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 – 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

Multiple Challenges, Multiple Solutions

This article first appeared in The Jewish Press – Aug 8, 2011 In 1987, just a few months after our wedding, my husband and I moved to Israel.  As a recent graduate of the Occupational Therapy Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York, I set out on a personal and professional journey to find my place in the … Read More

Israel's Revolution for Disabled Needs a Greater Voice

JTA, Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Mar 10, 2011 By Shlomit Grayevsky – Director, Aleh Jerusalem As revolution sweeps across the Middle East at a dizzying pace, cries for freedom, equality and an improved standard of living ring out, touching millions around the world and bringing hope to millions more.  Finally their voices are being heard, progress is being made. Still, … Read More

A gentle woman – and a Scholar

Jerusalem Post – Mar 4, 2011 By MARK REBACZ For many, caring for babies is a fun activity, full of smiles, laughter and games. But for Laya Scholar, a former New Yorker who made Aliyah four and a half years ago, working for children in ALEH’s infant development department is a lot more than just playing games. She’s shaping their … Read 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 leader and a force to … Read 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 (, 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 to tour the facility and … Read More

Yeshiva of Flatbush visit to ALEH

Five Towns Jewish times – Feb 4, 2011 In what has become a tradition, a group of some 50 students, faculty and parents from The Yeshiva of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School, led by Rabbi Naftali Besser,recentlyvisited ALEH’s Jerusalem Center. The group first received a short orientation from the ALEH staff about the center, its goals and the children. Then they … Read 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 age from infancy to 21 … Read More

Toronto ALEH volunteer conquers her own challenges

The Canadian Jewish News – Jan 6, 2011 By Vicky Tobiniah When Rafi Gasner decided to spend a year studying in a seminary in Israel, she thought she would spend most of the time focusing on her own personal growth. Her year has shaped up to be much more about helping others. Gasner was born and raised in Thornhill, Ont. … Read More

Putting the 'Mitzvah' into 'Bat-Mitzvah'

Arutz Sheva – Dec 20, 2010 By David Lev For some children, their Bar or Bat-Mitzvah day means a party and presents. But shouldn’t the character of the day reflect its name? Shouldn’t one who becomes a “child of the mitzvah” engage in some good deeds, specifically on their special day?Sofia Wiedmann of Modi’in thought so, and along with her … Read More

ALEH – The Little Leaf

The following article appeared in Sheindel Weinbach’s weekly column “Lite from Yerushalayim” in the October 21, 2010 edition of HAMODIA – Oct 21, 2010 By Sheindel Weinbach The story goes that the Baal Shem Tov was once walking with a disciple who had a difficult time understanding how every tiny event in this world has a purpose. Just then a … Read More


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 all proceeds going toward ALEH, … Read More

For children with disabilities, time to move from inclusion to normalcy

JTA / Rachel Fishheimer – ALEH 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 about the limitations of our campaigns promoting inclusion in the classroom, at work and in … Read 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 village for disabled children and … Read 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 available care and the opportunity … Read More

Making the Right Decisions for Children with Complex Disabilities

eJewishPhilanthropy / By Rikki Frohlich 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 to play the role of patriarch, deciding what information to release to the patient and what course of treatment to follow. Today, with information … Read 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 reasoning is simple. In addition … Read 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 das Zentrum Aleh Negev – … Read More

Taking story time seriously

TIMES OF ISRAEL / RIVKI KEESING 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. Parents and teachers were thrilled … Read 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 for members of Congressional offices … Read More

Educational integration: time to set an example for Israeli children

By Johanna Arbib-Perugia – President, ALEH International Board of Governors 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 Israeli public has yet to … Read 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 composure and bonded wordlessly with … Read 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 800­meter community race are residents … Read 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 – she returned to find him … Read 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 and 15 residents of ALEH … Read 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 actor Moshe Becker charmed the … Read 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 Deutschland gemacht.« Und auch Efi … Read 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 volunteers who are dedicated to … Read More

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

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 patterns, some in progress and … Read More

Doron Almog's Battle on the Home Front

Nahalat Eran – ALEH Negev By Doron Almog, father of Eran Read Doron Almog’s moving memorial to his son Eran upon the conclusion of the thirty-day mourning period. At the memorial ceremony the ALEH Negev rehabilitative village was renamed Nahalat Eran, in memory of the young man who was the inspiration behind the village’s inception. In the chapter of Psalms that … Read 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 1982. Reconnue sur le plan … Read More