The Playground Project
The Jaffa Institute has established a new After-School Educational Enrichment Center in the city of Yehud. Its goal is to provide children in the area, including children from Special Education schools, with therapeutic, academic and nutritional support. The children often exhibit behavioural issues such as aggression, short attention spans, and restlessness. Playing and exercising outdoors is an effective way to address these issues. Children in the catchment area of the Yehud Center have few opportunities to play outside and exert their energy in a productive manner.
The Canadian Friends of the Jaffa Institute (CFJI) has, as one of its projects, the provision of outdoor recreational facilities for the Center, so as to offer the children a safe, interesting way to play and exercise. The Jewish National Fund of Toronto has been most generous in its support of this important CFJI initiative. Under the auspices of JNF Toronto, the Schwarz Family of Toronto has sponsored a state-of-the-art playground in the front of the center and a new basketball court near the rear of the building, in memory of Carrie, Suzanne and Otto Schwarz.