but neither are you free to ignore it”
Talmud, tractate Avot
Strengthening Community Bonds
Community activities benefit over 3,000 children, youth, adults, and seniors in the public housing projects, and in Jerusalem at large. We work together with the residents to foster mutual responsibility, solidarity, and belonging, and to help overcome cyclical poverty.
“The best thing in the world is to do good for someone.” The Admor of Piaseczna
SAHI Gilo Chessed Commando Unit
Twice a week, the neighborhood’s high school youth gather on the streets at night. But things are not as they seem. Under the guidance of volunteers from Beit Yisrael and the SAHI organization, they undertake an important mission: secretly distributing food parcels to their vulnerable neighbors: elderly Holocaust survivors and struggling families. By channeling their energies into their roles as “kindness commandos,” these youth take on responsibility, provide valuable community service, and gain skills, self-confidence, and belief in their ability to succeed and make a positive impact in the world.
SAHI Gilo is an affiliate of the national SAHI organization run by Amutat Nochach.
In 2020, one of the graduates of the SAHI program, who grew up in the Public Housing Project, established a SAHI group for middle school students.
In Your Path, Noam
Matanel "Golden Flower"
Support System for the Elderly
We coordinate neighborhood events throughout the year to bring together residents and build community spirit. The annual Hanukkah and Purim parties, Passover food distributions, Yom Hazikaron/Yom Haatzmaut ceremony, summer events, and celebration of new IDF recruits have become high points in the calendar that everyone looks forward to.
Shai Elkayam Soldier Support Committee: Twice a year – at the Yom Haatzma’ut ceremony and at the enlistment celebration in July – a group of neighborhood mothers headed by Smadi Elkayam distributes gifts (Shai means “gift” in Hebrew) to the neighborhood soldiers.
Soldier’s Welfare Committee
A group of mothers who care for soldiers in the community give soldiers gifts twice a year with “Shai from Shai.”— on Yom Ha’atzmaut and at the neighborhood-wide enlistment celebration in July.
The initiative is named after the late Shai Elkayan z”l whose mother Smadi leads the group.
Learning and enrichment centers in the neighborhood's schools and kindergartens
Mechina members volunteer at the enrichment centers and one-to-one tutoring programs for children and youth in the kindergartens and seven schools in the neighborhood.
They also volunteer at the nature sites Khirbet Arza and Mitzpeh-Tel.
Khirbet Arza: A municipal nature park blooms in Gilo
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