Remembering a Life by Transforming a Life
As we remember Jeff on the 30th anniversary of his death, please help us raise $100,000 by supporting the Israel Tennis and Education Centers for special needs and underprivileged children (ITEC) in Israel. We hope that you will help us honor Jeff by contributing to the critical areas of need that you will find below the inspirational video about ITEC.
Thank you so much for your support!
With love and gratitude,
Merry & Stephen Astor Beth Astor Freeman
The Israel Tennis and Education Center provides programs for underserved children of all backgrounds and religions: Jewish, Druze and Ethiopian. Last year ITEC served 8,000 children at 16 facilities, 13 of these facilities in diverse underprivileged neighborhoods, and 12,000 more children through various outreach programs. It is one of the largest social service agencies for children in Israel. ITEC provides meals, tutoring, psychological support, educational programming and tennis, the Varsity sport Jeff played in and throughout high school.
Love of Israel, children, tennis and philanthropy, were all important to Jeff. We think ITEC is a perfect fit to honor his life by focusing on these following areas of need:
CHILDREN’S EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND
Establishes virtual mental health sessions, purchases tablets to support health and education, provides healthy meals and implement camps to allow parents to return to work. Click on the video to learn more.
Since physical activity has shown to enhance the quality of life for those with disabilities, tennis is a natural part of these programs which include:
- Training physically disabled children and adults to play wheelchair tennis
- Rehabilitating injured IDF Soldiers and Veterans
- Serving children and youth with severe hearing deficiencies
- Training children for national Special Olympics tennis tournaments
ANNUAL JEFF ASTOR FIELD TRIP FOR CHILDREN
The JEFF ASTOR FOUNDATION will sponsor an annual field trip for children from underprivileged backgrounds to a new, fun and educational adventure in Israel, providing them with an excursion that their families could never offer.
HONORING JEFF ASTOR BY NAMING AN EXISTING TENNIS COURT IN HIS MEMORY AT ITEC-TEL AVIV
There is no greater way to honor Jeff’s legacy and values than by dedicating a court in his memory at the ITEC. We hope to have an in person dedication of Jeff’s Court in Tel Aviv just as soon as we can safely travel to Israel.