BINA Bashchuna, which means "wisdom in the neighborhood", is a community-wide social action program operated by BINA in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Israel, addressing the educational, welfare and cultural needs of impoverished communities. The young adults involved in this program live within the communities where they serve and combine community work and Jewish learning as an expression of their Jewish identity and as a way to revitalize and empower communities in need.
BINA's innovative community building efforts aim to revitalize underserved neighborhoods and improve the lives of its residents and their families, including social, educational, economic, physical, and cultural components. At the heart of our community building efforts is the principle of Jewish pluralism.
Over 100 young adults join BINA Bashchuna every year to live, volunteer and study in underprivileged neighborhoods for a period of 6 months to one year and afterwards throughout their military service ("garin nahal" military track).
BINA Baschuna’s adult education component is aimed at reaching out and introducing new adult populations to pluralistic Judaism
The BINA Urban Intergenerational Care Net program provides care and support for seniors in neighborhoods across south Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Beer Sheva.
"Mithabrot" ("Women Connect") empowers young girls and their mothers from disadvantaged neighborhoods by creating a space for women to explore the fundamental challenges that they face.
Celebrating Communities is a new program that aims to strengthen Ethiopian-Israeli young adults by connecting them to their own culture and empowering them to become leaders and to share that culture with others.
BINA’s “Journey to Ethiopia” (JTE) is a leadership development and community empowerment program. At the conclusion of a year of volunteerism on the streets of Lod, the students will participate in a trip to Ethiopia – a journey of self-discovery.
Our guides, faculty and staff.
BINA in the Neighborhood (“BINA Bashchuna”) is a comprehensive community-building initiative (CCI), which aims to revitalize and empower underprivileged communities, with an emphasis on cultural and educational dimensions. These activities are facilitated by groups of young Israeli adults (Garinei Nachal) who live communally in the neighborhood being served and combine community work with Jewish learning. Our method is deep-rooted in Jewish values of community and mutual responsibility. The fostering of Jewish identity and Jewish pluralism is at the core of BINA Bashchuna. BINA Bashchuna participants work in schools, community centers, after school care programs, and other local community-based organizations.
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Director of BINA Bashchuna
Head of the Pre-Army Programs and Nachal Track
Eran Baruch – CEO of BINA
Becca Hartman, Tikkun Olam Social Action Track 2012-13 (Originally from Boston, MA