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"Squashbond": a new non-profit with SA roots

I would like to inform the Telfed readers about SQUASHBOND, a non-profit organisation recently established and registered in Israel, with major South African
involvement in the project.

Squashbond was founded by five long time ex South African olim, together with an English gentleman and two Israeli younger generation squash players and coaches (one of whom was born in South Africa) - all squash fanatics and eager to try and bring the children of our Jewish and Arab communities together, through the medium of sport in general and squash in particular. 

The children have the potential to change attitudes and request from their parents a better future in a very explosive part of the world in which they live.

Squashbond ran a pilot program from October 2013 to June 2014 at the Ra'anana Squash Center where we brought 40 young Arab kids from the Alzahara school in the village of Tira near Kfar Sava between the ages of 10 to 13 to learn to play squash two days a week.

Following on the success of this pilot project Nicky Capelouto,
Trevor Segal, Barry Omsky, Bobby Kantor, David Bloch, Yariv Bloomberg,
Nitzan Moree and I have worked hard to establish SQUASHBOND as a non-profit organisation which from the beginning of January 2015 will
expand on last year's program.

During 2015, 20 Arab and 20 Jewish children will mix together at the
squash center twice a week for two hours each session.
They will spend an hour on the squash court and a further hour in the
"classroom" learning to integrate and work together improving their
English language skills through a program of "spoken English". From
our experience during the pilot program it won't be too long before we
have an Arab boy or girl amongst the ranks of Israel's top junior
squash players in European junior squash tournaments.

Volunteer professional English teachers are one of our prime targets as well as anyone who feels that they could contribute.

You can find more information on www.squashbond.org and www.facebook.com/Squashbond

Warm Regards,
Hillel Bloomberg
Tel: 052 3859454 or email: hillelblo@gmail.com

 

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