a quiet corner ofthe burgeoning city of Hadera, set in the berth
of mature shade trees, with a view towards the green fields to
the east, is the Hadera Absorption Center.
over 250 olim of all different ages and backgrounds, the
Absorption Center has established itself as a community hub,
further enriching both immigrants and veteran Israelis.
Strolling on the paths between the apartment buildings and the
classrooms, one hears the languages of the East and the West
mingling freely: young couples dreaming, children playing and
parents discussing their plans for the future.
The Absorption Center is a complex
of buildings interspersed with gardens. It comprises 117 housing
units, a central building with classrooms, a lounge, library and
offices. In the afternoon hours, a learning center is operated
daily for immigrant children with trained tutors, and classes in
Judaism are held twice a week. An enrichment program is
conducted by professionals and counselors.
in the coastal valley, Hadera is a short ten minute drive from
lovely Mediterranean beaches and tourist sites. The Center is
walking distance to the commercial district of Hadera which has
a bustling downtown, a mall and an open market, serving a wide
variety of shopping needs.
As the city of Hadera has grown, so has its cultural and
recreational offerings. However, for more extensive activities,
using the convenient public transportation or private cars, the
trip the major cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa is approximately
half an hour.
Making concerted efforts to become involved in the surrounding
community, interested resident families are adopted by members
at neighbouring Kibbutz Magal and joint activities for the
children are common. Community social and cultural events are
held at the absorption center, as well as retraining programs
Within the Absorption Center, residents make use of the lounge,
the library and two computer rooms with full internet access,
and sports facilities.
classes of ulpan, a library and and an audio room are on the
premises to serve the immigrants in their acquisition of the
Hebrew language. Classes are held five hours a day, five days a
week for a period of five months. Participating in a Hebrew