© 2017 by Nurit Benita

Translation by Debby Zohar

Various Initiatives

Ceramics Factory in Ofakim

Itzik Krispal

creations produced by special needs population and/or as occupational therapy for at-risk poplulations

AYELET CENTER

Revital

A community learning and experiential center that acts as a community business in Ofakim and Netivot. The learning center is a holistic alternative, mostly serving young families

PNIMA 

Gab Akslar, Aaron Ariel

Initiative for supporting educational tourism for young communities in the Negev and throughout. Community tour packages are marketed as well as development of tour-related products

Jewish Tradition Studies-Discussing Zionism

Naomi Alankari

Documenting Life Stories

A young spirited community

The Path for Peace

Tzameret and Maayan Zamir

Social Business Initiatives

Social Initiatives

 A youth gathering for discussion and education regarding Jewish and Israeli identity with emphasis on multi opinions alongside social activity

A young community that gathers together to hear stories of senior citizens from Netivot and provides support for daily hardships in routine times as well as in emergency times

Helping to deal with the Separation Wall that is set up right inside the neighborhood. Residents use communal art, ceramics classes, and mosaic gluing to decorate the wall.This initiative acts as a community project and hosts hundreds of groups. This project currently receives support for community activities that strengthen the Netiv Asara Community

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Partnerships

JDC Israel, The Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federation of North America have paired up for the purpose of strengthening resiliency and preparedness during emergency situations in the Western Negev Cluster area

Municipal Partners  

Hof-Askkelon

Sederot

Shaar Hanegev

Sdot Negev

Eshkol

Bne shimon

Rahat

Netivot

Merchavim

Ofaqim

 
 
 

Approximately a year and a half after Operation Protective Edge, and with a history of war recurring just about every couple of years for the last ten years, there has been a concerted effort on the part of towns and cities near Gaza to increase resiliency of the general population so as to be better prepared for the next enemy incursion. For this purpose, JDC Israel, together with The Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federation of North America collaborated to create a wide reaching program to implement the goal of strengthening resiliency of populations residing in the Western Negev Cluster area.

The MY5! initiative covers ten municipalities in the Western Negev region and is involved in identifying and the mapping of areas with various different special needs for the handicapped, the aged, and the very young. These issues must be addressed for the purpose of protecting this specialized group of civilians during times of war. Municipal entities that already deal with this specialized population are encouraged to brainstorm ideas along with MY5! to answer the acute needs of this specialized community.

At the same time, the MY5! initiative offers and areal analysis of potential resiliency and encourages networking of organizations in the Western Negev region that cooperate with one another. This network is encouraged to work with this specialized population during peacetime and outline a viable emergency plan for this population during wartime.

Creating networks for strengthening resiliency and preparation of civilian populations during emergency times

About MY5! 

 
 

The purpose is to strengthen the resiliency of the region and to create direct communication with the Jewish community outside of Israel. This initiative provides a training course for civilian spokespersons. The course, in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Studies at Sapir College, prepares 35 area residents to deal with various types of communication during times of emergency

Spokespersons List

Course Information

 

Picture Gallery

Launching of the MY5! Initiative

 

MY5! Initiative Staff

Netta Rosenfeld

Manager of Western Negev Programs

ELKA – Institute for Leadership and Governance Programs

JDC Israel

NettaR@jdc.org

Karen Doron-Katz

Manager of Local municipalities and area cooperation, ELKA – Institute for Leadership and Governance Programs

JDC Israel

KerenD@jdc.or

Odelia Caruchi

 !CEO of Initiative MY5

myfive2016@gmail.com

Nurit Benita

 Coordinator of MY5! Initiative Operations

my5nurit2016@gmail.com

Eitan Shaul

Appointee for Southern Partners

The Jewish Agency

EitanS@jafi.org

Yael Raz

Manager of Emergency and Special Missions Department

The Jewish Agency 

YaelRaz@jafi.or

Michal Zamir Elkayam

Manager of MY5! Youth

MichalZa@jafi.org

Ronit Bar

Manager of MY5 Initiative Volunteers

JDC Israel

ronitb@jdc.org

Yamit Azulai Yareach Manager of Youth Branch

The Jewish Agency

Yamita@jafi.org

 
 

Steering Committee 

Odelia Caruchi

 !CEO of Initiative MY5

myfive2016@gmail.com

Rani Dudai

Head of Steering Committee

CEO of ALCA Joint

RaniD@jdc.org

Ofri Eran-Factor

Project Manager for JFNA

Ofri.Eran-Factor@JewishFederations.org

Eitan Shaul

Appointee for Southern Partners

The Jewish Agency

EitanS@jafi.org

Ronit Bar

Manager of MY5 Initiative Volunteers

ronitb@jdc.org

Rina Edelstein

Head of Steering Committee

Associate Vice President

Global Programs

JFNA

Rina.Edelstein@jewishfederations.org

Andrea Arbel

Head of Steering Committee

Director, Partnership Unit

for the Jewish Agency

AndreaA@jafi.org

Karen Doron-Katz

Head of Local municipalities and area cooperation, Institute of Governmental Leadership

The Joint

KerenD@jdc.or

Netta Rosenfeld

Manager of Western Negev Programs

Institute of Governmental Leadership

The Joint

NettaR@jdc.org

Yael Raz

Manager of Emergency and Special Missions Department

The Jewish Agency 

YaelRaz@jafi.or

Liora Arnon

Manager of Technical Tools

Volunteer Initiative

lioraa@jdc.org

Yamit Azulai Yareach

Manager of Youth Branch

The Jewish Agency

Yamita@jafi.org

Uri Pinto

CEO Western Negev Cluster

uri@westnegev.org.il

Alon Guyer

Student Dean at Sapir College

AlonG@sapir.ac.il

Adina Young-Suisa

Assistant CEO for the Western Negev Cluster Municipalities

adina@westnegev.org.il

Kamila Milner

Manager of Social Interactions Unit

at Sapir College

Kamila@sapir.ac.il

The MY5! Initiative is comprised of two main parts:

The first part, the thinking phase or round table phase, takes place for each of the various different types of population (the Elderly, youth, special needs) at local municipalities.

Each round table will be comprised of relevant representatives that deal with the specialized population. In this framework a mapping of needs per specialized population during emergency times will be outlined as well as a list of existing solutions, possible solutions, and creation of new initiatives to answer needs that still aren't met.

In addition to the above, these round table meetings will provide comparison information of the various municipalities as to successful models that could be used by other municipalities.

This first part will be assembled during three meetings in total per topic and will take place between the months of May through July 2017.

The second part of the MY5! Initiative will deal with startup ideas and actual implementation of initiatives (from part one) whose goal is to answer the needs of the various specialized populations during emergency times. Each table will focus on the particular problems it chose to solve during the previous meetings and will lay out their ideas for solutions. The initiatives will be guided and supported by the required professionals (technological, social, business, etc) as needed to carry out the plan. Initiatives that stand up to the criteria that was set, will receive continued support professionally and financially.

The MY5! Initiative Process

mapping

Creating Groups / Networking

Education and Exposure

to Plans

Joint Venture

 
 
 

Training Programs and Initiatives

This page is under construction, our apologies

Areas of Content

Youth

Elderly

Special needs

Young Adults

Spokespersons

The MY5! Initiative focuses on 5 main areas that were chosen due to the expertise of JDC Israel Organization and the Jewish Agency in these specific areas and because these special populations need the most assistance during times of emergencies or they can be the most significant source of assistance to others

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