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Community Responsibility
Leon Recanati
Leon Recanati,
Yahel's Chairman
The Yahel Foundation is committed towards narrowing educational, welfare, health and cultural gaps in Israeli society.

Foundation continues a tradition of giving stretching back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Today's Yahel Foundation still reflects the core values of the Recanati family, whose history of giving started with a commitment to the community of Salonika, Greece - long before their arrival in Palestine in 1935.

Under the guidance of Leon Recanati, Chairman of GlenRock, the Yahel Foundation, aims to narrow social gaps by driving social processes and supporting non-profit organizations that advance welfare, health and education.
Yahel Foundation

Science, Health, and Educational Institutions

Over the years, the Yahel Foundation has been involved – jointly and alone – in establishing and encouraging influential institutions such as:


Health Welfare Today, the Foundation's main focus lies in the following areas:


Keren Lemitlamdim – The Late Leon Recanati Scholarship Fund

Through the Late Leon Recanati Scholarship Fund, the Yahel Foundation offers students of Ethiopian descent, as well as students from a low socio-economic background, an opportunity for a higher education, while also assisting students with special needs. The Foundation offers approximately 300 scholarships annually, with the cooperation of the Rashi Foundation and the ISEF Foundation. Each year, the Yahel Foundation also awards a scholarship to a former IDF fighter in cooperation with Impact and the Serviceman's Welfare Association.
The scholarships are given to students enrolled in the following academic institutions:
  • Tel-Aviv University
  • Ben Gurion University
  • Haifa University
  • The Technion
  • The Jerusalem College of Engineering
  • Hadassah College – Jerusalem
  • The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
  • The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya
  • Ort Braude College – Karmiel
  • Sapir College
  • Levinsky College of Education

Education for Excellence

From 2004, the Yahel Foundation supports "Education for Excellence", a non-profit organization that offers children and youth from a disadvantaged background, who possess potential for excellence, an equal opportunity for success. Educating for Excellence identifies children with high individual potential and provides them with a top quality, socially-minded curriculum consisting of 16 weekly hours over the course of 10 years - from 3rd to 12th grade - thus assisting them in reaching their full potential, broadening their horizons, developing their academic capabilities and deepening their social conscience.

In addition, the Yahel Foundation aids educational organizations such as the Beer Tuvia Regional School, Ort-Arad High School, "Sesh Shnati Yaad" High School and the Jaffa Institute.

Appleseeds Academy

(Tapuah - The Israeli Society for the Advancement of the Information Age)

Established in 2000 as a business sector initiative, Appleseeds Academy narrows social gaps by providing training for the use of technological tools and the development of life skills among disadvantaged communities in Israel. Every year, 70,000 individuals at over 300 centers in Israel’s geographic and social peripheries make their first steps towards integration into the technological and advanced 21st century sphere.

Appleseeds is a certified academy of international companies such as Intel, Microsoft and Cisco-(Net@). It establishes joint ventures with private and public entities and with social organizations to allow for creative and comprehensive co-operations in which every partner contributes its expertise for the benefit of the target population.

Main activities: Employment training, technology youth movement (Net@ program), operating Community Knowledge Centers, professional development for teachers, welfare programs for youth at risk, technology courses.


MadaTech, Israel's National Museum of Science, Technology and Space, Daniel & Mathilde Recanati center is located in Haifa-The historical building of the Technion and hosts over 300,000 visitors annually that are exposed to a variety of activities.

Guests who visit can look, feel, explore and enjoy over 20 exhibitions featuring more than 600 hands-on exhibits, and an open science park donated by Nobel Energy with outdoor exhibits for recreational and fun learning. The visitor can enjoy every summer a large exhibition hall hosting an international exhibition on various scientific topics in an entertaining ambiance.

Madatech's educational center offers yearly to over a thousand school classes and groups an array of state-of the-art laboratories and study areas, in which students can experiment and learn about the forefront of technology and science. In addition, Madatech's "science mobile units" visit Israel's periphery on a daily basis, thus bringing unique scientific experience to many towns and communities.

MadaTech operates 6 demonstration halls and 12 well equipped advanced labs, one of its kind the Adelis maker space and the Wanger Fablab where students can design and produce including forefront 3D printing.

Madatech also operates a Cinematrix-an extraordinary, innovative SMART movie theater that engages all senses simultaneously, and the Lichtman Netrix a self-activated by sensors and movement, virtual and augmented reality experience center.

Salonika and Greece Jewry Heritage Center

Beth Avot Leon Recanati hosts the Salonika and Greece Jewry Heritage Center which is aimed at documenting and preserving the heritage of this abundant community in Salonika and Israel for present and future generations and offers a variety of shows, culture nights and language and general courses dealing with the Salonika and Balkan Jewry.

Health and Welfare

Beth Avot Leon Recanati – home for the aged

The Yahel Foundation supports Beth Avot Leon Recanati – home for the aged, which is mostly populated by Ladino speaking elderly of Balkan and Turkish descent, some of which are Holocaust survivors. The Beth Avot Leon Recanati has 163 rooms situated in 7 buildings and houses approximately 200 residents, while also operating a nursing department for the disabled.

Throughout the years and together with the JDC's ESHEL, the Yahel Foundation works to improve the lives of the elderly, including those of an Ethiopian elderly community from Rehovot. The elderly population takes part in unique classes in their respective day centers. In addition, volunteers help the elderly in household repairs. The foundation also supports the elderly through aid with medical expenses.

The Yahel Foundation supports Natal – the Israel trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War, Lilach Society, Centers for disadvantaged children in Tel Aviv and organizations with a welfare-health-education agenda: Akim, Alut, Ilan, Variety, The Organization for Holocaust Survivors in Israel from Greece, Orr Shalom, Israeli Rett Syndrome Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Israel, ISRA.L.S and Nalaga'at Center.

Children At-Risk

The Yahel Foundation assists children at-risk who are not enrolled in educational facilities and/or suffer from abuse. The Yahel Foundation supports the Ziv Neurim Foundation, which empowers children and youth through seamanship lessons, as well as Elem's "Beit Amiti", a care-center for girls who suffered sexual abuse.

The Ethiopian Community in Israel

The Yahel Foundation wishes to empower the Ethiopian Community in Israel through educational programs for school children in Gedera and Yavne, Scholarships dispersed amongst Israel's leading Academic institutions and employment opportunities for adults in cooperation with "Olim Together". In cooperation with Shatil, the Yahel Foundation trains and qualifies Amharic-speaking instructors for group leadership within the Ethiopian community, with aim to reduce the levels of domestic and youth violence.

Young Communities

The Yahel Foundation supports 4 communities comprised of young idealists that reside within disadvantaged populations throughout Israel, thereby helping them acquire educational, social and vocational skills. We support the "Tikun" community in Migdal Ha'emek and Nazereth Illit, the "Friends by Nature" community in Gedera and Yavne, the "Tor Bamidbar" community in Beer Sheva and the "Garinie Amanuiot" community in Afula.

The Recanati-Kop Award for the Entrepreneur Social Worker

The Recanati-Kop Award for the Entrepreneur Social Worker was initiated by a group of business figures who are involved in the community and wish to help initiate new and innovative social solutions, encourage social work entrepreneurship, support social workers in the field, improve their image and expose them to other successful initiatives that exist in Israeli society.

The award has been first granted in 2005 and ever since , 10 entrepreneurs are annually selected by the Award Committee as award winners.