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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.

Mentoring Rishon Lezion

During afterschool hours, students mentor a group of schoolchildren recommended by the Welfare Department, in return for a scholarship. Rishon Lezion 


Children from disadvantaged families need strengthening, empowerment and especially role models. The children are able to receive this necessary support through student mentoring in a group

Target Audience

10 Local students and 30 children aged 9-13


Children:  Personal and social development
Students: Financial support to ensure graduation and instill the spirit of volunteering


Once a week during the School year


High satisfaction with the activity
92% of the children feel that they are learning new things and are happy with being in the group
96% of the students feel that the joint activity strengthens the children both personally and socially
94% of the students are satisfied with the activity


Rishon Lezion


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