January 15, 2007 / 25 Tevet 5767
On January 8th, a delegation of donors from the Mark Chais Foundation visited the north of the country together with the chairman of the directorate of the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization, Mr. Zeev Bielski.
On Monday, January 8th, philanthropist Mark Chais toured the north of the country, accompanied by a group of dignitaries including Zeev Bielski, chairman of the Jewish Agency; vice-President of the UJC, Yitzhak Shavit; the director of the Chais Foundation and its representative in Israel, Avraham Infeld. Mark Chais, who lives in Israel, is the son of philanthropists Stanley and Pamela Chais of Los Angeles.
The honorable delegation was received by student members of the Ayalim Association in Kiryat Shmona and residents of the neighborhood that had undergone a dramatic renovation and upgrade. Responsible for the transformation were the students and their American counterparts on the Hilllel program, who had worked together to renovate, paint and clean up the neighborhood. The visitors were impressed by the fact that thanks to Ayalim, the active involvement of its members and their residence on site, the neighborhood had been truly transformed. The residents were cooperating with the members of the organization and were proud of their well-tended suburb.
During the course of the visit the group also visited Kibbutz Ravid, an educational campus which, by means of various programs, assists local youth at risk and also organizes seminars for I.D.F. soldiers and the Israeli police force.
The final stop was in Ashbal. The delegation met with members of the kibbutz, and with live-in students at the local school, who presented Mark Chais with a recording of songs that they performed. The participants were impressed by the importance of the program and by the positive change that is happening in the North thanks to the program’s funding.