“We must make certain that every child who is born and grows up in Upper Nazareth should be able to climb any peak that he or she aspires to,” said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
. “This center narrows gaps and offers hope that the sky is the limit.”
The center, which is KKL-JNF’s pilot project
in this field, provides tutorials and enrichment activities for youth, with the goal of encouraging excellence and developing young leadership in Israel’s peripheral regions, offering equal opportunities for youth in order to bridge the gap between the country’s central and more distant regions. The structure was designed with a young and innovative spirit and includes classrooms, a computer lab, an auditorium and an open space for social activities.
represents the meeting point between ideas and their realization in the field,” said KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar
. “The story of renewing Zionism is the story of realization. Here we will provide tools so that everyone will have an equal opportunity for excellence.”
Atar also added that KKL-JNF’s work “is the result of our working concept that our most important job is to strengthen peripheral regions and to assist in those areas where no other entities are active. Among the first things that we did was to adopt the pre-military academies
and all of Israel’s youth movements, out of our conviction that Israel’s future is in its youth and the coming generations. Personal empowerment is part of the developmental program of each and every girl and boy, which is why we are trying to direct them towards deciding that self-realization can be about living and making a livelihood in the peripheral regions.”
The building of the KKL-JNF House was made possible thanks to the support of friends of KKL-JNF worldwide, including a contribution from the estate of Maurice Kamoun from Marseilles, France
Mr. Ronen Plot
, the Mayor of Upper Nazareth, took his honored guests for a guided tour of the center and to meet the youth active there. Everyone saw the teens’ technological innovations and their work in electronics, watched a debate and presentation on space, and spoke with the students about their activities.
President Rivlin and KKL-JNF Chairman Atar asked one of the boys how the KKL-JNF house helps him. “I came here after failing physics, and thanks to the tutorials I passed the last test,” he answered. Another girl said that she had failed in chemistry in the past, but thanks to the activities at KKL-JNF House, she was now getting grades that are over 80.