Ma’aleh Adumim, a city of approximately 42,000 people strategically located near Jerusalem, provides a host of regional services and acts as part of the security belt for Israel’s capital.
Bnai Zion has made important cultural contributions to Ma’aleh Adumim with the establishment of its Library of Peace and the George W. Schaeffer Music Conservatory, and the George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center.
Ma’aleh Adumim is surrounded by many Arab villages and it serves a large Palestinian population with whom it has cooperated for many years. 2,500 Palestinians are employed in companies and factories in the Mishor Adumim Industrial Zone, and the fire station in Ma’aleh Adumim is responsible for all the Arab villages and many other communities in the area.
The Library of Peace is a popular source of a wide variety of books for reading, research, enrichment and entertainment. It is also a lively location for cultural, social and educational gatherings. A cornerstone of the city, the library provides an attractive array of opportunities.
The George W. Schaeffer Music Conservatory and the George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center are located in the center of the city and serve as cultural anchors for its residents.
Ma’aleh Adumim also provides its children with special needs the facilities, customized education and activities required for their development. This picturesque city with important strategic significance is a blossoming presence in the area with a very appealing quality of life for many.
Maaleh Adumim has a population of approximately 42,000 residents out of whom 3,500 are elderly- women over the age of 62 and men over the age of 67. The elderly population in Maaleh Adumim has always been of high priority with significant emphasis placed on this specific sector.
The Yuvalim Center was constructed 20 years ago catering to the needs of the elderly population. This center is the only facility in Maaleh Adumim and the surrounding areas which provides a myriad of social and enrichment activities for the elderly. Currently, approximately 700 men and women frequent the center every day and the numbers continue to rise at a rapid pace.
Maaleh Adumim joined the national program of the Ministry of Finance for the implementation of the rights of Israel’s holocaust survivors. The Yuvalim Center serves as a retreat for Maaleh Adumim’s 1,000 holocaust survivors who are totally reliant upon the essential services supplied by the center.
The center offers a multitude of varied activities including exercise classes, arts & crafts, and educational activities. All Jewish holidays are celebrated at the center and there are monthly excursion to interesting venues all over the country. Aside from the ongoing daily social activities at the center, considerable focus is placed upon the daily well-being of the elderly. Assistance is given to the elderly with physical and mental disabilities. Twice a week the elderly are brought to the center to participate in the activities and receive a hot meal.
The elderly spend a large part of their lives at the center as many do not have families. The daily activities ensure that they are looked after both physically and mentally; the center striving for a dignified lifestyle for the elderly.
The current space at the center is crowded, therefore preventing a large percentage of the elderly population from benefiting from the center’s activities. Furthermore, the overcrowding jeopardizes the uncompromising implementation of the existing activities as well as the creation of further innovative and far-reaching programs so vital for this community.
As a result, the construction of a 2nd floor will undoubtedly facilitate the expansion of existing activities, reaching a larger percentage of an ever-growing population, in addition to providing additional services which are at present not possible due to lack of space.
On Sunday, October 11th 2015, as part of our annual Mission to Israel, we had the pleasure of participating in the dedication and opening event of the George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center.As we strolled down the path to the Center, young girls dressed in white handed us bouquets of roses, after which we were treated to a wonderful dinner and a symphony played by students from the George W. Schaeffer Music Conservatory. After speeches by dignitaries, including Reuven Rivlin, the President of Israel, we were treated to an excellent performance of Fiddler on the Roof. Without a doubt, the fine performance and the beautifully designed concert hall were stunning examples of the endless dedication to Bnai Zion’s causes exhibited by Bnai Zion’s wonderful Chairman of the Board and benefactor, George W. Schaeffer.
The multi-functional Bnai Zion Library of Peace serves the diverse educational needs of the community - young and old alike - with modern technology. The Bert Ordan computer department devices connect the library to the National Library at the Hebrew University. The various sections cover all areas of interest reflecting the population of Ma'aleh Adumim.
Providing the highest quality of education and culture for the city’s youth from kindergarten through high school is a priority With an educational system consisting of 64 schools and one college, expansion is being planned.
Bnai Zion Foundation, as part of a comprehensive educational component, financially supported the building and creation of the Library of Peace. This library serves the community of Ma'aleh Adumim and the entire surrounding region. The library features an area devoted to the history and achievements of Bnai Zion, providing a showcase for the organization’s long and proud history.
The city of Ma'aleh Adumim has a population in excess of 40,000 people and is strategically situated just seven minutes east of Jerusalem, forming part of the protective belt surrounding Israel's capital. Its importance to Israel transcends party lines - principals in all of the major political parties have endorsed its strategic value. Its regional library serves the residents of Ma'aleh Adumim as well as the entire surrounding region.
THE IMPACT OF BNAI ZION
The challenging economic situation in Israel has taken its toll on the residents of Ma’aleh Adumim, especially the children. With a significant number of young people below the poverty line, Bnai Zion has undertaken to provide critical assistance to the town’s residents. The new George W. Schaeffer Music Conservatory funded by the chairman of the board of Bnai Zion will also have a major positive impact not only on the city, but on the surrounding communities as well.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Because of low budgetary allotments, the desirable quality of life attracting newcomers and ever-increasing needs, Ma’aleh Adumim must rely upon donor support. Continuing needs include completing the cultural center, which still needs equipment and furnishings; increasing the playground equipment throughout the neighborhoods; adding computers to the educational system; building three new preschools for an expanding population; providing air conditioning in all the schools, as summer temperatures can be excessive; providing new security vehicles for roving 24-hour detection and protection; expanding the center for children with special needs, which serves one hundred children in the community; and constructing a new, fortified security center.
If you are going to be in Israel, please join us for a private tour of Ma'aleh Adumim. Prior to your visit, contact Cheryl Bier in the National Office at 646 485 7980 or firstname.lastname@example.org