Solidarity through Song – UK Shabbaton Choir at ALEH

Mar 7, 2011 The famed Shabbaton Choir has been heard in synagogue services and concerts throughout the United Kingdom and abroad for twenty five years. In association with United Synagogue, the Choir has participated in many emotional “Solidarity through Song” Missions to Israel under the leadership of the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks. The Choir and its cantors have entertained in communities … Read More

KAV L'CHAIM SHABBATON AT ALEH

Mar 5, 2011 Every Shabbat is special at ALEH, and ‘regular people’, from the outside community, are always invited to take part in meals, prayers and visits. But when 30 energetic young volunteers from the Kav L’Chaim organization descended upon ALEH for the entire weekend, it proved to be an unforgettable experience! Kav L’Chaim serves children with cancer, cerebral palsy and other … Read More

Music: A Window to the Soul – Music Therapy Innovations

Feb 24, 2011 ALEH’s Assistive Aid Workshop adapts and customizes various devices and equipment to best suit each child’s individual needs. Wheelchairs, standers, switch-operated communication devices are fitted expertly for each child, enabling the child to derive maximum benefit from the equipment. Recently, the Assistive Aid Workshop made several innovative adaptations to musical instruments that are used by the children during … Read More

ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran: Response Under Fire

Mar 14, 2012 UPDATE – March 14, 2012 As of today, we are pleased to report that the situation has calmed down for residents of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran.  Although the village remains in a state of preparedness, the children have now been able to exit the sheltered rooms, and have resumed their regularly scheduled daily activities. Throughout the country, all … Read More

ALEH Jerusalem – Partying in Style!

Jul 27, 2011 In what has become an annual event, the end of school year party from ALEH Jerusalem was celebrated in style at the Wohl Rose Garden. All of ALEH’s residents joined in the fun, accompanied by families, staff and caregivers.  It was amazing to see how many people came together, as the ALEH Family continues to grow and … Read More

WORKING MIRACLES IN ALEH JERUSALEM

Jul 15, 2011 By Pamela Rutberg Greenwald In truth, I didn’t choose special education. At the age of 16, special education chose me. My nephew, Jeremy, was born with a congenital heart defect and was left with severe physical, cognitive, and neurological damage after a loss of oxygen to his brain during one of his many surgeries. I decided then that I would … Read More

"The Commitment" Rated Best Book of 2014!!

“The Commitment”, written by Major General (Res) Doron Almog, Chairman of Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, hits best-seller status on Amazon for its historical description of the impact of American Jews on the Establishment of the State of Israel. All proceeds from sales of the book are dedicated to the children of ALEH. To purchase click here

Entebbe's Message 35 Years Later

Jul 4, 2011 By Doron Almog Thirty-five years ago today (July 4, 1976), an Air France flight was hijacked and diverted to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Shortly after landing, all of the non-Jewish passengers were released and the remaining Jewish passengers were held hostage. One week after the hijacking, I commanded the first task force to land in Entebbe as … Read More

A Special Bat Mitzvah for a Special Girl!

Wide smiles adorned the faces of everyone who attended the beautiful Bat Miztvah celebration of Hila, a larger-than-life ALEH resident who has defied the odds against her. At her birth, Hila’s parents were told that Hila would not see, hear or walk.  Yet, at her Bat Mitzvah, they had the opportunity to celebrate Hila’s accomplishments in far surpassing that initial … Read More

Every Child Deserves a Summer Experience!

Jun 27, 2011 ALEH’s “Dreams Come True” Camp gives our kids the chance to splash on the beach, enjoy a barbeque, and visit the zoo.  It fills the summer with exciting events like special visits from clowns and music shows.  And it allows us to take a group of severely disabled kids – wheelchairs, feeding equipment and all – to … Read More

ALEH Moments Magazine – Spring/Summer 2011

Experiencing What It’s Like To Be Disabled – For 15 Minutes! In a real-life continuing education experience, alumni of Yeshiva of Flatbush took part in an interactive program where they sampled ALEH’s many therapies and experienced the limitations of disability firsthand. Read all about this very special learning experience here. Riding in Style – with The UK Ambassador Their handicaps … Read More

Temple Avodah Hebrew School of Oceanside, NY raises awareness and funds for ALEH

May 30, 2011 Students at Temple Avodah Hebrew School in Oceanside, NY recently ran a tzedaka fair, where students teamed up based on a charity they felt connected to.  Each team then proceeded to raise awareness and funding for “their” charity’s activities. Katherine Coffey and her friends chose ALEH as their charity, “because we love your mission to help disabled … Read More

Lag Ba'Omer in Style!

May 22, 2011 In the spirit and flavor of Jewish holiday tradition, ALEH’s kids celebrated Lag Ba’omer in style. The children themselves made a beautiful poster of a bonfire in their paper-recycling crafts workshop.  Hung outside, it served as a perfect backdrop to the real bonfire, around which the children danced and sang. A homemade cave, a carob tree, a … Read More

Hasmonean Primary School in England Sends ALEH's Kids to the Golan!

May 19, 2011 At a ceremony attended by children and parents of Hasmonean Primary School in Hendon England, students and teachers were thanked for funds raised in their school Tzadakah project and presented with a certificate by Yoni Sherizen, Director of ALEH UK, and Yehuda Marmorstein, Director General of the ALEH Centers. With great excitement the children handed over a check for … Read More

EXPERIENCING WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE DISABLED – FOR 15 MINUTES!

May 18, 2011 Yeshiva of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School students, faculty and parents have made it a tradition to visit the ALEH children and offer them unconditional love and acceptance. This tradition has been carried on by the school’s alumni, proving that the strong Jewish values of empathy, communal responsibility, and chessed instilled by Yeshiva of Flatbush are embodied … Read More

Eight Years Without Eran

20 Shevat 2015 – February 9, 2015 -By Doron Almog When you were born, we called you Eran. Yes, Eran – the name of my beloved brother who never came back from the war. We had such high hopes for you. We wanted you to be smart and funny, sensitive and strong – just like my brother had been, my … Read More

Saluting Ongoing Dedication

May 15, 2011 ALEH recently paid tribute to its outstanding workers: the caregivers and therapists who utilize their talents and strengths to bring forth the best from every ALEH child, while showering them with the love and warmth that enables them to grow. At its third Outstanding Workers Awards Ceremony held in the Moriah facility, workers from all four ALEH … Read More

British Ambassador to Israel Joins the Carter Family Ambulance Dedication at ALEH Moriah

May 9, 2011 The severely disabled children at ALEH Moriah recently received a vital gift from their dear friends in the UK, Irving and Gillian Carter: a specialized ambulance to transport them to their various rehabilitative frameworks while providing emergency medical treatment whenever necessary. The Carters dedicated the ambulance at a special Passover ceremony in Moriah, in the presence of … Read More

"We are all Ambassadors Today"

Mar 29, 2012 Led by Celia Gould, wife of British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould, a delegation of distinguished women from around the world honoured ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran with a visit last week. The visit was the initiative of Mrs. Gould, who organised the group together with Rhoda Fischer, Honorary President of ALEH Negev and wife of Governor of Bank … Read More

From Slavery to Freedom – read and be inspired!

Apr 3, 2012 Dvir, a resident of Ashkelon, was diagnosed as severely cognitively disabled at birth.  Coupled with cerebral palsy and severe motor disabilities, he was considered very low-functioning, and his weak control over the muscles in his mouth made it impossible to understand him when he spoke.  Unfortunately, repeated failures while trying communication boards led to his refusal to … Read More

Purim Cards – on sale NOW!

Give your Mishloach Manos a unique touch by purchasing beautiful Purim cards to send to your loved ones. Your donation in their honor will support severely disabled children in Israel, bringing joy to their lives all year round. Order NOW to ensure delivery before Purim!

ALEH Moments Magazine – Summer 2009

Jun 21, 2009 ALEH Launches Emergency Appeal! The financial crisis has impacted the world over, but ALEH cannot afford to stop caring. Please respond to ALEH’s urgent emergency appeal, which aims to keep vital programs afloat. Join generous sponsors around the globe R11; from Australia, Singapore, Spain and South Africa R11; in responding to this appeal From the desk of … Read More

Seeing the Light: Blind Volunteers Lift the Spirit at ALEH Jerusalem

Jan 15, 2013 Volunteers at the four ALEH institutions number well into the hundreds. Each volunteer offers a unique blend of compassion and patience for the ALEH residents. But something extra happens each Wednesday afternoon when a special group of volunteers turns up to at ALEH Jerusalem. These are not ordinary volunteers. They are boys and girls with serious visual … Read More

80 Year Old 'Bar Mitzvah Boy' Twins With Disabled Israeli

Jan 9, 2013 Sixty-seven years after his 13th birthday, Larry Feinstein decided that it was finally time to have a Bar Mitzvah.  It was an e-mail from ALEH, Israel’s largest network of residential facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities, that inspired 80-year old Feinstein to go through with the transformative Jewish ritual. The e-mail he received described … Read More

ALEH Returning to Routine: A Final Report Following Operation Pillar of Defense

 Nov 27, 2012 The residents are back to playing outside. The sound of their laughter echoes through the village after endless days of unnatural stillness that was broken only by the unremitting sounds of sirens, alarms, and explosions.   What a joy to be here today, to see the simple happiness of the children as they enjoy the fresh air and the … Read More

ALEH Moriah residents enjoy the snow!

ENJOYING THE SNOW? Well, the residents of ALEH Moriah enjoyed their time frolicking in the Hermon earlier this season. On their annual trip, the children met up with IDF reservists who are stationed on Mount Hermon. This special Alpine Unit “gives back” by helping people with disabilities navigate the snowy terrain so that they can enjoy the beauty of Israel’s … Read More

ALEH Marches Forward

Mar 14, 2013 JOIN US FOR ALEH’S THIRD ANNUAL SOLIDARITY MARCH OVER THE JERUSALEM CHORDS BRIDGE.  3:30 PM on Wednesday, March 27th, the first day of chol hamoed Pesach (during the intermediate days of the Passover holiday). ALEH’s historic Jerusalem march is a powerful and symbolic display to encourage the integration and acceptance of Israel’s disabled community within Israeli society. The … Read More

ALEH Moments Magazine #13

Feb 13, 2013   Winter edition January/Shvat 2013 80-Year Old “Bar Mitzvah Boy” Celebrates with ALEH “Twin” Larry Weinstein, an 80 year old man from Flint, Michigan, celebrated his Bar Mitzvah with his “twin” – an ALEH Jerusalem resident. The joint celebration was an emotional and joyous time for both of them and for the staff and friends of ALEH … Read More

Happy Tu B'Shvat!

In preparation for Tu B’Shvat (the Jewish new year for the trees), the residents of ALEH Moriah visited an orchard in Nir Galim. The group harvested grapefruits, discussed the different fruits that grow in the orchard, and created some art projects for their families. The kids particularly enjoyed making – and drinking – freshly-squeezed orange juice. Here’s to the continued … Read More

Technology Alters Reality for Kids with Disabilities

mfa.gov.il – Official website of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Jun 26, 2013 By Avigayil Kadesh Israel’s ALEH is a world pioneer in using virtual reality as a form of therapy for children with muscular and cognitive disabilities. Kids who have intellectual disabilities along with physical limitations such as cerebral palsy ordinarily cannot experience simple childhood pleasures like … Read More

A Welcome Respite

Jerusalem Post – Jun 6, 2013 By ADAM ROSS Fifteen-year-old Haim lives at the ALEH Center for severely disabled children in Jerusalem. Wheelchair-bound and in need of 24-hour care, he can only eat with the aid of a feeding tube. He had never been taken out of the state-of-the-art care center for a significant amount of time before, until Amihai, … Read More

Granddaughter’s Volunteerism at ALEH Brings Grandparents on Board!

Granddaughter’s Volunteerism at ALEH Brings Grandparents on Board! May 15, 2014 Miriam Gozlan has been volunteering at ALEH for the past two years. She is a wonderful volunteer who connects with the children and enhances their day with her warm and caring personality. Miriam is a proud volunteer, and she shared her feelings and experiences at ALEH with her family. … Read More

Lichai – Alive and Singing!

Feb 5, 2014 Four years ago, he was an ordinary teenager, a popular student in his last year of Amit Yeshiva High School in Beer Sheva. Today, at age 21, Lichai is a hero, struggling with unbelievable challenges and emerging victorious. For the past year, he has emerged as the foremost success story at the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitative Village. … Read More

Orel’s Bar Mitzvah Speech – On a Board

Orel, a student at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village, recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah together with his twin, Yaakov. Orel is a special needs boy who has difficulty speaking clearly.  In honor of his Bar Mitzvah, his teacher and therapists helped him practice delivering a speech via a specialized communication board. Every day for three weeks, Orel practiced “reading” his … Read More

Seven Years without Eran

Jan 21, 2014 By Doron Almog, Eran’s father Our beloved Eran. Seven years without you. A prince of purity. My enigmatic child. A young adult who will always remain an innocent child, who never complains about anything, and never utters a cry. Today you would have been 30 years old, an uncle to Yali, Ori, and Karni, who never even … Read More

Tu B'Shvat – A Season of Growth

Jan 16, 2014 The Hebrew word “ALEH” means both “a leaf” and to “go forward,” because at ALEH we believe that every child, regardless of his or her disabilities, is a precious bud that can flourish and develop into something beautiful. At ALEH, we look beyond the disability to the child within.  And every child is an individual, with the … Read More

In Tribute to Dr. Shlomo Bleiberg, z"l

Jan 15, 2014 “Today I am in rehabilitation at Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, following a year and a half of oncology treatments. Here there is not only professionalism, but also warmth, love, personal attention and a deep connection between the therapists and the patients. I have not come across this kind of care anywhere else. Everywhere today, especially in our world, … Read More

ALEH Moments Magazine #14

Moments #14 Summer edition August/Elul 2013 A Decade Since Laying The Foundation Of Compassion At ALEH Negev In 2003, amidst the barren desert, VIPs and disabled children gathered to lay the foundations of what would become the future site of the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village.  In 2005, the village opened with 10 residents; today, almost 130 children and young … Read More

Beit Guvrin Cave Excitement for ALEH Children

Dec 4, 2011 ALEH Moriah’s school children recently enjoyed a special fall outing to the Beit Guvrin Caves. Integrating fun, the principle of normalization, and therapeutic goals, the trip was a fantastic multi-sensory experience stimulating all five senses. The path that led to the caves was beautiful, with plants and greenery on all sides and the chirping of birds accompanying … Read More

Doron Almog Chosen as Man of Excellence by Lions Israel Volunteer Organization

Nov 20, 2011 Major General (Res) Doron Almog, Chairman of the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitative Village, was chosen to receive the Man of Excellence Award for the year 2012 by the Lions Israel Organization. The award recognizes Almog’s outstanding efforts in the area of socio-communal activity, in particular for his work in the establishment and development of the unique rehabilitative … Read More

"Like" ALEH’s Jewel Sukka and Help us Win!

Oct 10, 2011 ALEH’s very special sukka was inspired by its very special children. Made from Swarovski crystals and transparent materials, the sukka glistens and shimmers upon the faces of ALEH’s children, who all suffer from severe disabilities.  The beautiful and original model sukka was created by the ALEH staff as a tribute to the children of ALEH Beit Yahalom … Read More

ALEH Games Night in Canada a Huge Success!

Sep 8, 2011 We take a lot for granted in our day to day lives.  In truth, we should be rejoicing every second of every day for the blessings we have received, specifically our miraculous human bodies.  Sometimes, we need to be reminded just how exciting the simplest movements or gestures really are…and that we should do our part to … Read More

All in Good Taste – A Toast to ALEH!

Sep 1, 2011 Spirits were lifted, glasses were raised, and hearts soared as Canadian friends gathered together on a balmy summer evening for an “Evening of Taste” in support of ALEH. Organized by Torontonians Dafna Strauss and Adam Kepecs, the event featured a professional sommelier and fine beverages from Simcha Wines. The event was organized on behalf of ALEH Rehabilitation … Read More

ALEH Moments Magazine – Tu Beshvat 2010

Jan 28, 2010 Can’t see this message? Click here to view this message in your browser. Planting a Seed of Hope Café ALEH – Where We All Scream for Ice Cream! It may be freezing cold and snowy in New York and London, but here in Israel’s Negev it’s sunny all year round. And sun = fun = ice cream, … Read More

Simcha’s Joy

A number of years ago, Simcha was forced to leave her job. A medical issue and ensuing respiratory difficulties had created a trying situation. Suddenly, she found herself at home, with no strength or desire to move. “My family was affected, too. Every day that passed dragged us down further. I desperately needed a change,” explains Simcha. She continues on, … Read More

For Margalit – in Memorium

Margalit – our dear, beloved mother and grandmother: It is no coincidence that your life came to a close on this very date – as we commemorate the passing of our son Eran – your special grandson.  In my eulogy at Eran’s funeral five years ago, I related to the assembled how much he loved to eat the burgers that … Read More

A Gift of Love Opens Hearts

Eliana’s*  birth was extremely traumatic, with serious complications resulting in a lack of oxygen as he was born. Unfortunately the damage was irreversible and Eliana was left profoundly disabled – both physically and cognitively. Her parents, without the resources to provide for her very specialized needs, brought her to ALEH’s home in Jerusalem. There, they hoped, Eliana would be cared for, loved, … Read More

Eliot Stein’s Bar Mitzvah Speech

Good morning, With the permission of the rabbis, my parents, grandparents and all the people here: I want to thank you all for coming here this morning.  When my parents told me that we would be going to Israel for my Bar Mitzvah, I was very excited.  I was excited to finally get to come and visit all the places … Read More

ALEH Returning to Routine: A Final Report Following Operation Pillar of Defense

The residents are back to playing outside. The sound of their laughter echoes through the village after endless days of unnatural stillness that was broken only by the unremitting sounds of sirens, alarms, and explosions.   What a joy to be here today, to see the simple happiness of the children as they enjoy the fresh air and the clear blue skies … Read More

Running for ALEH in the Tiberias Marathon

Over 40 people came from all over the country came to run in the annual Tiberias Marathon this past Friday on behalf of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran. Though the stormy weather and unusually frigid temperatures threatened to call off the event, the runners remained steadfast in their commitment. ALEH T-shirts bearing the message “Runners on Behalf of Special People” proudly declared … Read More