ATTENTION: Please note the corrected time for the May 14th Lunch and Learn event with Dr. Daniel Gordis and Daniel Diker.
The event will take place from 11:30AM until 12:30PM.
Issue No. 7 | May 7, 2020
After more than 40 days, our Centers safely, responsibly and proudly welcomed home this week, our children with limited services, based upon the guidelines from the Ministry of Health. While youth are able to rent court time for individual play and lessons, the classrooms are not yet ready to reopen, offering a full experience. Next week, Phase 2 will begin with Coaches and children returning in groups for tennis & fitness lessons, providing a safe, stable and nurturing environment for all!
The world doesn’t believe that for an Arabic girl and a Jewish girl this is normal everyday life.
PICTURED: Bukai (L) and Shahar (R)
With tennis balls these two students wrote in Hebrew, "FINALLY!"
PICTURED: Jennifer (L) and Rotem (R)
While we work toward reinstating our comprehensive educational and tennis programming, we continue to offer distant learning efforts for education, mental health and developmental initiatives, as we slowly transition back to bringing the full experiences of our Centers to our students.
Our operations will undoubtedly change during a post-Covid19 era to maintain the health and wellbeing of our youth and their families, but with the support of you, our Managers and staff in our Centers, one thing will always remain consistent and was on full display this week: the smiles of the students will never change as they return "home" to ITEC.


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"National Unity & Israel’s Arab Moment,
Killing Corona & Testing the US Peace Plan"
May 14, 2020
11:30AM - 12:30PM ET

This month, we are excited to launch a new effort called our, "Lunch and Learn Series." We look forward to bringing impactful, insightful and inspiring stories to you through virtual sessions that you can enjoy during your lunch. We hope you join us for these FREE events and share it with others as we grow our ITEC family. Participation is limited so reservations are required.

We are excited to invite you to kick off this series by joining acclaimed author and Senior Vice President at Shalem College, Dr. Daniel Gordis, along with Senior Research Fellow and Senior Project Director at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, as well as ITEC Global Business Board Member, Daniel Diker, for a special discussion on national unity and Israel's Arab moment, killing the Coronavirus and testing the US Peace Plan.
The author of more than ten books, Gordis is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and writes regularly for the Jerusalem Post. Gordis’ writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, The New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Azure, Commentary Magazine and Foreign Affairs, and his books have received numerous awards. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, has three married children and two granddaughters. 
Author or five books on the global BDS campaign and, most recently, last month his recent book, "Israelophobia and the West," was published, which Alan Dershowitz called “the Bible for understanding the New Anti-Semitism." He served as the Secretary General of the World Jewish Congress and started with ITEC in 1977, serving as a Coach in Israel and North America for ITEC fundraising exhibitions between 1978 and 1983. He serves on ITEC’s Israel Operating Committee and the International Board. He credits the Israel Tennis & Education Centers for inspiring his Aliyah to Israel in 1990.
We have been grateful for the daily journal by Hans Felius, our ITEC National Tennis and Social Impact Director, documenting how our Centers, Managers, coaches and staff continued their commitment to providing an education and connection with our students while they were home. We hope you enjoyed his journal, "Holding Serve," and hope he will continue to provide us updates as we slowly get back to our new normal:

May 5, 2020
" It is a pity each day has only 24 hours. Time is flying as we are preparing each ITECenter for the next stage. We are going through all the small details with each Center Manager to ensure our students are safe and their families are confident in our approach to reopening. We are extremely well prepared for the transition stage, and that is necessary as timing is crucial and there is a lot at stake. As we don’t know exactly how many children will return immediately, or within two weeks or a month, we prepared different scenarios to address this at each center.

We want as many children as possible to return, and have our coaches and staff ready when they arrive. We have been in constant communication with children and their parents, getting many hopeful responses, so once the government gives us permission to fully open, we can start right away, getting our children back to their 'home away from home' at ITEC."
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