Leumi in the Community
Leumi's Additional Community Activities
In addition to focusing on activities that promote youth and support Israeli art, Leumi is active in other channels which benefit society. The following are several projects which Leumi runs on a continuous basis:
Every year, before the Jewish holiday of Passover, Leumi employees participate in this campaign to help families in need purchase food for the holidays. The campaign, which has been running since 2005, was initiated by bank employees and is conducted via contributions of “Leumi Tomorrow – the Centennial Fund for the Endowing Israel’s Future Generation”. All Leumi employees take part in the campaign with great enthusiasm-raising donations, locating families and providing assistance.
Leumi also provides help to needy families, not only near holiday time, but throughout the year. Bank employees continuously participate in volunteer efforts through various organizational channels, providing assistance to the families of youths participating in the "Leumi Tomorrow" project, as well as those families recommended by Israel's welfare services.
The choir, which currently numbers 10 members, has been active since 1986. All members are employees in different departments of the banks, and are active volunteers in the choir. The choir performs at various venues such as:hostels for at-risk youth, hospitals, army units and homes for the elderly.
Aid for Life:
In Israel there are currently thousands of Holocaust survivors living below the poverty line, and in impoverished conditions. Driven by a sense of responsibility and involvement, Leumi founded the “Aid for Life” program in 2007, as a joint initiative of the “Latet” organization. The program assists some 1500 needy Holocaust survivors throughout the country, providing both physical and emotional support, in the form of house visits conducted by a permanent volunteer, financing the purchase of medication and providing food baskets.
More than 600 permanent volunteers are bank employees, from various banking departments throughout the country, who contribute devotedly to the activity out of a true sense of mission. The visits are conducted at least once a month, with employees taking food baskets to the homes of survivors. Bank volunteers provide a crucial service, by not only providing survivors with food, but assistance, care, concern and company.
The "March of the Living":
On Holocaust and Heroism Memorial Day, an 80-person Leumi delegation marches in the "March of the Living" ceremony on an annual basis.
In 2011, the delegation was led by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank, Mr. David Brodet and the Senior Deputy CEO, Mr. Zeev Nahari. In 2012, the delegation was headed by former CEO, Mrs. Galia Maor, and the former head of the Department of Private and International Banking, Mr. Zvi Itzkovitz, and the deputy head of the Department of Human Resources and Labor Relations Commissioner, Mr. Menachem Hochman. In 2013, the delegation was lead by the CEO of the Arab-Israel Bank, Mr. Danny Gitter.
For bank employees, the participation of the Leumi delegation in the "March of the Living" constitutes the culmination of a grueling and moving journey which with a day of preparation at the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem and culminates in the trip to Poland. During the course of their journey, the delegation visits the Jewish ghettoes of Warsaw and Krakow, as well as the concentration and death camps of Treblinka, Majdanek, Auschwitz and Birkenhau, as well as the Plasov "work camp".
Leumi, which has aligned itself with the Zionist movement since its inception, contributes extensively to the establishment of the State of Israel, and views its' employees participation in the "March of the Living" ceremony as a national mission. Likewise today, Leumi continues its mission of contributing to the development of the State of Israel and to the enhancement of Israeli society, and will continue doing so in the future.
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Adopting Righteous Gentiles:
Since1988, Leumi has been adopting Righteous Gentiles and partners currently living in Israel. The bank treats them as retired Leumi employees, or "Leumi Alumni". As such, they are entitled to all of the benefits awarded to Leumi pensioners, and to the supportive care of Leumi’s welfare department, which maintains ongoing contact with them via phone-calls and house visits.
Additionally, every year, a special event is held to commemorate the wonderful deeds and activities of these precious people.
Donations and Sponsorships:
In addition to its active social involvement, Leumi provides generous financial donations and sponsorships which support a wide variety of social and cultural events. The help is given according to the decision of a committee, based on various criteria. The areas in which Leumi contributes to are: health, the education of youth, sports, community and society as well as culture and art.