Mar 24, 2020
JNF On Demand: Live challah bake with JNF first lady Lauren Lizerbram
We were welcomed into the Lizerbram kitchen for a challah bake.
By Jewish National Fund
Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus, from a Jewish perspective: When it comes to good deeds, just do it
At JNF, our inspirational leaders and donors have once again proven their "willingness to act."
By Yossi Kahana
Feb 21, 2020
Singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman: Jewish unity should come from love, not fear
Successfully passing Jewish values on to the next generation requires our children receive a message that soars well beyond mere victimhood.
By Peter Himmelman
Mar 19, 2014 By Patricia Golan Category: Blueprint Negev,
Sderot indoor playground provides safe haven in times of crisis
"Purim has helped us forget the sirens we have been hearing in recent days,” said a resident. “I can only hope it stays that way." In Sderot -- a town located less than a mile from Gaza and well-known for being targeted by Gaza rocket launchers -- residents were given the go-ahead from the Home Front to hold their Purim festival in town and outdoors.
Until the last-minute decision by defense authorities, Sderot’s children at least had a unique alternative to staging the Purim parade outdoors: hold festivities in their one-of-a-kind, heavily fortified indoor children's playground.
In the days leading up to Purim, more than 60 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip rained down across southern Israel, sending thousands of residents scrambling into bomb shelters. It was the most intense barrage since a cease-fire in 2012 ended eight days of cross-border violence.
Initiated and funded by Jewish National Fund (JNF), the Sderot Indoor Recreation Center was constructed in the shell of an abandoned textile factory warehouse and retrofitted with 300 tons of steel. The $5 million, 21,000-square-foot facility includes a mini-soccer field, basketball court, movie theater, video games, table tennis, rock climbing wall, computer center, jungle gym and snack area. Visited daily by hundreds of children of all ages, it can accommodate up to 500 at a time, and at night hosts disco parties.
The site opens at 2 p.m. on regular school days and during holiday breaks it’s open all day. During times of crises entry fees are waived but on “normal” days visitors are charged a small cost. “We decided on this symbolic fee to show our seriousness for the place. It makes one appreciate it more, not getting something for nothing,” explained Lisa Turgeman, head of marketing for the Center.
|Photo: Anne Taillandier|