Since 1993, the Gush Etzion Foundation has worked to support and strengthen Gush Etzion and its residents while raising public awareness about the history and heritage of the region. An independent, non-profit organization, the Foundation approaches donors in Israel and overseas, keeping them updated about ongoing needs and new initiatives in the area.
All contributions to the organization are immediately transferred to projects including:
Providing financial aid and holiday food packages for needy families
Funding and furnishing schools and other educational projects
Creating and equipping playgrounds and parks
Maintaining rescue teams and purchasing security equipment
Financing Gush Etzion heritage project
Due to severe cuts in government funding at the same time that security needs have actually increased, assistance is needed more than ever before.
The Foundation spearheads pre-holiday fundraising drives in Gush Etzion itself for the benefit of needy families in the region. The bulk of funds are raised among our residents and outside Israel where the Foundation – a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in the U.S. – conducts a bi-annual fundraising campaign via direct mail. Most contributions to the Foundation are earmarked for specific projects.
To inspire and broaden support for Gush Etzion, the Foundation gives presentations in synagogues and other communal locales abroad, builds relationships and maintains ties with major Jewish organizations around the world, and provides visitors to Gush Etzion with intensive, “behind-the-scenes” tours of the area. The Foundation maintains a website about Gush Etzion, produces informational materials and works to increase media coverage of the region.
Shani, (+5 children, + 9 grandchildren) has been living in Tekoa since 1981. Originally from Brooklyn NY, she made Aliya in 1971 at the age of sixteen without her family and attended the Yemin Orde Children's Village in the Carmel Mountains. After graduating high school, she enlisted in the IDF, three weeks before the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War and served in a Nachal unit.
Following the completion of her army service, Shani lived on a kibbutz for 5 years, studied at the Kibbutz Teachers’ College in Tel Aviv where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. She then went on to receive a BA in Creative Theater from Empire State College and an MA in Jewish Education with an emphasis on Holocaust studies for young children from Touro College. She also completed a medical clown course.
From 1983 to 1997 Shani was the Regional Supervisor of Early Childhood Education for the Regional Council of Gush Etzion.
Lives in Sde-Boaz, married and a mother of four. Served in the IDF as a guide for the Israel Heritage Project.
She has a BA in Education and Land of Israel Studies from the Hebrew University and an MA in Media and Religion from Saint Denis University, Paris.
The family spent 9 years in France, Egypt, and Belgium because of her husband's position in the Israeli Consulate.
For the past five years Limor has been the Director of Project Development and Marketing for the Gush Etzion Foundation.