Who doesn’t have some sort of childhood memory from their neighborhood…games that we played, groups that we were part of, and streets that we strolled around as if we owned them. In Tel Aviv-Yafo, there are schools and kindergartens which are the neighborhoods themselves.
An opportunity to meet with the educational leaders who are working to create a shared community identity and turn the kindergartens and schools into a neighborhood mainstay
Families exploring the neighborhood in the evening, equipped with lanterns and maps? Regardless of who you ask in Neve Avivim, they will refer you to the kindergarten campus in the neighborhood. Every day is a day of games and learning experiences in the neighborhood and the vicinity. The kindergarten is family. All that’s left is to meet in the field or somewhere else in the neighborhood.
Have you ever walked around your neighborhood in the middle of the day and seen kids talking with the proprietor of the local convenience store? Or conversing with the neighbor who lives across the street? That’s an ordinary day at the Shapira Neighborhood School, which is located in the heart of the colorful and changing Shapira neighborhood. It is a growing school with a unique mosaic of cultures. Does that make you curious?
Come to our house. The six-year high school Ironi Tet, which is located in the Yad Eliyahu neighborhood, is a home from within the community and is for the community. At the school, every student feels as if they are at home. Every corner in the schoolyard, every bench and every corridor can turn instantaneously into a space for community initiatives and a place to talk, organize your thoughts and weave dreams, achieved by “maker” learning, helping the community and an abundance of creativity.
We regularly host residents from the neighborhood in the yard of our school, Baal Shem Tov, which located in Kfar Shalem. They attend educational activities and sometimes come for Kabbalat Shabbat – a service that ushers in the Sabbath. It’s no secret that some of the staff members grew up in the neighborhood. This religious state school is known for its wonderful sense of community, which is creating change by broadening horizons and implementing optimal pedagogy that focuses on gender equality and learning outside the classroom.
At the Ahavat Zion family, there is room for everyone…a gem of nature in the middle of Kikar HaMedina…with spaces to learn, play and spend time together. The combination between nature and learning and the bond with and love for nature and the environment facilitate, serve and support the educational agenda, which meets the diverse and individualized social, emotional and academic needs of each and every student.