The blog has just celebrated it’s second year anniversary, sharing monthly updates and keeping you in the loop on all things building related. We are so glad we could include you in the process for the last two years and can’t wait to have you visit the Mayanot World Center in person, very soon.
As you all know, the Mayanot team has made amazing headway and we are so excited with what will soon b”zh be the end result of all of the hard work and all of your unwavering support.
Here is a recap below of how far we have come, as well as, the latest photos and video from all the advancements made in October.
The lobby staircase in the main entrance area is now being constructed, installed, and reinforced. The upper floors are close to completion. Our team is now focused on completing the commercial kitchen, basement dining hall and rooftop garden.
We have really pushed forward this month with the renovations for the Mayanot World Center and it is our pleasure to show you the amazing things have come together.
The stairway, hallways and dorm rooms are all completed. Crown molding are in, light fixtures have all been installed, painting on upper floors are complete. The elevator is also in the process of being installed, as well as, the rooftop flooring.
As the Hebrew month of Tishrei begins and the Jewish New Year begins anew, the coming year should be a year of revealed goodness with many blessings of sweetness and joy for all.
The summer is upon us and we are enjoying the warm weather here in Israel. Our team is continuing to install the much needed air conditioners, on all floors, closing up the ceiling with dry wall, painting all dorm rooms, and even installing the hanging shelving in over 50 rooms. The safety room electric is being finished and the outlets have already been put in. It is amazing to see everything coming together.
Enjoy the July photos and videos below.
The dorm room pictured after the shelving has gone up and the trial pieces have been chosen.
Here are the updated photos and videos from our teams progress on the Mayanot World Center. The project is making real strides and we are happy to share the process.
Since all the electricity has been connected, our executive director, Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, did the honors of turning on the lights for the first time. He shared, “Mazal Tov, we have electricity at the Mayanot World Center, and we can’t wait for all the students who will ignite their spiritual electricity, their Judaism.”
As well he shared, “the doors are on, and this is the place that will not only open up the doors to the dorm rooms, but to our hearts, and our souls. To bring thousands of Jews around the world and connect them to their heritage, to their people and to their Land.”
As Jewish thought leaders tackle issues of assimilation disenfranchisement, BDS and the shrinking Jewish population, it is clear that one of the bright lights of engagement is the incredible success of Birthright Israel. It is our intention to leverage this success by providing creative educational programs and immersive Israel experiences to ensure the future of the Jewish people. Birthright is ‘life changing’; our goal is to ensure that this’ life changing’ experience continues to create a community of proud Jews, who are leaders at their University campuses and home communities, at the forefront of battling BDS and defending Israel.
Our goal is to provide a cutting-edge Jewish educational center that will serve all Birthright Israel alumni and young adults. Not just a building and dormitory area, this Center will be a content provider partnering with organizations like Masa and Onward Israel, to provide meaningful and transformational experiences in Israel. We will be offering programs such as: internships and volunteer opportunities, Jewish learning workshops, and Israel advocacy seminars.
The progress we are making is amazing, we are in the process of completing:
Adding a protective stain and grouting the tiles on all upper floors;
The excavation of a 6m deep hole, through rock, for a large oil canister, as stipulated by the Health Department for the kitchen waste to drain separately;
The plumbing on the ground floor was completed and checked successfully;
Ventilation fans and infrastructure are being installed to improve air ventilation;
The sprinkler systems has been installed according to the Fire Department regulations, to ensure fire safety;
Three sample rooms are in the process of being painted;
Air conditioning units are being installed in every room on the four upper floors.
The Mayanot World Center Building project is finishing the stage in which the mechanical bones of the renovation are complete. The walls are up, the plumbing, electric, and air ducts are all installed, the ceiling is ready and now we are beginning to install the flooring.
The team has been working, the last few weeks, cutting, laying and setting the tiles, as the area is quite large. The finished product will not only look wonderful, it will literally lay the ‘ground’ work for thousands of students to experience Israel, and connect with their heritage.
See below for the most recent video update and photos.
The Four stages of the flooring process include: First ensuring the base is cleaned off. Second, adding compressed sand. Third, adding gravel. Fourth, installing the tiles themselves. The tiles throughout the upper floors of the Mayanot World Center are cost-efficient, long lasting and very durable. They look like wood grain parquet, but they are actually tiles made out of strong porcelain ceramic, perfect for thousands of young feet walking all over them.
When we at Mayanot, think about all that our team has accomplished this past year, we feel unbelievably grateful. Grateful to have such an amazing and supportive community behind us, propelling us forward. Generously pushing us ahead and ensuring the mission of Mayanot, to empower young Jews through education and build a new generation of leaders, is thriving.
This past year of 2020 has been challenging, no doubt about that, but Thanks to G-d’s help and the outpouring of love from our Mayanot family and thousands of supporters, the Mayanot World Center project has not only continued building throughout the year, but we have also successfully managed to keep to our target opening date of Fall 2021.
Take a look at how far our team has come this year and what an amazing transformation has taken place. Thank you for sticking with us and being active participants in the process. We look forward to what 2021 will bring.
Check out the video and photos below.
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