The Winnipeg Community Action Centre - Beer Sheva, Israel
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In April 2002, The Asper Foundation funded the establishment of the Winnipeg Community Action Centre in Winnipeg’s sister city of Be’er Sheva. As with The Israel Asper Community Action Centres in Migdal Ha’emek and Ofaqim, the centre is partnered with World Betar, the world’s premier Zionist youth organization. The World Betar Executive felt that a fitting honour to Israel Asper would be to dedicate the Be’er Sheva centre in the name of his mother, Cecilia Asper, who passed away on April 8, 2002. Each of the centres offer similar programs and activities and provide supplementary educational programs geared towards disadvantaged youth to help ensure they achieve their optimal level of education through combining technology-oriented education with instruction on leadership skills, heritage and Zionism.
In 2008, Beit Moriah joined the partnership to manage the Winnipeg Community Action Centre and help greatly expand the
programming for Be’er Sheva’s most distressed neighborhood. During the day, the
centre is a focal point for senior activities. Due to the wide influx of
immigrants in this area, the adult computer classes, folk dancing, cultural
lectures, sports and arts are conducted in three languages: Russian, Amharic and
Hebrew. During the afternoon, the centre serves the youth. There is a wide
variety of programming ranging from Ethiopian teen leadership development, Betar
youth activities, martial arts and homework assistance.
The Edible Garden
project was established in October 2010 at the Winnipeg Community Action Centre.
“Our shared goals and values can only result in mutual benefits to each city.” ~Israel Asper