The Jaffa Institute

Creating a New Reality for Thousands of Underprivileged Israeli & Arab  Children in Jaffa, Israel


The Institute for the Advancement of Education  (The Jaffa Institute), located in the ancient Biblical but economically depressed city of Jaffa, reaches about 4,000 underprivileged Arab and Israeli children a day.  These children are residing in poverty stricken neighborhoods where the majority of parents and caregivers are unemployed, the children are physically and emotionally undernourished, and too often they also suffer from neglect and/or abuse.  Such conditions create potentially hostile situations for the future and promote continuing poverty.

Children at Jaffa Institute

The Jaffa Institute’s centers and residential facilities create safe havens for children—a new reality –providing a wide range of schooling, programs, and services that also encompass the child’s family and community, to develop safer and better opportunities for all.  In 2001, the Institute was awarded the President’s Prize for Most Outstanding Voluntary Organization.

The Jaffa Institute is now entering its 30th year of serving the children of some of Israel’s most disadvantaged communities.   The vast numbers of children who have participated in Jaffa Institute programs since its inception have taken their place in society as productive citizens

What We Do

Progressive Business Publications, through the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust and Satell Family Foundation, has provided annual financial support for many years as well as provides annual scholarships and basic support for students.  When contacted by Jaffa Founder Dr. David Portnowitz, the Foundations also rapidly respond to special requests and emergency situations due to natural disasters or military conflicts, and support  American groups who visit each year.  These groups learn about,  participate in Service activities, and many return to continue to volunteer at the Jaffa.