Ze zingen in de Negev

Nederlands Israelitisch Weekblad (NIW), Issue no. 16 – Dec 10, 2013 By Jan Franke Midden in de Negev-woestijn heeft stichting ALEH een compleet dorp gebouwd voor mensen met een ernstige meervoudige handicap. Hier staan deze mensen niet aan de kant, maar draaien ze zo veel mogelijk mee in het dagelijks leven. Op een steenworp afstand van Ofakim, een slaapstadje in … Read More

Aliyah and the Special Needs Educator

The Jewish Press – Dec 2, 2013 By Varda Meyers Epstein “Bo-ker tov l’Ji-HAD-I. Aizeh kef l’Ji-HAD-I,” was the sound that greeted me as I peeked into one of the classrooms at ALEH Jerusalem. “Good morning to little Jihad. How fun for little Jihad.” I gave a start. There at the center of the room was a teacher, swinging a … Read More

ALEH: a happy place for kids with disabilities

Times of Israel – Nov 27, 2013 By Varda Epstein Sunday morning, I arose bright and early to down a cup of coffee before grabbing the 9 AM bus to Jerusalem, where I was to tour the ALEH facility for special needs children, in conjunction with my work as an education writer at Kars4Kids. I sat down at my computer … Read More

Every day is Chanukah

Times of Israel – Nov 17, 2013 By Dov Hirth Chanukah is a magical time in Israel. Walking through the streets at sundown, one is greeted by the sounds of families singing the blessings over the Chanukah candles together and the sight of flickering lights and smiling faces in every window and doorway.  The love and warmth is tangible. As … Read More

Akiva’s Helmet: Leaving No Soldier Behind

The Algemeiner – Oct 24, 2013 By Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, Chairman of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran A few weeks ago, my wife Didi undertook a major project: the long overdue clean up of our building’s storage room. As she waded through piles of discarded treasures, she discovered a burlap bag buried beneath the clutter. The bag contained an old paratrooper’s … Read More

Positive Impact

Zeh Lezeh (For One Another) – The Ruderman Family Foundation Blog – Oct 1, 2013 By Sharon Hadani Dayan – Marketing Communications and Corporate Relations Manager, ALEH ALEH’s prisoner rehabilitation program is a perfect example of the positive impact that people with disabilities can have on society at large. ALEH, Israel’s largest network of facilities for children with severe physical … Read More

For Israel’s disabled community, an oasis in the desert

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL – Sep 23, 2013 By DEBRA KAMIN OFAKIM — Rachma is a nearly five-year-old girl, a tiny bundle of a child with dark eyes and a tittering laugh. She can’t really walk or talk on her own, but she is alert, sitting up and offering a gurgle of incoherent conversation. Her hands, which curl in the … Read More

Humanity 101: Embracing the disabled

TIMES OF ISRAEL – Aug 6, 2013 By Dov Hirth – Marketing and Development, ALEH In Israel, care for children and adults with special needs has come a long way.  Over the last 30 years, Israel has built some of the world’s most impressive facilities for the treatment and rehabilitation of the disabled and has developed cutting-edge technologies that enhance the … Read More

Israel vacation becomes way of giving back

New Jersey Jewish News – Jul 15, 2013 By Debra Rubin – NJJN Bureau Chief/Middlesex Some people like to spend their vacations relaxing on the beach, while others prefer touring historic sites. But for one New Brunswick woman, no vacation is complete without spending time helping others. When Phyllis Pollak and her husband, Bill, planned a trip to Israel this … Read More

A Family's Medical Challenge Becomes Aliyah Necessity

Arutz 7 – Jul 4, 2013 By Chana Ya’ar Most people immigrate to Israel for spiritual, religious or familial reasons, and medical care doesn’t usually factor into the equation. But in the case of Iris Kowen’s family, that was not the case. Living in the Holy Land was always the ideal, she says, but it was the issue of medial … Read More

Technology Alters Reality for Kids with Disabilities

mfa.gov.il – Official website of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Jun 26, 2013 By Avigayil Kadesh Israel’s ALEH is a world pioneer in using virtual reality as a form of therapy for children with muscular and cognitive disabilities. Kids who have intellectual disabilities along with physical limitations such as cerebral palsy ordinarily cannot experience simple childhood pleasures like … Read More

10 Years Since Laying the Foundation of Compassion at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran

ejewishphilanthropy.com – Jun 16, 2013 By Doron Almog, Major General (res.) Chairman, Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran It was on Thursday, June 12, 2003 that we gathered in a white tent erected in the midst of a barren stretch of desert just south of Ofakim. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was there together with a group of children in wheelchairs who were surrounded … Read More

A Welcome Respite

Jerusalem Post – Jun 6, 2013 By ADAM ROSS Fifteen-year-old Haim lives at the ALEH Center for severely disabled children in Jerusalem. Wheelchair-bound and in need of 24-hour care, he can only eat with the aid of a feeding tube. He had never been taken out of the state-of-the-art care center for a significant amount of time before, until Amihai, … Read More

Tucked away in Jerusalem…

National Post – Apr 26, 2013 By Laura Rosen Cohen Hidden at the end of a small bumpy road, tucked away a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station, is a non-descript building, several stories high, constructed with the pale limestone known in this city as “Jerusalem stone.” Unexceptional in every external way, it nonetheless … Read More

Mangal: Impossible

The Times of Israel – Apr 25, 2013 By Dov Hirth My Yom Ha’atzmaut was picture-perfect.  Like so many others across the country, I enjoyed the annual “Sunday experience” by barbecuing the day away with friends and family.  (Forget baseball – mangal is our national pastime!) It was such a fulfilling feeling knowing that every other Israeli had the same … Read More

ALEH: Marching In Jerusalem to Advocate for the Disabled

Apr 23, 2013 Last month, on Wednesday, March 27, during the Passover holiday, ALEH (www.ALEH.org), Israel’s largest network of residential facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities, hosted “ALEH MARCHES FORWARD” – the third annual ALEH Jerusalem march to increase public awareness of the disabled and encourage the integration of Israel’s disabled community within Israeli society. Over 300 … Read 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 this magical place in the … Read More

ALEH Marches Forward, 'Bridges The Gap'

Five Towns Jewish Times – Apr 5, 2013 For the third straight year, a procession of over 300 marchers, including children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities under the care of ALEH (www.aleh.org), their families, caregivers, and volunteers and friends from around the globe, set out from ALEH’s Jerusalem facility to cross over the Jerusalem Chords Bridge in a powerful … Read More

JNF's Gala "Tree of Life" at the Pier Hotel Brings Hope to Israel

The Jewish Voice – Mar 27, 2013 By David Ben Hooren A palpable electricity filled the air on Tuesday evening, March 19, as over 350 ardent supporters of Israel gathered at the annual glittering gala “Tree of Life’ dinner at New York’s Pierre Hotel.  Hosted by the legendary Jewish National Fund in conjunction with ALEH Negev – Nahalat Eran, the focus … Read 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 of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, a rehabilitative … Read More

Jerusalem Marathon 2013 Highlights

Jerusalem Post – Mar 8, 2013 By Greer Fay Cashman Not so long ago, people with special needs were isolated from society and hidden away by their families lest their physical or mental conditions or both cast a blot on the marriage potential of their siblings. Today, there is greater sensitivity for the feelings of people with special needs, resulting in … Read More

Alaskan volunteer helps Israel's disabled children

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Feb 22, 2013 By Rivka Borochov It’s not every day you’ll find a person who takes a month and a half off work each year to travel 5,000 miles –– on his own tab – just to spend time volunteering with disabled children in Jerusalem. But for one devout Christian man, Curtis Sparks of … Read More

For kids with disabilities, virtual reality isn’t just a game

ISRAEL21c.org – Feb 20, 2013 By Abigail Klein Leichman If virtual reality can put players inside a game and take pilot trainees to the sky, then why not use this cutting-edge technology to give children with severe intellectual and physical disabilities experiences they cannot enjoy in the real world? That was the thinking behind a unique-to-Israel use of virtual reality … Read More

ALEH Marks its 30th Anniversary with a Gala Event

Jerusalem Post – Feb 8, 2013 ALEH, ISRAEL’S largest network of facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities, marked its 30th anniversary last Saturday night with a gala fundraiser at the Leonardo City Tower Hotel in Ramat Gan. Proceeds from the event will subsidize the construction of a therapeutic pool at ALEH’s new center in Bnei Brak, a … Read More

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

Detroit Jewish News – Jan 24, 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 email … Read More

A few good men (schen)

Jerusalem Post – Jan 10, 2013 By Danny Grossman I was first privileged to meet US Gen. (ret.) Robert Magnus at an event I helped orchestrate honoring another tough US Navy aviator, Lou Lenart, who led the first fighter mission of the Israel Air Force 64 years ago. In everything he does, Bob personifies the talmudic definition of an honorable … Read More

80 Year Old 'Bar Mitzvah Boy' Twins With Disabled Israeli

Arutz 7 – Jan 9, 2013 By Elie Klein Sixty-seven years after his 13th birthday, Larry Feinstein decided that it was finally time to have a Bar Mitzvah.  It was an e-mail 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 … Read More

It's Hard to Run to a Bomb Shelter When You Are in a Wheelchair

JewishJournal.com – Nov 16, 2012 By Michelle K. Wolf Earlier this week, I was thinking about what I wanted to blog about this weekend and there were so many good topics to pick from. There was our son, Danny, with significant disabilities, celebrating his almost-18th birthday at Fairfax High School and loving all the attention and gooey chocolate cake. Or … Read More

For The Greater Good: Up Close With Shayna Miodownik

Five Towns Jewish Times – Oct 12, 2012 By Rochelle Maruch Miller An amazing young woman from Queens is making a real difference for the children of ALEH. Shayna Miodownik made aliyah just two months ago but has been in Israel since graduating from high school over two years ago. Shayna has spent the last 12 months as a volunteer … Read More

Israel's gold standard

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL – Sep 12, 2012 By Dov Hirth – Director of Marketing & Development As 5772 nears its end, I find myself reflecting on the experiences that impacted me the most over the last year. Though there were many such instances, the sports fan in me continues to focus on the rare inspirational moments we all witnessed … Read More

Maryland State Senator Catherine Pugh Visits Israel's Most Severely Disabled Children

Baltimore Jewish Life – Sep 6, 2012 By BJLife News Room “Crash Course” on Israel and Judaism brought Pugh to ALEH to see how Jewish Nation cares for its own JERUSALEM, Israel – September 6 –On Wednesday, August 29, Maryland State Senator Catherine Pugh visited the Bnei Brak facility of ALEH (https://aleh.org/), Israel’s largest network of facilities for children with … Read More

A Second Home

Jerusalem Post Magazine Weekend Edition – Jun 28, 2012 By JOSH HASTEN When Jerusalemite Alon Chasid’s son was born via a difficult delivery six-and- a-half years ago, it looked like everything was going to be alright. However, several days later, doctors revealed to the family that the baby had undergone severe trauma, including bleeding in the brain. Those complications would … Read More

Doron Almog: A man on a mission

Jerusalem Post – Jun 12, 2012 By SHMUEL RABINOVITCH When a war hero is asked about his greatest accomplishment, one would expect him to respond with a detailed account of an epic mission or historic military maneuver – perhaps the very incident that earned him his stripes. Yet, if you ask Maj.-Gen. (res.) Doron Almog about his crowning achievement, he … Read 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 I needed to make the … Read More

A Mother's Dream, A Family's Support: A Child Lives his Potential

Zeh Lezeh (For One Another) Blog – May 23, 2012 By Iris Kowen – Mother of Shai, a resident at Aleh Negev For me, the biggest challenge in having a severely disabled child was the fear that he would never be able to maximize his potential. Though I understand that my son, Shai, has limitations, I am equally aware that these … Read More

Lawrence school fundraised for Israeli group ALEH

Five Towns HERALD – May 3, 2012 By HERALD Staff Sixth-graders at The Brandeis School in Lawrence organized a school wide walkathon that sought to raise money for ALEH, an Israeli-based organization that provides care to severely disabled children in Israel. One hundred strolled from Putnam Boulevard to Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach on April 29. After Sunday’s walk $3,028 … Read More

Israel at 64: Innovation in Caring

The Jewish Tribune (Canada) – Apr 24, 2012 By Sarah Herskowitz-Director of International Relations for ALEH As we ready ourselves for Israel’s upcoming birthday celebration and reflect on the last 64 years, we can’t help but swell with pride at our country’s many accomplishments. In what seems like no time at all, the State of Israel has become a world … Read More

ALEH Marches Forward in Jerusalem for Passover

Arutz Sheva – Apr 12, 2012 By Chana Ya’ar In a testimony to Israeli caring, more than 300 marchers from the ALEH organization rallied across the Jerusalem Chords Bridge to support the cause. The organization is Israel’s largest network of residential facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. The annual event, now in its second year, is held to … Read More

Four Ways to Celebrate Passover

The Real Jerusalem Streets – What is really happening in Jerusalem – Apr 11, 2012 By Sharon Altshul Millions of people visit nature sites in Israel over Passover.  Tens of thousands attend Birchat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing prayer service at the Kotel, the Western Wall, each year. In Jerusalem’s Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, thousands of people gather for picnic outings. I want … Read More

Jerusalem March Promotes ‘Bridging Gap’ Between Disabled, Broader Society

Apr 10, 2012 By e-Jewish Philanthropy In a symbolic display to encourage the integration of Israel’s disabled community within Israeli society, a procession of over 300 marchers, including children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities under the care of ALEH, their families, caregivers, and volunteers and friends from around the globe, set out Monday to cross over the Jerusalem Chords … Read More

University of Birmingham Charity Ball a Huge Success!

Mar 5, 2012 By Jewish Telegraph Over 310 students attended The Birmingham JSoc Charity Ball on Sunday 4th March 2012 at the home of Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park. The ball was a massive success raising over £8,000 for charity. The ball committee – Oran Gordon, Talya Stone, Jessica Levine, Tori Kahn, Olivia Martyn, Talisa Ross and Joel Holder … Read More

A family of grace

JERUSALEM POST – Feb 25, 2012 By RABBI SHMUEL RABINOWITZ Last Monday, a wonderful family prepared to accompany their mother, Margalit, on her final journey. It was exactly five years after the family’s son/grandson passed away at a young age after having suffered from severe autism his entire life. Just as this family did, thousands of others in Israel face … Read More

Clifton youth chose "mitzvah" over "bar"

Jewish Community News (NJ) – Jan 27, 2012 By Abigail Klein Leichman Why did Adir Schwartz-Settenbrino of Clifton choose to celebrate his bar mitzvah in Jerusalem with a cognitively disabled Israeli “twin” he’d never met, rather than party with his peers at home? “The main reason I gave up my bar mitzvah with friends to twin it with a disabled … Read More

They wouldn’t give up on Nadji – This Israeli rehabilitation village treats people, not syndromes

The Jewish Advocate – Oct 20, 2011 By Masada Sekely, Director – Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran People often think trees and water in connection with the Jewish National Fund. In fact, the organization supports much more, including ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran rehabilitation village in southern Israel. This column is by its director Masada Sekely. Nadji came to the ALEH Negev- Nahalat Eran … Read 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 are two specific ideologies that … Read More

Mondays with Tal

chabad.org – Oct 16, 2011 By Esther Greenwald In the Fall of 1997, I took my very first trip to Israel to begin a year of post-high school study at a seminary in Jerusalem.  From the moment I stepped off the plane, I was overcome by feelings of awe and disbelief.  After years of dreaming about our wondrous Holy Land, … Read More

Inspired by uncle, girl pens song to aid disabled kids

Mitzva project raises funds for Aleh network of homes in Israel – Sep 6, 2011 By Elaine Durbach – New Jersey Jewish News Staff Writer The opening lines of Adina Falk’s first song declare: “You say, ‘It can’t be done’ / I say, ‘Let’s have some fun.’” And that pretty much describes the approach taken by this 12-year-old from East … Read More

Ontarian shares bar mitzvah joy with physically challenged Israeli boy

Canadian Jewish Tribune – Aug 30, 2011 By Avraham Zuroff JERUSALEM – Daniel Edery of Ontario recently celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with friends, family…and Tzvika Frenkel, a cognitively disabled and autistic boy from the ALEH Moriah rehabilitation centre in Gedera in central Israel. When planning for his bar mitzvah, Daniel decided that it only … Read More