Today, Israel faces a severe shortage of decent affordable housing and a lack of legal protections to protect the rights of tenants. Housing in Israel is largely segregated by race, religion and economic status with low-income Israeli Arabs and Jews of Color living in segregated and blighted conditions. The country has tried for nearly a decade to grapple with a policy response that will resolve these problems. Today, a joint venture between an American developer and a local non-profit organization has proposed a new type of project in the historic City of Lod that could provide a new model in Israel for redevelopment of blighted area into a new mixed-income, multi-ethnic community.
Esther Sandrof is a Partner at Forsyth Street, a New York City-based advisory and asset management firm focused on affordable housing, real estate and municipal and impact investment. She works with developers, financial institutions, philanthropies and government entities in development of innovative financing strategies for residential, commercial and cultural projects oriented toward achieving social impacts.
Our speakers offer thoughts related to the philosophy of humanism or share their experiences and commitments in the struggle to foster peace, justice, economic fairness and racial and religious harmony. Everyone is invited to Sunday Platform meeting.
The Sunday School at the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County helps children aged 2-14 explore and develop their moral and critical thinking skills through fun and interactive lessons and field trips. We meet weekly on Sundays for 1.5 hours while the adults of the Ethical Culture Society are attending the platform meeting. Our wide ranging curriculum allows kids to examine themselves, their community and the world in general. We teach about different cultures, philosophies and religions. We encourage our students to ask questions, think for themselves and make up their own minds about the bigger questions in life. Our children develop strong values and ethical standpoints. The Sunday School Graduation Rite of Passage, completed by our 8th graders, allows them to present to the community how their Sunday School experience has informed their moral and ethical development.