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Serves severely disadvantaged children in Jaffa, Israel, and nearby neighborhoods. Provides afternoon educational enrichment programs, residential hostel for teenage girls at hi-risk, food distribution center, residential school in Bet Shemesh, dental clinic.
Founded in 1982 by Dr. David Portowicz, an immigrant from the U.S., together with Zonik Shaham of blessed memory, a native Israeli and retired officer in the Israeli army.
The Jaffa Institute has a holistic approach, with a goal of meeting as many needs of the children as possible.