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Education Opportunities for Disadvantaged Israeli Children

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Recent news from Israel has been filled with stories of a society frustrated over the rapidly growing chasm between Israel's rich and poor. While the situation may seem daunting, it is far from hopeless. Study after study has proven that academic achievement in grade school leads to college enrollment, better job placement, higher salaries and overall life-long success. Unfortunately, Israel’s underperforming school system is failing the hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged children who need it the most. These are the children Youth Renewal Fund serves. Founded in 1989, YRF was created on a simple premise: improved education can enable underprivileged Israeli children to change their lives, their communities and their country. Now, more than two decades later, we see the proof of our hypothesis. Since inception, YRF has implemented over $30 million in supplemental education programming, touching the lives of more than 100,000 Israeli children. Our student focused programs teach core academic subjects, enhance critical reasoning skills, and expose students to pedagogic innovation. YRF’s Professional Development Program for Teachers provides a long-term solution to Israel's education crisis by giving teachers the tools and skills they need to improve outcomes for all students. Because of your ongoing dedication and support, YRF is providing some of Israel's most at-risk children with the education foundation and vital resources they need to succeed in school and in life. While we have made a great deal of progress, there is still much to be done. With more than 800,000 Israeli children living in poverty, the need for YRF’s programs continues to grow—and so does our commitment to helping these children and Israel. Together, we can lift these children and their families out of poverty and set them on the path to economic independence. Our work can create a brighter future for Israel’s most vulnerable citizens—changing lives and entire communities. We look forward to sharing more successes with you and to a continued partnership.

Sam Katz

Amnon Sorek


Israel’s school system is plagued by a shortage of qualified teachers, inadequate facilities, over-crowded classrooms and minimal instruction hours in core subjects. These deficiencies impact all Israeli children, but particularly those from low-income homes who, without a solid education foundation, are denied one of the tools deemed most effective for breaking the cycle of poverty.

Youth Renewal Fund provides supplemental education to impoverished Israeli children. YRF partners with municipalities where socioeconomic standards and education achievement levels rank below the Israeli national average. YRF provides immediate and long-term solutions through supplemental classes, single subject learning centers, and an innovative Professional Development Program for teachers. YRF programs are designed to maximize impact and assure sustainability. Through this comprehensive approach, YRF helps Israeli children discover and harness the power of education as a means to improve quality of life for themselves, their communities and their country.

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1 Students from the Levi Eshkol School in Lod study new leaning techniques in one of YRF's longest running projects.


In 2010-2011 Youth Renewal Fund Student Programs directly served more than 6,350 children. Direct Programs Ashdod Mekif Dalet 65 students Grades 7-9 English & Math Est. 2008

Rananim 68 students Grades 4-6 English, Hebrew & Math Est. 2010

Mekif Vav 87 students Grades 6-7 English, Hebrew & Math Est. 2010

Shikmim 58 students Grades 5-6 English, Hebrew & Math Est. 2010

Mekif Yud 24 students Grades 8-10 Hebrew & History Est. 2010 Noam Shilo 78 students Grades 4-6 English, Hebrew & Math Est. 2010

Gan Yavne Beit Apple 98 students Grades 4-7 Hebrew & Math Est. 1998 Lod Levi Eshkol 189 students Grades 1-8 English, Hebrew & Math Est. 1992

Netanya Sharet 60 students Grades 7-9 English, Hebrew & Math Est. 2000 Tel Aviv Amiel Rambam 140 students Grades 1-6 English, Hebrew & Math Est. 2009 Tirat Carmel Ariel 124 students Grades 7-11 Bible Studies, English, Hebrew & Math Est. 1997 Shifman 269 students Grades 7-12 English, Hebrew, History & Math Est. 1997


builds my confidence and improves my English and math skills.

Stand Alone Centers Ramla Ethan H. Freed Learning Center 1,422 students Est. 2010

Teacher Programs Tirat Carmel Claire & Emanuel G. Rosenblatt English Center 1,240 students Est. 2002

In-School Centers Gan Yavne Sinai Math Lab 176 students Est. 2005

Ashdod Hofit English Center 370 students Est. 2009

Lod Levi Eshkol English Center 270 students Est. 2004

Shikmim Math Lab 212 students Est. 2005

Professional Development Program Throughout Israel 223 Teachers 17 project directors 15 mentors and trainers Established: 2008

Partner Programs

Afula Oren English Center 300 students Est. 2004

Shikmim English Center 253 students Est. 2004

Claire & Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Resource Center Yehud Established: 2001

Netanya Sharet English Center 250 students Est. 2005

Academia Tirat Carmel 175 students Grades 10-12 English, Hebrew, Math & Physics Est. 2002

Pa’amei Tikvah Foundation Givat Olga 25 students Grades 3-5 English, Hebrew & Math Est. 2008

Noar Ozer L’Noar Tel Aviv 418 students Grades 8-10 History & Math Est. 2008

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3 Students from Mekif Vav in Ashdod and the EHFLC in Ramla study core subjects and learn important life values.

Fundraising and Management

The global recession and continued constriction in the philanthropic community impacted Youth Renewal Fund revenues in FY 2011. As an organization, total YRF revenues fell nearly 12% from the prior year to $2,960,284.

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Events & contributions

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Foundations Muncipalities

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Foundations are the area of revenue that suffered the greatest. As endowments have not fully recovered from the market downturn, foundations have hesitated to restore grantmaking to prior year levels. Despite the decline in this area, foundations continue to be important partners for YRF, providing financial support in addition to validating YRF’s mission, helping to increase awareness, and working with YRF to implement new programmatic directions. YRF is also proud of its longstanding relationships with the municipalities in which it operates. These communities are critical partners and play a strategic role in the battle for educational equality for all Israeli children. In addition to cash contributions, YRF continues to receive substantial in-kind donations that allow the organization to maintain efficient and effective operations. Donated in-kind items include the design, printing and mailing of the YRF Annual Report, the design, printing and mailing of the New York Gala invitations and journal, and all items offered in raffles and silent auction at events. Since inception in 1989, revenues have increased at a compounded annual growth rate of over 13%. These results have enabled YRF to expand the reach of its programs; unfortunately growth in demand continues to outpace resources available.

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FY 11 results are not yet audited. Audited financial statements will be available from the YRF office in February 2012. Dollar amounts include funds collected in Israeli shekels and converted to US dollars.

YRF continues to focus on efficient operations. In fiscal year 2011, project spending accounted for 87% of expenditures, net of direct event expenses. This number is consistent with prior years.

Streamlined operations, conservative budgeting and committed leadership enable YRF to maintain its hallmark levels of efficiency and effectiveness.


teachers give me individualized attention and help.


Throughout the year, YRF creates opportunities to educate about our mission, expand our support base, increase donor stewardship, build brand awareness and encourage collaboration among supporters. Gala In May, long time Board member Randye Kwait and her husband Brian were honored at the YRF Gala for their dedication and commitment to the organization. The evening included a silent auction, seated dinner and entertainment. Gala is the highest revenue generating event of the year and a highlight of the New York charity season.

Young Leadership Fall Benefit Each fall, YRF’s young professionals come together to host an event to fund a specific YRF project. This year’s Annual Young Leadership Benefit welcomed over 200 guests and raised more than $77,000 in support of the Ethan H. Freed Learning Center.

Israel In December, the opening ceremony at the Ethan H. Freed Learning Center in Ramla, Israel drew more than 150 people including students, teachers, YRF donors from the US and Israel, the Ramla mayor and other local dignitaries. The EHFLC is a standalone facility designed to teach students English in a fully immersive environment.

Mission To Israel The YRF Mission to Israel trip is an enriching and unique experience, allowing for new and longtime members to visit YRF projects and see firsthand the impact the organization is having on individuals and communities. Traveling with our Israeli board members and colleagues, Mission participants meet with Israeli thought leaders, enjoy sightseeing and connect with YRF teachers and students. The next mission is scheduled for March 2012.

Los Angeles In June, Los Angeles based Board supporters hosted a benefit concert featuring The Bangles. The event deepened YRF’s presence in the community and introduced a new audience to our mission.

New York YRF events appeal to a range of ideas and interests to allow for maximum participation and involvement. This year’s events included: the reintroduction of the YRF Basketball Tournament; a speaker series focusing on topics relevant to Israel, the US and the global community; a special YRF shopping evening presented by luxury boutique Edit New York and privately hosted cultivation events.

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5 2011 Young Leadership Benefit

Allison and Bennett Rosenthal with The Bangles at the YRF Los Angeles benefit

2011 YRF Basketball Champions

Israel Mission participants meet with Israel President Shimon Peres

US Honor Roll

$50,000+ Louis & Gertrude Feil Family Vicki Panzier Gross & Michael Gross

Lisa & William Hopkins Vicki & Sam Katz

KPMG Nomura

Carolyn & Marc Rowan The Samberg Family Foundation

Jeff Cohen Susan & Jeffrey Freed Goldman Sachs Betsy & Doug Korn

Randye & Brian Kwait Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC Ilene & Art Penn PwC

Allison & Bennett Rosenthal Madeleine & Paul Schnell Jennifer & Ed Yorke

Valerie Feigen & Steven Eisman Limor Yoash Grin & David Grin Kirkland & Ellis LLP Latham & Watkins

Charles Levene O'Melveny & Myers LLP Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Debbie & Cliff Robbins Allison Rosen Jacqueline & David Simon Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Lisa & David Issroff Kathy & John Kissick Karen & Stephen Malkin

Jami Gertz & Tony Ressler Julie & Jeffrey Seaman Hope & Robert Sheft

Robyn & Mark Tsesarsky Chris Hikawa & David Windreich Jill & Paul Yablon

Lauren & Martin Geller Sarah & Charlie Hallac Charlie Hess Houlihan Lokey Meredith & David Kaplan Kaye Scholer LLP Katte Godbille-Koechlin & Nick Koechlin Konsker Financial Group Andrea & Harry Krakowski Clarissa & Steven Lefkowitz

Yoko & Greg Margolies Morgan Stanley Proskauer Gail & Andrew Quartner Jess Ravich The Rees Family & L.E.K. Consulting Bryant Riley Karen Richards Sachs & David A. Sachs Kim & Darryl Schall Carolyn & Curtis Schenker

Rachel Ringler & Yossi Siegel Debra & Marc Shore Deborah Joy Simon Charitable Trust Michelle & Howard Swarzman Susan Jaffe Tane TZP Group UBS

$25,000 - $49,999 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Cynthia C. Wainwright & Stephen Berger

$15,000 - $24,999 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Clifford Berger Credit Suisse Caryn & Craig Effron

$10,000 - $14,999 Wendy & Neal Aronson Jill & Jimmy Haber Stephanie & Scott Hoffman

$5,000 - $9,999 Anne & Stuart Angowitz Nelly & Michael Arougheti Caryn Seidman Becker & Marc Becker Ruth Freed & Joshua Berman Peter Briger Tracy & Harlan Cherniak Citi Deloitte Cheryl & Blair Effron Julie & Martin Franklin

Youth Renewal Fund thanks long-time supporter RR Donnelley for its generous donation of the design, printing and mailing of our Annual Report.

$2,500 - $4,999 Barbara & Todd Albert Alexandra & Michael Bassik Randi & Mark Berman Reston Blumwest Maura & Bruce Brickman Ulrika & Joel Citron Lauren Held & Ofer Cohen Ellen & Gary Davis Jamie & Loren Easton Tori & Scott Eisenberg Tamar Sadeh Ellison & Alec Ellison Friedman LLP Stacey & Robert Gendelman Stephanie Glaser Samantha Bellet & Brad Glick

Laurie & Jeffrey Goldberger Melissa & Jason Greenstein Kristy & Robert Harteveldt Karen & J. Brendan Herron Doug Hitchner Julie & Benjamin Hockenberg Holland & Knight Eric Horowitz Margie & Robert Imershein Bryanna & Jonathan Kallman Becky & Avi Katz Laurie & Joseph Klinow Christina & Barry Kringstein Rebecca Schredni & Aaron Kuperman Dennis Lamont

Rachel & Michael Lustig Sally & Tony Mann Lisa & Robert Martin Jeff McKibben Jill & Daniel Nir Teresa Battaglia & Randall Paulson Marion & Bret Pearlman Zaheeda & Navroz Rahemtulla Kammi & Brad Reiss Nancy Risman Debra Wattenberg & Brett Rosen Melissa & Doug Rotatori Linda & Ronny Schlapfer Richie Schwartz Jamie Schweid

Susan & Eric Smidt Susan Drossman Sokoloff & Adam Sokoloff Jennifer & Craig Staub Jacqueline & Robert Stein Rebecca & Edward Sugar Hope & Glenn Taitz Tracy & Adam Bernstein; Nancy & Marc Duber; Shelly & Joe Galli Lisa Goldstein & Ross Weiner Jane & Stuart Weitzman Wendy & Peter Wright Anonymous

Barbara & Buddy Freitag Lori & Simon Furie Cori & Dan Galpern Danielle Gardner Sheri & David Gellman Greg Gilbert John Giouroukakis Jane & Fred Gold Elena & Vlad Gutin Priscilla & Jamie Halper Ahron Herring Stacy & Peter A. Hochfelder Michael Hock Bonnie & Bernard Hodes Amy & Mitchell Kaneff William Kantor Amy & Neil Katz Carole & Ronald Korn Alissa & Steven Korn Mindy & Mitchell Krantz

Sheila & Bill Lambert Elena Neuman & Jay Lefkowitz Nina & Ralph Levene Lauren Leichtman & Arthur Levine Melanie & David Levine David N. Levine Elizabeth & Shaoul Levy Leora & Richard Linhart Susan & Nicholas Maounis Marie & Armand Marciano Julie & Jerry Marshall Linda Blum & Jeremy Merrin Vaughan & Nick Meyer Sheera & Michael Moffson James Mossman Beth Goldberg & Joshua Nash Patti & Kenny Natiss Newmark Knight Frank Michael Novick Jodi & Steven Orbuch

Partership for Jewish Life & Learning Patty & Greg Penske Jill & Mark Rachesky Robin & Jeffrey Raich Lief D. Rosenblatt Steve Rosenzweig Linda & Tony Rubin Caroline & Jonathan Sack Barry F. Schwartz Elaine & Wallace Sheft Alexis & Adam Stein Sun Capital Partners Inc. Mindy & Marc Utay Mindy & David Weiner Shari & Michael Weiner Amy & Evan Wildstein Karen Berman & Jonathan Yellen Timothy J. Young Barbara & Michael Zimmerman

$1,000 - $2,499 Ossi & Sam Abraham Wendy & Stuart Alper Sheryl & Tom Amster Jonathan Art Cecilia & Jeff Assaf Lisa & Richard Baker Jay Battista The Baumann Family Foundation Jaynee & Eric Beckman Sara & David Berman Jennifer & Marshall Brozost Spencer Cherniak Jill & Dan Ciporin Rachel & Mark Dalton Kirk Davenport Lauren & Armand Della Monica Shari & Mark Director Dawn Effron Sandra & Drew Effron Barbra & David Feldman

Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of all names and affiliations listed in this document. YRF apologizes for any inadvertent errors. Youth Renewal Fund


Israel Honor Roll

1,000,000 NIS+ Pelephone

400,000 NIS - 999,000 NIS Academia - Rashi Foundation

100,000 NIS - 399,999 NIS Anonymous The Ted Arison Family Foundation

Bank Hapoalim Landa Fund

Yoel Geva School

Koor Industries Ltd. Markstone Capital Group

Pa'amei Tikvah Foundation Pontifax

Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation Adrienne & Jonas Weil

Ericsson Ruthie & Yoav Gottesman Herzog Fox & Neeman

Leaderim M. Yochananof & Sons Ltd. Magnolia Silver Jewelry Group

Mediterranean Car Agency Ltd. Melisron Ltd. Shahaf Dan Investments

Eccel Telecom Leumi Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem Brandwein

Osnat Mitelman Nilit Ltd. Rafael Collections Scailex Corporation Ltd.

Elior & Amnon Sorek Steimatzky Daniella & Daniel Steinmetz

Eastronics Minna & Clifford Felig FMR Computers & Software Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. Israel Chemicals Ltd.

Neil Kadisha Dr. A. Klagsbald & Co. Law Office Dan Lahat Orly & Ron Lubash Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd. Migdal Insurance Company Ltd.

Mirs Communications Ltd. Shibolet & Co. Advocates & Notaries Shimshon Zelig & Co. Ltd.

Econ Tec Eshel Aviv Fattal Gallery IP Telephony Ltd. Gindi Investments Pua Gordon

Hertzel Habas Habas Group Ituran Lautman Fund Leascar Orna & Itamar Patishi

PTR Trichter Agencies Ltd. Round-Up Israel Nelly Toledano Lior Varona - Gesharim La Asakim Ltd.

Dafna & Rani Cohen Alon Dankner Derital Transport Technologies Deutsche Securities Israel Ltd. Shuki Etrog Yael & Menachem Feder Galim Roei Goren Avshalom Herscovici

JTW Kantor, Elhanani, Tal & Co. Dorit & Howard Karp Irit & Jonathan Kolber N.S.N Consulting & Investments Ltd. Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. R.B.L.N Rogovin Real Estate since 1936 Ronen Barak & Co. Law Offices

Rosario Capital Ltd. Eitan Stiva Strauss Group Sutra Ltd. Tesnet Group Weksler Bregman & Co. Zemach Hammerman Ltd Josephine & Zvi Ziv

40,000 NIS - 99,000 NIS Gazit Globe, Ltd. Hamburger Evron & Co.

20,000 NIS - 39,999 NIS Bezeq Beinleumi BIG Shopping Center Discount Investment Corporation Ltd.

10,000 NIS - 19,999 NIS Azrieli Foundation BDO Ziv Haft CPA BSD Capital Group Dor Alon Energy in Israel Ltd.

5,000 NIS - 9,999 NIS Anonymous (9) Ashtrom Group Ltd. Monique & Albert Ben-Avi Hagit & Jakob Biton Nehama & Jacob Burak Tal Carmel

2,500 NIS - 4,999 NIS Anonymous (11) Amot Investments Ltd. Udi & Anat Angel Nataly & Zvika Barenboim Izik Ben-Basat Carmel 1923 (2005) Ltd.

1,200 NIS - 2,499 NIS Anonymous (31) Adler Chomski & Warshavsky Ananey Communications The Doris & Mori Arkin Fund Aurec Humanity Avivit Peleg, Ateza Investments Orit Ben-Benishti, Tigbur Ltd. Henry Ben-Moyal Castro

Thanks to YRF, I am prepared for the future.

US Board of Directors Stuart Angowitz Harlan Cherniak Jeff Cohen Jamie Easton David Feldman Susan Z. Flaxman Jeffrey Freed David Grin Michael Gross Karen Herron Scott Hoffman Sam Katz Douglas R. Korn Randye Kwait

Bret Pearlman Allison Rosen Bennett Rosenthal Marc Rowan Paul Schnell Robert Sheft Deborah Simon Hope Taitz Ross Weiner

US Executive Director Karen L. Berman

Israel Steering Committee Ezra Avraham Albert Benavi Monique Benavi Kobi Biton Dror Chevion Cliff Felig Yael Fishman Pua Gordon Ran Goshen Tali Barash Gottlieb Hertzel Habas Avshalom Hershcovichi Tomer Kariv Nehama Karpol Yair Lapid Orly Lubash

Ron Lubash Gili Mezzan Ehud Miron Jill Reinach Rakefet Russak Roy Segev Mali Shafir Gil Sharon Amnon Sorek Rikki Sprinzak Ron Tiomkin Shachar Ziv Zvi Ziv

Israel Executive Director Galit Toledano-Harris

United States Office 250 W. 57th Street, Suite 632 New York, NY 10107 Phone: 212 207 3195 | Fax: 212 207 8379 Israel Office 56 Haazmaut Street, 1st Floor, Yehud, Israel 56304 Phone: 011 972 3 632 2912 | Fax: 011 972 3 632 2913

YRF 2011 Annual Report  

YRF Annual Report- Youth Renewal Fund provides supplemental education to impoverished Israeli children.

YRF 2011 Annual Report  

YRF Annual Report- Youth Renewal Fund provides supplemental education to impoverished Israeli children.