ALEH Jerusalem and Clalit Health Services Sign Joint Agreement for Hydrotherapy

Good news for Clalit Health Service members in Jerusalem: A new agreement of collaboration was recently signed between “Clalit Mushlam” and ALEH Jerusalem’s senior administration to facilitate hydrotherapy cooperation between the two organizations. The new agreement details use of ALEH Jerusalem’s new state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool for hydrotherapy treatments. In view of the new agreement, members of Clalit Jerusalem’s Orthodox Division … Read More

Athletes Abound

Under the motto “Sports can be played and won in many ways,” ALEH residents participated in a festive baseball game in Jerusalem, proving that there is, indeed, more than one way to play a game and more than one way to win. Together with students from other associations and united by the common denominator of physical disabilities and challenges, ALEH … Read More

A Sensory Experience at ALEH Bnei Brak’s Summer Camp

Every day was a day for rejoicing at ALEH Bnei Brak’s summer camp as children’s senses were awakened with distinct, exciting activities. Camp began with homemade tie-dyed T-shirts. Each resident received a shirt, then folded, dipped and hung them to dry, creating individual, unique shirts for all. Learning about homing pigeons became a hands-on experience as every child held their … Read More

ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Welcomes Taiwanese Ambassador Paul Kuoboung Chang

ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran was honored to welcome Paul Kuoboung Chang, Taiwanese Ambassador to Israel, and staff members of Taipei’s Office of Culture and Economics on a recent visit to the Negev’s renowned rehabilitation village. During his visit, Ambassador Chang met with the village’s dedicated Taiwanese volunteers who shared impressions of their work in the village and their feelings about life … Read More

LIAN IS GOING HOME!

Lian arrived at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran as an infant, some seven years ago. She had been born very prematurely, in her 25th week, and as a result, had a host of severe physical disabilities. Doctors did not think she would survive, and she was brought to live at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran’s High Dependency Unit. Lian was unable to eat or … Read More

Fun and Challenges Highlight Sports Day at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

Residents were all gung-ho for sports day at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, ready to show off their prowess, each according to his abilities. Health-related professions staff, including physiotherapists and occupational therapists, arranged an assortment of fun and challenging activities as part of the village summer camp program. Said Gili Paamoni, special education school physiotherapist, “Work in the special education school is … Read More

MK Avi Dichter: ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran – An Indisputable Asset

MK Avi Dichter, chair of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, former Minister of Internal Security and former Shin Bet director, visited ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran and met with residents, outpatients and staff. Writing in the village guest book, Dichter expressed his admiration and esteem for the Negev’s outstanding rehabilitation village with passionate words. “When Israel’s first Prime Minster spoke … Read More

Maximum Accessibility and Independence for Residents of the Newly Renovated Beit Hila House

The recently inaugurated, newly renovated Beit Hila, designed with maximum accessibility, enables residents to function as actively and independently as possible. Beit Hila characterizes the process and advancements experienced by residents in their previous home. Over the past two years, staff implemented a plan to provide residents with the tools needed to run a home and live as independently as … Read More

A Special Graduation for Special Girls: ALI Girls Complete National Service

Graduates of ALEH Moriah’s pioneer Ali Program celebrated the conclusion of their year-long spell of National Service amidst friends, family and program representatives. The first group of program participants – Tzafnat, Ranana, Karin, Meital, Libbi and Avital – served at the Givat Washington Educational Campus, working in the center’s daycare center, kindergarten, library and secretarial office. When not working, the … Read More

More room to play and grow at ALEH's Rehabilitative Daycare Center!

Babies, toddlers and young children at ALEH Jerusalem’s Rehabilitative Daycare Center now have even more room to play and grow! With the recent renovations to the community floor, the Daycare Center now comprises 3 refurbished classrooms, more private therapy and additional rehabilitative equipment and educational toys and games. Children from ages 6 months to 3 years are enjoying the new … Read More

All in a Day’s Work: Fun and Games at ALEH Jerusalem

Mid-summer at ALEH means routine schedules and regular agendas. ALEH residents require the same dedicated care during summer as they do in the winter, so ALEH Jerusalem’s amazing staff keeps going. Recognizing employees’ commitment, the ALEH Jerusalem administration decided to show their appreciation by surprising employees with on-the-job, fun-filled, team-building activities. Employees split into groups, with each group taking a … Read More

Volunteers Renovate ALEH Moriah’s Beit Eran in Memory of Ori Ansbacher, HY"D.

Volunteers from the Baharan Ulpana decided that the Beit Eran girls’ home at ALEH Moriah, could use some enhancing, so they took the initiative upon themselves and got to work. The high school girls decorated rooms, painted, and bought shelves, throw rugs and home accessories from their own funds, transforming different areas into teenaged girls’ dream rooms. The renovation project … Read More

Mazal Tov! Celebrando el Bar Mitzvah de Gabriel!

13-year-old Gabriel Landsmanas Goldberg of Mexico marked his entry into Jewish manhood by sharing his commitment to the children of ALEH with others. In lieu of Bar Mitzvah gifts, Gabriel asked friends and relatives to donate to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran and in doing so, raised over $18,000 to benefit village residents. For his Bar Mitzvah, Gabriel visited ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran … Read More

Management Skills: An ALEH Jerusalem Child Development Center Seminar

ALEH Jerusalem’s Child Development Center forefronts the scene in care of children with various disabilities (communication issues, occupational therapy needs, sensory development matters, etc.). Over the past few years, the Center has initiated educational and practical seminars for professionals and parents in a number of areas Most recently, ALEH Jerusalem’s Child Development Center hosted a management skills seminar, including a … Read More

A spectacular Bat Mitzvah for spectacular Twins!

On Thursday, June 27, ALEH Bnei Brak hosted the beautiful Twinning Bat Mitzvah celebration of Hannah Klein of Boca Raton, Florida, and ALEH resident Anna Ketzvashvilli. Hannah and Anna have been developing a beautiful long-distance relationship for months via skype and video, so they were very excited to finally meet in person. From the moment the ‘Twins’ met, they were … Read More

GALA EVENT FOR ALEH’S LITTLE CHAMPIONS

The Little Champions Foundation is an amazing organization. Established to raise money to help underprivileged Jewish children, foundation members achieve their goal by organizing gala fundraising events with great food, great atmosphere, and even greater intentions. Proceeds from each event benefit the little champions of the world – Jewish children. Organizers of The Little Champions Foundation’s 7th annual fundraising event … Read More

British Friends of ALEH second annual quiz night is a huge success!

On Sunday evening, June 23, the Young Leadership Committee of the British Friends of ALEH hosted its second annual quiz night event to benefit the children of ALEH at the Adam & Eve Pub in London. For the second straight year, the wildly popular fundraiser attracted more than 50 young professionals, who were excited to both participate in the fun … Read More

Opting to Care – Adam Runs for It!

Sitting in the back during an art evening charity event at his parents’ house last year, Adam Tricot quietly listened to everything that was being said about ALEH and the children with intellectual developmental disabilities and severe medical complications in need of support. Adam took in everything he heard and reached a decision. A healthy young boy without disabilities, Adam … Read More

Seaside Adventures

Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach? National Service volunteers at ALEH Moriah in Gedera came up with this initiative, so residents could enjoy the sand, the sea, and eating cold watermelon on the beach in Ashdod. On Mondays and Wednesdays, a team of National Service girls join together with Moriah’s dedicated overseas volunteers – planning every detail so … Read More

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

Maya Celebrates her Bat Mitzvah in Style

Family, friends, teachers, volunteers and guests gathered together at Nesya Hall for an all-out event marking Maya’s Bat Mitzvah. Maya’s Bat Mitzvah celebration has been months in the making, ensuring that she would enjoy a top-notch affair, comparable to similar events within her family. Michelle, Naomi and Hila, together with a host of exceptional people and donors, organized and planned, … Read More