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Education and welfare projects

Education & Welfare Projects

ESRA, founded in 1979 as a non-profit, is Israel's largest English-speaking community, aiding the integration of olim while working toward equality in Israeli society. ESRA aims to help diminish educational and social gaps, especially in the socio-geographic periphery, focusing on education and excellence programs and enhancing personal and social skills in a safe and supportive environment. We also integrate English-speaking immigrants into these projects, helping them feel useful and contributing members of society, thereby serving our two significant aims.

First Steps

Early childhood experts work in kindergartens, helping children prepare for first grade both educationally and emotionally. Netanya


Many kindergarten children (5-6 years old) about to start school the following year, are not sufficiently prepared. They lack the necessary gross and fine motor skills, pre-reading abilities, number recognition, as well as the skills to cope with emotional-social demands. Their parents may be unable to offer the support and assistance the children need, thus leading to a continually growing gap between these children and their more advantaged peers. We prepare the children for first grade, diminish the school readiness gap, and give them a better chance for academic success.

Target Audience

30 Children, 5-6 years old


Preparation for first grade both emotionally and educationally


Three hours a week, during the School year.


The teachers are very satisfied with the activity.
There is an improvement in the children's ability and self-confidence.
The activity enriches the children and they can use it in other areas of life.
The children are motivated to learn.


Hefzibah, Netanya

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