Below are just a few of the ways Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA , with its partners agencies in Israel, is expanding capacity and strengthening infrastructure in northern Israel.
On June 1, at the annual JFC-UIA scholarship Ceremony in Tel Hai College, 104 Israeli college students received scholarships. Thanks to the support and generosity of families from coast-to-coast communities of Atlantic Council, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg & Vancouver.
The country’s fifth medical faculty, located in Tzfat, will reduce economic, health and social gaps between northern and central Israel. This joint venture with the Rashi Foundation, Russell Berrie Foundation and UJIA-UK is the beginning of a new era in healthcare services in northern Israel.
Over 500 students, among them Jewish and Arab Israelis returning to Israel from medical schools abroad study at the faculty. Teachers and researchers include 15 Israeli scientists who are coming back to Israel from some of the most prestigious institutions abroad, such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford. Their return is part of a n ationwide effort that Bar Ilan is leading in order to reverse the "brain drain" phenomenon affecting the country.
“I’m fulfilling a dream by studying medicine in Tzfat, living in the moshav where I grew up and staying connected to my family. My dream is to become the community doctor. On the moshav where I grew up, there was a doctor who treated all of us: babies, children, adults and elderly. Since he retired there is no doctor here. Studying in this Medical Faculty is not a compromise for me - I get to learn at the highest level.” - Maayan Geller, Bar-Ilan medical student
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The Cross-Lab Network (XLN) project is advancing science and technology in the northern region. A Reut Institute initiative, (in partnership with Tel Hai - Warren Science Education Centre, Reut Institute and East Galilee Cluster), XLN is part of a national network of communal technological spaces across the country that aims to place Israel at the forefront of the technological revolution. XLN fosters collaboration and innovative thinking by using the language of technology to connect people of Upper Galilee with Jewish communities overseas. Recent advances in digital fabrication technologies, like 3D printers, have the potential to empower individuals and communities and enable Israel to realize its full potential in these fields.
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Academy in Town Square at Tel Hai colleges offers academic-level courses to the general public in the Upper Galilee region for a symbolic fee of NIS 20 (less than $5) per course. Since the start of the program in 2012, over 550 Upper Galilee residents have participated in eighteen courses given in local restaurants, schools, community centers, factories and small cafés. Learn more here.