Sunday, July 1, 2012

Shalom from Israel!

Shalom from Israel!

Michael and I are here in Sha'ar HaNegev, Israel, for the special dedication earlier this week of the Alexander Joseph Viterbi Arts Center and the opening of the Yitzhak Shavit Sha'ar HaNegev School. We were joined by more than 75 San Diegans who made the journey to Sha'ar HaNegev to celebrate the culmination of 14 years of hard work, philanthropy and partnership. We proudly represented the San Diego Jewish community, which is making a tangible difference in empowering the children of Sha'ar HaNegev to flourish in their educational and artistic endeavors in a safe, state of the art school dedicated to building Jewish identity.

The first overseas organization to commit to funding the school, Federation – through your generous contributions– has provided more than more than $1 million to the Alexander Viterbi Arts Center and $11 million to the region. We were blessed to be joined by the Viterbi family, as well as Larry Acheatel, Federation's new Israel Center Chair, who was instrumental in working with the head of the school promoting for this visionary project.
 Through our San Diego-Sha'ar HaNegev P2G partnership we are undertaking new initiatives and projects which, on a daily basis, inspire deeper understanding and connections, make lives on both sides more meaningful and unify us in a thriving and fortified common destiny for the Jewish People.

Please see links below with some great photos and news coverage of the dedication. We'd also like to share with you a special message from Mayor Alon Schuster thanking you, the San Diego Jewish community, for making a life-changing difference for thousands of children and families in Sha'ar HaNegev.

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See Great News Coverage


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