This year, thousands of Jewish youth will pass through the gates of Kiryat Moriah, the community that sits atop Temple Mount. It was founded three and a half years ago by Leah and Yitzhak Safer, parents of two children who died in an auto accident.
Schlichim Training Institute
The Schlichim Training Institute in Kiryat Muriyah serves as a training center for young people from all over the world who are interested in the Jewish community. The school is designed for 120 students per year and offers courses in Hebrew, Judaism, and Zionism. Students also get hands-on experience by working in kibbutzim.
The institute prepares more than 2,000 Jewish Agency emissaries to work in Jewish communities around the world, promoting the Jewish cause and fighting anti-Semitism. The institute provides students with the necessary training to serve in a variety of capacities, from social workers to educators to religious educators.
Uria earned her Masters Degree in Political Science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and worked as the summer shlichim coordinator for the Jewish Agency. She and her husband, Moria, have three children.
The philanthropist Sheldon Adelson, who passed away in April 2016 from complications related to his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was one of the most prominent supporters of the Jewish Agency’s shlichut program, which aims to strengthen ties between Jewish communities in the Diaspora and Israel. He was so involved in the shlichut initiative that his name is now on the host building of the Jewish Agency’s Shlichut Institute and the Institute’s Institute of Community Engagement, which serves as the organization’s headquarters.
The eAcademy at Kiryat Moriyah, the Department for Jewish Zionist Education in Jerusalem, is one such project. It integrates courses with distance learning technology and the Masa program. It is located in a residential area near the Egyptian border. Its mission is to promote Jewish values and tolerance.
Snir was born in Tel-Aviv and grew up in Holon. In his free time, he was involved in the community center as a youth counselor, mentoring youth groups from different ages. He also served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a drill sergeant and staff sergeant, where he taught recruits about military life. He loves camping, running, cooking, and performing the spoken word.
Youth and Hechalutz Department
The Kiryat Moriyah Youth and Hecalutz Department is the central educational institution for the Kiryat Moriyah community. Its facilities accommodate up to 1000 people, including 317 beds for overnight stays. The Kiryat Moriyah Youth and Hechalutz Department plans to expand its facilities in the future to accommodate even more students. The facilities include twelve fully-equipped classrooms, a library and a reading room, cafeteria, lounge, and kitchen.
Noa Metuki is the Head of the British Desk at the Israel Experience. Earlier she was an Israeli guide, guiding groups to Habonim-Dror in the Negev Desert. Today she heads the British Desk at the Israel Experience’s Kiryat Moriah Center for Education in Jerusalem.