The Israel Asper Community Action Centre – Migdal Ha’emek, Israel
In May 2005, The Asper Foundation and Jewish National Fund of Canada funded the establishment of The Israel Asper Community Action Centre in Migdal Ha’emek, Israel. The centre is named to honour the memory of Dr. Israel Asper, z”l, Founder of The Asper Foundation, who passed away on October 7, 2003
As with the Winnipeg Community Action Centre in Be’er Sheva and The Israel Asper Community Action Centre in Ofaqim, the centre is partnered with World Betar, the world’s premier Zionist youth organization. Each of the centres offer similar programs and activities and provide supplementary educational programs geared towards disadvantaged youth to help ensure they achieve their optimal level of education through combining technology-oriented education with instruction on leadership skills, heritage and Zionism.
From 2008-2011, the centre welcomed to the partnership the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Better Together program and the Municipality of Migdal Ha’emek to create a holistic solution to the neighborhood’s self-identified needs. This included providing a safe place for disadvantaged youth during the afternoons and evenings, leadership and values-based activities, preparation for the army, homework assistance and matriculation exam preparation.