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Dear friends,

The last few months have been a little bittersweet for us at the Foundation. We regret to inform you about the sad demise of Mr. Yaakov Cohen, one of our board members who was with the foundation for over 20 years. Our heartfelt condolences to his family. This is the place to mention the horrific shooting which took place in the Chabad synagogue in Poway, San Diego, CA on Saturday. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and hope and believe that together we can overcome this latest act of hate crimes against humanity.

On the other hand, last month we celebrated Purim with many festivities throughout the city. Netanya rejoiced with entertainment galore for kids and adults during the traditional Purim parade which included fantastic innovative costumes, giant dolls, jugglers, clowns, 1,500 dancers from schools and dance groups – all in the spirit of Purim! 

This month we observed the rich tradition of Pesach which also symbolizes the arrival of springtime – the season of new beginnings. We wish you and yours love, togetherness, prosperity, and happiness always. 
 
With best wishes,
Shlomi Waroner

 

Planetanya

The official unveiling ceremony of the Yuri Gagarin statue took place at the Netanya Planetarium on March 28. Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut, became the first person in the world who made a journey into outer space in his rocket Vostok on April 12, 1961. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Netanya Miriam Fierberg-Ikar, various dignitaries and the members of the Israel Space Agency.

Israel Space Week was also celebrated at the planetarium together with Israeli Minister of Science, Technology and Space Mr. Ofir Akunis, as well as American Astronaut Mr. Scott Kelly. Visitors had the opportunity to experience the training program, conditions and challenges facing astronauts on their way to the moon. They learned about new developments to do with space, optics and robotics, partook in workshops, and children studying technology exhibited their own inventions and developments.
 
Apart from this, the planetarium continues to offer stimulating and thought-provoking  workshops on astronomy and science, activities in the scientific garden, tours of the Japanese garden, professional lectures on a variety of subjects, guided star exhibits and telescopic observations. They are also working on building an interactive experience for their visitors which will launch with an escape room in the near future.
 
You can find more information about their programs
here.
 

Nethanel Enrichment Center & Beit Iren

The Nethanel Enrichment Center and Beit Iren provide a platform for art education for preschoolers aged 3 to 6. The children visit the Center together with their kindergarten classes, all situated in underprivileged neighborhoods in south Netanya. The children are offered a range of activities in the various arts making art accessible to these children, whom otherwise would never be exposed to the world of arts.
 
They staff work with professionals from various fields such as music, plastic art, theater and cinema.  Beit Iren is set up as a gallery and a museum, teaching the children to conduct themselves in a different environment and to appreciate the various arts.
Thanks to a generous donation recently received, we have now expanded the programs offered to include afternoon programs for the children together with their parents. This creates a joint educational - creative experience, while also contributing towards parent-child relations.

 "Kol HaGvanim" – Girls' Choir

The "Kol HaGvanim" (Voice of all Shades) choir is a unique project which aspires to vocal excellence. The choir is composed of 20 girls divided into two age groups: 5-8 & 9-15. Most of the children are from the Ethiopian community (70%), beside children from families situated low on the socio-economic scale. They perform at various events throughout the country; below they are seen performing at the "Chidon Hatanach" (Bible Contest) in Tel Aviv, 2018.

Singing in the choir develops the girls' Hebrew language skills and vocal abilities as well as raising their self-confidence and strengthening their love of Israel through Israeli music. It also creates a sense of responsibility, partnership and tolerance of others. Empowering the children in these fields will reflect upon other important areas in their lives and will help shape them as better human beings as they grow up.
 
Thanks to a generous donation received from The Joseph & Krystyna Kasierer Foundation, we had the pleasure of supporting the choir this year, helping them to maintain their high standards as the girls aspire towards vocal excellence.

In the spirit of Purim, last month the girls performed before the patients in "Merkaz Dorot"  (a medical nursing center) in Netanya bringing them happiness and pleasure.


About Us
 
The Netanya Foundation was established in 1989 in order to improve the quality of life of the city's residents.  From the late 1980s and to this day, Netanya has absorbed over 65,000 immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia and other countries worldwide. This is the mission of the Netanya Foundation. We continually seek and find the resources to help our residents and build a strong community for everyone. The Netanya Foundation initiates, manages and operates cultural facilities, community services, social, health, education, sports, science, religion, charity and welfare programs.
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