Rishon LeZion Foundation (Keren Rishon)

Manager: Ahava Lev 
2 Jerusalem St., 3rd floor, Rishon Lezion Economic Co. Bldg (Binyan Hachkar)
Tel: 03-5354312, 054-6728091, Fax: 03-5359507

The Rishon Foundation is a registered non-profit organization (Amuta No. 58-018-560-1) that promotes development in Rishon LeZion and works to improve the wellbeing of city residents.

Main Goals

  • Enlisting support for local projects initiated by the municipality
  •  Encouraging economic cooperation with local business owners and industrialists
  •  Preserving the city’s unique historical heritage
  • Supporting Rishon’s students, soldiers and schoolchildren through a scholarship fund and loan fund
  • Establishing development projects in the realm of society, wellbeing, education and culture
  • Beautifying the city

The foundation was started in 1991, and has been faithfully accompanying the city and its development ever since, with great success. The board members, including the legal advisor and accountant, all work on a volunteer basis. Keren Rishon raises financial resources mainly from foundations, estates, public institutions, and businesses. Donors are offered a wide variety of projects in which they may choose to participate. All the projects are in keeping with a strategic plan conceived by the city mayor, who serves as the foundation’s director of the board.

One of the first endeavors initiated and run by Keren Rishon was the establishment of the Sarah and Hillel Nahmber Soldiers’ Home (Beit HaHayal) for Discharged Soldiers, made possible by a generous five-million-dollar donation from Mr. Nahmber. The hostel serves discharged  combat soldiers, selected by committee for up to 2 year period.

Another project promoted by the foundation, operating for many years now, includes an annual loan program for students from Rishon; scholarships for students who volunteer in the city’s tutoring and mentoring program – Perach (similar to Big Brothers and Big Sisters); and the Lights of Rishon scholarship fund, in cooperation with the city’s Youth Division. The scholarship fund was created in conjunction with the Rishon LeZion municipality and philanthropic families. Deserving students have received 400 scholarships and 323 loans to date.