When asked what did you do this summer, Nadine Fahoum, Development Associate for the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation (ITC) and graduate of the ITC Coexistence Program; Fahoum Fahoum, alum of the ITC; and Dov Stern, can say they helped teach coexistence to Jewish children and teens.
Service to others, building a stronger connection to Israel and fostering intercultural dialogue is what the ITC is doing everyday throughout Israel and the U.S.
Nadine Fahoum, a graduate of the ITC Center in Haifa and former first singles player on the women’s tennis team until she graduated this past June from Duke University spent one week at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Nadine coached tennis and raised awareness about the importance of coexistence between Jewish and Arab youth. Nadine commented, “my experience at the camp was fabulous. I love being able to teach tennis and educate others about intercultural acceptance. We must learn at an early age to live together in harmony, that is why the ITC Coexistence Program is so important for peace in Israel and around the world.”
“The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation is very pleased to make community service a key part of our efforts in the U.S. This was a pilot project this summer, however, due to its success we plan to expand it next year. Our ITC Ambassadors gave their time and talents to teach tennis and intercultural understanding, while having fun and building lasting friendships at summer camps throughout the Jewish community,” stated Jacqueline Glodstein, ITC VP of Global Development.
“It was an honor for me and all the campers at Ramah to have Nadine coach and share her life experiences with us, said Dov Stern, who arranged for Nadine and her brother, Fahoum to work at the Camps. She is proof that the ITC’s Coexistence Program is successful because it brings together children and families of different cultures, beliefs and backgrounds, Jews, Arabs, Christians – to learn to play and work together with mutual respect and friendship. And, she is a great tennis player who really helped the players improve their tennis.”
The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation (ITC) is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization that has worked for over 35 years to enhance the social, psychological, and physical development of Israeli youth through the medium of sport. Most of ITC Centers are located in disadvantaged neighborhoods or outlying development towns throughout Israel, from Kiryat Shmona on the Lebanese border in the North to Beer Sheva bordering the Negev Desert in the South.
David W. Lippy (614) 939-1533 or cell (614) 554-9235