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Supporting the next generation of social pioneers

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Why Young Communities?

Dynamic young Israelis are creating a new pioneering spirit by building Young Communities in Israel’s periphery, specifically the Negev and Galilee regions. They are harnessing their power as agents of social change to strengthen Israel’s underdeveloped areas. After finishing their army service, young Israelis typically choose the centre of the country to pursue a college education and launch their professional careers. Yet, growing social activism is motivating the next generation to work towards closing social gaps and building a more just society. Young Communities is made up of the Choosing Tomorrow and Ketzev programs.

Choosing Tomorrow

What is Choosing Tomorrow?

Choosing Tomorrow encourages motivated, responsible students to commit to remaining in the Galilee, Negev, or Jerusalem for at least two years after graduation. Choosing Tomorrow helps young activists find employment and supports local community initiatives. The program has 250 students participating in 23 groups throughout the periphery. Participants create local communities as residents of the regions. Special focus is also given to priority needs, such as working with medical students in order to increase the quality of medical professionals in these regions and community activities for Holocaust survivors.

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What is Ketzev?

Ketzev helps these social pioneers create self-sustaining programs with long-term stability. Ketzev (a Hebrew acronym for “Young Communities in Business”) provides participants with assistance in forming business, entrepreneurship and related services. Ketzev helps them make connections with funding sources, potential investors, and partners. The program aims to help participants create jobs for themselves and for other residents of the area, helping Young Communities become less dependent on outside funding, while building social activism values.

Young Communities by the Numbers

students participate annually in our Choosing Tomorrow platform for volunteerism


groups built social businesses as part of Ketzev


Israelis participate in resulting educational and social initiatives

You Can Help These Social Pioneers!

Every donation to Keren Hayesod helps to strengthen the people of Israel. We can support one student through the Choosing Tomorrow program for US$6,050. One Ketzev group can be supported for US$17,600. Donations of all amounts are welcome to support Young Communities through Keren Hayesod.

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