LOS ANGELES, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles shattered all fundraising goals in its quest to raise $10 million in 30 days to support the purchase of year-round campgrounds in the greater Los Angeles area.
Within 20 days of announcing their fundraising campaign, Bnei Akiva's lay leaders had raised nearly $5 million from over one hundred local supporters.
The campgrounds will serve two purposes: it will become the permanent home for Moshava Malibu, Bnei Akiva's Modern Orthodox overnight summer camp, and will also serve as a year-round kosher retreat center for the West Coast Jewish community.
"Our ability to reach the halfway point so quickly in our fundraising campaign speaks to the need for this type of space in the Jewish community," said Ruth Berkowitz, President of Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles. "Schools, synagogues, and Jewish organizations of all types will finally have access to a 'RCC Kosher,' fully equipped, year-round, state-of-the-art retreat venue."
With its Moshava Malibu program, Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles reintroduced Modern Orthodox overnight camping to the West Coast. Following on its 2013 two week inaugural summer program with 160 boys and girls, its second summer in 2014 will accommodate 210 campers for a three week program. The summer program is a natural extension of the regular experiential teen education programs run by Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles during the school year, which is focused on a love of Israel, Torah values, and Jewish leadership.
"Our goal at Bnei Akiva is to inspire Jewish youth to become actively engaged in the Jewish community," noted Mrs. Berkowitz. "With this facility, we will be able to expand programming for Jewish youth in Los Angeles and also allow adults to engage in their own educational activities throughout the year."
To contribute to the fundraising campaign, for more information about the year-round and summer programming of Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, and to learn how to get involved, visit bneiakivala.org or call (310) 248-2450.
SOURCE Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles