Susan's House was established in 2002, in memory of Susan Kaplansky. Susan dreamed of helping youth through art. Today Susan's House is a warm, welcoming place for at-risk teens. These teens, many from the street, are taught to create beautiful glass work, ceramics & jewelry. They are guided by a dedicated staff. Through this process they are able to develop a sense of self-worth and learn the life skills needed to find their place in society.
Come visit Susan's House in Jerusalem and you will be amazed at the beautiful pieces that our talented teens have produced. Help support these teens find their path through artistic expression and learning skills that can empower them towards a rewarding and successful future. Your participation will help fuel the ongoing goals of Susan’s House.
Is there an option to volunteer?
Yes, please let us know when booking the tour and we will arrange a volunteer opportunity.
Can we make our own artwork?
Yes, we have a number of options for creating your own artwork at Susan's House:
Necklace 60 ₪
Bracelet 50 ₪
Keychain 30 ₪
Selection of ceramics to paint
Eyal & Susan April 1991
Susan Kaplansky was born in 1964 to Ellen and Al Grant and grew up in Westchester, NY. Her grandparents hosted a family from Eilat whose son, Yuval, was born with a serious heart defect and had come to the US for surgeries. Susan and Yuval became best friends. Eyal Kaplansky was Yuval older brother's best friend. After finishing his IDF service Eyal moved to New York. Ofir, Yuval's older brother, introduced Eyal and Susan, and they found their soulmates in each other. They married and moved to Jerusalem.
Susan was an artist, and she believed that art had a healing power. In her home, she helped many teens one-on-one through art, but she dreamed of setting up an organization to help many more. When Yuval passed away, Susan decided to start an organization in his name, but before she could she was diagnosed with cancer and died the next year. At her shiva, Eyal decided to see her dream through, and spoke to Avital Goel about setting up the at-risk center. Officially named the Yuval & Susan Foundation, Susan's House was born.
Susan's House, 31 Kanfei Hanesharim, Givat Shaul, Jerusalem
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