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These programs allow talented underprivileged teenagers to fulfill their potential by providing them with a challenging program of enrichment and leadership training at the Ruppin Institute of Marine Science. Talented 7th graders from all backgrounds of Israeli society in the lower socio-economic levels are chosen - programs run for 2 years.

ESRA flagship project marks 10 years of wonderful!‎

News Date: 
20. June 2017 - 8:00
The energy is palpable. The air is bursting with enthusiasm. Evidence of ‎friendship and comradery is everywhere. It's happy energy, infused with ‎excitement. It's the happiness of accomplishment lighting up a pathway into ‎a brighter future. It's the Students Build a Community End-of-Year event.‎

This year's event marked 10 years of the project's continued successful ‎operation. The evening's program, emceed by two of the project's ‎students/mentors, was kicked off with words from the project partners, ‎ESRA's Nina Zuck, Projects Chairman, and Cynthia Yaakobi, Project ‎Coordinator, and Netanya Municipality's Ofer Orenstein, City Council ‎member, and Shiri Haguel-Saidon, Deputy Mayor.
The student emcees ‎shared their backgrounds as olim from Ethiopia, and their impressions of the ‎year's activities. Next, the schoolchildren themselves took to the stage, ‎delighting the audience with performances from ethnic dancing, to songs in ‎a choir ensemble, duos and solos. Each performer, called to the stage as a ‎representative of their community, was met with enthusiastic cheers from ‎their neighborhood-proud school friends.

A professional ethnic Ethiopian ‎dance troupe, Einsarra, absolutely wowed the audience, and children were ‎invited onto the stage to dance with them, echoing their movements. ‎

Proof of success - two special speakers were Neomi Meshasha and Elad ‎Elimelech, both graduates of the SBC project, and now, after completing ‎their higher education with ESRA's help, they are firmly set on their career ‎paths. Neomi is today a lawyer in the Tel Aviv Prosecutor’s Office, and Elad ‎has his own law firm in Haifa. These two are fine examples of achievements ‎the project promotes and the excellent role models that the project's students ‎set for the neighborhood schoolchildren.

The evening's program ended with ‎all 140 participating children filling the stage, together with the 35 students, ‎creating one big lively crowd of excited smiles, which were mirrored on every ‎face of the audience as they exited the hall.‎

Cause For Pride

To date, the Students Build a Community project has enriched the lives of ‎nearly 100 students, close to 1,000 schoolchildren, and 4 communities – ‎cause for pride indeed. And it's all down to ESRA's dedicated and ‎hardworking volunteers, generous donors, and its wonderful partnerships ‎with the Netanya Municipality, and the Netanya "Matnas" community center ‎directors.

In the end, the willingness of everyone involved to work toward ‎being better, really does make it happen. And every paying ESRA member ‎can be proud of their small part in helping to make it so.‎