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George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center Opens

June 2017


L-r: George Schaeffer unveiling the sign on the building ;
George Schaeffer and his Daughter Nicole,at entrance to the George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center

Individuals with disabilities who live at Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Services in Jerusalem have good reason to celebrate.  On May 26, 2017, in a joint project of Israel Elwyn and Bnai Zion, the George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center was dedicated on their campus.  Its accessible main hall and activity rooms will provide residents with bright and airy spaces for recreation, cultural events, and employment services and training, enhancing their living experience and giving them a new source of pride.

At the center, residents will find a pleasant and bright environment as well as activities that provide them with new opportunities for cultural expression and to enhance their employment skills.   In one example, individuals who wish to work in the food services industry will have the opportunity to train as assistant chefs in the center’s food services training stations. 

David B. Marcu, CEO of Israel Elwyn presided over the dedication ceremony.  Joining him on the program were Cheryl Bier, Executive Vice President of Bnai Zion; Marick Shifris, a resident of Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Services; Vered Fraiman, representing the parents of the residents; Hila Yedid, Director of External Relations, Funds Department, National Insurance Institute and Nachum Ido, Director, Supported Living Services, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. 

Pictured (l-r) Nachum Ido, Director of Supported Living Services, Department of Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services; Hila Yedid Barzilai, the Director of External Affairs for the Funds Department; Cheryl Bier, Executive Vice President/National Secretary, Bnai Zion; David B. Marcu, CEO, Israel Elwyn; George'sDaughterNicole; George Schaeffer

George Schaeffer, lead donor for the center completed the program with his inspiring message.  George was joined at the ceremony by his daughter, Nicole.

Following the ceremony, guests remained for light refreshments and a chance to more closely admire the George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center.


George Schaeffer, Cheryl Bier and Nicole Schaeffer with members of “Photographing from the Heart” group


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David B. Marcu, Chief Executive Officer

IE's mission is to develop and provide a wide array of supports and tools for people with disabilities, while constantly striving for excellence of service and the creation of a just society. Together with people with disabilities and society at large, we shall continue working as an innovative and cutting-edge organization.

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