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JCF Israel Fund Supports Program to Empower Israeli Youth

In communities across Israel, youth-at-risk who have dropped out of high school have difficulty finding jobs and are unprepared to enter the army. The Israel Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford awarded a $10,000 grant to IT Works’ Youth Empowerment Program, which is designed to appeal to at-risk youth in poorer communities and provide them with an experience that will start them on the path to skilled employment by providing career opportunities in the growing technological sector. Through training by certified Cisco Systems instructors, empowerment workshops and extra tutoring, participants become prepared for gainful employment and ready to assume leadership roles in their communities.

The Israel Fund is a collective giving group at the Jewish Community Foundation that brings people who care about Israel together to experience philanthropy first-hand and helps support projects in Israel that benefit children and other vulnerable populations. With a one-time gift of $10,000, payable over 2 years, members of the Israel Fund participate in selecting projects to receive funding. Since its inception in 2008, the Israel Fund has arranged grants for disabled Israeli youth to receive military preparation services and children who have lost family members due to terrorism to participate in a Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

The collective experience of voting is a valuable one for donors. “Members of the Israel Fund are intimately involved in the process of selecting what will be funded. It is a rich and rewarding experience,” says Gideon Rutenberg, a founding member of the Fund.

For more information, please call 860.523.7460 or visit www.jcfhartford.org.


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