JOIN Israel

Joining Together to Rescue Israelis in Crisis

Lawrence, NY   |  www.joinisrael.org

Mission

JOIN Israel resolves unaddressed problems affecting thousands in Israel through a unique model of collaboration. JOIN Israel creates social service and educational solutions for children at-risk, youth at-risk, families at-risk, and elderly in crisis by tapping unused resources and enlisting strategic partners.

Notes from the nonprofit

Do you feel frustrated - so many people suffering, never-ending problems, so many organizations? Do you wonder how much your donation can really do, anyway?

We at JOIN Israel also feel frustrated by the never-ending deluge of problems and suffering. We are also concerned about how much we can possibly solve.

So for more than 20 years, we have been developing and perfecting strategies to hyper-stretch our resources and create the biggest possible impacts. JOIN Israel uses what is already available – programs, facilities, manpower, organizations, community and client participation – to avoid duplication and waste, and be able to solve many more problems.

JOIN Israel catalyzes strategic partnerships to remove obstacles and restore self-sufficiency and success.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Mr. Stephen Bisk

Main address

135 Rockaway Turnpike Suite 101

Lawrence, NY 11559 USA

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EIN

13-3643245

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We target acute, unaddressed educational, family and welfare needs in Israel that have a effective and cost-efficient solution and where we can access external resources and synergistic partnerships.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bolster Education

Under-funded schools struggle to provide the academic experience that enables full scholastic development. Without carrying the expenses of a parallel program, JOIN Israel efficiently boosts the educational capabilities of 26 schools and 6,500 students with computer, science, English, reading and music-enrichment centers and programs. JOIN Israel also employs English, math and computer consultants to evaluate the teachers, curriculum, and academic accomplishments in 22 elementary schools and offers additional teach training, learning programs and inter-school competitions to bolster the education these schools provide.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Poor reading, comprehension and writing skills are a root cause for immigrant children to fall into delinquency. The Israel Literacy Initiative establishes active school libraries in immigrant-laden schools to bolster these essential life skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Impoverished children already spend autumn, winter and spring grappling with untold pressures and strife at home, at school and on the street. A long, empty summer is a sure recipe for trouble. JOIN Israel sponsors 600 children whose families cannot afford the simplest day camps to grant these children invaluable, nourishing fun, activities and healthy bonding with peers and counselors in a positive framework each summer.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Welfare sustains the poor elderly to manage basic expenses from month to month but does not cover emergency "extras." Welfare agency budgets lack the funding and the mandate in several areas to meet even the most urgent needs of impoverished elderly under their care. LifeLine partners with five municipal welfare agencies in Israel to address the most-critical needs of poor elderly such as dental work, hearing aids, eyeglasses, emergency home repairs, medical transportation and medicine.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Existing
programs in Israel for at-risk youth are unsuccessful in attracting many
disenfranchised teens who reject "authority" solutions to their
problems. Our Own Way circumvents resistance and cultivates natural buy-in by
inducing these youth to build their own programs that address the issues that
concern them. Mentors and workshops guide the youth to analyze the issues,
determine effective solutions, prepare strategic plans and lead action. The
youths' resentment and sense of injustice powers social action that will better
the society and foster self-expression and identity.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Fraud, theft, unemployment, medical and psychological issues, catastrophic mistakes, and the like can thrust a family into financial and legal quicksand. Assets are encumbered, responsible adults become emotionally or situationally incapacitated, and the family is ravaged. JOIN’s Solutions offers professional debt-restructuring, debt rehabilitation, mediation and advocacy to solve particularly complex predicaments and restore normalcy, self-sufficiency and dignity.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

When strife, depression and dysfunction destroy normalcy, targeted intervention returns stability to the home. JOIN's coping and self-development courses, marriage and parenting education and counseling, psychological therapy and support, and intensive home-mentoring for dysfunctional families diffuse explosive situations and inspire respect and cooperation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Immigrants and migrants

JOIN inspires hundreds of middle school students from lower socio-economic backgrounds to work harder and aim higher academically through university learning. In special university courses, students are exposed to cutting-edge discoveries and experiments in biotech, nanotech, robotics and law, whetting their desire to pursue higher education.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Modest, one-time emergency assistance for those facing acute medical, psychological, financial needs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Russian immigrant community is afflicted by widespread dysfunction and poverty. Many fathers are emotionally or physically absent. The children often feel like third-class citizens and disconnect from family, school and community and adopt delinquent behavior. Big Brothers offer the emotional and academic support for these children to grow and flourish.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to close holes in the safety net in Israel and rescue people who are stuck in intolerable situations or are denied a robust education, who have nowhere else to turn. We aim to accomplish this efficiently through collaboration, resource renewal, and by employing leveraging models that maximize the impact of our finite resources.

JOIN Israel accomplishes its goals through strategic partnerships that match strengths and resources, and avoid duplication and waste. We resolve educational gaps through partnerships with schools and universities, and welfare gaps through partnerships with government agencies and relevant charities. We create new solutions by "JOINing" other non-profits and organizations, the larger community, and the clients themselves in new, synergistic ways.

JOIN Israel believes in simple, self-evident and proven programs - simple "dunks" and "layups." We innovate by reducing delivery expenses to an absolute minimum. We focus our resources on the tried-and-true generic "active ingredient" and access external resources and infrastructures for the rest.

JOIN Israel is uniquely built for collaboration. Flexible and non-territorial, we focus on results rather than recognition. We excel in enlisting optimal partners, and assume whatever role the partnership requires of us. We are entrepreneurial and yet cautiously grounded.

JOIN Israel has created and maintains 100 partnerships to address the 9 project areas we tackle. We are proud of greatly outsized impacts – much deeper and broader than a moderately sized organization should hope to accomplish. We are proud that we resolve issues that would not have been addressed otherwise and tap resources that would have lain fallow in pursuit of our mission. We have become an inspiring model of progressive collaboration for other organizations that we work with.

We have a Young Leadership Board running quarterly events and an opportunity to make significant social impact from their hyper-busy career-building lives.

JOIN Israel's Solutions Advocacy project has become a highly successful and respected social enterprise that extricates families from deep and complex financial and legal quagmires. We are presently building a second department to assist larger numbers of families with serious, but less complicated financial issues.

We have a long list of present projects that demand growth and replication, and terrific projects that await funding to be launched.

We aim to share our unique model with other organizations and philanthropists.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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JOIN Israel

Board of directors
as of 8/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Neil Wessan


Board co-chair

Mr. Rick Smilow

Jeffrey Keswin

Rick Smilow

Linda Gordon

Neil Wessan

Regina Bisk

Daniel Nir

Bryan Weingarten

Maurice Dayan

Doug Cohen

Melissa Steinberg

Jeffrey Kleinhaus

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/2/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/02/2020

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.