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07/16/2017 - Grosman Family Plaque Unveiled at Jerusalem After-School Home

A moving ceremony was held last month to affix a plaque on Negba’s Jerusalem After-School Home for Children At-Risk to honor the Grosman family, dear friends of Negba. Twenty special guests attended the touching tribute, including Mr. Maurice Grosman, Mrs. Régine Grosman, Mrs. Antoinette Grosman, Negba President Dr. Ilan Cohen, Negba Vice President Yael Elon, Founding Member Jean Bisseliches and his wife, and other Negba board members. Negba’s Jerusalem Home operates on the premises of the Amit Reshit School, and is a unique and highly successful pilot with the Jerusalem Municipality and the Amit Reshit School.

Negba CEO Hanna Geissmann opened the program expressing Negba’s gratitude to the Grosman family, followed by remarks from Tami Friedman Ben-Shalom, Principal of the Amit Reshit School. Then young Tohar, 11, a participant at the Negba Home, shared thoughts on how much the Negba Home meant to her. Tohar joined Negba at the age of 6 when she entered first grade. "Even when I have a bad day at school in the morning, or don’t succeed in my school classes, I know that when I get to Negba, a new day will begin and my counselors will encourage me and tell me I am capable and can succeed.”

Mrs. Antoinette Grosman thanked Negba for partnering with the Grosman family on behalf of children-at-risk, with a shared goal of providing these children tools for a better future, and above all, "educating each child in his own way." The Hebrew source for this Proverb was aptly inscribed on the Grosman family’s plaque, which was unveiled after a presentation by Negba children and following a tour of the Amit Reshit School’s ecological garden; the school is run by an urban kibbutz and possesses a strong emphasis on agriculture and respect for the environment. Each morning school students tend to the vegetables they have planted themselves and when ripe, eat the fresh and healthy “fruits” of their labor.

Negba was pleased to host Laurent Grosman and his wife and daughters a few days after the ceremony at the Negba Jerusalem Home.

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