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

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

UK’s Shabbat Choir Visits ALEH to Lift Spirits Through Song

On Tuesday, February 19, the residents, staff and volunteers of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, the southern-based rehabilitative village of Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, were treated to a soulful and stirring musical performance by the United Kingdom’s Shabbaton Choir, a special event planned to mark Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). For the second … Read More

JNF Task Force on Disabilities, Chairman of President Trump’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities Wowed by ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

On February 24, to mark Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (#JDAIM19), the JNF’s Task Force on Disabilities visited ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, ALEH’s expansive, state-of-the-art rehabilitative village in the south, to learn how ALEH’s multi-disciplinary approach and tailored therapy plans enable each children to develop far beyond the boundaries of his or her initial prognoses and live full and … 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

Albums of Joy

The Albums of Joy program, born of the fruitful cooperation between ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran and PHOTO IS:RAEL, commemorates the lives and ongoing development of village residents with individual photo albums, placing special emphasis on day-to-day moments of happiness and pleasure.Most people have photo albums, often begun as children, commemorating various events in their lives – birthday parties, trips, cultural events, … 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