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ALEH rehabilitation hospital in Negev to reduce health, welfare gap in South
Jerusalem Post / Udy Siegel-Itzkovich Now that all the authorities concede that the periphery has been neglected and has inadequate medical and social-welfare facilities, a promising development in the Negev is the scheduled opening in two years of ALEH’s neuro-orthopedic rehabilitation hospital for children with severe and complex disabilities. Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman visited the […]More...
At ALEH it is Chanukah Everyday
eJewish Philanthropy / Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman For the eight days of Chanukah Jews around the world celebrate God’s miracles. But at ALEH (Advancement and Rehabilitation of Children with Complex Disabilities), a network of rehabilitation centers and villages for disabled children and adults in Israel, “every day is a miracle,” said Ayala Amar, head nurse at ALEH […]More...
Be Selfish: Volunteer
United with Israel / A Canadian pediatrician volunteered with ALEH, Israel’s foremost network of state-of-the-art facilities for children with severe complex disabilities. The experience significantly improved her own life as well. There’s no doubt that time is our greatest commodity. That’s why so many people are afraid to give their time away. “I would like to […]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 […]More...
Champion of special needs populations in Israel to share his story in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Sun / Ricardo Torres-Cortez When a doctor told Israel Defense Forces Maj. Gen. Doron Almog and his wife that their baby boy’s mental development would be permanently stalled, he said they felt as if the sky had fallen on them. In 35 years of military service, Almog, a decorated war hero, lost his […]More...
Christians for Israel Supports ALEH
24 May 2017 will be the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of the City of Jerusalem To celebrate Jerusalem’s 50th anniversary, Christians for Israel has decided to raise funds for a very special project – a brand new 2-story High Dependency Wing at ALEH in Jerusalem which will accommodate 24 patients. The new wing will be […]More...
Jewish Runners Take On Berlin Marathon Proudly Wearing Israeli Flags
The Jewish Press / Anav Silverman / The Jewish Voice When 36-year-old Levi Levine crossed the finish line at today’s BMW Berlin Marathon, his emotions far exceeded his personal pride at having successfully finished the 42-kilometer course. “This was my tenth marathon, but my first time running in Berlin,” said Levine, a nurse atShaare Zedek […]More...
Jewish runners see Berlin marathon as a chance to defy Nazi past
The Jerusalem Post / TAMARA ZIEVE A team of Jewish runners from Israel and the US see their participation in the Berlin marathon as a victorious feat for the Jewish people in light of the country’s Nazi past. Particularly emblematic is the start and finish line of the run at the Brandenburg Gate, a landmark […]More...
Netanyahu Visits ALEH’s Rehabilitative Village in the Negev
Israel HaYom / The Jewish Voice / The Jewish Link / Five Towns Jewish Times On Thursday, July 28, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, visited the Negev-based rehabilitative village of ALEH (www.ALEH.org), Israel’s foremost network of state-of-the-art facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities, to pay tribute to Major […]More...
A Dutchman in the desert
The Jerusalem Post / Gloria Deutsch Peter Paul Broekhuisen was a devout Christian – but when he came to volunteer at Aleh Negev it became a life-changing event in several ways. He decided to make aliya, began researching his forebears and discovered deep Jewish roots. Today he is a permanent volunteer, working with children with […]More...
Why I Love Being a Nurse
Times of Israel / Nili Wittman Being a nurse is difficult. Our job is mentally taxing, emotionally draining, and physically exhausting. The expectations for those in the field are often unrealistic, and in some circumstances the occupational risks are real. Nurses work tirelessly for their patients who are entrusted to our loving and skillful care. […]More...
Israel Prize awarded to Maj. Gen. (res.) Doron Almog
YNet News (Excerpt ) / Elisha Ben Kimon Israel’s 68th Independence Day ended on Thursday night in Jerusalem with the annual awarding of the Israel Prize to 11 pioneers in their fields. Present at the ceremony were President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Supreme Court President Justice Miriam Naor, Minister of Education Naftali Bennett […]More...
Yom Hazikaron – Personal Commemoration
[translation of article that appeared in Yediot Acharonot, 11 May, 2016 – Remembrance Day] By: Major General (Res.) Doron Almog Chairman, ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Israel’s National Remembrance Day is etched indelibly within me in each of 3 ways – through my bleeding brother Eran; my parents’ personal “Sacrifice of Isaac”; and the test of self-sacrifice. […]More...
Israeli Bride Spends Wedding Day with Disabled Children
Only Simchas On a bride’s wedding day usually the day is all about her. This special bride didn’t feel that way on her wedding day. Tehila Hillel focused on that which is most important to her. Hillel is a longtime ALEH volunteer and chose to spend the morning of her wedding with ALEH’s amazing kids. […]More...
ALEH NEGEV CHAIRMAN MAJOR GENERAL DORON ALMOG TO RECEIVE 2016 ISRAEL PRIZE FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY
Various Newspapers / On Thursday, March 31, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced that Major General (res.) Doron Almog, the Chairman of ALEH Negev – Nahalat Eran, will receive the 2016 Israel Prize for lifetime achievement and contributions to society and the state.  Major General Almog will accept his award in the presence of the […]More...

The Jerusalem Post (Excerpt) / By Daniel K. Eisenbud For the third year, volunteers from the Jerusalem police department will be running in the marathon together with disabled children from ALEH Jerusalem, founded in 1982 by parents to provide their severely disabled children with the best healthcare available. ALEH’s residential facilities, located in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, […]More...
Naftali Bennett Visits Aleh Negev
Five Towns Jewish Times On Tuesday, February 16, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett marked Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month with a visit to the Negev-based rehabilitative village of ALEH (www.ALEH.org), Israel’s largest network of facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. In recent days, Education Minister Bennett has expressed interest in developing […]More...
Disability Inclusion: Our greatest innovation yet?
Times of Israel / Dov Hirth When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the future. Bred on movies and television shows that depicted a futuristic wonderland, I couldn’t wait to see if our world would actually catch up with our imaginations. Years later, I am thrilled to say that (minus the hover boards) […]More...
Creating new and inclusive bonds in Israel: the story of Peter and Elad
  JNS.org/ By Megan E. Turner At Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, a rehabilitation village and partner organization of Jewish National Fund (JNF) that serves people with severe disabilities in southern Israel, an unlikely friendship has formed. Peter Von Brockhausen, a 57-year-old Netherlands native who recently discovered his family’s Jewish roots, and Elad Sair, 30, have built a […]More...
Green therapy: an oasis in Israel’s Negev Desert for people with disabilities
  JNS.org / By Megan E. Turner The latest blooming in Israel’s Negev Desert is particularly relevant in February, which is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. At Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran—a rehabilitation village in southern Israel that serves people with severe disabilities—residents benefit from green therapy, which uses gardening and nature to help give the […]More...
Redefining Potential: The Wisdom of the Special Needs Community 
The Jewish Press / By Zahava Altshul At my high school graduation, the faculty encouraged us to go out into the world and strive to reach our “fullest potentials.”  For my class, the endeavor entailed an extended process of identifying our abilities, strengths, and interests, and then harnessing our innate passions to find our niches […]More...
How Developmentally Disabled Adults Are Transforming Criminals in Israel
The Huffington Post / By Anav Silverman It is a rather unusual scene that appears to be a mirage in the hot Negev desert. In southern Israel, prison inmates from local jails can be seen every week, walking wheelchair-bound adults from a rehabilitative village for the severely disabled. Every Monday, a group of these disabled […]More...
Making the Right Decisions for Special Needs Children
Advances in medical science and biotechnology have brought about the need for a new discussion regarding medical ethics. Past practices kept medical decisions solely in the hands of medical personnel, allowing doctors [...]More...
SSDS students send gift of ‘light’ to ALEH village
New Jersey Jewish News Despite the thousands of miles that separate them, the students at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County in Marlboro have a heartfelt bond with the residents of ALEH Negev Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village, whose mission is to provide every individual, regardless of physical or cognitive disability, with the best […]More...
ALEH makes a delicious event in Canada
The Canadian Jewish News (CJN) / Daniel Koren In 2007, Eran Almog, the autistic son of Doron Almog, an Israeli war hero and former Major General with the Israel Defence Forces, died after a long battle with Castleman’s disease. He was 23. Up until his death, Eran Almog had resided at Aleh Negev, a 25-acre rehabilitation […]More...
For kids with disabilities, time to move from inclusion to normalcy
Just the other day, I overheard someone saying that they had a wonderful interaction with the “Down syndrome employee” at their local cafe. Though it happened to have been a sweet story, I cringed. It also got me thinking [...]More...
TORONTO FUNDRAISER FOR DISABLED KIDS OFFERS FARE BY RENOWNED ISRAELI CHEF
The Canadian Jewish News (CJN) / DANIEL KOREN ALEH, Israel’s largest network of facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities, has announced that it is expanding its presence in Canada, with the Canadian Friends of ALEH to host it’s first-ever event on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the PI Fine Art Gallery in North York, Ontario. The event, with […]More...
Don’t Let Obstacles Stand in Your Way
United with Israel / Terri Nir ALEH is a nonprofit organization that provides state-of-the-art medical, educational and rehabilitative care to over 650 children with cognitive and physical difficulties at four facilities throughout Israel. Shlomit Grayevsky is director of the ALEH Jerusalem Center, home to 71 severely mentally and physically disabled children and young adults ranging in […]More...
“New” Health Minister Yaakov Litzman Visits Severely Disabled Children At ALEH Jerusalem
BALTIMORE JEWISH LIFE In his first act as official Health Minister of Israel, Member of Knesset Yaakov Litzman visited the Jerusalem facility of ALEH (www.aleh.org), Israel’s largest network of facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. Health Minister Litzman, who has taken great interest in Israel’s disabled population in recent days, stopped by ALEH […]More...
With great light comes great responsibility
The Times of Israel / Dov Hirth Israel is often referred to as a “Light Unto the Nations,” though it doesn’t have all that much to do with the fact that our national emblem is a menorah. Rather, Israel has earned these accolades by consistently stepping up to every global and societal challenge as a […]More...
A Summer of Passion and Humanity in the Promised Land
United with Israel / Shoshanna Kervin Volunteering at a facility for disabled children and young adults gave a Canadian the opportunity to satisfy her two great passions: Helping those less fortunate and supporting Israel. She was struck by the “unparalled diversity” and “spirit of inclusion.” Though numerous influences have shaped my life, thus far, there […]More...
Discovering selflessness during a ‘selfish gap year’ in Israel
JNS.org / Chana Devorah Levine I had looked forward to my year in seminary with great anticipation because I knew that living and learning in Israel would open up a whole new world to me. In fact, everyone I encountered informed me that my “gap year” would consist of one life-altering experience after another and that […]More...
Leaving jail to volunteer with the disabled
Israel21c / Abigail Klein Leichman An award-winning program pairs Israeli prisoners with severely disabled residents of ALEH Negev, benefiting both partners and, ultimately, society. In a way, they’re both imprisoned: the incarcerated criminals on account of misdeeds, the children and adults with severe disabilities on account of misfortune. Pairing up convicted felons and helpless residents […]More...
Village of Angels – The Caregivers of ALEH Negev–Nahalat Eran
Five Towns Jewish Times / Rochelle Maruch Miller Ask Ron Rabinovich to describe Aleh Negev–Nahalat Eran and he will tell you it is a place like no other. Ron and his wife, Einat, beloved members of our Five Towns community, are the dynamic duo behind the Aleh Negev Caregivers Campaign. “I first became involved with […]More...
Philanthropy in Motion: The Benefits of Running for a Cause
eJewishPhilanthropy / Jason Gardner In my social circles, it is well known that I take running very seriously. As an elite runner, marathons and spontaneous off-road excursions are a big part of my life. As a Jewish communal professional, I spend a fair share of my time encouraging others to incorporate running into their lives. The […]More...
Fünf Minuten mit Doron Almog über das Behindertenprojekt Aleh und die Pläne für dessen Zukunft
Fünf Minuten mit Doron Almog über das Behindertenprojekt Aleh und die Pläne für dessen Zukunft 21.05.2015 – von Barbara Goldberg / Anzeigenannahme Click here to read this interview in English (you need to scroll to the bottom of the page – beneath the picture for the English translation) Herr Almog, Sie haben vor vielen Jahren gemeinsam mit anderen Eltern […]More...
Taking story time seriously
When the first installment of the Harry Potter series was introduced in the summer of 1997, children around the world became instant bookworms. Even kids who previously loathed reading were drawn to J.K Rowling’s wildly creative world of wizardry and witchcraft. Suddenly, they developed an unquenchable thirst for the written word. [...]More...
ALEH Negev Shows No Limit to What the Disabled Can Do
By: Gedalyah Reback / Arutz 7 / April 2, 2015 Just yesterday, a delegation of American Congressional staffers visited the rehabilitative village of ALEH Negev – Nahalat Eran in Israel’s Negev. The delegation is the 12th in a series promoted by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act, an American law that promotes fact-finding missions […]More...
Educational integration: time to set an example for Israeli children
By Johanna Arbib-Perugia – President, ALEH International Board of Governors JNS.org The unfortunate truth is that Israeli society is still afraid of people with disabilities. I say “still” because, back in 1988, Israel passed “Chok HaShiluv,” an integration law to provide special-needs children with more opportunities and create integrated programming in educational settings, and the […]More...
Cops train disabled kids for Jerusalem Marathon
Officer Oren training with his ALEH partner. Tears welled in his eyes the first time Jerusalem Police Officer Nir met his marathon training partner. That’s a typical reaction upon encountering the children at ALEH , Israel’s largest network of facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. But it wasn’t long before Officer Nir regained his […]More...
With police help, severely disabled kids train for race of the year
The fifth annual Jerusalem Marathon is only a couple of weeks away. Among the race participants busy now with final training is a group of young people with disabilities who will cover the course thanks to specialized equipment and the support of 20 dedicated Israeli police officers. These young people gearing up for the marathon’s […]More...
Israeli centres provide quality of life for severely disabled children
Dov hit his head falling down a flight of stairs while playing with school friends – his parents mistakenly attributed the subsequent vomiting to a stomach bug. Five-year-old Sarah downed a bottle of cleaning liquid when her grandmother’s back was turned. Danny was left alone in the bath while his mother answered the phone – […]More...
Police officers, ALEH children team up for Jerusalem Marathon
Children with severe developmental disabilities should not be on the periphery of society, but in the center – hugged instead of shunned. That is the message that one parent and Jerusalem Marathon employee hopes will hit home on March 13. On that morning, as part of the Jerusalem Marathon, a group of 18 police officers […]More...
Celebrating 50 Years of German-Israeli Diplomatic Relations
Over 1,100 guests attended the Naturally for Israel convention, which featured a day of lectures on Israeli-German politics, culture, religion and environment in three different halls. In addition, over 40 exhibitors presented their Israel-German-related businesses and organisations at the venue. The exhibition displayed a colourful picture of Israeli and Jewish life in Germany. Singer and […]More...
Die Wüste blüht in Cannstatt
Unter starken Sicherheitsvorkehrungen fand am vergangenen Sonntag in Stuttgart der Kongress des Jüdischen Nationalfonds Keren Kayemeth Leisrael e.V. (JNF-KKL) statt. Dan Shaham, Generalkonsul des Staates Israel und auf direktem Weg von der Sicherheitskonferenz aus München in die baden-württembergische Landeshauptstadt geeilt, sagte den über 1100 Teilnehmern im Kursaal Bad Cannstatt: »Hier wird Geschichte zwischen Israel und […]More...
‘Officers’ hearts’: Israeli cops to walk with children with disabilities in marathon
For a child with a severe developmental disability, walking just one step could be a feat. To complete 800 meters (2,625 feet) would be a miracle. But on March 13, that will be a reality as 15 youths “run” a special course as part of this year’s Jerusalem Marathon. The race was arranged by ALEH, […]More...
A garden like no other: the distinctive beauty of the disabled community
Most people don’t know that I am professional gardener.  It’s true. Every day, I tend to the beautiful flowers in my garden, taking great care to provide each one with the special attention and nutrients required for continued growth. But I don’t care for these flowers alone.  We are a community of passionate professionals and […]More...
Cause-connected technologies improve education, interaction and outcomes for Israel’s most profoundly disabled
There was the dot com bubble. The real estate bubble. Today, new technologies are zooming on to the marketplace faster than you can say pop – but it doesn’t look like computer and other mobile innovations are going anywhere. The good news is that technology is not just about money or market share (though sometimes […]More...
One Bubbly Bubby
Sixty-five cheerfully painted teapots, as well as several one-of-a-kind quilts, are artfully displayed throughout Dorothy Smith’s sunny apartment in the “new” Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem. She made every one of them with her own two hands. In her meticulously organized sewing room, she has a stack of soft flannel pillowcases in a variety of whimsical […]More...
Aux portes du désert Ofakim (Négev)
3e journée – 12 novembre Créé en 1982, ALEH est actuellement en Israël, le plus grand réseau d’institutions spécialisées dans le handicap mental et physique principalement pour des enfants et jeunes adultes. Aleh-Negev est un des 4 centres de l’institution C’est sous l’impulsion de familles d’enfants et de jeunes adultes qu’ALEH a vu le jour en […]More...