Bennet Kleinman-Negev Scholarship Endowment
Recognizing his love for Israel, our people, and the importance he placed on Jewish education, we were proud of the scholarship endowment established in Bennet Kleinman’s name five years ago. The Bennet Kleinman-Negev Scholarship Endowment is the first scholarship fund established by The Negev Foundation to provide needed financial resources to young Israelis, specifically Israeli Army veterans, new immigrants and young families intending to make the Negev their home. In addition to providing scholarships funds in Israel, two scholarships are awarded annually to Clevelanders wishing to study in the Negev.
The Negev Foundation, in partnership with the Ramat Negev Regional Council, matches each dollar with an additional dollar raised, thereby doubling our own commitment to the scholarship fund. To date, we have raised $150,000.
It is our hope that we can count on your recognition and support of this wonderful endowment that will perpetuate Bennet’s name and memory with the land and people he loved so much and worked for his entire life. HOW TO HELP
In order to fulfill The Negev Foundation’s goals and mission and to expand its role in Negev development, two dynamic projects have been suggested. We hope they will become a part of the overall agenda of the Negev Foundation. Plans for the following projects have begun and development will continue into 2010:
The Cleveland-Negev Connection
The Cleveland-Negev Connection (CNC) is aimed at Israelis and Clevelanders from diverse backgrounds and interests joined together in a program to learn trade skills in agribusiness. Participants are sponsored by The Negev Foundation and study high tech, sophisticated agritechniques developed at RNDARC, the Hebrew University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Agricultural Vocation and Training
With the support of The Negev Foundation, accredited courses in arid land agriculture have been suggested for two distinct audiences: Israeli pupils studying in vocational high schools and both veteran and new Israeli farmers. The results of this endeavor will reflect the viability of the establishment of the Negev Training Center for Desert Agriculture. It will be housed within the new business center.