The Fund views its main overall objective
as helping democratic nations in their war on terrorism as
well as realization of the intellectual potential of the post-Soviet
emigres to Israel and their integration into the Israeli society.
Our site was born on June 1, 2001, on the night of the heinous
terrorist bombing outside the Dolphinarium
Disco in Tel Aviv. When Michael
Cherney learned the number of victims - twenty one dead
and over 150 wounded - he realized that rendering assistance
required a systematic organized effort. This was the genesis
of our Foundation.
Prior to 2001, Mr. Cherney was engaged in charity work in
Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Bulgaria, the US - wherever
he did business. He made especially valuable contribution
into Jewish philanthropy
Following the Dolphinarium tragedy, the Cherney Fund became
the helping hand for all the victims. In a misfortune like
this, emigres from the former Soviet countries are even worse
off than the Israeli-born: they don't have a support system
or savings. The Cherney Fund, therefore, renders help mostly
to the new arrivals, victims of
catastrophes and terrorist
acts that continue to bleed Israel, as well as to the
of terror in other countries.
Another equally important task assumed by the Cherney Foundation
is the media effort in war on terror. Shortly after the Dolphinarium
attack, the Foundation published a book called Dolphinarium:
Terror Targets the Young. The book is an oral history,
a representation of the voices of the parents who lost their
children and the teenager victims themselves. It was published
in three languages and met with acclaim in Israel,
States, and Russia.
Willy Lindwer, a famous Dutch documentary filmmaker, used
the book as the basis for his film Empty Rooms.
The film, already acclaimed internationally, was also financed
by the Cherney Foundation.
The Fund's contribution into conveying the truth about the
war of terror against the Jewish people has met with
high appreciation from the media, public organizations,
and the Israeli government.
The Fund also actively participates in various
youth-oriented programs, in the human rights
projects, as well in various athletic programs.
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