Youvalim Community Council

Youvalim Community Council is a multi-disciplinary municipal administration which gives people freedom to define and influence their local community and lifestyle. it serves more than 50,000 residents of five neighborhoods in Jerusalem – Kiryat Yovel, Ramat Sharet, Ramat Denia, Malcha and Ein Karem

Location: Jerusalem

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Kehila Bona (Constructive Community)

About

Kehila Bona is a pilot urban project, initiated by Yuvalim Community Council, The Jerusalem foundation and JDC-Israel. Our model, which is the first of its kind in Israel, takes old housing projects which suffer from neglect and decay and together with the residents renovates apartments, lobbies and open private courtyards as a tool for strengthening the community, promoting quality of life and leading a healthier housing culture. To date, about 90 apartments have been renovated, 32 buildings have had renovation projects on various levels, and many courtyards have been revived and turned into thriving community gardens.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The ultimate goal of the project is to upgrade the quality of life and make room for change, entrepreneurship and leadership in the community thus create a cohesive and supportive communal fabric and a vibrant, bonded and independent community that can lead the street to changes in the short and long term.


  


In addition, Physical change is a catalyst for personal, family, and communal change. The ability to make a change on the physical level after years of neglect and inattention can promote a change in people's perceptions, processes of decision making and directly affect quality of life.

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Program Description

Our  project provides budgets and professional accompaniment for renovations in apartments, buildings and open private courtyards. Through the physical renovation, the project promotes healthy housing culture of the population both physically and socially - better infrastructure, aesthetic stairwells, an organized and renewed apartment and a functioning house committee, good neighboring and community cooperation can transform the 1,500 housing units on Stern Street into sustainable housing despite the fact that the street is timeworn.  In addition, our project offers community activities in various life aspects such as; community gardening, health promotion, and leadership programs for the street’s residents.


 


We also work with many groups and single volunteers to cultivate professional workers from the area we influence.  

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Demonstrated Need

There is a need to improve the conditions and quality of life in the streets where Kehila Bona is active. Usually these streets suffer from old infrastructure lack of resources and inability of the residents to organize. There is also a need to bridge conflicts and different lifestyles and build a model of community life in Jerusalem. By creating a productive environment with a common project, Kehila Bona is creating common ground for diverse sometimes conflicted groups of people - religious and secular, newcomers and veterans. These differences coupled by a low socio-economic background are a basis for conflicts and hostility between neighbors and various groups in the street. These conflicts usually make it hard to group the people and lead processes. They also magnify the sense of frustration and lack of motivation to create change. Finally there is a need to prepare the population for processes such as urban renewal. Many of the streets the project is engaged with are candidates for urban renewal projects and Kehila Bona is helping to prepare for these projects

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Program Accomplishments

Promoting housing culture and quality of life by improving infrastructure and visibility and by developing tenant unions.


Personal touch and empowerment of dozens of individuals and families, development of personal connections, leaders and game changers


Creating community infrastructure


Creating mutual activities and a community model for groups from very different backgrounds - ultra orthodox and secular, new immigrants and native Israelis


Expandable and scalable model of operation which was already copied to other neighborhoods in the area.


Development of unique community programs that are implemented in other places such as a family ecological gardening club, the operation of groups of volunteers in renovations, ecological work in the existing courtyards and more


Deep and broad development of the field of sustainability, ecology and health on the street as a tool for improving the quality of life and promoting community


 


Creating a platform for learning for academic, social and other institutions - different groups come to familiarize, act and volunteer in our project, and this is their connection to the work and reality of daily life in the neighborhoods


 


Maximize organizational connections and pool resources in favor of the street

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How do you measure the success of your program?

We measure our success in numbers and in quality:


The number of renovations, upgrades, gardening and the impact of these activities on the building, the community and the individual - have improved at a certain level a large number of buildings, apartments and courtyards. Most of us managed to gain the trust of people, motivate them to activity and change and continue to maintain the building, apartment and yard. However, the degree of success varies greatly from building to building and from apartment to apartment.


The number of active residents and the connection between them, the team and their degree of entrepreneurship and leadership


The team has many personal connections on the street. We succeed in responding to various needs and initiatives of residents, such as finding an urgent budget for a building , but not in the annual work plan, such as setting up a new vegetable bed in the yard, such as a cleaning operation or an event for the children. But there is still something to promote in the field.


The new initiatives and activism offered to us from the field and the degree of their realization


We are able to answer almost any request. We have an open door policy, an open tool cabinet. We have a problem with assistance in the matter of delinquency and taking control of private areas on the street. Unfortunately, the level of institutionalized enforcement does not provide a response to this difficult phenomenon. Also we do not have a response normally although we coat our ties with various enforcement systems


 


The number of systemic connections and cooperation we have in the community administration, in the municipal system, in the social, academic / educational and business sectors in the neighborhood and in the city. The nature of the connections in terms of inspiration, continuity of contact and resource pooling


We have a deep and continuous relationship with the entire list of these systems and organizations


 


The circles of influence of our work model on the community administration in which we work, other streets, other organizations, volunteers, residents, and the neighborhood


We have learned to operate individual volunteers and groups in an optimal manner and we have an impressive team of volunteers. We hope they implement the values of the project, their home, their community, their organization and their street.


We were able to start implementing the model of working on another street in the neighborhood - Olswanger through the local team. We have educated many students, connected the School of Science and Arts (an isolated boarding school for gifted children at the foot of Stern Street) to activities on a high-altitude street and a gardening and renovation tour (already for the fifth year).


Community activities that we have developed are operated at the various branches of Yuvalim, such as an ecological family gardening club, caring for courtyards and more


 


The ability to renew and expand the project


At the beginning of the project the project worked only in apartments, then in buildings, then we introduced the ecological field in the work of courtyards, training the residents in gardening, ecological gardening


The establishment of a food forest in one of the courtyards, the establishment of a communal hothouse, a joint establishment with the residents of its open playgrounds, and the establishment of a marked ecological community path (in cooperation with the Bezalel School). We trained and introduced a sustainability and gardening coordinator for the team.


To renovate the apartments, we added an element of design and reorganization


We established a weekly renovation and gardening patrol based on students of the School of Science and Arts in cooperation with the residents of the street.


A rich system of community events and training


Recruitment of equipment for renovation and operation of a tool cabinet is open to residents

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Kehila Bona (Constructive Community)

About

Kehila Bona is a pilot urban project, initiated by Yuvalim Community Council, The Jerusalem foundation and JDC-Israel. Our model, which is the first of its kind in Israel, takes old housing projects which suffer from neglect and decay and together with the residents renovates apartments, lobbies and open private courtyards as a tool for strengthening the community, promoting quality of life and leading a healthier housing culture. To date, about 90 apartments have been renovated, 32 buildings have had renovation projects on various levels, and many courtyards have been revived and turned into thriving community gardens.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The ultimate goal of the project is to upgrade the quality of life and make room for change, entrepreneurship and leadership in the community thus create a cohesive and supportive communal fabric and a vibrant, bonded and independent community that can lead the street to changes in the short and long term.


  


In addition, Physical change is a catalyst for personal, family, and communal change. The ability to make a change on the physical level after years of neglect and inattention can promote a change in people's perceptions, processes of decision making and directly affect quality of life.

Back to Top

Program Description

Our  project provides budgets and professional accompaniment for renovations in apartments, buildings and open private courtyards. Through the physical renovation, the project promotes healthy housing culture of the population both physically and socially - better infrastructure, aesthetic stairwells, an organized and renewed apartment and a functioning house committee, good neighboring and community cooperation can transform the 1,500 housing units on Stern Street into sustainable housing despite the fact that the street is timeworn.  In addition, our project offers community activities in various life aspects such as; community gardening, health promotion, and leadership programs for the street’s residents.


 


We also work with many groups and single volunteers to cultivate professional workers from the area we influence.  

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

There is a need to improve the conditions and quality of life in the streets where Kehila Bona is active. Usually these streets suffer from old infrastructure lack of resources and inability of the residents to organize. There is also a need to bridge conflicts and different lifestyles and build a model of community life in Jerusalem. By creating a productive environment with a common project, Kehila Bona is creating common ground for diverse sometimes conflicted groups of people - religious and secular, newcomers and veterans. These differences coupled by a low socio-economic background are a basis for conflicts and hostility between neighbors and various groups in the street. These conflicts usually make it hard to group the people and lead processes. They also magnify the sense of frustration and lack of motivation to create change. Finally there is a need to prepare the population for processes such as urban renewal. Many of the streets the project is engaged with are candidates for urban renewal projects and Kehila Bona is helping to prepare for these projects

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

Promoting housing culture and quality of life by improving infrastructure and visibility and by developing tenant unions.


Personal touch and empowerment of dozens of individuals and families, development of personal connections, leaders and game changers


Creating community infrastructure


Creating mutual activities and a community model for groups from very different backgrounds - ultra orthodox and secular, new immigrants and native Israelis


Expandable and scalable model of operation which was already copied to other neighborhoods in the area.


Development of unique community programs that are implemented in other places such as a family ecological gardening club, the operation of groups of volunteers in renovations, ecological work in the existing courtyards and more


Deep and broad development of the field of sustainability, ecology and health on the street as a tool for improving the quality of life and promoting community


 


Creating a platform for learning for academic, social and other institutions - different groups come to familiarize, act and volunteer in our project, and this is their connection to the work and reality of daily life in the neighborhoods


 


Maximize organizational connections and pool resources in favor of the street

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

We measure our success in numbers and in quality:


The number of renovations, upgrades, gardening and the impact of these activities on the building, the community and the individual - have improved at a certain level a large number of buildings, apartments and courtyards. Most of us managed to gain the trust of people, motivate them to activity and change and continue to maintain the building, apartment and yard. However, the degree of success varies greatly from building to building and from apartment to apartment.


The number of active residents and the connection between them, the team and their degree of entrepreneurship and leadership


The team has many personal connections on the street. We succeed in responding to various needs and initiatives of residents, such as finding an urgent budget for a building , but not in the annual work plan, such as setting up a new vegetable bed in the yard, such as a cleaning operation or an event for the children. But there is still something to promote in the field.


The new initiatives and activism offered to us from the field and the degree of their realization


We are able to answer almost any request. We have an open door policy, an open tool cabinet. We have a problem with assistance in the matter of delinquency and taking control of private areas on the street. Unfortunately, the level of institutionalized enforcement does not provide a response to this difficult phenomenon. Also we do not have a response normally although we coat our ties with various enforcement systems


 


The number of systemic connections and cooperation we have in the community administration, in the municipal system, in the social, academic / educational and business sectors in the neighborhood and in the city. The nature of the connections in terms of inspiration, continuity of contact and resource pooling


We have a deep and continuous relationship with the entire list of these systems and organizations


 


The circles of influence of our work model on the community administration in which we work, other streets, other organizations, volunteers, residents, and the neighborhood


We have learned to operate individual volunteers and groups in an optimal manner and we have an impressive team of volunteers. We hope they implement the values of the project, their home, their community, their organization and their street.


We were able to start implementing the model of working on another street in the neighborhood - Olswanger through the local team. We have educated many students, connected the School of Science and Arts (an isolated boarding school for gifted children at the foot of Stern Street) to activities on a high-altitude street and a gardening and renovation tour (already for the fifth year).


Community activities that we have developed are operated at the various branches of Yuvalim, such as an ecological family gardening club, caring for courtyards and more


 


The ability to renew and expand the project


At the beginning of the project the project worked only in apartments, then in buildings, then we introduced the ecological field in the work of courtyards, training the residents in gardening, ecological gardening


The establishment of a food forest in one of the courtyards, the establishment of a communal hothouse, a joint establishment with the residents of its open playgrounds, and the establishment of a marked ecological community path (in cooperation with the Bezalel School). We trained and introduced a sustainability and gardening coordinator for the team.


To renovate the apartments, we added an element of design and reorganization


We established a weekly renovation and gardening patrol based on students of the School of Science and Arts in cooperation with the residents of the street.


A rich system of community events and training


Recruitment of equipment for renovation and operation of a tool cabinet is open to residents

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