indeed, in the last 10 years, Israel has three times as many Nobel Prizes per capita in the sciences as any other country on earth.
Yet this is the same country that comes 24th in a league table measuring the national average in exams for maths, science and reading in 25 developed countries (the OECD members). The figures for Israel’s poorest region, the Galil, are even worse.
We at UJIA have focused our work on the Galil for the last 15 years. If we are to bring opportunity to the region, if we are to challenge the levels of deprivation, we believe that everything starts with education. We work with partners in the Israeli Government, and other Diaspora communities, so that every pound works at its hardest and our projects have the biggest impact they can.
Tens of thousands of lives have been transformed by these initiatives. These young people are productive, successful and contributing not only to their own well-being, but to the economic development of the Galil and Israel’s economy.
We are living at a very special moment in Jewish history. We have the privilege of helping to support the people of Israel.
We can be passive participants in the Jewish story, or we can make a difference – we can make our mark.
UJIA is leading the way in the regeneration of Merom HaGalil, beginning with a long-term comprehensive educational plan that will cover children from birth to young adulthood.
Kibbutz Eshbal exemplifies the power of education to transform a culture of despair into a future of hope and trust.
In the Galil, life expectancy is 8 years shorter than in the centre of Israel – The Faculty of Medicine in Tsfat (supported by UJIA) is changing the face of healthcare across the region.
Saving the Future: How we’re boosting science & technology in the Galil.
Darca Danciger High School
Merom HaGalil Educational Programme
Shlomi High School
Faculty of Medicine in tsfat
Western Galilee College
Ethiopian Bar/Bat Mitzvah Programme
Carmiel Children’s Village
Zefat Academic College – New School of Nursing
Click on a map pin to see a summary of the project.
Darca Danciger High School was established 60 years ago and is a six-year high school. The campus, facilities and equipment have not been maintained or developed for many years, resulting in a neglected campus which is failing to keep pace with educational needs and technological advances. UJIA is helping to fund a comprehensive renovation.
Until relatively recently, the development
town of Shlomi in the northern Galil,
was without a high school. UJIA led a partnership to build this excellent and much-needed school.
Children growing up in Merom HaGalil do not have the kind of opportunities that other children take for granted. School grades have been two years behind the typical Israeli child.
UJIA’s substantial and long-standing support for a number of schools is transforming their prospects.
The new Faculty of Medicine in Tsfat, in which UJIA is a key partner, encourages talented students and professionals to make their home in the Galil; the result is vastly developed medical care for the Galil’s citizens.
Kishorit is a unique community for adults with a variety of special needs, including mental health problems and physical and learning disabilities. UJIA has supported Kishorit to develop increased work opportunities for residents, by funding a new vineyard and a boutique kosher winery.
Western Galilee College is the most diverse college in Israel, opening up opportunity to students of all backgrounds. UJIA recently funded the creation of a new School of Management faculty building and continues to support scholarships.
Netiv Tefachot is a Hesder Yeshiva which reaches out to young adults who come from poor urban neighbourhoods and development towns. UJIA recently funded a new Beit Midrash building as a hub for this community and offers a number of scholarships.
Kibbutz Eshbal is the extraordinary, transformative sanctuary for some of Israel’s most troubled young people. It helps at-risk youth become people who feel loved, believe in themselves and are ready to make a positive contribution to Israeli society.
UJIA supports Tsofen, which works to integrate Israeli Arabs into Israel’s high tech industry. This brings crucial new business to the Galil and helps bridge socio-economic gaps between Arabs and Jews in the region.
EBBM – Ethiopian Bar/Batmitzvah programme
Population of the Western Galil
School students benefiting from our UJIA JAMS programme in the last year
Our programmes directly reach 11,500 young Jewish lives in the UK each year
Decline in size of UK Jewish population since its post-war peak
Number of young people in the Galil reached by the UJIA-supported Kibbutz Eshbal
Merom Hagalil’s income is almost 40% below the national average