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Where Academia and the Community Meet

The Faculty of Law 
The Minerva Center is the preeminent academic center in Israel devoted to human rights research and education. Established in 1993, the Center initiates and facilitates serious discourse and scholarship among academic, government and civil society sectors on a broad range of local and global human rights dilemmas. The Center’s objectives include educating and developing outstanding, committed Hebrew University students as future leaders of social change, and increasing the public’s awareness of the importance of human rights as part of a just society. The center is an academic unit granting scholarships for research on human rights. It sponsors conferences and invites representatives of international organizations to deliver lectures at the university.
The Clinical Legal Education Center provides free, high-quality legal aid to underprivileged individuals and groups, while providing a unique educational experience for students. The students provide legal assistance to a variety of people in the needier sectors of society, among them those with disabilities, immigrant workers, asylum seekers, people opening small businesses, youth in distress, those contending with criminal cases, Haredi women and new immigrants. Students also participate in weekly classes where they are taught the essential legal knowledge and tools necessary for clinical work and discuss the social, cultural and ethical aspects of their work. The students receive guidance from leading attorneys who work with the clinic and offer legal support, as well as professionals in other fields.
The “Breira” Center
The Center is a social organization founded by students with the assistance of the Faculty of Law. The Center’s volunteers include students, residents, retirees, soldiers and youth, in all about 200 participants who contribute their time without any academic or monetary compensation. The Center offers .
workshops, legal assistance, personal counseling, day camps and special projects for youth --  all designed to provide a means for positively influencing society. 
Campus-Community Partnership

The Campus-Community Partnership was established to promote the mutual commitment of institutions of higher education, students, and the community - to act for social justice and human rights in Israeli society. The Partnership, hosted by the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, serves all institutions of higher education in the state of Israel. The Partnership's resource center and meeting place is located at Beit Breter, the Authority for Community and Youth, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram.

The center acts to Engage Israeli institutions of higher education with the pressing social issues of the day; Develop the intellectual and social change capabilities of a new generation of Jewish and Arab students who will go on to become active citizens and leaders for social change in their communities and Bring academic knowledge into deeper engagement with community organizations.

The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare 
The School contributes to the advancement of social welfare in Israel by training social workers to fill professional roles, and responding rapidly to the changing social needs of the country’s diverse population.  Almost 1000 students are enrolled in the School's programs. In the course of their studies for a bachelor’s degree in social work, students participate in field work, volunteer in various institutions in the community and help needy individuals. The underlying assumption is that it is impossible to learn how to assist others without offering actual assistance. Students can choose from among ten study areas in community work. 
In their studies for a master’s degree in learning disabilities, education students are given experience in diagnosing learning disabilities in an on-campus clinic. Pupils are referred to the clinic via their Schools in coordination with the educational psychology service of Jerusalem. There, they receive a complete diagnosis in return for a nominal fee. Each year, some 80 children are examined at the clinic.  
School of Nutritional Sciences in Rehovot (at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment)
Project Kiryat Moshe
The School of Nutritional Sciences advances research and trains professional personnel in the field of nutrition. Project Kiryat Moshe is a community initiative in which students at the School tutor Ethiopian immigrant children in the principles of proper nutrition. Parents and children come to the kitchen lab of the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, where they learn simple recipes that are both economical and healthy. 
The Faculty of Medicine 
Project Lavi
Project Lavi brings together first-year medical students with patients and their families to establish a personal connection and emotional support. This promotes an attentive and pleasant atmosphere and eases the patient’s adaptation to the hospital and assistance agencies. The project was initiated to bridge the gap and create a bond between physicians and those in their care and their families. Some 80 students are now participating in the program. 
The Faculty of Dental Medicine 
Dental Care for Holocaust Survivors
This project provides a basic health service to Holocaust survivors who have been unable to bear the cost of dental care. Dental students in the program provide treatment under faculty supervision, including supplying dentures, to Holocaust survivors who in some cases are unable to eat or speak properly. The Faculty has found a substantial number of survivors in need of dental care in Jerusalem. Students participating in the program receive valuable practical experience while providing a needed service for a worthy elderly population.
The Hebrew University Hadassah School of Occupational Therapy
Project Good Approach
This project was established by five students of the School of Occupational Therapy. The project is based on the principle that social accessibility will make it possible for people with disabilities to achieve equal opportunities, enabling them to maximize their capabilities and to contribute to society. The program works with schoolchildren through workshops led by two people, one of whom is a person with special needs. The workshops are aimed at overcoming children’s fears, leading towards greater acceptance, a desire to assist, and a sense of acceptance of differences. The goal is to inculcate these concepts before youngsters form their own preconceptions. 
Where Academia and the Community Meet