Chanukah Roundup – Eight Days of Light and Happiness

Light and happiness shone forth from all ALEH facilities during eight days of Chanukah celebrations in Bnei Brak, Gedera, Jerusalem, and the Negev. Gedera residents celebrated Chanukah together with volunteers from El Al’s financial department in an overwhelmingly fun-filled celebration. The El Al workers, regular monthly volunteers at ALEH Moriah, were joined by Naor Tsubari, well-known children’s musician and performer, … Read More

‘Super Savta’ Brings Warmth to ALEH

ALEH has many wonderful Chanukah traditions, but one of our favorites is Dr. Violet Esser’s annual pilgrimage to our residential facility in Jerusalem. Each year, Dr. Esser, known to many in the organization as ‘Super Savta,’ visits ALEH to personally deliver beautiful handmade blankets – her own creations, made with love – to our babies and toddlers. The ALEH staff … Read More

The Herman and Paula Marks Foundation Awards Grant to ALEH Moriah

ALEH Moriah representatives were invited to an impressive and dignified ceremony held at the ORT Kiryat Bialik Educational Campus at the initiative of the Jewish National Fund, during which they were awarded a generous grant from the estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman Marks. The Marks Foundation is dedicated to benefitting people with disabilities. While accepting the award, … Read More

Fun at Ashdod’s Indoor Amusement Park for ALEH Moriah Residents

Escorted by Karnit Levy, residence director, a number of ALEH Moriah students took a special trip to “HaChalal HaMuflah”, Ashdod’s amazingly fun indoor amusement park boasting three floors of exciting activities such as an electric train ride, spongy pools and giant slides. ALEH residents enjoyed the games for well over an hour, jumping on trampolines, playing in the ball pool … Read More

ALEH Jerusalem Recognized by Knesset Conference Marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The Knesset marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a conference under the heading “Seeing Good,” during which ALEH Jerusalem received recognition with a special award. MK Yehuda Glick initiated the event: “Today we recognize women, men and organizations who strive to increase goodness and see the good in Israeli society.” Members of Knesset, public officials and approximately 450 … Read More

Doing the Impossible, Overcoming Darkness with Light

Chanukah is the festival of light, and nothing is more appropriate than spreading light where darkness and grey seem to reign. Chanukah is a special holiday, and the first night, when we light the very first candle, carries great significance. Residents of ALEH Jerusalem, children with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as complex medical issues, celebrated the first night … Read More

ALEH Makes Chanukah Traditions Accessible To All

Chanukah is for EVERYONE!  That’s why ALEH’s dedicated special education professionals devised brilliant ways to adapt the holiday traditions to match the abilities of our residents with severe complex disabilities. Lighting a menorah and playing dreidel requires precise movements and highly developed fine-motor skills, but with ALEH’s adapted methods, the residents can light [electric] Chanukah candles with the flick of … Read More

A Warm Holiday Atmosphere at ALEH’s Chanukah Pool Party

How do you make Chanukah engaging and inclusive while promoting mobility and communication?  A CHANUKAH POOL PARTY!  At ALEH’s hydrotherapy pool, our residents enjoyed a special Chanukah twist while they worked on the development of their emotional, sensory, motor, and media skills.  But no Chanukah party would be complete without music and jelly donuts!  The residents’ parents came to enjoy … Read More

Gardeners Without Borders

A Unique ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Project to Promote Employment of People with Disabilities The recently launched, revolutionary “Gardeners Without Borders” program at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran brings the philosophy of community integration to new heights, breaking down barriers of embarrassment and bolstering daily interaction between people with disabilities and the community. With its literally groundbreaking approach, the new plan offers people … Read More

Construction of the Negev’s First Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitative Hospital is Underway: ILS 180 Million for Negev Residents

The Negev’s first neuro-orthopedic rehabilitative hospital, to be built on the premises of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, will provide services to some 800 thousand residents of Israel. Slated to open in early 2019, the hospital will meet the urgent needs of residents in Israel’s southern region, providing long-term rehabilitative care following accidents, strokes, and severe injuries sustained during terror attacks.  From … Read More

Mitzvah Day 2018

Children at Akiva Primary School Created Special Sensory Chanukah Cards for ALEH’s Children in Israel.   Mitzvah Day 2018 was incredible for the children of ALEH, who were fortunate to enjoy the continued support of students at Akiva school. Year 1 students met with the Director of the British Friends of ALEH, Liron Rosiner-Reshef, and talked about inclusion and how … Read More

Athena is Going Far

The sky is the limit for residents of ALEH Moriah. On November 9, nine residents, escorted by overseas volunteers and National Service girls, participated in the “Athena is Going Far” event, held at Tel Aviv’s Sport Tech. “Athena is Going Far” is the ultimate event promoting sports for women and girls in Israel, taking place under the auspices of the … Read More

JNF Chairman Danny Atar Visits ALEH Bnei Brak

Danny Atar, CEO of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) paid a visit to ALEH Bnei Brak together with other JNF officials, all of whom were deeply impressed by the devoted care imparted to ALEH residents by dedicated staff. Rabbi Yehuda Marmorstein, ALEH founder and CEO, led the visit through the ALEH Bnei Brak facility, as well as a trip to … Read More

Bnei Akiva Nachshon Branch Carries Off an Inclusive Happening at Nir Galim Moshav

The Nachshon branch of Bnei Akiva organized a special inclusive happening for residents of ALEH Moriah, together with families from Moshav Nir Galim. A different family – parents and children – escorted each resident, making their way through the various stands and activities. The impressive selection of stands, including sign-making, plant-holder decorating and flower planting, bowling and more, provided a … Read More

ALEH: COPING UNDER FIRE

We thank our caring friends all around the world for your deep concern and support during the past days of constant rocket fire from Gaza. Following is a snapshot of life at ALEH during the past 48 hours before the ceasefire went into effect: According to the military, over 460 rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israel on … Read More

Team ALEH Moriah Makes a Mark at the Pétanque Competition in Ashdod

Neor, Eddie, Tsvi and Elad – all residents of ALEH Moriah in Gedera – recently participated in the Pétanque competition, sponsored by the Israeli Special Games Association. Weekly practice sessions, part of ALEH Moriah’s regular sports activity, prepared the group for the game, imparting a clear understanding of all the rules. On the day of the big game, rehabilitation counselors … Read More

El Al Opens a New Route at ALEH Moriah Gedera

Longtime ALEH partner El Al recently opened a new route of volunteer activity, this time in ALEH Moriah in Gedera. Seven members of El Al’s financial department, together with their department manager, landed at ALEH Moriah to begin the first in an ongoing series of monthly visits. After hearing opening remarks about the center’s residents and activities, El Al staff … Read More

Tikkkun Olam Seminar for ALEH Staff Kicks Off the New School Year

The Tikkun Olam program led by ALEH opened the 2019 school year with a seminar for employees from all ALEH centers: guest and visitor escorts, teachers, National Service volunteers and medical and paramedical staff. 60 staff members participated in the preparatory day, beginning with a tour of the Nachalat Sheva neighborhood of Jerusalem, under the guidance of counselors from the … Read More

Young Maccabi of Gedera and ALEH Moriah Residents Renew Joint Activity

Now that the new school year is underway and everyone has gotten used to their new schedules and daily routine, members of the Young Maccabi Youth Group in Gedera once again began their weekly visits to residents of ALEH Moriah. Youth group members connect with residents for joint activities on a regular, weekly basis. This year’s activities opened with a … Read More

Integration and Inclusiveness at the Gedera Municipal Library

ALEH Moriah residents were thrilled to receive a phone call from Liat, personally inviting them to a show at the Gedera Municipal Library. In keeping with the thoughtfulness displayed by Liat throughout the year, the dedicated library director inquired what day and time was most convenient for her special guests, and proceeded to arrange the show and all logistics accordingly. … Read More

PHILANTHROPY COLORS OUR WORLD!

Costa Rican painter Ana Wien, an ALEH supporter, has exhibited her works of art in the United States, France, Denmark, Guatemala, and Panama, and many of her paintings are part of private collections around the world. After her parents passed away, Ana decided to develop a new collection of paintings that would focus on adding life and color to restored … Read More

ALEH’s “Part of Me” Project Celebrates Familial Connections

ALEH creates a loving and familial environment and provides its residents with all of the specialized services they need to live a quality life.  Still, our dedicated staff and volunteers understand the importance of helping developing children maintain a strong connection with biological family members and go above and beyond to ensure that our residents’ families remain an integral part … Read More

Avia’s Wedding Complete With her ALEH Negev Friends

Avia was a National Service volunteer at the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran village for two years. During her first year, Avia was a member of the staff at Beit Zohar, a home to young women with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. During her second year of service, in keeping with her desire to influence how those who are different are received … Read More

ALEH Staff interviewed on Nachum Segal's JM in the AM

On Oct. 8, 2018 the Nachum Segal Network broadcasted ‘JM in the AM’ live from The Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, where Nachum Segal and Miriam L. Wallach welcomed Dov Hirth, ALEH’s Director of Marketing and Development, and Zahava Altshul, a veteran teacher at ALEH’s special education school in Jerusalem, to discuss the latest news from ALEH.

First ALEH FAIR a Stunning Success

On Isru Chag (the day following the holiday of Sukkot), ALEH hosted the ALEH FAIR, an all-day arts and entertainment festival at the First Station in Jerusalem, with all proceeds going to benefit our amazing residents in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gedera, and the Negev.  Thanks to our incredible ALEH volunteers, a host of amazing vendors from across the country, and … Read More

ALEH Inspires Strength and Unity in Oregon

Rev. Robert Rapp and his congregants have been ardent supporters of ALEH for more than 5 years, sponsoring projects and equipment as well as hosting events at their church to promote ALEH’s work.  Following their most recent volunteering stint at ALEH in March, the congregation was determined to “take the spirit of ALEH” to their neck of the woods in … Read More

“Speaking Through Your Eyes” – A New Meaning

10-year-old Einat, an adorable student in ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran’s special education school, was born with Rhett syndrome, characterized by disorders in verbal and non-verbal communication. Einat cannot speak. Up until three years ago, Einat’s communication ability was extremely limited, rendering her comprehension level undeterminable. Beginning three years ago, Einat began using a computer-based eye tracking system for communication. The eye … Read More

Celebrating  SUKKOT WITH FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

The week-long holiday of Sukkot – traditionally known as zman simchateinu, the time of our joy – was celebrated at ALEH with multiple festivities in each branch of ALEH. Friends, relatives and neighbors joined residents, staff and volunteers bringing holiday joy to life with singing, dancing, stands with artistic crafts, enjoying activities and parading through the streets. Each of ALEH’s … Read More

ALEH MORIAH and YAVNEH POLICE WELCOME the NEW YEAR

Yavneh police welcomed ALEH Moriah residents as special guests at the annual toast in honor of the New Year. We are so grateful to the wonderful members of the police force for their dedicated volunteer activity all year long, including parties, special events and outings – all aimed at improving the quality of life for ALEH Moriah residents. ALEH Moriah … Read More

The Fire of Love

ALEH students and their families enjoyed another exciting summer trip when they visited a fire station in the area of Jerusalem. Fire Chief Eyal Cohen personally invited the children and their families to visit the station and take part in a day of diverse and fun-filled activity, organized by fire station staff. Participants looked on as firefighters saved “trapped” victims … Read More

A Family Visit: ALEH Bnei Brak Takes a Trip to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

Family visits are an integral part of summer vacation, so it was no surprise when residents of ALEH Bnei Brak set off to visit their sister branch in the Negev. Accompanied by the dedicated recreational activities staff and the always-enthusiastic National Service volunteers, Bnei Brak residents made their way south where they were excitedly welcomed by staff and residents of … Read More

ALEH Moriah Residents Thank Young Maccabi for a Year of Fun

In the spirit of inclusion and community responsibility, the Young Maccabi youth group set aside every Tuesday for volunteer activity with residents of ALEH Moriah. With impressive dependability, members showed up every week armed with smiles and limitless creativity to enjoy an afternoon of joint activity. Last week, ALEH Moriah residents gathered to say thank you. Students and administration distributed … Read More

MAZAL TOV – Akiva and Yiscah are Engaged!

This year, ALEH Jerusalem’s summer camp hosted one of the most exciting and emotional activities any ALEH camp has ever experienced! The 32 children and 100 staff, volunteers and National Service volunteers joyfully took part in the engagement party of Akiva and Yiscah, two dedicated, long-term ALEH volunteers. About three years ago, Akiva and Yiscah began volunteering at ALEH. They … Read More

Going Sky High with ALEH Jerusalem Residents and Families

A group of ALEH Jerusalem residents and their families took off for a dream trip, flying over Massada, in the southern part of the Judean Desert. Students, family members, staff and volunteers participated in the unique experience, enjoying a bird’s eye view of one of Israel’s most important historical attractions. One mother remarked that, “it was truly a dream. An … Read More

ALEH Uses Robots to Make Art Accessible

Last month, ALEH’s special education school in Gedera transformed its robotics class into an art program that makes painting accessible to its students with severe complex disabilities.  After spending several months teaching the students how to control spherical robots with iPads, the special education teachers helped the students take the next developmental and creative leap to using the robots as … Read More

British Friends of ALEH host an educational evening

On the 19th of July, the British Friends of ALEH held a house event for the Israeli community in London. Shirly Lustik, hosted the event and generously opened her house and her heart to the children of ALEH in Israel. The guest speaker was Hila Ohayon, who came from Israel and volunteered her time and expertise to give an enlightening … Read More

ALEH Moriah Drums Up Fun in Park Levinson

Students from ALEH Moriah’s vocational workshop took time off to enjoy a special morning activity with drums and darbukas  in Park Levinson. Special thanks to our volunteers – the wonderful police officers from the Intelligence Division training staff – for their unfailing and reliable technical assistance in making the outing possible, as well as their uplifting participation throughout the day. … Read More

Champions of Inclusion: Cultural Competency Training at ALEH

At ALEH’s residential facilities across the country, medical and paraprofessionals from multiple religious and cultural backgrounds check their differences and political views at the door to work together to help Israeli children with severe complex disabilities – from Jewish, Arab, and Druze backgrounds – grow and thrive. As such, our teambuilding exercises must incorporate cultural competency training. Last week, the … Read More

EL AL’s Dedication to ALEH is Sky High

For more than 15 years, EL AL has collaborated with ALEH on numerous projects to promote disability inclusion and care in Israel, including the wildly successful “Small Change Can Make a Big Difference” in-flight fundraising program.  This week, our incredible partners at EL AL invited ALEH residents to Ben Gurion Airport for a special tour of their newest Dreamliner.  The … Read More

A sporty trip

It was time again for our monthly volunteer trip, this time in Jerusalem. We met at ALEH Jerusalem because most volunteers did not know this branch yet. After a small introduction – this time with many Taiwanese volunteers 😊 – we visited the different classes and became acquainted with the children and the care. Then we went to lunch in … Read More

Summer Vacation at ALEH Jerusalem – A Day Trip Adjusted to Meet Special Needs

Due to the complexity of their medical issues, residents requiring full-time nursing care are unable to participate in most trips. But ALEH Jerusalem’s devoted volunteers refused to take no for an answer, insisting that these youngsters deserved an outing. And so, 18 students set out for the day, accompanied by volunteers, National Service girls, staff and a medical nurse. First … Read More

Receiving Wings: ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Residents Cheer on IAF Pilots

Residents of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran were invited as special guests to the IAF graduation ceremony for the fourth consecutive year, looking on as the newly winged pilots were honored in a prestigious ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held as the Israeli Air Force, the long arm of the Israel Defense Force, marked the 70th year since its inception. Since that … Read More

A Stunning Success: ALEH’s UK Young Leadership Committee Hosts First-Ever Fundraiser

On Sunday evening, July 1, the newly-formed Young Leadership Committee of the British Friends of ALEH hosted its first-ever event to benefit the children of ALEH: a quiz night at the Adam & Eve Pub in London.  The incredibly successful fundraiser was oversubscribed, with 80 young professionals in attendance to participate in the fun and creative team trivia competition and … Read More

First-graders at ALEH Jerusalem Celebrate Receiving their First Prayer Books

All over the country, first graders were ending the school year with Siddur parties, celebrating receiving their first, very own prayer book. In that sense, ALEH Jerusalem was one more school joining in the celebrations. During the course of the school year, ALEH Jerusalem students learned about prayer, visiting a synagogue, making a trip to the Western Wall and specifically … Read More

ALEH Jerusalem Ends the School Year with a Fun-packed Outdoor Celebration

Students at ALEH Jerusalem celebrated the school year’s end with parents, siblings, volunteers and staff in an action-filled party at the Wohl Rose Park known to all as Gan HaVradim. Activities at the event were suited to all ages and levels of function, ensuring everyone’s happiness and enjoyment. Children rolled and jumped with huge jamboree balls on the wide expanses … Read More

Supreme Court Justices Honor ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran with an Official Visit

Israeli Supreme Court Justices headed by Chief Justice Esther Hayut honored ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran with a visit to the rehabilitation village last week. The Justices toured the various departments, getting a first-hand view of the village’s unique work, serving as an integrative community center which brings people with disabilities together with members of the community on a daily basis. Chief … Read More

ALEH Moriah Volunteer Eliyahu Rosenfeld Singled Out by President Reuven Rivlin for Presidential Award

At a special ceremony held at the presidential residence for the 5,000 National Service volunteers serving in myriad positions throughout the country, President Reuven Rivlin singled out eight volunteers whose personal stories inspire, motivate and encourage. One of those special eight was 20-year-old Eliyahu Rosenfeld, ALEH Moriah’s invaluable volunteer. Exempt from army service for medical reasons, Eliyahu decided to use … Read More

The Jerusalem Friendship Circle and ALEH Jerusalem take to the field to play ball!

The Jerusalem Friendship Circle once again invited ALEH Jerusalem residents to participate in the organization’s annual baseball game. The Friendship Circle, an organization which exists to bring happiness and companionship to children and young adults with special needs by celebrating their individuality as well as bringing energy, support and peace of mind to their families, went all out to make … Read More

UPDATE on ALEH Negev in the line of fire

Update:   With the continuing barrage of rockets and mortar shells from Gaza, we wanted to update you on the situation at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, which is in the direct line of fire. As soon as the air raid siren sounds, residents are moved quickly and efficiently into sheltered rooms, together with any necessary medical equipment.  The main rehabilitation facilities, schools, … Read More

Contractors Tour Site of Planned Hospital at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

The first rehabilitation hospital in the South, which will provide a solution to the present lack of local advanced rehabilitative services, is scheduled to be built in the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran rehabilitative village. Currently, people in need of hospitalization during a rehabilitative period are sent to hospitals in central Israel. The distance from family and familiar surroundings and the difficulty … Read More