Why the Bride Visited ALEH On Her Wedding Day

For more than a decade, Reuven has been the security guard at ALEH’s residential facility in Jerusalem.  But he does so much more than just guard the door.  He helps the staff arrange transport for the residents, cheers up parents who have been having a tough day, teaches volunteers how to use the equipment, and greets everyone with a smile … Read More

United to be a Light

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 a large March of the Nations took place with 6000 participants from Israel and more than 50 nations on occasion of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. The March ended in the open air arena Sultan’s Pool with a Festival of Life, at which the nations stated their solidarity with Israel and declared … Read More

ALEH Moriah Volunteer Eliyahu Rosenfeld Singled Out by President Reuven Rivlin for Presidential Award

At a special ceremony held at the presidential residence for the 5,000 National Service volunteers serving in myriad positions throughout the country, President Reuven Rivlin singled out eight volunteers whose personal stories inspire, motivate and encourage. One of those special eight was 20-year-old Eliyahu Rosenfeld, ALEH Moriah’s invaluable volunteer. Exempt from army service for medical reasons, Eliyahu decided to use … Read More

Supreme Court Justices Honor ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran with an Official Visit

Israeli Supreme Court Justices headed by Chief Justice Esther Hayut honored ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran with a visit to the rehabilitation village last week. The Justices toured the various departments, getting a first-hand view of the village’s unique work, serving as an integrative community center which brings people with disabilities together with members of the community on a daily basis. Chief … Read More

The Jerusalem Friendship Circle and ALEH Jerusalem take to the field to play ball!

The Jerusalem Friendship Circle once again invited ALEH Jerusalem residents to participate in the organization’s annual baseball game. The Friendship Circle, an organization which exists to bring happiness and companionship to children and young adults with special needs by celebrating their individuality as well as bringing energy, support and peace of mind to their families, went all out to make … Read More

Tikkun Olam – Making the World a Better Place, One Student At A Time

ALEH’s Tikkun Olam program [in Hebrew: repairing the world], in partnership with the Ministry of Education, exposes tens of thousands of high school youth to people with disabilities and to the concept and principles of accessibility.  This pioneering initiative has been changing common attitudes and creating a more caring and inclusive society in Israel and beyond by imparting the importance … Read More

Shavuot @ ALEH Negev!

“Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the first fruit of the wheat harvest”  Exodus 34:22 ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran rehabilitation village was decked out in white to celebrate the holiday of Shavout, the Festival of Weeks, inviting residents, staff, volunteers and family to the join in the festivities. In consideration of village staff from the Arab sector who began the month-long Ramadan … Read More

UPDATE on ALEH Negev in the line of fire

Update:   With the continuing barrage of rockets and mortar shells from Gaza, we wanted to update you on the situation at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, which is in the direct line of fire. As soon as the air raid siren sounds, residents are moved quickly and efficiently into sheltered rooms, together with any necessary medical equipment.  The main rehabilitation facilities, schools, … Read More

Contractors Tour Site of Planned Hospital at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

The first rehabilitation hospital in the South, which will provide a solution to the present lack of local advanced rehabilitative services, is scheduled to be built in the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran rehabilitative village. Currently, people in need of hospitalization during a rehabilitative period are sent to hospitals in central Israel. The distance from family and familiar surroundings and the difficulty … Read More

Yair Becomes Bar Mitzvah at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

Yair, a wonderful, smiley student at the village’s special education school, recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran. School staff, together with Yair’s family, arranged a well-planned and exciting party transferring the village’s hall into a true five-star venue, complete with a beautiful sweet table planned and put together by Yair’s mother. Family, friends, and Yair’s school friends … Read More

March of Nations Celebrate With ALEH in the Streets of Jerusalem

By Doron Almog, Chairman ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran This past week, the City of Jerusalem hosted the March of Nations, led by members of the March for Life organization. The organization, comprised of descendants of Nazis who took part in the destruction of European Jewry during the Second World War, works to educate subsequent generations to tolerance and love of humanity. … Read More

Bedtime at ALEH Jerusalem with the Motherly Love of Overseas Volunteers

Approximately 60 girls from Beit Yaakov one-year seminary programs in Israel for foreign students come to ALEH Jerusalem regularly for one of the most emotionally powerful volunteer programs – the Shema Yisrael Program! These dedicated volunteers, brimming with love and good will, arrive towards evening to tuck residents into bed, going from room to room, saying the nightly “Shema Yisrael” … Read More

Lag B’Omer – the Fire of Friendship Burns at ALEH Jerusalem!

Approximately 40 of our dedicated volunteers and loyal National Service girls decided to celebrate Lag B’Omer his year with their friends at ALEH. Due to the extremely hot weather and high wind factor, a last minute decision was made to swap the real fire for fire of another kind – the fire of love and comradery! Everyone got together on … Read More

ALEH for YOU Hosts a Professional Conference on CBT at ALEH Jerusalem

ALEH Jerusalem recently held a professional conference for social workers, educational advisors and caregivers as part of the ALEH for YOU community involvement initiative. Dr. Naomi Appel, specialist in cognitive behavior therapy and director of the Shitot Institute, presented the main lecture, The Parental Journey in Light of CBT, offering advice and tools in relating to parents in general and … Read More

ALEH FOR YOU Hotline, an initiative of ALEH professionals.

ALEH professionals have taken the initiative, stepping up to the plate to fill a void in community needs, with the new ALEH FOR YOU Hotline, answering questions, solving problems and lending a listening ear to distressed parents. ALEH FOR YOU is an information center for the community at large, offering free advice and assistance to parents of children of all … Read More

Value Oriented Training for ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Volunteers

Professionalism is attained through study and constant, repeated practice. At ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, however, the village’s vision and value-based outlook, centered on the principle of loving and accepting each person as a human being, is part and parcel of the definition of professionalism. In keeping with this position, a day of professional counseling for National Service and pre-army service volunteers … Read More

Dance of Flags: ALEH Parties in the Streets of Jerusalem

ALEH Jerusalem doesn’t miss a beat, when it comes to joining celebrations in the city. On Sunday, May 13, about 24 residents danced and rejoiced, participating in the traditional Jerusalem Day Dance of Flags together with thousands of participants from all over Israel. Everyone was super excited as they got ready for the outing, and despite the surprisingly unseasonable wintery … Read More

ALEH’s New Hydrotherapy Pool Opens with a Splash!

ALEH recently inaugurated its state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool as an integral part of the Jerusalem facility.  ALEH residents, students and community children are now able to receive ongoing hydrotherapy treatment in the on-premises pool, and no longer have to travel to outside facilities with limited availability. The new pool also offers a unique opportunity for people with disabilities to practice AAC … Read More

A Dream Comes True: Omer is a Professional Soccer Player!

Omer will never forget the day his dream came true. Despite his physical disabilities, Omer joined the Nes Tziona Sektzia soccer team for the field practice that guaranteed the team’s moving up to the National League. 13-year-old Omer has cognitive developmental disabilities and lives at ALEH Moriah in Gedera along with other residents with various disabilities. As part of his … Read More

EL AL Executives Cycle Across Israel to Support ALEH

Last week, executives from EL AL Airlines participated in their annual 3-day bike ride to benefit ALEH and Alut, the airline’s partners in the “Small Change Can Make a Big Difference” program. As per tradition, the bikers stopped off for a visit at ALEH’s rehabilitative village in the Negev, which is along the route. The ALEH residents were so excited to … Read More

A Double Celebration for ALEH’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Bunch

MAZAL TOV!  In April, 20 ALEH residents celebrated their rites of passage into adulthood with family, friends and ALEH staff and volunteers at the Chabad Center in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of Jerusalem.  Throughout the festive prayer service, the ALEH staff and volunteers engaged with the residents who were marking their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, helping them put on tefillin … Read More

Israel Prison Service High Ranking Officials visit ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

Israel Prison Services’ Lieutenant General Ofra Kleiner and senior management staff were recently welcomed to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, setting yet another milestone in the long-running relationship between the village and the Israel Prison Service. Collaboration between the two organizations is mainly expressed via the prisoner rehabilitation program, in which inmates from various southern penal facilities volunteer at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, … Read More

Dreamers from Oregon Become Doers At ALEH

Oregon’s state slogan is “We love dreamers.”  But the recent volunteerism of Oregon natives Rev. Robert Rapp, Gary and Cheryl Logerstedt, Michelle Brands, Jennifer Trayes and David Smith proved that they are so much more than dreamers – they are doers with hearts of gold.  For the second time, Rev. Rapp brought a delegation of American Christian supporters of Israel … Read More

Passover and Spring Outdoors at ALEH

ALEH welcomed Passover and the rejuvenating spring weather with plenty of outdoor activity, before, during and after the holiday. At ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, residents decorated the Seder table with flowers they themselves grew and picked as part of their therapeutic gardening activity. Our dedicated National Service volunteers enlivened the Seder with songs and stories, ensuring an enjoyable time for all, … Read More

ALEH Volunteers Bring Their Friends Home to Celebrate Passover Together

Much has been said about the exceptional relationships between ALEH residents and volunteers.  These are special ties that develop through unique situations in which the giver becomes the receiver, creating bonds of care, friendship and love. This past Passover, four volunteers felt they could not celebrate the holiday without their dear friends. Challenges were overcome, logistics were settled, and four … Read More

In Memory of our beloved Avi Rontzki z"l

By: Doron Almog, Major General (res.), Chairman, Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran This evening, at the top of the hill in Itamar, we buried Avi Rontzki. I stood by the grave next to Avi’s mother as she murmured the words, “Where is the justice in the world, oh G-d? Are parents supposed to bury their children?” I hugged her and said that … Read More

“70th Journey” and ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran March for Israel

ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran welcomed Hatzeva pre-army preparatory unit students and Keren Hayesod (United Israel Appeal) staff to the village as part of the “70th Journey” march in honor of Israel’s 70th year. The goal of the “70th Journey” social initiative is to march on foot across the entire country as a way of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding … Read More

Volunteers Remember

Last week we had another volunteer day. This time on a special day, because it was Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in Israel. We started the day at ALEH Gedera with two minutes of silence to remind while the siren went off at ten o’clock. Then we got a tour at ALEH, saw a workshop where the residents made clay … Read More

The Power of Love Without Limits

Rahma, a Bedouin girl from the city of Rahat, arrived at ALEH’s rehabilitative village in the Negev just a few months after her birth.  She was suffering from a severe systemic injury, and the doctors who had been caring for her estimated that she had only weeks to live.  But the professional staff at ALEH knew that they could help … Read More

“Meeting for Israel” Journeys to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

Raya and Yossi Apner initiated “Meeting for Israel” in memory of their son Avi, z”l, and his 72 comrades, killed in the infamous 1997 helicopter crash at Shar Yeshuv. The goal of the annual event is to create an opportunity to encounter different aspects of Israeli society via an experiential journey along the Israel Trail. The expedition is dedicated to … Read More

Making a Profound Difference: ALEH’s International Volunteers

Dr. S'rah Yisrael

While on an EL AL flight to Israel, S’Rah Yisrael, a native of Delray Beach, FL, noticed an envelope for the in-flight fundraising program called “Small Change Can Make a Big Difference,” which supports ALEH centers across Israel. The mother of a child with special needs, the initiative piqued her interest, and she researched ALEH upon her arrival home. Touched … Read More

ALEH Residents Jeep Through the Negev!

ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran residents were thrilled to take part in a day of fun initiated by members of the Israel Civil Administration. Residents were led by professional guides on a challenging jeep tour, driving through orchards and fields, delighting in the Negev’s spring blossoming, bathing in a fresh spring along the way, singing and finally picnicking under the shade of … Read More

ALEH Moriah – Making Dreams Come True

MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE is a new program, initiated and implemented by the dynamic National Service volunteers of ALEH Moriah, in which staff and volunteers join forces to make each resident’s dreams become reality. The program begins by first discovering our residents’ dreams.  This includes speaking to the resident, the staff closest to the resident, and his/her family.  Once we … Read More

New ALEH Program Creates Equal Employment Opportunities 

Spanning 25 acres, ALEH’s rehabilitative village in the Negev is truly the “jewel of the desert.”  Beyond the beauty of its social mission, it is also a feast for the eyes.  Sprawling, landscaped grounds surround its state-of-the-art residential, educational and rehabilitative facilities, with unique flowers and trees adorning every walkway and sitting area. Thanks to a new program led by … Read More

ALEH Kids Celebrate Purim All Week Long!

Fun and excitement abounded at ALEH during the week of Purim, with residents of all facilities enjoying parties, fairs and good times. ALEH Moriah residents took to the road, making their annual Purim visit to the local kindergarten, where they participated in the children’s Purim party.  Residents were presented with an impressive mishloach manot (traditional Purim gift of food and … Read More

Reaching the Peak!  ALEH residents on Mount Hermon

In yet another annual tradition, residents of ALEH Moriah recently took a winter trip to Mount Hermon. The visit, in conjunction with the Israeli Defense Force Alpinist Unit, was led by Shimon Pariente, who takes it upon himself to pamper his special guests each year. “Snow Cats,” special vehicles for snow transportation, awaited the residents upon their arrival at the … Read More

ALEH TRANSFORMS JERUSALEM MARATHON INTO CELEBRATION OF DISABILITY INCLUSION

ALEH transformed the 8th annual Jerusalem Marathon into a celebration of disability inclusion and acceptance. With participants in every race, cheering sections on every sideline, and the largest group at the 500-meter ‘Community Track,’ including more than 50 “runners” with severe disabilities, ALEH was everywhere at once, spreading the message of inclusion and highlighting the importance of quality care for … Read More

ALEH's 'Tikkun Olam' Program Teaches Israeli Teens About Disability Inclusion

To mark Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month ALEH’s “Tikkun Olam” program is rolling out special educational seminars and activities at schools across the country. Now in its second year, Tikkun Olam is an experiential education program that exposes Israeli high school students to peers with disabilities and imparts the importance of acceptance and inclusion through lectures, workshops and hands-on volunteering opportunities. … Read More

ALEH’s New Rehabilitation Hospital: Providing Hope to Residents of Israel’s Negev

ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran’s annual Gala event took place on Saturday night, January 27, 2018 at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv. The event was dedicated to the establishment of the Negev’s first rehabilitation hospital, to be built in the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran village. The rehabilitation hospital constitutes an exceptional breakthrough in the field of rehabilitation and will change the … Read More

Shabbaton Choir + ALEH's Jerusalem = Singing, Dancing and Happiness

The children at ALEH’s residential facility in Jerusalem 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 and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Led by Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld, senior Rabbi of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue, the 25-man choir put on a sensational show for the ALEH … Read More

ALEH Celebrates Family Day

Family Day at the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitative Village has become a tradition, with staff and students inviting their families to enjoy a very special experience. The purpose of the event is to expose parents to the wide range of activities and educational material their children are involved with on a daily basis. The day began with everyone gathering to … Read More

ALEH’s Bnei Akiva Chapter Organizes Accessible Tu B’shvat Hike

Every year to mark Tu B’shvat (the Jewish tradition’s “New Year for the trees”), schools and youth groups across Israel take their students on nature hikes and add to the wonder of Israel’s vast forests by planting young saplings of their own.  Very often, children with disabilities are left on the sidelines for such activities, but thanks to ALEH’s Bnei … Read More

ALEH Teachers Learn New Advances in Rehabilitative Technology

Individual Technology Accessibility Course at ALEH Bnei Brak ALEH Bnei Brak special education teachers recently participated in a special workshop that instructed them on adapted iPad usage for students. Popular apps, which can be used to enhance communication ability, learning, and cultural and recreational enjoyment, were demonstrated and their various functions were explained. The teachers tried the various applications, learned … Read More

Tu B’Shvat: Celebrating Nature’s Wonders at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

Residents of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran enjoyed special activities in honor of Tu B’Shvat, Jewish Arbor Day, which falls out this week. Counselors from the Lotem Organization, whose goal is to make nature accessible to people with disabilities, came to the Village and brought nature to us, using various interesting and stimulating ideas and methods. Residents progressed from workshop to workshop, … Read More

A Simple Afternoon at the Library, A Giant Leap for Inclusion

Earlier this month, Liat, the director of the public library in Gedera, invited ALEH to the library for a special activity. Bursting with excitement, 20 residents from ALEH’s facility in Gedera walked with staff members and volunteers the few blocks to the library. When the ALEH residents arrived at the library, the library’s staff was waiting in the doorway to … Read More

One Last Salute to Gen. Doron Rubin, a hero of the Yom Kippur War

Words of Farewell to Major General Doron Rubin By Maj. Gen. Doron Almog The earth shook on Yom Kippur, Shabbat, October 6, 1973. The Hermon Post was captured; Syrian tanks swept over the Golan Heights; the Bar Lev Line along the Suez Canal collapsed; rumors were flying that Defense Minister Moshe Dayan was talking about an existential danger to the … Read More

Osher Becomes a Bat Mitzvah

A most special celebration was held at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran last Wednesday, when Osher became a Bat Mitzvah. Osher – a happy, smiley, beautiful girl – has been part of the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran family for four years, and staff members unanimously decided that Osher’s Bat Mitzvah was going to be an outstanding event. Led by ALEH Negev’s dedicated team … Read More

Jerusalem Police Kick Off Annual Marathon Campaign with ALEH

police officers from Jerusalem’s Lev HaBirah Station gathered at ALEH’s residential facility in Jerusalem for a festive celebration that kicked off their fifth annual campaign to run with the ALEH residents in the Jerusalem Winner Marathon. Throughout the year, the officers visit ALEH on a weekly basis to train with the residents, their partners for the 800-meter “Community Track” on … Read More