The innovative ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village, located in Israel’s southern region, is a multifaceted facility that provides young adults with multiple disabilities the opportunity to live a rich and productive life within a safe environment.
Panoramic view -Ohad Romano credit

At a Glance: 

  • 190 residents
  • Young adults-age 50, and highly dependent children
  • 230 staff members
  • 4500 outpatient treatments annually
  • 175 volunteers + hundreds of visitors throughout the year

At Full Capacity:

  • 230 residents
  • 230 staff members
  • 12,000 outpatient treatments annually

Unique Features:

  • Assisted-Living Apartment Units
  • Vocational Workshop Center
  • High Dependency Hospital Center
  • Hydrotherapy Pool
  • Safari Petting Zoo
  • Horseback Riding Track
  • Dental Clinic specially adapted for people with disabilities
  • Therapeutic Gardens

A village in every sense of the word, the facility is currently home to over 140 young people who are encouraged to develop a greater degree of independence in order to become productive members of Israeli society. It provides a continuum of residential care for children with severe disabilities as they grow from adolescents into young adults, and empowers them to interact with the outside world, develop a greater degree of independence and live quality lives while realizing their full potential.

Quality of life issues have also been taken into consideration. The Village features large parks and lounge areas for the residents to enjoy as well as plenty of grassy areas adjoining the living quarters.

At full capacity, the Village will also provide much-needed outpatient services to the 12,000 children and young adults living in the surroundings areas who, until now, had to wait several months for therapy sessions in the existing local medical center or travel up to four hours to medical centers in the Tel Aviv area. ALEH Negev also provides jobs to hundreds of area residents in a variety of fields, including education, rehabilitation, maintenance, administration, medicine, supportive care and more.

The Village includes onsite cutting-edge therapy frameworks including a state-of-the-art Hydrotherapy Pool, Safari Petting Zoo and Therapeutic Horseback Riding Track.

A $42 million dollar project, ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran has connected Israeli government ministries, foundations, philanthropists and individuals worldwide in a project creating hope and flourishing opportunities for integration, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities within society at large.

ALEH Negev is the only facility of its kind in Israel, and is being closely studied by experts from around the world as the paradigm of excellence in rehabilitative care.

A National Project for the State of Israel

ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran represents a unique achievement for the State of Israel. Its cutting-edge concept – empowering adults with severe disabilities to interact with the outside world and enjoy a real quality of life – has set a new benchmark in the field of special education and attracted the attention of experts across the globe.

In June 2003, the State of Israel recognized the importance of ALEH Negev by declaring it a national project. The Israel Lands Administration designated an area of 25 acres for the project, and the project was overseen by the Southern Development Authority in coordination with the ALEH organization.

At the groundbreaking ceremony on June 12, 2003, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon praised the establishment of ALEH Negev and commented:

“The location of the village – the city of Ofakim and the regional council of Merhavim – is just a hint of the tremendous latent potential of the Negev, which David Ben Gurion foresaw as the future of the State of Israel. Every new project built here utilizes this potential and is an expression of its contribution to the development of the area, to an increase in professional manpower, and to the creation of further employment opportunities.”

Nahalat Eran

The chairman of ALEH Negev is Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, an Israeli military hero whose severely disabled son, Eran, was ALEH Negev’s first resident. Eran was the spirit and inspiration for the founding of the Village which provided him with so much joy and love. Following his untimely passing in February 2007, the village was renamed ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, as a tribute and legacy to this amazing young man.

Eulogies for Eran Almog z”l

A Special Man on A Special Mission – Video of Doron Almog’s life story


ALEH Negev’s four residential wings are filled to capacity.  The Village’s reputation for quality care, therapeutic opportunities, an outstanding staff and a warm, loving and dignified atmosphere has led numerous families to request accommodations for their loved ones.  This is a particularly pressing need since the Negev region is sorely lacking in rehabilitative solutions. Thus government ministries and private individuals have turned to us to expand our services.

To accommodate the growing number of wait-listed individuals with special needs who seek a quality home, we plan to build and equip a new residential complex. In so doing, a solution will be provided for the following populations:

Elderly people (aged 50+) with special needs, whose families live in the Negev.  As the family members age, they find it increasingly difficult to visit their loved ones residing in assisted-living homes in the central and northern regions of Israel.

Severely disabled children under the age of 15

Residents over the age of 21 from ALEH’s facilities in Bnei Brak, Gedera, and Jerusalem

This project will enable the expansion and acceptance of an additional 48 residents.

Project Details:

Each Residential Apartment will provide a warm, assisted-living home environment for 12 young adults with disabilities.  The apartment is sunny and airy, aesthetically designed and decorated in a manner appropriate for young adults.

Every bedroom will be shared by two residents.  Three bedrooms and a cozy eating area make up each Residential Unit.

The 2 residential units in each apartment will share a modern kitchen, with a refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave oven, and kitchen appliances such as a mixer, blender and food processor with specialized features that enable the residents to use them independently.

The apartment will also features cozy recreational corners, with couches and recliners in the dining room, living room and shelter room.  A television and various games provide activity after work hours, and a hammock and comfortable bench in the courtyard will offer outdoor relaxation.

Dedication opportunities and equipment sponsorships are available.

ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, P.O.B. 771, Ofakim 80300
Tel: 07-323-60555 (please note: 10-digit phone numbers)
Fax: 07-323-60556
Director: Avi Wortzman
Contact ALEH Negev–Nahalat Eran

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