Brain Science – Rehabilitative Research Lab Inaugurated at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitative Village and Ben Gurion University recently inaugurated the new Brain Science – Rehabilitation Research Lab located in the southern rehabilitative village. The lab was able to open its doors thanks to a generous donation by the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Foundation for the benefit and advancement of research and students in Israel. The Brain Science – Rehabilitation … Read More

Taiwan’s GoodTV Films at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

The past year has seen an influx of volunteers from Taiwan to ALEH as the Taiwanese government began encouraging young people to broaden their horizons by volunteering in Israel. ALEH is honored that so many volunteers choose ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran as the recipient of their services and friendship. As a result of this moving volunteer trend, Sophie Kuo of Taiwan’s … Read More

A Family of Kindness!

Ryanna Wolf set the trend in March 2016, when she opted to elevate her Bat Mitzvah to the next level by celebrating her special day in Jerusalem with the children of ALEH. Carter Field, Ryanna’s cousin, followed the lead. He chose to infuse his own special day with a new significance by travelling to Jerusalem to mark his Bar Mitzvah … Read More

Shavuot at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

“And thou shall observe the Feast of Weeks, even of the first-fruits of wheat harvest . . .” (Exodus 34:22) Once again, residents and employees of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran and their families celebrated Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, at the village’s accessible amphitheater, with activity booths, flower arrangements, food stands and games, as well as a lively show by the … Read More

ALI Girls Visit the Knesset on Special Invitation

Girls from ALEH’s ALI program visited the Israeli Knesset upon special invitation by Uri Ariel, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Upon arriving at the Knesset in the morning, program participants were greeted by a guide and enjoyed a special tour of the premises, including explanations about the building’s special structure, the job of Knesset Members and the role of … Read More

Going to Great Lengths

UK Young Leader Talia Jacobs Treks 100km to Raise £2,000 for ALEH From May 25-26, Talia Jacobs, a member of the Young Leadership Committee of the British Friends of ALEH, tackled the storied 100 km “London to Brighton Challenge” to raise funds for the children of ALEH. Walking day and night without a wink of sleep, Talia spent the entirety … Read More

Nechama Rivlin – A true hero of disability rights and inclusion

We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Nechama Rivlin, Israel’s First Lady. Nechama, the beloved wife of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, was well known for her brilliant mind and gracious heart. She was a believer in the abilities of all people and an outspoken protector of children. Her legacy of love will endure. We wish President Rivlin our … Read More

Jerusalem: 52 Years of Unification – An Inclusive Celebration

Songs, dance, integration and inclusion marked Jerusalem Day as students and residents of ALEH Jerusalem joined the hundreds of people who filled the streets of the city to celebrate 52 years of unification, proving once again that people with intellectual and physical developmental disabilities are indeed an integral part of Jerusalem and Israeli society.

500 Participants in the 2019 Eran March for Disability Inclusion

Once again, school students marched for disability inclusion within Israeli society as part of ALEH’s Tikkun Olam program and in memory of Eran Almog, z”l, Doron’s son. More than 500 people took part in Gedera’s Eran March for the 9th consecutive year, including Tikkun Olam participants from 18 high schools throughout the country alongside children and young adults with disabilities. … Read More

“Chapter of Song” Comes to Life at ALEH Bnei Brak

An extraordinary exhibition of animals, created from paper-mache, bottles and other recyclable materials, welcomes students, staff and visitors at the entrance to ALEH Bnei Brak. Citing passages from the “Chapter of Song” that highlight the unique characteristic of each animal, the exhibition brings home the special relationship between animals and people with disabilities. Animal assisted therapy is an integral part … Read More

Israel Electric Company’s Annual “Nativ HaOr” Recognition Event Highlights Special Education – ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

“We’re all equal in Nativ HaOr” was the heading for the Israel Electric Company’s 14th annual Nativ HaOr Program recognition event, held at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran on May 15, 2019. This year’s program placed special emphasis on special education, including about 2,000 students from 250 special education frameworks among the 1560 participating elementary schools. Event participants included village residents, ALEH … Read More

ALEH Volunteers Organize Magical Shabbat in Jerusalem

In early May, more than 60 amazing ALEH volunteers worked together to plan a beautiful Shabbat at ALEH’s residential facility in Jerusalem. These dedicated young men and women prepared delicious meals, ran engaging activities and sang beautiful songs all weekend long, making sure that their “brothers and sisters” at ALEH experienced the magic of Shabbat. At ALEH, our volunteers are … Read More

A Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration with “Mamma Rochel”

In a meaningful and poignant celebration of their coming of age, five residents of ALEH Jerusalem marked their Bar/Bat Mitzvah with a trip to Kever Rachel (Rachel’s Tomb). Accompanied by family members, staff and National Service volunteers, the young celebrants prayed at the tomb of “Mamma Rochel,” a site recognized as a special place for prayer for thousands of years. … Read More

ALEH Field Trip Highlights Students’ Abilities

As the academic year winds down, schools across the country have begun taking their students on special field trips, and ALEH’s special education school is no different. Last week, special education students from the ALEH center in Gedera visited the Lunada Science Museum in Be’er Sheva. The students loved the hands-on activities and learned so much about science and themselves. … Read More

Fundraising with Meaning

Jerusalem Friends of ALEH’s Phenomenal Film Premiere On back-to-back evenings in May, the Jerusalem Friends of ALEH hosted the Israel premiere of the award-winning film “1945” at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Yad LeBanim in Ra’anana to support ALEH’s residents with severe complex disabilities. In addition to screening the renowned 2017 Hungarian film, which focuses on the homecoming … Read More

Integration and Independence

Regiment 636 soldiers: “If we can’t celebrate independence with our families, we’ll celebrate with the people.” For the second year in a row, residents of ALEH Jerusalem celebrated Israel Independence Day at Camp Ophir with soldiers from Zikit Company, Regiment 636 (Nitzan). Celebrating Israel’s 71st year, the soldiers, routinely engage in demanding operational missions, welcomed their guests with song and … Read More

Independence Day at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

An early Independence Day celebration took place at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran on Tuesday, May 7. Staff and residents clad in blue and white gathered in the accessible amphitheater for an exciting morning of singing and dancing including an amazing flag show. A number of participating residents, many in wheelchairs, danced with National Service volunteers to produce the extraordinary show enjoyed … Read More

Nava and Uriah Team Up to Celebrate

The overwhelming excitement of the double Bat Mitzvah celebrated at ALEH Jerusalem during the week of Passover will be remembered for years. It all began when Nava Sielger of New Jersey decided to take her Bat Mitzvah celebration to the next level by joining ALEH’s Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program. Twelve-year-old Nava adopted Uriah Shayna as her Bat Mitzvah partner, adding … Read More

Passover at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

Feelings of rejuvenation and excitement accompany the Passover holiday at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran as the entire staff rallies to action for holiday preparations. Prior to the holiday, groups of residents go out shopping for new holiday clothing, each one choosing items in keeping with his / her individual taste. Residents browse around, choose and try on items of their choice, … Read More

ALEH Moriah Embraces Spring

Residents of ALEH Moriah set out to embrace the new season and enjoy the blossoming fields of spring. During the intermediate days of Passover, ALEH Moriah residents joined students of ALEH on the Horizon for a joint day of flower-picking in the colorful fields of “Katif Nurit Be’er Tuvia”. Adding to the pure joy of ambling through seemingly never-ending fields … Read More

Why Is This Day at ALEH Different From Every Other Day?

Today is all Matzah! Students at ALEH Bnei Brak baked matzah at their very own bakery, created especially for them in the school backyard. The children watched a real matzah-baking demonstration, seeing a flour room, a water room, the pouring of the water and the kneading of the dough. Afterwards, dressed in their own baker’s hats, each child received a … Read More

Kav HaZinuk – The Starting Line

A group of young adults from Kav HaZinuk chose the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran rehabilitation village as the location for a unique social project. Kav HaZinuk (The Starting Line) aims to train young people living in the periphery to develop the necessary skills that will enable them to become effective leaders of social change in the future. The project encompasses the … Read More

A Mosaic of Friendship

Participants in the Ella School Bat Mitzvah program, “Ella in the Community”, chose to do their volunteer work at ALEH Moriah in Gedera, joining residents in various activities. During their most recent visit, five Bat Mitzvah girls partnering with ALEH assisted students and National Service volunteers in a special arts and crafts project. Using damaged goods from ALEH Moriah’s workshop, … Read More

Good Deeds Day 2019

Good Deeds Day, an Israeli initiative marked all over the world, calls people to come out and give of themselves for the benefit of others.  Though dedicated staff and devoted volunteers make every day Good Deed Day at ALEH, various special activities marked the date set aside on the international calendar. Members of the Control Center of the Israel Police … Read More

Beit El Local Council Tours ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

Shai Alon, head of the Beit El Local Council, recently visited ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran rehabilitation village together with an array of council department representatives. The visit, a remarkable experience for any guest, took on additional meaning as the delegation made a special point to call on Eliashiv Louzon, a Beit El resident who has been living at the village for … Read More

Building the Negev with Volunteers

ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran and the worldwide Builders of Freedom (Bonim Dror) movement recently initiated a new volunteer program at the rehabilitation village, welcoming volunteers from organization branches in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Six amazing volunteers – Jemma, Kara, Ruth, Rikki, Liron and Siana – arrived at the village, highly motivated to give and become involved in community work. … Read More

ALEH Jerusalem Welcomes Mayor Moshe Lion

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion visited ALEH’s residential facility in Jerusalem to learn about ALEH’s high-level medical and rehabilitative care and what we’re doing to promote true disability inclusion and equity in Israel and around the world. Shlomit Grayevsky, director of ALEH Jerusalem, took Mayor Lion and his entourage on a tour of the facility, pointing out the specially-designed living quarters, … Read More

Israel Prison Service Officials Visit ALEH Moriah

Senior officials from the Israeli Prison Service arrived in Gedera for a tour of ALEH Moriah, securing an up-close look of the facility’s unique volunteer program. For the past few months, 12 inmates have been volunteering at ALEH Moriah’s special education school on a regular basis. Prison detainees play games, read stories and in general impart feelings of happiness, creating … Read More

Eitan Sets Out on a New Life

27-year old Eitan from Kibbutz Mishmar HaNegev, served in a classified intelligence unit in the IDF. During the course of his service, Etian suffered a sudden massive brain hemorrhage. Following immediate, complicated surgery, resulting in substantial motor impairment and speech difficulties, Eitan was admitted for long-term hospitalization in Lowenstein Rehabilitation Hospital in Ra’anana. Once his condition stabilized and he was … Read More

A Purim Round-up: All Inclusive Fun, Fairs and Festivities throughout ALEH

  ALEH is filled with exciting activities all year long, but the weeks before Purim take on a life of their own with ongoing, non-stop fun, fairs and festivities beginning two weeks before the holiday on the very first day of the month of Adar. Gedera Students at ALEH Moriah in Gedera enjoyed fun-filled visits by girls from Givat Washington … Read More

A Teddy for Every Child

Modern educational theories may claim “a computer for every child,” but Savta (Grandmother) Michelle knows what every child really needs – a warm, loveable teddy bear to hug and cuddle. From her location in Northern Israel, Savta Michelle contacted ALEH via Facebook with a kind-hearted offer to personally knit teddy bears for the children of ALEH, wishing to provide them … Read More

NISSIM, JERUSALEM POLICE HELP ALEH SPOTLIGHT DISABILITY INCLUSION AT 2019 JERUSALEM MARATHON

600 ALEH SUPPORTERS, INCLUDING HIGH SCHOOLERS FROM ACROSS ISRAEL, PROMOTE INCLUSION AND QUALITY CARE FOR ISRAEL’S DISABILITY COMMUNITY (JERUSALEM, Israel – March 15, 2019) For ALEH (www.ALEH.org), Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, the Jerusalem Marathon is always a celebration of disability inclusion and acceptance. But the fleet of international volunteers, runners and VIPs who came … Read More

BGU Incoming President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz Tours ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

Professor Daniel Chamovitz, incoming president of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, paid a visit to the rehabilitation village ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, in keeping with the cooperative agreement between the university and the village. Together with the Department of Physiotherapy under the leadership of Dr. Simona Bar Chaim and the Department of Sciences, Cognition and Brain under the leadership of … Read More

Stroke Awareness Month at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village

A stroke is a complex occurrence, with varying effects and consequences from person to person. While some may rehabilitate quickly following a stroke, fully returning to their previous lives, for others life takes a 180° turn, bringing on deep crises – they may be unable to return to work and may unexpectedly lose the ability to walk and talk at … Read More

James, the Canadian Firefighter

James has a special story. Six months each year James works as a firefighter in Canada’s northern forests, dedicating the second half of the year to voluntary activity and home renovation for people in society’s weaker population. A few months ago, arriving for morning services at his usual synagogue in Toronto, James came across an article about ALEH in the … Read More

New Awareness and Understanding of the Language of Challenging Behavior

New understanding, insights and practical tools were the take-away for parents of children with disabilities in a special evening held in Bnei Brak. Keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Hozmi, Director of Beit Issie Shapiro’s International Center for Continuing Education in Disabilities, generated new awareness among participants, emphasizing the need to understand expressions of challenging behavior as “language” through which people, particularly … Read More

Nava & Uriah: Bat Mitzvah Twins

LIKE SISTERS! Nava and Uriah may live far apart, but these ‘Bat Mitzvah Twins’ have leveraged technology to developed a beautiful relationship. In the coming months, Nava will visit ALEH for a joint Bat Mitzvah celebration with Uriah. In anticipation of their special day, Nava is also raising funds to cover the expense of Uriah’s hydrotherapy treatments. Please help Nava … Read More

ALEH Jerusalem and Flatbush Yeshiva Share Good Times

Yeshiva of Flatbush students merited yet another visit to ALEH Jerusalem this year, bringing with them their usual energy, joy and love. This year’s students joined in on various classroom activities, heard about ALEH’s state-of-the-art therapies and programs, and participated in a joint musical activity with ALEH students in the building’s central lobby. The highlight of the ongoing relationship between … Read More

12 years without Eran

By Doron Almog, Eran’s father My beloved son Eran, For 12 years you have not been with us, yet you are everywhere. You are the force that drives me from within; my hidden yardstick in every way – the greatest teacher of my life. This week we flew to Berlin for another fundraising event to continue developing the village that … Read More

Against All Odds: Aisha Transitions Home

Our little Aisha is a miracle. Soon after she was born, Aisha was rushed from the hospital straight to the intensive care ward at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran. The doctors were concerned that this sweet baby girl, who had been diagnosed with severe disabilities and complex medical problems, would be unable to overcome the obstacles that lay ahead of her. But … Read More

Officer for a Day: Making Tal’s Dream Come True

Over the last year, ALEH has developed a project that focuses on granting the wishes of our amazing residents.  ALEH’s dedicated staff works with the residents, who are nonverbal, to figure out what they want to see, do or accomplish most.  The staff then collaborates with volunteers to make those dreams come true. As the unofficial greeting committee at ALEH’s … Read More

The ALI Program: Inclusive Voluntarism Including Girls with Special Needs in Israel’s National Service Program

ALEH Moriah’s unique ALI program, in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, enables teenage girls from religious backgrounds to take part in the government-sponsored “Mechina L’Chaim” (Preparing for Life) Program in a way that supports their lifestyle and culture. Launched at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year together with the Givat Washington Academy and the … Read More

MK Yehuda Glick Visits ALEH Jerusalem

MK Yehuda Glick honored ALEH Jerusalem with a visit, taking a close-up look at the work of ALEH’s dedicated staff and volunteers towards the education and welfare of the many children and young adults with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities under their care. After touring the premises, meeting with staff and students, and seeing firsthand ALEH’s cutting-edge, quality care, MK … Read More

ALEH: A Light Unto the Nations

Indian Delegation of Leaders of Associations for Helping Endangered Children and Youth Visit ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran was honored to host a preliminary delegation from India consisting of leaders from various associations aiding endangered children and youth.  The visit, the first of its kind, was initiated by the Israeli Foreign Office’s Department for India and Southeast Asia. During … Read More

JDAIM Comes to the UK

Thanks to British Friends of ALEH, this year, for the first time, Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is coming to the UK. JDAIM, marked during the month of February, sets unification of Jewish communities worldwide in raising awareness and championing the rights of all Jews to be included and actively participate in all aspects of Jewish life regardless … Read More

Ad Verheul, co-Founder of Snoezelen, Visits ALEH Jerusalem

Ad Verheul, renowned co-founder of the world-famous Snoezelen multi-sensory therapy system, visited ALEH Jerusalem last week, instructing ALEH staff in a workshop on sensory stimulation. As he spoke with staff members and toured the ALEH facility, Mr. Verheul imparted from his many years of experience working with people with complex disabilities, expounding on the lessons he learned over the years … Read More

ALEH Moriah Receives Excellence Award

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Service’s Department for People with Disabilities recently held a special conference under the heading, “Creativity and Cooperation, Looking Forward”. Ministry director Dr. Avigdor Kaplan and Mr. Gideon Shalom of the Department for People with Disabilities along with other welfare department employees, activists and people with disabilities participated in the event at the Modi’in … 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