November saw the official opening of a brand-new program designed to meet the needs of the large population of elderly Russian-speaking immigrants (olim) in the neighborhood of the Akko Educators’ Kibbutz. In the framework of the program, a group of forty Russian-speaking retirees meet in the community center at the Educators’ Kibbutz building every week for social Hebrew learning and interest groups.
“Our approach is no different from if we were working with younger adults
For the past six months, a group of Jewish and Arab students at the Western Galilee Academic College participated in a one-of-a-kind course on the subject of Jewish-Arab relations in mixed cities led jointly by Gabriel Freund of the Akko Educators’ Kibbutz and Yuval Achouch, a professor of sociology and college faculty member. The course, run for the first time ever in 2019, engaged students with the dilemmas and challenges of overcoming conflict in mixed societies all over t
To close out 2018, the Ogen Club for at-risk teens opened its arms to the wider community by putting on a special celebration of the new year that combined traditional Russian "Novy God" (Новый Год - "New Year") customs with a twist of Akko hospitality. On the 30th of December, the modest space of the Ogen Club was packed from wall to wall with children, teens, parents and grandparents who came together to celebrate the traditional holiday in their new home, here in Israel. T