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

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 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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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