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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Mayanot was honored to welcome Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, on November 12th, 2020 for a special tour of the new Mayanot World Center. Hassan-Nahoum currently serves as Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, in charge of foreign relations, international economic development and tourism and brings even more opportunities for growth, and partnership with the Holy City.
She was joined by the Exigent Capital Group, partner and longtime friend of Mayanot Elie Brender, Eric Davis, and Kory Baldash.
Hassan-Nahoum expressed her excitement with the educational center at the gateway to Jerusalem. She stated, “I am really impressed by the vision for this building. I’m excited that Jerusalem will be hosting such an innovative educational center which will help train young people to defend Israel all over the world, against the scourges of anti-Semitism and BDS.”
In attendance from Mayanot were Executives R’ Kasriel Shemtov, and R’ Shlomo Gestetner, Director of Birthright Israel: Mayanot, Levi Margolin, Creative Director, Susie Muller and Building Manager, Shlomo Chaimson.
Rabbi Gestetner, Dean, shared, “This educational center will change the educational landscape of Jerusalem, providing a foundation for building a new generation of leaders, empowering them with the knowledge and values to face the challenges of the future. Our goal is to empower the leaders of tomorrow by offering students a chance to stay in Israel, long term. Giving our youth diverse opportunities for studying and interning, offering a Lone Soldier safe haven and a myriad of other academic and experiential programs that will enrich the lives of Jews around the globe.”
Rabbi Shemtov, Executive Director, stated, “The new Center is geographically situated at the gateway to Jerusalem, and will be the gateway to Judaism, engaging every Jewish student at their own level and turning a short visit into a lifelong experience of engagement and connection.”
We look forward to inviting the Deputy Mayor and Exigent Capital Group to the ribbon cutting, for the opening of this incredible center, when we can together greet thousands more students and young adults in Jerusalem.
Our team has been busy this month completing many parts of the building project, including; plumbing and electric on the entrance floor, clearing out the main basement area and the extra side room dug out as a commercial kitchen space, the sanitation installation on all upper floors, and the drywall/ plastering on all four upper floors.
September has been an exciting month for us at Mayanot, we’re buzzing with students, our online program has had hundreds of applicants and the High Holidays are almost upon us.
As well, our construction team is busy with the continued renovations for the new Mayanot World Center and we are excited to share the most recent updates with you. The walls of the building are being prepped for drywall and all corners have been reinforced. Digging and clearing out of the basement area where the industrial kitchen will be, has moved forward at a tremendous pace. The basement walls have gone up for our state of the art gym facility and we have begun working on the elevator shafts.
Here is a great time lapse to show you where we are up to on the lower level.
We are coming up on one year since beginning construction on the Mayanot World Center and marking this milestone with a special update and video announcement.
This months update is dedicated to revealing the planned view on each of the floors. Please enjoy the prototype renderings for the Mayanot Word Center, complements of our professional team, headed by architect Zvi Weinberger. Our video message is a special one, as it includes a wonderful announcement and comes directly from our founders: Dean, Rabbi Shlomo Gestetner and Executive Director, Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov.
The renovations are continuing to unfold in the New Mayanot World Center. Our team is making many advancements; securing the plumbing and electric conduits on all levels, fortifying the door post on all levels, continuing to dig in the basement and create even more space for our students, all eight safety rooms are complete with concrete and reinforced floors and ceilings, as well as shower and bathroom mechanisms all installed and connected on floors one to four.
Please view the recent video of our team hard at work. and the photos that follow.
We have very exciting updates about the rooftop of the Mayanot World Center. We have started construction on the roof, which means the building has been reinforced to the point where we can really begin to construct on the top level.
The vision to create a rooftop garden, which features inspiring views overlooking Jerusalem, an outdoor space for Israel environmental studies, an area to host large Shabbat meals and group events, is well underway.
View the video progress here:
Our vision for the terrace roof top, where hundreds of students and Birthright Israel participants will enjoy Shabbat meals, overlooking Jerusalem.
They say pictures are worth a thousand words so we thought we should show you in a photo journal, the recent progress of the Mayanot World Center.
Safety Room Progress:
Entrance Floor Progress:
Plumbing For Sinks & Bathrooms:
Notwithstanding the pandemic and its challenges, we are pushing forward and staying on schedule for our target dates. We’ve had a busy month in the building and our team has really come together to make it happen.
Since the Israeli Health Ministry has recently eased restrictions on individuals and businesses alike, Mayanot and our building team has been able to get back to advancing the construction on the new Mayanot World Center at a rapid pace.
The new installation of the basement plumbing is almost completed, as well as, the electric and plumbing groundwork on levels one, two, three, and four. You can find below a video with the basement progression and photos of our most recent building visit.
We are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure our teams safety moving forward. We wish everyone well during these challenging times and hope the progression of this project increases the optimism that when we can again travel freely, which we hope will be very soon, Mayanot will be ready for all the students that will again flock to Israel.
Plumbing installation on all floors:
The view from our roof, of all the construction now happening in Jerusalem. We are in very good company!