Donations

The Jerusalem International YMCA (JIY) has been serving Jerusalem’s residents and visitors for over 100 years, facilitating peaceful coexistence and dialogue between its divided communities. Dedicated to promoting inclusivity, the JIY offers all Jerusalem residents common ground to come together, engage in recreational activities and discuss issues of mutual concern. Our wide range of services include: an integrated bilingual kindergarten; children and youth programs; cultural events; sports and fitness center; restaurant and hotel. From young children to senior citizens, the JIY facilitates transformative experiences that benefit the mind, body and spirit. By celebrating diversity, the JIY provides a model of shared living to the region, paving the path for a better, more cohesive future for our beloved city.

To donate

Please send US checks to:

Friends of Jerusalem International YMCA
c/o Mike Bussey 9956
Wellington Lane
Woodbury, MN 55125

Please send Israeli checks to:

Hannah Rendell
Jerusalem International YMCA 26 King David Street
P.O Box 294
Jerusalem
91002

To donate by bank transfer or for any other questions please email hannahr@ymca.org.il

Events at the JIY

The Jerusalem International YMCA is committed to offering a wide variety of events that appeals to all. We understand that people from East and West Jerusalem don’t always feel comfortable with one another, so we strive to offer programming that is both inspiring and fun to help engage participants in shared activities. Our hope is that by laughing and learning side by side at the JIY, the spirit of friendship will continue to grow outside of our walls as well. Our year-long calendar of events includes local and international musical performances, art exhibitions and gallery talks in the lobby, bi-lingual theatre, mime and puppet shows for children, backgammon competitions, back-to-school parties for children, Peace Sukkah, an annual Christmas concert, bazaar and more! Every month offers a different flavor of events. You can stay updated with our schedule here.

The Henry and Erna Leir Integrated Kindergarten

Early childhood is a foundational period of development in which children begin to form their identity and perception of the world around them. Recognizing the importance of these impressionable years, the Henry and Erna Leir Integrated Kindergarten offers a rich, educational environment that promotes tolerance, friendship and the value of diversity. Established 30 years ago at the JIY, we serve about 100 children/year between the ages of six months to five years from a broad range of socio- economic and cultural backgrounds. Our preschool has Arab and Jewish families from East and West Jerusalem, as well as a wide range of international families. Each classroom has at least two teachers, one Arab and one Jewish who collaborate to create programming and teach bi-lingual language skills in Hebrew and Arabic. Through sharing stories, meals and playtime, children learn about different traditions and then celebrate together as one integrated community.

Children and Youth Department

Characterized by constant transition, growth and change, the years of childhood and early adolescence can be very exciting but also challenging. As young people begin to grapple with their emerging identities, positive social experiences can significantly impact their perception of self and the way they relate to others. Given the ongoing, tense social and political climate of Jerusalem, these years are a particularly crucial time to reach out and educate young people. The JIY’s children and youth programs offer young people an opportunity to meet their neighbors, who may only live a short distance away, but have never had the chance to meet face-to-face in a environment of mutual respect. The department currently serves about 650 children and youth between the ages of 5-18 through a variety of integrated, year-long and summer programs that include: art, theatre, film and activism, youth chorus, leadership development, sports, Jujitsu, Flamenco dance, chess, ethics, Little Chef cooking classes, multicultural workshops, swimming and more. By investing in our children and youth, we continue to nurture seeds of peace for many generations to come.

Sports for Good

Characterized by constant transition, growth and change, the years of childhood and early adolescence can be very exciting but also challenging. As young people begin to grapple with their emerging identities, positive social experiences can significantly impact their perception of self and the way they relate to others. Given the ongoing, tense social and political climate of Jerusalem, these years are a particularly crucial time to reach out and educate young people. The JIY’s children and youth programs offer young people an opportunity to meet their neighbors, who may only live a short distance away, but have never had the chance to meet face-to-face in a environment of mutual respect. The department currently serves about 650 children and youth between the ages of 5-18 through a variety of integrated, year-long and summer programs that include: art, theatre, film and activism, youth chorus, leadership development, sports, Jujitsu, Flamenco dance, chess, ethics, Little Chef cooking classes, multicultural workshops, swimming and more. By investing in our children and youth, we continue to nurture seeds of peace for many generations to come.

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