Protecting Israelis With Disabilities From COVID-19

Honest Reporting BY RACHAEL WURTMAN Israelis with disabilities and their families are struggling to stay healthy and to adjust to the new normal of the coronavirus lockdown. Why? Imagine having a child who refuses to make eye contact and instead bangs his head on the floor. Or who cannot see or hear or follow instructions. Or who only touches your … Read More

Helping children make sense of disability

Jewish News, England By: FRANCINE WOLFISZ We look at how British Friends of ALEH is helping educate youngsters during Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month Inside the hall at Akiva School, a group of 28 pupils meticulously pick up cotton wool balls from a bowl with a spoon and move them to another bowl on their heads. That would … Read More

Cincinnati Native’s Legacy Spreads Around the World

The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati “Everyone knew Max, and everyone loved him. And I think that he would be proud to know that this is his legacy,” said Nina Paul while holding back tears. She was sharing the story about how she and her husband, Eddie Paul, helped create the Max Paul Volunteer Internship Program at ALEH Negev in Israel. … Read More

An Oasis of Caring in the Desert

Journalist Michal Michelle Divon writes about her experience volunteering at ALEH Negev, a community for children and adults with disabilities in southern Israel. The New York Jewish Week By MICHAL MICHELLE DIVON The dry unrelenting heat of the Negev struck me as I emerged from the air-conditioned cocoon of my car. Having spent the last two hours battling traffic, Israeli … Read More

Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month supported in South Florida

By SERGIO CARMONA, SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month and organizations throughout South Florida have supported it in different ways. So far this month, local Jewish schools have introduced a disability inclusion program launched by ALEH, an Israeli network of care for children with disabilities, to mark JDAAIM. ALEH is an acronym in … Read More

In Israel, a Village for People With Disabilities

Hadassah Magazine By: Wendy Elliman Perched on a hilltop 1,000 feet above the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel, Kfar Tikva “is the Garden of Eden,” declares resident Dadi Ashkenazi. The 45-year-old, who is on the autism spectrum and has a mental health disorder, is taking a break from working on the clay mezuzot and pomegranates he creates at the village’s … Read More

The Miracle of Disability

The Times of Israel By: Elie Klein Director of Development (USA & Canada) for ALEH In grade school, my teachers underscored the multifaceted significance of our unprecedented Exodus from Egypt, emphasized the Purim story’s remarkable reversal of fortunes, and highlighted Chanukah’s inexplicable spiritual and military victories. From a young age, I was taught to recognize miracles. At home, my parents … Read More

ALEH: An Organisation Helping Disabled Children In Israel

Cross Rhythms  Paul Calvert talks with Dov Hirth from ALEH about the incredible work they are doing in Israel to help children and their families. Paul: Dov, what is ALEH? Dov: ALEH is an organisation that services children with severe disabilities in Israel. We have four residential facilities: Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gedera and the Negev. We service on a daily … Read More

Largest special education and rehabilitation center in Israel

Arutz Sheva This year, Simchat Torah came early for Israel’s disability community. On Thursday, October 17, Chol Hamoed Sukkot, ALEH hosted a joyous grand opening celebration for Bet Chayil, its new, state-of-the-art special education school and rehabilitative center in the heart of Bnei Brak, dedicated by longtime ALEH supporters Leo and Susan Noé in loving memory of Leo’s parents, Salomon … Read More

Local Girl Fundraises to Buy Wheelchair for Israeli Pen Pal

By: Jesse Bernstein Jewish Exponent When Elie Klein describes ALEH, he can’t help but plagiarize. But he insists it’s for a good cause. “I know that Walt Disney coined the phrase ‘happiest place on Earth,’” Klein said, “but we can officially take it from him.” ALEH (Advancement and Rehabilitation of Children with Complex Disabilities) is an Israeli organization dedicated to holistic … Read More

The Swimming Pool Helping Israel’s Disabled Community Learn to Walk

ALEH Jerusalem’s hydrotherapy pool was made possible and is generously supported by the Cherna Moskowitz Foundation, Kandiyoti Family and Belgian Friends of ALEH, Alony Hetz, Toto (Israel’s Lottery), Marcia and Philip Cohen, The Doris Pacey Charitable Trust, and the Jerusalem Friends of ALEH volunteer committee. The Algemeiner As the summer heats up, families around the world are taking refuge in … Read More

Meuhedet Appointees Visit ALEH Jerusalem

  Following recent appointments within Kupat Cholim Meuhedet’s Jerusalem District, ALEH welcomed the new management appointees for a tour of ALEH Jerusalem’s educational and rehabilitation center. Ro’i Ben Moshe, Deputy Director of Meuhedet’s Jerusalem District, joined by Chief Financial Officer Lital Eisen-Setti and Ruti Ravitz, was deeply impressed with ALEH’s range of community services and the standard of professionalism the … Read More


BY Alan Rosenbaum / The Jerusalem Post “The people in the Negev deserve facilities that are as good as, or better than, those that are available for the people in the center of the country,” says Siev-Ner. Doron Almog, a military hero and chairman of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, the renowned rehabilitative village that cares for children and adults with severe disabilities, speaks … Read More

A seat at the table: Promoting disability inclusion at the Passover Seder

For children with disabilities, King Solomon’s pedagogical philosophy of “educate each child according to his own way” (Proverbs 22:6) means making the Seder more accessible and focusing on the things they can do rather than the things they can’t. By: Dov Hirth This Op-Ed has appeared on Israel Hayom, Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, eJewish Philanthropy, Five Towns Jewish … Read More


By Ben Sales ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran is the only campus created for Israelis with severe disabilities. OFAKIM, Israel — Ayala’s eyes darted around the screen, choosing words and pictures as her teacher asked her rapid-fire questions. Ayala, 11, has a cognitive disability that prevents her from speaking. But she can communicate thanks to a screen that reads her eye movements … Read More

Lifting the Mask of Disability

Times of Israel By: Dov Hirth – Coordinator of Marketing, Development and Special Projects at ALEH If you ask any child to name their favorite Jewish festival, there is a pretty good chance that the answer will be Purim.  And with good reason.  It’s a nonstop party complete with the giving and receiving of the candy-filled packages, an abundance of … Read More

ALEH Develops Firm Roots in New Jersey

By Harry Glazer The Jewish Link of New Jersey (JLNJ)  One truism for a charitable organization seeking to build support is that local connections can make a major difference. This is doubly so for an Israeli non-profit organization seeking to raise its visibility and increase support in the US. One very deserving cause is the ALEH organization in Israel. Founded … Read More


The Canadian Jewish News For more than a decade, the Jewish world has known February by a different name: Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM).  What began as a grassroots campaign spotlighting the importance of disability inclusion in Jewish spaces transformed into an influential international movement that promotes and inspires initiatives to make synagogues and community centres more accessible, … Read More

‘We won’t hide our child’: Disability campaign launches to promote inclusion

By Francine Wolfisz: Jewish News, Britain’s Biggest Jewish Newspaper February marks Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month, an initiative launched in the UK for the first time by British Friends of ALEH Doron Almog always believed he was prepared for life’s challenges. Rising to the rank of major general in the Israel Defence Forces, he fought in the Yom Kippur … Read More

ALEH, Jerusalem Police Make ‘A Dream Come True’

Over the course of 2018, ALEH, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, developed the “Dreams Come True” project, an initiative that focuses on granting the wishes of the ALEH residents, all of whom are nonverbal. During their daily interactions with the residents, ALEH’s professional staff glean bits of information about what each child wants to see, … Read More

Finchley law Firm supports Israeli children’s charity for Mitzvah Day

Jewish News Britain A Finchley law Firm has got into the Mitzvah Day spirit by creating special Chanukah cards to send to severely disabled children in Israel. Held in honour #Mitzvah4Pittsburgh, associates and partners at OGR Stock Denton Solicitors joined forces over pizza and snacks as they created special sensory Chanukah cards, which will be sent to ALEH in Israel, to … Read More


Five Tows Jewish Times “DANIEL” TO HELP SOLVE ISRAELI HOUSING CRISIS, CREATE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND ENHANCE ISRAEL’S DISABILITY AND REHABILITATIVE CARE OFFERINGS   In September, ALEH (, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, announced that it has joined forces with Israel’s Ministry of Construction and Housing and the Merhavim Regional Council to develop a new inclusive … Read More

A Gift For Jerusalem’s Jubilee

By Christians for Israel International.. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, Christians for Israel asked if you would donate towards a gift to the city, one with future value. With your generous support, Aleh in Jerusalem was able to add a new High Dependency wing to their building. It is now home to people with multiple disabilities, including facilities for education and therapy. Christians for Israel … Read More

Robotics Program Makes Art Accessible to Israeli Youth With Disabilities

eJewish Philanthropy In July, the Gedera-based special education school of ALEH, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, transformed its robotics class into an innovative art program that makes painting accessible to its students with severe complex disabilities, those for whom hand-eye coordination skills are exceedingly difficult to acquire and the manipulation of a paintbrush is an insurmountable … Read More

ALEH Opens Israel’s First Hydrotherapy Pool With Accommodations For Nonverbal Children

In March, the Jerusalem facility of ALEH (, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, inaugurated a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool, providing its residents with easy access to the water-based therapies that allow them to build muscle mass, improve mobility and move freely and without pain. The new hydrotherapy center is the first of its kind in Israel … Read More

Making Aliyah for Disability Inclusion and Care

By: Candice Lipschitz In South Africa, where my entire family lives, we had everything. My husband, Yoni, and I were community leaders, had a beautiful home, a good life and a supportive Jewish community. Life was good. But as Jews, we have always had a desire to make Aliyah. However, our careers, community and other reasons made it difficult for … Read More

In an exemplary display of unity, volunteers, soldiers and ALEH participants honor each other on Israel’s Independence Day

The Jewish Voice On Thursday, April 19, residents, staff and volunteers from the Jerusalem facility of ALEH (, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, flocked to the Machane Ofer military base near Givat Ze’ev to host a special barbecue in celebration of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. However, what was intended as an event to honor the … Read More

Disability Inclusion: Why Israel Must Turn 70 Years Young

By: Dov Hirth  – The Times of Israel As Israel remarkably enters its 70th year, the now-not-so-young country has much upon which to reflect. From becoming the ‘Start-up Nation’ to producing award-winning laureates in multiple disciplines to withstanding countless military assaults via technology and sheer willpower, Israel has established itself as a powerhouse in a great many things, coming a … Read More

ALEH Transforms Jerusalem Marathon Into Celebration Of Disability Inclusion

Queens Jewish Link On Friday, March 9, ALEH (, Israel’s foremost network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, transformed the eighth 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 … Read More

ALEH’s ‘Tikkun Olam’ Program Teaching Israeli Teens The Importance Of Disability Inclusion

BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS (JERUSALEM, Israel – February 12, 2018)  In September 2016, ALEH (, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, joined forces with Israel’s Ministry of Education to launch “Tikkun Olam,” 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 … Read More

That’s a wrap!

Twelve youngsters for twelve days in the land! Cooking together, touring together, studying Bible together, cleaning together and escaping the snores of one another together… what a way to Experience Israel! Dinner with locals in Jerusalem For most of the group, it was the first time in Israel. Highlights included hiking Masada, joining local youths at the Western Wall for … Read 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 severe physical or cognitive disabilities … Read More

Education Minister Bennett Lauds Israel’s Only Bnei Akiva Chapter for Disabled Community

The Jewish Link Jerusalem—On Monday, December 4, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett visited the Jerusalem facility of ALEH (, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, to mark the opening month of Bnei Akiva activities with Israel’s only chapter for children with severe disabilities. After greeting each of the children in ALEH’s Bnei Akiva chapter individually, the … Read More

Israeli Toddlers With Disabilities Empowered With Mini Motorized Wheelchairs

Breaking Israel News At the beginning of November, ALEH, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, launched a new empowerment project at its residential facility in Jerusalem that provides toddlers with specially-designed motorized wheelchairs, allowing them to take control of their own mobility from the age of one year-old. The small but powerful “Wizzybug” chairs are intended for both indoor and … Read More

ALEH: All People No Limits

Midlife Singlemum Blog This post wasn’t supposed to be about ALEH. It was supposed to be about how my lovely friend Sally-Ann invited me to a charity dinner organised by the committee she’s on. Before I got there I couldn’t even remember which charity it was in aid of. This post was supposed to be about arranging for DD to stay … Read More


Kol HaBirah / Rachel Kohn Many college students choose to kick back and relax during their summer vacations, but Jessica Serber highly recommends taking the opportunity to travel and do work you are passionate about. Through the program Onward Israel, Serber, a nursing student in her junior year at George Mason University, spent eight weeks this summer volunteering with ALEH, … Read More

ALEH pays tribute to its guardian angel

JPost / By Sarah Levi The ALEH Jerusalem Ladies Committee honored the memory of its founder, Rivka Chervin-Weinberger, during their 25th Gala Event at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem last Monday. “Rivka was a beloved member of the ALEH family and the greatest proponent of our mission to provide every child with complex disabilities in Israel the opportunity to … Read More


Jerusalem Post – By: Shlomit Grayevsky As the summer sun continues to beat down on Jerusalem’s congested roadways, I am continually impressed with the runners who brave the crowds and sweltering heat day after day to get and stay in shape for the Jerusalem Marathon. True, the race is nearly eight months away. But as any marathoner will tell you, the … Read More

UK Chief Rabbi Is Captivated by ALEH’s Disability Care

JEWISH LINK OF NEW JERSEY Jerusalem—On Thursday, May 25, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, visited the Jerusalem facility of ALEH (, Israel’s foremost network of state-of-the-art facilities for children with severe complex disabilities, to learn about ALEH’s high-level medical and rehabilitative care and what Jewish communities around the world … Read More

Israel Chessed Mission Participants Come to ALEH Bearing Gifts; Leave Inspired

The Jewish Voice On Wednesday, May 10, a group of 60 students, alumni and faculty from the Yeshiva of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School visited ALEH’s Jerusalem facility as part of their “Chessed Mission to Israel,” a biannual goodwill initiative led by the high school’s Dean of Students, Rabbi Naftali Besser.  In addition to an orientation about disability inclusion and … Read More

‘Law and Order’ Unite to Promote Disability Inclusion at Jerusalem Marathon

The Jewish Link / Ayala Asher On Friday, March 17, the Jerusalem Police Department joined forces with four of Israel’s most prestigious law firms for the seventh annual Jerusalem Winner Marathon, working together to raise funds for ALEH (, Israel’s foremost network of state-of-the-art facilities for children with severe complex disabilities. Though police officers and lawyers don’t always see eye … Read More

Police to ‘run’ with kids with disabilities in Friday’s Jerusalem marathon

The Jerusalem Post / Daniel K. Eisenbud “This reminds them who they are as human beings and why they became officers in the first place,” says Commissioner Alsheich. For the fourth year in a row, volunteers from the Jerusalem police will chaperon disabled children at Friday’s annual Jerusalem Winner Marathon to raise funds and awareness for ALEH, the country’s leading … Read 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 Negev–Nahalat Eran in southern Israel. … 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

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 opened on Jerusalem Day – … Read 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 Medical Center in Jerusalem who … Read 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 which the Nazis used as … Read More