The construction of the new Mayanot World Center is moving forward at an amazing pace. As of March 5th 2020, our team is working hard to install the electrical and plumbing infrastructure on all five floors of the building. The basement renovation is also moving forward successfully, preparing the infrastructure for the new commercial kitchen.
Notwithstanding everything that is happening in the world currently, we are still moving forward with the building progress as safely as possible. Ensuring our team, workers and staff are all keeping to the health regulations, put out by the Israeli Ministry of Health.
We will continue to keep you up to date with the progress and the effects of Covid-19 on the project, which we all hope, with G-d’s help, will be limited, allowing us to stay on track with our timetable.
We are praying for the safety of all and looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, when students can come rushing back to Israel and this Center will be ready and waiting for them!
Our team is working hard to maximize efficiency as the project moves forward. As of mid-February, the walls for all four upper floors have been completed. We have begun to build the walls on the entrance floor level.
View the video to see the latest updates:
Introducing our amazing team:
Entrance level progress:
Basement Level Progress:
Safety Room Construction
Our team is building safety rooms on each floor of the building. Here are photos of the fourth floor construction, below.
Safe Rooms, also known as a “miklat” and popularly known as a mamad, is a reinforced security room required in all new buildings by Israeli law. It has reinforced concrete walls and ceilings, 20–30 cm thick floors, and airtight steel doors and windows.
Stages of construction: First the outside wood construction is assembled, second the metal beams are assembled and reinforced. Third, concrete is poured inside and fourth, the concrete walls are covered with drywall and made to look like a regular room.
We are excited to share the progress of the new Mayanot World Center, containing all the tremendous developments that have occurred within the last month.
Under the direction of the engineers, all the metal structural reinforcements on each of the floors has been installed successfully.
The walls on floors one and four have gone up. Floors two and three will be well underway by the end of the month.
All room dividers are being built with concrete bricks, as is the norm in Israel. See below for photos of the recent progress, as the walls go up, and a short virtual video tour of the work being done.
Mayanot is excited to share the progress on the main floor of the new World center. Our team is opening up the floor to create the main steps for the entry way.
Construction has been underway for three months and we are making amazing head way. We are looking forward to continuing to share the progress as it unfolds. Thank you for all your support and contribution to this groundbreaking initiative, and all we do at Mayanot to create future Jewish leaders.
The building team at Mayanot has been working very hard on the renovations of the New World Center and we have made much progress. Below are some photos of the basement and first two floors.
Not only do we want to share our physical progress with the entire Mayanot family, but also the overall vision for the building, which we know you will appreciate, as well.
OUR VISION: To answer the challenges facing us today and prepare for the challenges of the future, Mayanot has created a World Center of operations located in the heart of Jerusalem. Mayanot’s new World Center is a five story, 3,500 square meters (37,674sq. ft.) building with an open-air rooftop garden. “The Word Center will allow Mayanot to enhance and expand its current programs and also provide a home for a palette of new programs, including:
1)The Beit Midrash Program – Jewish Literacy and serious textual study, essential to Jewish continuity and leadership, will be the core curricula for the Mayanot Beit Midrash program, which will include:
Summer Learning Seminars,
Year Abroad & Semester Programs,
Executive Learning Program,
Introductory Courses to the Classical Texts of Judaism,
Advanced Jewish Studies Center
2)Birthright Extension Educational Center – The Birthright Israel trips are an exciting initial encounter with Israel and the Jewish people, which are often described by participants as ‘life changing’. The Mayanot Birthright Extend Educational Center, which will include a student residence, will leverage these ten day trips to Israel into lifelong Jewish journeys.
Academic research consistently demonstrates that trip extensions which offer an immersive experience in Israel is an essential means to launch young people on a path of Jewish engagement. The Birthright Extend Educational Center will offer a variety of experiential ‘gateways’ and meaningful Jewish experiences, such as:
Israel Advocacy Seminars
Israel Environmental studies,
Business and Hi-Tech Workshops,
Kabbalah and Meditation Workshops,
Jewish Cultural Art and Music Forums,
3) Lone Soldier Residential Center – Providing a home away from home for lone soldiers who have made aliyah and do not have family in Israel, or Israeli soldiers from Haredi communities who do not have support from their Israeli families. Working in conjunction with the IDF, we offer:
Shabbat meals, Holiday Programs and Care Packages
A home for soldiers to grow and build long lasting connections
‘Adopt a lone soldier’ program with the Mayanot community in Jerusalem
Social support and a platform for post army education and social integration
Spiritual support through Torah classes, and Spiritual Mentors
Mifgash – Meaningful connection between visiting students and their peers serving in the IDF.
Mayanot World Center will be a home for all. With your help, it will: nurture growth and learning for young Jews from the Diaspora; provide a haven for the lone soldier; and serve as an experiential learning center, reaching out to the community with a broad spectrum of enrichment programs offered throughout the year. But above all, the Mayanot World Center will be a foundation for building a new generation of leaders, empowering them with the knowledge and values to face the challenges of the future.
Mayanot was founded to cultivate an awareness of Jewish identity and a passion for the Jewish people by creating a Jewishly educated leadership.
At Mayanot, students of diverse backgrounds study together in an open yet academically challenging environment. Students are encouraged to question, challenge and explore three thousand years of Jewish wisdom and apply it to contemporary society.
NEW INITIATIVES Mayanot’s new World Center is a five story, 3,500 square meters (37,674 sq. ft.) building with an open-air rooftop garden. The Word Center will allow Mayanot to enhance and expand its current programs and also provide a home for a palette of new programs.