Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sha'ar HaNegev Gets International Press!

We're so excited to share that Sha'ar HaNegev's rocket-resistant school was featured on the front page of Yahoo news this morning! With its first classes and presidential visit this week, it's getting a lot of attention!

This summer, after many years of planning, fundraising and construction, the opening of the Yitzhak Shavit High School of Sha’ar HaNegev was enthusiastically celebrated amid hundreds of Israeli and international dignitaries. Following the escalation of rockets into Sha’ar HaNegev in 2008, it was decided that the region needed a specially shielded high school that would provide a safe haven for pluralistic Jewish values. The Jewish Federation of San Diego County took a bold step as the first organization to commit its support to building the school while still in its early planning stages.

Built to educate up to 1,800 students, the school features state-of-the-art security technology, including bullet- and shatter-proof glass, chemical warfare safety rooms, and 28 bomb shelters around the schoolyard. In addition, the Alexander Joseph Viterbi Art Center, funded through the generosity of the people of San Diego and the Jewish Federation, was dedicated by Andrew and Erma Viterbi in memory of their late son.

Through this very special partnership between San Diego and Sha’ar HaNegev, mutual understanding is growing between Americans and Israelis, and the promise of a stronger global Jewish identity is being realized.

Read Yahoo's article here.


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