P.O. Box 53151
- International/Cultural relations
- Youth and education
YEDID (“friend” in Hebrew) was established in 1997 to promote social justice in Israel through a national network of Citizen Rights Centers in poor communities throughout Israel. YEDID is the only national organization in Israel that empowers Israelis to break the cycle of poverty through free individual legal and social assistance, community education initiatives and grassroots organizing for social change. Since its founding, YEDID has served over 130,000 low-income Israelis from across the spectrum of Israel’s multicultural society.
In eight years, through its 14 Citizen Rights Centers and 6 Satellite Offices, YEDID has had a significant impact upon communities and citizens from Dimona to Kiryat Shmona. In 2005 YEDID provided real solutions to the pressing problems of nearly 35,000 Israelis. The most frequent cases involved education, housing, employment, healthcare, and debt. YEDID has developed a range of community-based educational programs designed to empower community members and give them the tools to be active and effective members of society. In recognition of YEDID’s expertise in working with low-income communities, many municipal offices have commissioned YEDID to design programming for their clients.