The Yahel Foundation
The Yahel Foundation is committed towards narrowing educational, welfare, health and cultural gaps in Israeli society.
Foundation continues a tradition of giving stretching back to the beginning of the 20th century.
Today's Yahel Foundation still reflects the core values of the Recanati family, whose history of giving started with a commitment to the community of Salonika, Greece - even before their arrival in Palestine in 1935.
Under the guidance of Leon Recanati, Chairman of GlenRock, the Yahel Foundation, aims to narrow social gaps by driving social processes and supporting non-profit organizations that advance welfare, health and education.
The foundation is managed by Salit Recanati
Science, Health, and Educational Institutions
Over the years, the Yahel Foundation has been involved – jointly and alone – in establishing and encouraging influential institutions such as:
> MadaTech - Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space
> Research funds at the Weizman Institute of Science in Rehovot and at the Tel Aviv and Haifa Universities
The Hospice Care Unit at Tel HaShomer - Sheba Hospital
Today, the Foundation's main focus lies in the following areas:
Keren Lemitlamdim – The Late Leon Recanati Scholarship Fund (since 1939)
Through the Late Leon Recanati Scholarship Fund, the Yahel Foundation offers students of Ethiopian descent, as well as students from a low socio-economic background, an opportunity for a higher education, while also assisting students with special needs. The Foundation offers approximately 300 scholarships annually, partly with the cooperation of the ISEF Foundation.
The scholarships are given to higher education mainly in the following academic institutions:
> Tel-Aviv University
> Ben Gurion University
> Haifa University
> The Technion
> The Jerusalem College of Engineering
> Hadassah College – Jerusalem
> The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
> The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya
> Ort Braude College – Karmiel
> Sapir College
> Levinsky College of Education
In addition, the Yahel Foundation aids schools and educational organizations throughout Israel.
Appleseeds Academy (since 2000)
(Tapuah - The Israeli Society for the Advancement of the Information Age)
Established in 2000 by Leon Recanati as a business sector initiative, Appleseeds Academy's vision for Israel is technological equality for all. Appleseeds is an Israeli nonprofit that was founded in 2000 with the aim of bridging Israel's growing Startup Nation to underserved communities in Israel's social and geographic periphery. Appleseeds promotes digital equality in Israel by developing and implementing programs in the areas of technology, employment, and life skills Through its team of 250 professional instructors, Appleseeds works across Israel, from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat, reaching some 80,000 beneficiaries annually.
Main activities: Employment training, technology youth movement (Net@ program), operating Community Knowledge Centers, professional development for teachers, advanced programming courses and advance entrepreneurship skills for youth at risk and elderly.
Madatech (Since 1985)
MadaTech, Israel's National Museum of Science, Technology and Space, Daniel & Mathilde Recanati center is located in Haifa-The historical building of the Technion and hosts over 300,000 visitors annually that are exposed to a variety of activities.
Guests who visit can look, feel, explore and enjoy over 20 exhibitions featuring more than 600 hands-on exhibits, and an open science park donated by Nobel Energy with outdoor exhibits for recreational and fun learning. The visitor can enjoy every summer a large exhibition hall hosting an international exhibition on various scientific topics in an entertaining ambiance.
Madatech's educational center offers yearly to over a thousand school classes and groups an array of state-of the-art laboratories and study areas, in which students can experiment and learn about the forefront of technology and science. In addition, Madatech's "science mobile units" visit Israel's periphery on a daily basis, thus bringing unique scientific experience to many towns and communities.
MadaTech operates 6 demonstration halls and 12 well equipped advanced labs, one of its kind the Adelis maker space and the Wanger Fablab where students can design and produce including forefront 3D printing.
Madatech also operates a Cinematrix-an extraordinary, innovative SMART movie theater that engages all senses simultaneously, and the Lichtman Netrix a self-activated by sensors and movement, virtual and augmented reality experience center.
Educating for Excellence From 2004, the Yahel Foundation supports "Education for Excellence", a non-profit organization that offers children and youth from a disadvantaged background, who possess potential for excellence, an equal opportunity for success. Educating for Excellence identifies children with high individual potential and provides them with a top quality, socially-minded curriculum consisting of 16 weekly hours over the course of 10 years - from 3rd to 12th grade - thus assisting them in reaching their full potential, broadening their horizons, developing their academic capabilities and deepening their social conscience.
Salonika and Greek Jewry Heritage Center (Since 2014)
The heritage center hosts the Salonika and Greek Jewry Heritage Center which is aimed at documenting and preserving the heritage of this abundant community in Salonika and Israel for present and future generations and offers a variety of shows, culture nights and language and general courses dealing with the Salonika and Balkan Jewry. The center funds the Organization for Holocaust Survivors.
The Recanati-Kop Award for the Entrepreneur Teacher (Since 2003) The Recanati-Kop Award for the Teacher was initiated by a group of business figures who are involved in the community and wish to help initiate new and innovative educational initiatives solutions, encourage teachers' entrepreneurship, improve their image and expose them to other successful initiatives that exist in the education system in Israel. The award has been granted from 2003, 10 entrepreneurs were annually selected by the Award Committee as award winners. Since 2018 the award was adopted and activated by Teachers Education Colleges, The Levinsky Seminar and the Kibbutzim Seminar have adopted the award.
Health and Welfare
Hechal Yehuda Salonica Synagogue in memory of Leon Yehuda Recanati (since 1980) Was build in Tel Aviv for the Salonica community and is affiliated with Orthodox Judaism.
Beth Avot Leon Recanati – home for the aged (1956-2017)
In 2017 the institution was sold to the Moriah Group. Beth Avot Leon Recanati – home for the aged, was established in 1956 by the Salonika community headed by the Recanati and the Carasso familes in order to serve the aging adults in their late years "Vehadrta Pnie Zaken" and was mostly populated by Ladino speaking elderly of Balkan and Turkish descent, some of which are Holocaust survivors. The Beth Avot Leon Recanati has 163 rooms situated in 7 buildings and can house approximately 200 residents, while also operating a nursing department for the disabled.
The Yahel Foundation assists children at-risk who are not enrolled in educational facilities and/or suffer from abuse. The Yahel Foundation supports the Ziv Neurim Foundation, which empowers children and youth through seamanship lessons, as well as Elem's "Beit Amiti", a care-center for girls who suffered sexual abuse.
The Ethiopian Community in Israel (since 1990)
The Yahel Foundation wishes to empower the Ethiopian Community in Israel through educational programs for school children in Gedera and Yavne, Scholarships dispersed amongst Israel's leading Academic institutions and employment opportunities for adults in cooperation with "Olim Together". In cooperation with Shatil, the Yahel Foundation trains and qualifies Amharic-speaking instructors for group leadership within the Ethiopian community, with aim to reduce the levels of domestic and youth violence.
Young Communities (2005-2018)
The Yahel Foundation supports 4 communities comprised of young idealists that reside within disadvantaged populations throughout Israel, thereby helping them acquire educational, social and vocational skills. We support the "Tikun" community in Migdal Ha'emek and Nazereth Illit, the "Friends by Nature" community in Gedera and Yavne, the "Tor Bamidbar" community in Beer Sheva and the "Gareinay Amanuiot" community in Afula.
The Recanati-Kop Award for the Entrepreneur Social Worker (2003-2018)
The Recanati-Kop Award for the Entrepreneur Social Worker was initiated by a group of business figures who are involved in the community and wish to help initiate new and innovative social solutions, encourage social work entrepreneurship, support social workers in the field, improve their image and expose them to other successful initiatives that exist in Israeli society.
The award has been granted 2005 until 2018 , 3-5 entrepreneurs were annually selected by the Award Committee as award winners.
The Yahel Foundation supports Natal – the Israel trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War, Lilach Society, Centers for disadvantaged children in Tel Aviv and organizations with a welfare-health-education agenda: Akim, Alut, Ilan, Variety, Orr Shalom, Israeli Rett Syndrome Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Israel, ISRA.L.S and Nalaga'at Center.