Programs in the Region

Programs in the Region

JUF’s Partnership Together (or as it’s sometimes abbreviated P2G) is a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel (a major JUF beneficiary and overseas partner) that links communities in the Diaspora with communities in Israel, mainly in Israel’s periphery of the Negev and Galil.  Chicago has been partnered with Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir, which is located in Israel’s northern Negev, for the last 25 years. Through this partnership over $30 million of funding from JUF’s annual campaign has been allocated to projects that promote the region’s development, improve the quality of life for its residents and connects them with Chicago Jewry through “people to people” programs.  This year $1,000,000 was allocated to the region through JUF’s Partnership Together.  Below are the programs that received an allocation in FY21.

 

Mesoso

Hinneni (“Here I am” in Hebrew and what Abraham replies to G-d in Genesis to indicate readiness) is an Israeli non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the Ethiopian-Israeli communities across Israel’s social and geographic periphery. Members of Hinneni communities run a variety of programs for all ages, strengthening the local community and serving as role models for youth.
Facilitated by Hinneni, the Mesoso project connects Ethiopian-Israeli seniors with local families in Kiryat Gat.
Mesoso in the Amharic language is the pillar located at the center of the Ethiopian traditional home. It is the mainstay of the house, which symbolized the central role and authority of the seniors in the family. 
Over the years, the immigration to Israel from Ethiopia led to an erosion in the traditional status of seniors in the family. Therefore, one of the goals of this project is to restore and strengthen the status of the seniors in the community.
As part of the project, parents and children from Kiryat Gat adopt Ethiopian-Israeli seniors and create a close and continuous relationship with them. They visit the seniors’ homes, celebrate community and personal events together and assist in their daily activities.
The project contributes to the social life of the seniors while unifying the community and instilling values of heritage, giving and social involvement.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been a long-time supporter of Hinneni in Kiryat Gat. It supports Hinneni’s Mesoso project since 2018.

 

Gap Year at the Neve Hanna Boarding School

LEAD at Neve Hanna
Neve Hanna is home to over 80 children, ages 6-18, that have been removed from their home by court order. Additionally, 40 children join Neve Hanna’s day program and return home every night. At Neve Hanna, children receive many supports, including therapy and enrichment. Teenagers learn life skills needed to be prepared when entering the “real world”. 
LEAD is an Israeli non-profit organization that identifies, empowers and develops young promising leaders from all sectors of Israeli society.
Each year, graduates of LEAD's youth leadership development track defer their IDF enlistment in order to volunteer for gap year service at Neve Hanna. Guided and accompanied by LEAD, the volunteers, all 18 years old, serve as an integral part of Neve Hanna’s staff and are responsible for their own group of children. From waking them up in the morning, to helping them with homework.  They accompany the children throughout the day and they also organize recreational and enrichment activities for the children. 

Through the Partnership, JUF has been a long-time supporter of Neve Hanna in Kiryat Gat. It supports LEAD’S program at Neve Hanna since 2019.

Youth Leadership Training for Crisis Response 
NATAL: Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center is an Israeli nonprofit organization that specializes in the field of trauma relating to war and terror. NATAL aims to advance the resiliency of the Israeli society as a whole through treatment, prevention, public awareness and research. 
NATAL’s Youth Leadership Training for Crisis Response enables youth from Kiryat Gat to actively cope with emergency situations, become social activists in their own right, and to strengthen their community in times of crisis.
The project trains youth from Kiryat Gat to be ambassadors of resilience and to volunteer in emergencies to help the community. Program participants leave with a toolbox of skills that enables them to act, assist and actively deal with local and national emergency situations, demonstrate leadership and be proud of their work.
As part of the training, NATAL’s professionals teach the youth about how to react in crisis situations and expose them to the municipal preparedness in Kiryat Gat, which includes all the emergency authorities.
The project empowers the youth and gives them an important role in times of emergency, while at the same time contributing to strengthening the community and the community support infrastructure in times of routine and emergency.

Over the years, JUF has been supporting Natal at times of emergency in Israel. Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Natal's Youth Leadership Training for Crisis Response since 2018.

   

Aharai to the IDF

Aharai (In Hebrew: Follow Me) is a social and educational NGO that fosters leadership and encourages social involvement in young adults.
Members begin contact with Aharai at through educational programs which connect the participants to milestones of the Israeli society (such as joining the army), the organization instills in its school-aged members a feeling of success while encouraging them to integrate as contributing citizens in Israeli society. 
Aharai’s military preparation program in Kiryat Gat is designed to enhance and strengthen the willingness and motivation of young men and women between the ages of 16-18 to complete significant army service. 

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Aharai in Kiryat Gat since 2019.

 

Cracking the Glass Ceiling
Alliance - Kol Israel Haverim (KIAH) is a leading educational organization in Israel. Cracking the Glass Ceiling is a unique initiative of KIAH that offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education to young girls in junior high and high school (ages 14-18) in Israel’s social and geographic periphery. 
Often, the girls participating in the program grow up in an environment that does not encourage them to seek higher education. Additionally, they often do not have many strong female role models to look up to. It can make it hard for the girls to see what is possible for their future, particularly when they have the talent and ability to succeed.
This five year program enacts a process to achieve change and growth, aiming for the goal of all participants to graduate high school and receive a diploma with honors-the first barrier to quality higher education. 
Cracking the Glass Ceiling is currently implemented in six municipalities, including Kiryat Gat, and reaches over 2,000 girls.  

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting KIAH 's Cracking the Glass Ceiling in Kiryat Gat since 2019.

E4E center in Kiryat Gat

 

Morasha

Alliance - Kol Israel Haverim (KIAH) is a leading educational organization in Israel. KIAH’s Morasha (Heritage) program aims to strengthen Jewish identity and translate it into social action in schools. The goal is to reinforce social Jewish values in Israeli society with an emphasis on mutual respect and responsibility. 
Morasha identifies how Jewish social values can be implemented in the school's daily life. Over the course of the program, Morasha empowers the educational staff to undergo a transformative process by developing and implementing original values-based educational programs to create sustainable change in the school's culture and approach.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting KIAH 's Morasha in Kiryat Gat since 2016.

SAHI Kiryat Gat, Lakhish Shafir

 

Young Ambassadors Against Violence 
Maslan is the Negev's sexual assault and domestic violence support center. 
Young Ambassadors Against Violence is Maslan's educational project that aims to raise awareness of violence and sexual violence amongst youth and to empower them to stop it.
While in the program, participants acquire knowledge and tools in the area of combating violence and sexual violence. They learn about violence prevention, healthy sexual practices, and social activism in a safe environment in which they can debate topics, ask questions, and express themselves. 
In addition to personal growth and group collaboration, participants also develop leadership skills and a passion for volunteerism.
As a result, the participants become influencers of their environment and act as youth ambassadors while accelerating meaningful social change in their own communities.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Maslan in Kiryat Gat and Lachish regional council since 2016.

SHAAH TOVA

 

Tzahali’s Community Involvement Project 
Tzahali is the first pre-army preparatory program for young Orthodox women. Tzahali aspires to train these women for military service and as a result, encourage them to become leaders in their communities.
The studies in Tzahali enable the Orthodox women to formulate their own inner beliefs, cope with challenges, strengthen independence and leadership, and have a deeper and more robust understanding of Israeli society.
Living as a group, the young women are learning and developing before their army enlistment. This living arrangement gives them the skills and abilities to enlist individually or as part of a cohort to the IDF.
As part of Tzahali’s Community Involvement project, the young women volunteer weekly to work with seniors and families with children with special needs. The project benefits not only the recipients but also the young women themselves, as it increases their personal responsibility, empowers them and deepens their familiarity with Israeli society.
In cooperation with the Kiryat Gat Municipality's Welfare and Social Services Department, Tzahali locates the seniors and families in which the young women help every week. They also initiate community events and special projects during the year. 

Over the years, JUF has been supporting Tzahali. Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Tzahali’s Community Involvement project in Kiryat Gat in 2018.

A theather class for Children at risk

 

Mifne for Ultra-Orthodox Families
Be-Atzmi is an Israeli nonprofit focused on supporting economically disadvantaged populations as they work towards attaining stable and fair employment suited to their skills and interests. 
Mifne (“turn around”) for Haredi Families is an innovative holistic integration program of Be-Atzmi, geared towards a low socio-economic Ultra-Orthodox population. The program works with Ultra-Orthodox couples to integrate them into the workforce. It also provides workshops and financial counseling to help Haredi couples understand and manage their finances.  
The goal of the program is to break the cycle of poverty for Haredi families. 

JUF has been supporting Mifne for Haredi Families in three locations in Israel. Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting the program in Kiryat Gat since 2016. Through the Breakthrough Fund, JUF has been supporting the program in Migdal Haemek and Ashdod since 2017. 

 

Krembo Wings- Kiryat Gat Branch
Named after a popular Israeli seasonal candy treat that is so delicate it must be wrapped by hand, Krembo Wings is a national youth movement for children with mild to severe special needs. It is the first youth movement for special needs kids in the world. 
The Krembo Wings branch in Kiryat Gat meets weekly after school and brings together children and youth with special needs, ages 7-21, and matches each one with two non-disabled and specially trained peers, aged 10-18. This allows each child to participate fully in a range of activities including group games, songs, drama, and arts and crafts.  
Krembo Wings recently expanded the impact of inclusion by lowering the age limit for non-disabled children in the Kiryat Gat branch. As children begin their activities at a younger age, they become more experienced counselors later on and are able to take on more responsibility. As a result, their sense of self-confidence and self-esteem grows.
The Krembo Wings branch in Kiryat Gat serves the entire Partnership region. The program provides transportation to and from each session for participants and a qualified nursing care worker is always present.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting the Kiryat Gat Branch of Krembo Wings since 2014.

 

Mishalvim-National Service for Young Adults with Disabilities
Bat Ami, an Israeli non-profit organization, works towards social change, social justice and mutual responsibility through programs of volunteering for National Service as well as leadership and empowerment programs.  In Israel, at the age of 18, Israelis either enter the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).  National Service is an alternative to military service in Israel.
Mishalvim (which means “integrate” in Hebrew) is a program of Bat Ami which enables young adults with disabilities, aged 18-25, to serve in National Service. The service allows them to be productive members of society and for society to see them that way. The program provides participants with skills and values and serves as a bridge to the world of employment, education and a profession. The participants select the volunteer setting that best matches their aspirations and abilities, experience equal opportunities, meaningful service and integration into society. At the end of the year of service, the participants are entitled to all the benefits and rights of discharged IDF soldiers.
Mishalvim operates throughout Israel including in JUF’s Partnership region of Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir.  They volunteer in a variety of organizations in the community for one year and help to contribute to changing the view of society towards people with disabilities.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Bat Ami’s Mishalvim program in Kiryat Gat, Lachish Regional Council and Shafir Regional Council since 2018.

 

Running Group for Adults with Disabilities
Etgarim (which means “challenges” in Hebrew) is an Israeli non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and social integration of people with disabilities through outdoor sports. Etgarim’s activities are based on adventure-based therapy which aims to bring change through positive experiences, learning and empowerment and usually takes place in an environment that presents certain elements of risk. This unique and empowering intervention, which has been proven particularly effective in working with populations with disabilities, enables them to internalize the concept of “Yes I can”.
The effectiveness of Etgarim’s activities has been studied and proven to be a tool for personal empowerment, for strengthening self-confidence and self-esteem and for expanding abilities in all aspects of life. 
One of Etgarim’s projects is running groups all over Israel, including in JUF’s Partnership region.  The running groups train for the long distance and include people with various types of disabilities, together with volunteers without disabilities who accompany them throughout the year. The groups meet on a weekly basis and give the participants a sense of belonging and capability, strengthen their confidence and provide a healthy and social framework. Participants take part in races throughout the year, breaking down existing beliefs about the capabilities of people with disabilities. 

Through the Partnership, JUF has been a long-time supporter of Etgarim in Kiryat Gat, Lachish Regional Council and Shafir Regional Council. It supports Etgarim’s running group for adults with disabilities at the Partnership region since 2018.

The Equalizer

 

Transforming the lives of families in need 
Tenufa Bakehila (community rising in Hebrew) is an Israeli non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged populations overcome poverty through a holistic approach that includes repairing homes and providing social support.
The organization's staff renovates houses of families in need at no cost and creates homes that allow residents to live in safety and dignity, while also providing them with a social worker to provide emotional support. This comprehensive response leads the families to break the cycle of poverty, as well as integration into the community and society.
Tenufa Bakehila operates around the country, including in JUF’s Partnership region, and to date has assisted over 4,500 families in need.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Tenufa Bakehila’s operation in Kiryat Gat, Lachish Regional Council and Shafir Regional Council since 2018.

 

STEEM- Flagship Project 
Following five successful years of Israel Children’s Zone (ICZ) in the Partnership region, the new Partnership flagship project is an educational project that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in elementary schools. An additional “E” was added for English, something that can be lacking for residents living in Israel’s periphery.
This project is led by JUF’s Partnership in cooperation with Beit Yatziv and the Davidson Institute of Science Education (of the Weizmann Institute), two of the most advanced institutes in the field of STEM education in Israel.  
Beit Yatziv specializes in building the necessary infrastructure to improve STEM education, mapping the needs, and creating a tailor-made program for all participating schools in the Partnership region while placing the teachers at the center of this process. The Davidson Institute of Science specializes in facilitating the teaching of STEM to school children in multiple settings. Together, they will implement this five-year project in grades 3-6 in all 24 elementary schools throughout JUF’s Partnership region.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting the STEEM Flagship Project in Kiryat Gat, Lachish Regional Council and Shafir Regional Council since 2019.

 

English Summer Camp – Kiryat Gat

Kefiada
Kefiada is a full- immersion English speaking day camp for 4th to 6th graders from Kiryat Gat, Lachish Regional Council and Shafir Regional Council. Half of the camp counselors are Israelis and half are college students who are either from Chicago or go to school in Chicago.
Kefiada assists Israeli children in improving their basic English language skills in a camp setting while enjoying creative and fun camp activities (very similar to the kinds of camp experiences in the USA).
English and other skills taught in the camp are essential to these children as they begin to compete and interact in today’s world.

Kefiada is one of the best People-to-People programs, strengthening the “living bridge” between Chicago and Israel since 1998.

Living Bridge
Living Bridge is the Partnership’s school exchange program, which promotes people to people connections between students in Kiryat Gat and Chicago. 
During the school year, the Israeli students learn about the history of Israel, Israel advocacy and Jewish life in the Diaspora. They visit Chicago to learn first-hand about the Jewish community and meet with their peers form the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School and the Solomon Schechter Day School in Chicago.
The students from Chicago visit Israel as well and spend a day in Kiryat Gat meeting with their Israeli friends.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Living bridge for over a decade.

 

Basketball Ambassadors
Basketball Ambassadors, a program of the Shafir Community Center, aims to bring a sport culture to the entire Shafir region. Shafir Regional Council is home to 14 moshavim (rural communities), spread over a large area, in some cases, communities are located 12 miles apart, with different characteristics and religious affiliation. The program uses sports to bring together many of the council’s citizens.
Based on the model of a basketball club, Shafir’s Basketball Ambassadors trains youth to be basketball coaches and leaders in their own basketball teams. The program teaches not only how to play and coach basketball teams, but also instills values such as confidence, responsibility, overcoming challenges and more. Participating youth become ambassadors by leading basketball teams within their own moshavim, encouraging more people to participate and adopt a sportive lifestyle.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting the Shafir’s Basketball Ambassadors program since 2020.

   

Ofanim’s STEM

Enrichment Program

Ofanim, a non-profit organization, provides extra-curricular STEM education and enrichment activities in peripheral communities for children who have fewer opportunities to access high quality educational or after-school activities.
Ofanim's mobile labs are retrofitted buses equipped with computers and technology. With the mobile labs visiting different communities, Ofanim works to reduce gaps among third to sixth graders in the periphery, exposing them to new worlds of science and technology, encouraging curiosity and motivating them to succeed in school and pursue a higher education in STEM fields.
Ofanim operates 11 enrichment programs in science and technology for elementary school students throughout Kiryat Gat, Shafir Regional Council and Lachish Regional Council.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Ofanim's STEM Enrichment Program in Kiryat Gat since 2020.

 

Havruta

Elem is a national non-profit organization supporting youth in distress and helping them cope with their challenges, overcome risks and grow up as beneficial citizens contributing to themselves, to society and to the state of Israel.
Elem's Havruta program provides emotional support specifically to Ultra-Orthodox youth through an ongoing personal process. Havruta’s educational counselors mentor seventh to ninth grade youth during school hours and in collaboration with the school. The counselors serve as a significant and stable figure for the youth. Their trusting relationships allows the youth to share and consult with them about the hardships they experience. The program aims to help the youth before they reach extreme risk and before they turn away from their familiar environment. 

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Elem’s programs in Kiryat Gat since 2015.

   

Pathway to Early Childhood

Pathway to Early Childhood is an educational program of the Shafir Community Center. Early childhood years are the foundations of infants’ development, and therefore Pathway to Early Childhood aims to provide enrichment and professional tools to early childhood educators and parents throughout the Shafir Regional Council.
The program prevents burnout and creates professional networks among early childhood educators in the Council. It also provides parents of infants (aged 0-3) with knowledge and workshops to enhance parent-child bonding and quality time. The program aspires to establish and promote valuable relationship between all the child’s meaningful and caring adults.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting the Pathway to Early Childhood program of the Shafir Community Center since 2020.

   

Unlimited Potential

Appleseeds Academy, a non-profit organization, promotes technological equality for all by developing and implementing programs in the areas of technology, employment and life skills among underserved communities in Israel's social and geographic periphery. 
Appleseeds Academy’s Unlimited Potential program supports unemployed adults from Israel's periphery with a range of technology employment courses. The program combines intensive technological group and self-guided training with soft skills employment coaching, to propel participants into the technology-led job market and achieve suitable employment.
Unlimited Potential trains 40 unemployed residents of Kiryat Gat, ages 20-50, providing them with technological, practical and soft-skills training.  

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Appleseeds Academy’s Unlimited Potential program in Kiryat Gat since 2020

 

Youth Leading in the Community
Youth Leading in the Community is a strategic program of the Shafir Community Center empowering the youth of the Shafir Regional Council and connecting them to their communities. 
The program trains local youth to be leaders and to contribute to their own communities. They volunteer with younger children (1st -6th grade), providing them with much needed after-school social activities. They also volunteer with senior residents in the region, as part of an inter-generational project.
Being socially involved and giving back to their community keeps the youth away from violence and vandalism. It instills values in them and prepares the next cohort of leaders in the Council.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting the Shafir Community Center’s Youth Leading in the Community program since 2020.

 

Budo for Peace
Budo for Peace, a non-profit organization, uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds in Israel. This educational program, developed by pedagogical educators and martial arts teachers, fosters unity and leadership and instilling core values.
While learning traditional martial arts, the children in the program gain confidence, patience, respect and many more important values. The program is designed to develop young leaders and role models, encourage gender equality and instill social responsibility. 

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Budo for Peace in Kiryat Gat since 2015.


Grow Together

Grow Together, a program of the Marianne Early Childhood and Family Center in Kiryat Gat, aspires to reduce gaps affecting young children of disadvantaged families during their early childhood years, ensuring all the children in Kiryat Gat will have an equal opportunity to succeed.
Grow Together is designed to provide tools, knowledge, guidance and support for disadvantaged families with young children (aged 0-6) in Kiryat Gat. The program provides a range of services to families from the pregnancy stage until the child is 6 years old, creating continuity and ongoing training according to every child’s developmental stage and every family’s specific needs. Among the services offered are “mommy and me” groups, personal mentoring at the family home, parenting training, subsidized early childhood enrichment and more. 

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting the Grow Together program of the Marianne Early Childhood and Family Center in Kiryat Gat since 2020.

   

Shachar Center for Child Sexual Abuse Victims
Yachdav, a non-profit organization, carries out community-based programs in the areas of welfare, education, health and social mobility throughout Israel’s southern region.
Shachar, a regional treatment center of Yachdav in Kiryat Gat, provides a professional and holistic response to children and youth (and their family members) affected by sexual assault.
The center uses innovative trauma-focused therapeutic practices. The treatment is focused on processing the sexual trauma, its implications in various areas of life and the reduction of post-traumatic symptoms alongside multi-system work with the community, including counseling, support and programs tailored to the needs of each victim. In addition, the center trains professionals from various fields dealing with sexual abuse and promotes sexual violence awareness education.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting the Shachar Center for Child Sexual Abuse Victims
of Yachdav in Kiryat Gat since 2020.

   

Single Mothers Economic Advancement Program

Itworks, a non-profit organization, works to narrow employment gaps and promote diversity in Israel’s booming high-tech industry. By collaborating with tech companies wishing to benefit from a diverse workforce, Itworks helps rising talents from disenfranchised social sectors apply for open employment positions, integrate into cutting-edge organizational environments and experience on-the-job success. Single Mothers Economic Advancement Program aims to narrow income gaps and enable single mothers to support their families with dignity and financial security.
The program model is based on vocational training, soft skills training and job placement. Cohorts of the program train in a variety of fields, based on an assessment of the market needs at the time of the course.
The program was piloted in 2018, successfully trained 142 single mothers and placed 70% of them within one year. In 2020, a new cohort of 20 participants, residents of the Partnership region, was launched in Kiryat Gat.


Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting the Single Mothers Economic Advancement Program of Itworks in Kiryat Gat since 2020.

   

Yael's House

Located in Neta at the Lachish Regional Council, Yael’s House is a regional social meeting place for children with special needs, their peers and their parents.
Yael’s House is designed to help children with special needs to develop their social skills and enjoy a safe and accessible environment with their peers. It also helps their parents, who get to see their children socially involved and enriched.
Yael’s House is open every day in the afternoon hours under the guidance of professional staff and volunteers. It aspires to serve as a social and fun center for children with special needs from all over the Partnership region.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Yael’s House in the Lachish Regional Council since 2020

 

Ma'agalim in High School

Ma’agalim (“circles” in Hebrew) is an educational non-profit organization that empowers at-risk youth from the geographical and social peripheries of Israel and helps them undergo a process of personal growth.
The Ma’aglim in High School program aims to help and encourage at-risk students to graduate high school, join pre-army preparatory programs and be socially involved. Ma’agalim’s experienced team helps the students raise their own awareness of their social role, take responsibility for themselves and the people around them, learn about their Jewish identity, realize the importance of meaningful service in the IDF and more.
Ma’agalim in High School’s transformational process begins in the 11th grade, with weekly personal and group mentoring sessions, and continues through 12th grade. The program mentors work with the youth for two years, while serving as a role model for them. They motivate and empower the youth to succeed and reach their goals.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Ma'agalim in High School in Kiryat Gat since 2020.

 

Sheltered Summer Camp
Every year during the month of August, the Shafir Regional Council provides a Sheltered Summer Camp for children in need (aged 6-10). The camp provides programming and structure that the children wouldn’t be able to access otherwise, and operates in 10 different communities throughout the Shafir Regional Council at the same time.
The camp counselors are socially involved youth, residents of the Shafir Regional Council. The camps provide work solutions for local teens during the summer, training them to be responsible for younger children, while also providing a safe and nurturing camp experience for young children in need.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting Sheltered Summer Camps in the Shafir Regional Council since 2015.

 

That's My Brother

That's My Brother, a program of the Marianne Early Childhood and Family Center in Kiryat Gat, supports young brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
The program was founded by a group of Diller alumni (a P2G program) in Kiryat Gat and based on the model of "big brother, little brother". Youth from Kiryat Gat volunteer in this project and are responsible for the content of the weekly meetings and activities, under the guidance of a social worker.
That's My Brother creates a peer group of children who face similar realities and difficulties, providing them with support and relief. The project also raises awareness of diversity and the complex reality of families with children with disabilities among teens.

Through the Partnership, JUF has been supporting That's My Brother program of the Marianne Early Childhood and Family Center in Kiryat Gat since 2020.