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

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

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

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

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

Letters for Devorie: Pen Pals and Bat Mitzvah Twins

In a simpler time, pen pal relationships delighted children around the world.  One child would write a letter (on paper, in his/her own handwriting) to someone he/she had never before met, and the recipient would reciprocate.  With every letter delivered, the children would learn about language arts, social studies and geography, whether they realized it or not.  Week after week, … Read More


A very unique procession entered the Old City of Jerusalem’s Dung Gate last week, led by Shira Azar in her wheelchair. Shira is a 12-year-old girl with intellectual developmental disabilities, who lives at ALEH Bnei Brak, and she was on her way to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel. The procession included about 20 of Shira’s friends, also residents … Read More


A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a special day for every child and his or her family. At ALEH Jerusalem, a series of unique activities mark the occasion. Special learning aids and methods are used to enable the children to understand and experience what it feels like to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Last week, at ALEH Jerusalem’s Bar … Read More

Heartwarming letter from Yasmine B. to her ALEH Bat Mitzvah Twin!

Hi Shira, My name is Yasmine, and I am almost 12 years old. I am so exited to be your twin. As you know, Purim was a while ago, so to celebrate YOU and Purim, I started selling my old Purim costumes from my previous years, and we raised 165 pounds already. We turned my garage into a shop. Here are some pictures … Read More


To celebrate his upcoming Bar Mitzvah, David Kalmus Souss of São Paulo, Brazil twinned with Shimon, a boy from ALEH Jerusalem with complex disabilities who is also preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. After receiving pictures of Shimon, David decided to raise $2,500 to help pay for Shimon’s specialized care and ensure that Shimon receives a fitting Bar Mitzvah celebration. To … Read More

A Surprise Bat Mitzvah Gift for Shira

Yasmin is an incredible young woman from London. Recently, she celebrated her Bat Mitzvah with family and friends. Following the festivities, Yasmin decided to use some of the money she received as Bat Mitzvah gifts to make put a smile on the face of a Bat Mitzvah girl in Israel. After a little research, she chose Shira, a resident of … Read More


Daniel, a student at the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran special education school, dreamed of having his Bar Mitzvah in Beit HaMikdash. This may sound far-fetched, but good will, that stretched over the ocean, helped Daniel come as close as possible to realizing his dream. A class of students from the Beth Jacob school in Redwood city, California, decided to collect money … Read More

My Special Bar Mitzvah with the Children of ALEH

JVN ( Jewish Volunteering Network) In this edition of our blog, Caroline Cosgrove  writes about the volunteering she and her son James did for his Bar Mitzvah. Here is her story… In the lead up to the Bar Mitzvah of my son, James, in August 2016, he was considering what he could do to mark the occasion in a meaningful way – one that … Read More

Amazing Kids make an Amazing Video for ALEH's Children!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We are thankful for amazing friends like Mati Franco David and her 6th – 8th grade students at The Solomon Schechter Day School in Marlboro, NJ. Once again, her students will be developing a chessed project to support ALEH. Their first act of kindness was purchasing Chanukah gifts for their friends and families from the ALEH Boutique. They … Read More


Jacob Steinberg of the UK was supposed to visit Israel during the summer of 2014 to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah with his “twin,” Chaim R. of ALEH Jerusalem. Unfortunately, his trip was canceled when the war broke out. This summer, Jacob finally got a chance to meet Chaim at ALEH Jerusalem. They connected immediately and really enjoyed spending the afternoon together.

<strong>Sharing a Bat Mitzvah – and Beanie Babies!</strong>

Jun 18, 2013 Like any other girl, Rachel Eckman was excited about her upcoming Bat Mitzvah, and looked forward to the big day.  But Rachel and her family, who live in Chashmonaim, Israel, decided to look for a way to make the event even more meaningful and memorable.  They found their answer as soon as they saw Shira, a girl … Read More

<strong>Never Too Late Flint man, 80, twins his bar mitzvah with Israeli teen with special needs</strong>

Detroit Jewish News – May 15, 2013   Sixty-seven years after his 13th birthday, Larry Feinstein decided that it was finally time to have a bar mitzvah. It was an email 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 … Read More

<strong>The America-Israel Bat Mitzvah of Love</strong>

Apr 17, 2013 For Francine Lilien and her family and friends, her Bat Mitzvah will always be remembered as the Francine-Shira, America-Israel Bat Mitzvah of chessed and love. It was the Bat Mitzvah of a special set of twins – connected not biologically but through love and kindness and true Jewish commitment to help the weak and needy. Francine Lilien … Read More

Packages of Happiness! A Bat Mitzvah Brings Joy to the Residents of ALEH Negev

Dec 10, 2012 On December 9th 2012, Tehilla Jasper of Bet Shemesh, Israel and her family visited ALEH Negev to deliver special Chanukah packages to the facility’s residents. Tehilla had filled the packages with her friends as part of her Bat Mitzvah celebration a week before. Here’s a quick Q&A with the Bat Mitzvah girl about her very special “Mitzvah … Read More

Celebrating and Decorating!

Nov 21, 2012 Racheli Begun of Flushing, New York decided to give her friends a special treat at her Bat Mitzvah party…Racheli asked all her friends to roll up their sleeves, put on smocks, grab a paintbrush and paint and design personalized picture frames for each of the children in the ALEHJeursalem facility. Once the frames dried, Racheli had them … Read More

Pedaling to Success – One Bar Mitzvah Boy's Great Initiative

Nov 15, 2012 Liam Serota of Riverdale, NY recently strapped on his bike helmet and rode his own bike-a-thon for ALEH. Liam explained to us his fantastic project and how it made his Bar Mitzvah so meaningful. Dov: Hi Liam!  Firstly, thank you so much for choosing ALEH as your Bar Mitzvah project. How did you find out about ALEH? … Read More

Bar Mitzvah boy expands the ALEH Negev Safari Petting Zoo

Jun 28, 2012 Noah Krosnick from Deerfield, Illinois simply loves animals, so it was natural that he wanted to include animals in his tikun olam project in honor of his Bar Mitzvah. Noah’s father, Rick Krosnick, the JNF Chief Development Officer, suggested that Noah consider raising money for one of JNF’s Blueprint Negev Projects. Noah loved the idea and chose … Read More

Turning Spring Cleaning into Chesed

Jun 3, 2012 When Abigail (Abby) Stein of Livingston, New Jersey was getting ready for her Bat Mitzvah, she wanted to do something special to help others. With the input and encouragement of her parents Josh and Shira, Abigail decided to run a Garage Sale to benefit ALEH’s disabled children in Israel. She made a flyer (see below) and distributed … Read More

Day School students bring joy to EVERYONE this Chanukah!

The 6th grade class at The Solomon Schechter Day School in Marlboro, NJ chose ALEH as their chessed project this year. Their first act of kindness was purchasing Chanukah gifts for their friends and families from the ALEH Boutique. They also made THIS beautiful video to introduce themselves to their new friends at ALEH.   The sixth graders were so excited to … Read More


Aug 8, 2012 A few months ago, the sixth grade at The Brandeis School in Lawrence, NY organized a school- wide walkathon that sought to raise money for ALEH.  Over 100 people took part in the ambitious Boardwalk stroll, and their efforts raised over $5,000 for ALEH!  The initiative was part of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, where students undertake to support … Read More

Lobbying for Love

May 13, 2012 Steven, Valerie & Eliot Stein with Chacham Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron Steven and Valerie Stein first visited ALEH Jerusalem in 2009 with Rabbi Naftali Besser of Yeshiva of Flatbush.  Deeply impressed by the care and dedication of the staff on behalf of these most vulnerable children, they have returned to visit ALEH every year since.  During last year’s visit, … Read More

With gratitude from Jerusalem

ALEH is an organization in Israel that cares for kids 24/7, 365 days a year, children whose families cannot meet their needs. Shira was twinned with a young girl, Efrat, whose rare chromosomal disorder rendered her unable to speak or function as most children. Efrat, 12 nevertheless enjoys music and dance, attends classes, and loves the feel of water on her skin. We decided we would travel to Israel to hold a second ceremony with Efrat at ALEH.

ALEH Celebrates Alit's Bat Mitzvah

MAZAL TOV! This week ALEH celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of Alit with great fanfare. A classroom was transformed into a palace fit for a princess, and the ALEH staff and volunteers gave Alit the royal treatment to help her make the transition into womanhood. Following festive dancing, a beautiful slideshow was shown and Alit, who loves animals, was visited by … 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

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

<strong>Car Wash 4 ALEH Kids</strong>

Apr 29, 2012 Cleaning for Pesach took a fun twist when Adina Falk, a talented young lady from East Brunswick, NJ, brainstormed a Car Wash Campaign to benefit ALEH’s disabled children.Adina chose ALEH as her Bat Mitzvah project a year ago, when she composed and sold a beautiful song* and donated its proceeds to the children.This year, Adina’s teacher at … 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