ORT Ohio sets goal to renovate and modernize Kfar Silver Science Building

ORT National President Larry Kadis announced Northeast Ohio Region’s new two-year goal of renovating and equipping the Science Building at Kfar Silver at the 45th Annual ORT Brunch on Oct. 30. 2016.

The Science Building will be a centerpiece of Kfar Silver, the newest addition to the Kadima Mada network of Youth Villages, and a place the community can point to as a great local effort. The Northeast Ohio community will be coming together over the next two years to take responsibility for the work on this important educational building.

Kadis explained the importance of the Kadima Mada network in his comments to the audience and said how impactful these renovations will be. World ORT is strengthening Israel by educating its most vulnerable youth. Because of minimal government funding for Kfar Silver, contributions are needed for these improvements.

The Kfar Silver Youth Village was established over 60 years ago and named after Cleveland’s Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver. In addition to the school, the 370 acre campus includes a swimming pool, agricultural and animal farms and dormitories. Two hundred students live in the village dorms, many from challenging backgrounds. Kfar Silver is their last chance to overcome a troubled past and build a better future.

An extensive renovation is planned to revitalize the village and bring it to 21st century standards, including refurbishing classrooms; providing internet connectivity; installing smart classrooms and science, technology and computer labs; and renovating and expanding the dorms to accommodate 290 student boarders.

LKadis_VideoAfter showing a video which explains the important and life-changing work of World ORT Kadima Mada’s Youth Villages, ORT National President Larry Kadis tells the audience about Northeast Ohio’s new 2-year project to support Kfar Silver by renovating and modernizing the Science Building in the newest addition to the program.


Kfar Silver Youth Village

World ORT Kadima Mada (Science Journey) provides an important lifeline to students in the periphery of Israel through its educational network of youth villages and community schools, where students who have struggled in conventional schools can transform their lives.  Thanks to Kadima Mada, these facilities offer innovative programs for young people to bolster their academic standing and become independent, productive adults.

Kfar Silver youth village in Hof Ashkelon is the newest member of the educational network.  Known for its high standards and nurturing care, Kfar Silver is situated close to Gaza.  In 2008 the school was hit by a rocket from KafarSilver_StudentsGaza.  It is the first youth village to be fully managed by Kadima Mada.  Its school for grades 7-12 serves over 600 students and boarders, many new immigrants.

The village was established over sixty years ago and named after Cleveland’s Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver.  In addition to the school, the 370 acre campus includes a swimming pool, agricultural and animal farms and dormitories.  Two hundred students live in the village dorms, many from challenging backgrounds.  Kfar Silver is their last chance to overcome a troubled past and build a better future.

An extensive renovation is planned to revitalize the village and bring it to 21st century standards, including the refurbishment of classrooms, providing internet connectivity, installing smart classrooms and science, technology and computer labs and renovating and expanding the dorms to accomodate 290 student boarders.  Because of minimal government funding for Kfar Silver, contributions are needed for these improvements.

The Northeast Ohio Region of ORT America has undertaken a lead role in raising funds for this project over several years.  Please check back to see updates on the project.  To help ORT make a profound impact on this project, please consider a donation today.

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For additional information about Kfar Silver and how you can support the effort to renovate the Science Building, email ohio@ortamerica.org.