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Taub Center for Social Policy Studies Building is Dedicated

Michael Geller / JDC
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For Immediate Release

On May 8, a dedication ceremony for The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies—an institution which has worked with and shares a similar model to that of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.—marked the Center’s first permanent home and a new period in its development. Located at 15 Ha’Ari Street, near the Israeli President’s residence, the center recently completed a renovation which also includes the addition of two floors to accommodate its growing needs.

The Center brings together government officials, field professional, academics and business people to engage in dialogue and exchange ideas in the areas of education, economics, health and social welfare to assist in shaping public policy to the benefit of the population of Israel by means of research and education. It works with international institutions including World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Brookings Institution and presents its findings to the public at forums, conferences and through publications—most notably the Herbert M. Singer Annual report Series: Israel’s Social Services.

Established in 1982 under the leadership and vision of Herbert M. Singer, Henry Taub, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Center is funded by a permanent endowment created by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, the Herbert M. and Nell Singer Foundation, Jane and John Colman, the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation, and the JDC.

The creation of this fund marks a milestone in the Center’s development and secures its future by ensuring long-term funding for the Center and its activities. The Taub Center and JDC are committed to continuing the Taub Center Endowment Fundraising Campaign.

The dedication occurred the same week as the JDC’s Board of Director’s Meeting (May 6-9) and only weeks after the JDC-Israel was awarded the Israel Prize for Lifetime in Achievement and Contribution to Society.

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About the Taub Center for Social Pocily Studies

Established in The Taub Center is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan research institute. The Center was established to address social policy issues that challenge Israeli society, to broaden the public debate on these issues and to formulate viable social policy alternatives to enhance the quality of life and social well-being for all of Israel’s inhabitants. The Center’s mission is to offer decision makers social policy information and alternatives as well as to enrich public debate on social issues confronting the population of Israel. The Center’s work is characterized by an integration of the social and economic considerations in its policy recommendations. It contributes to public involvement in shaping public policy by enriching the public debate that accompanies the decision making process. More information can be found at: