LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles has been given an additional few weeks to complete its campaign to raise $10 million to support the purchase of a year-round retreat center and campsite in the greater Los Angeles area.
By extending their closing deadline from June 30th to mid-July, the bank that owns the property has given the Jewish community of Los Angeles and its worldwide supporters an additional opportunity to purchase an asset that will benefit the West Coast Jewish community.
The campgrounds will serve two purposes: First, the facility will become the permanent home for Moshava Malibu, Bnei Akiva's overnight summer camp. Also, the property will serve as a year-round Kosher retreat center available for use by schools, synagogues, and Jewish organizations of all types.
"The community has rallied behind us with an overwhelming outpouring of support and generosity," reports Ruth Berkowitz, President of Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles. "Our office has been flooded with emails, calls, and people running in with checks and offers to increase their initial pledges to help us close the gap and secure the property. The response of the community is that they want us to succeed, and I now know we will."
With the purchase of this property, the Moshava Malibu overnight camping program, now in its second year, will be firmly entrenched on the West Coast. Experiential teen education programs run by Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles during the school year will also benefit from the new property, which can serve as a fully-equipped center for weekend activities and training programs focused on its core mission of love of Torah values, Israel, and Jewish leadership.
More than 200 individual donors both locally as well as community supporters in Seattle, Oakland, and Israel, have already stepped up to support the effort. This support has come not only from the parent body of Moshava Malibu and Bnei Akiva, but also from people who have no affiliation with camp at all yet who believe in the impact that a year-round Torah retreat center will have on the West Coast Jewish community.
The fact that all of the donations to date have come from individuals and not from foundations or institutions is particularly important, notes Mrs. Berkowitz. "Our goal is to enable all community groups across the Jewish spectrum to benefit from this state-of-the-art venue. Because its purchase is being funded through the generosity of community members, we can truly say that this extraordinary property will be created by the community for the community."
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