Welcome to Michael Cherney Foundation site!
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 in Russia.
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 low-income victims 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
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
The Fund also actively participates in various children-
and youth-oriented programs, in the human
rights and counter-anti-Semitism
projects, as well in various athletic
Thank you for coming - and good luck!