Volunteer Spotlight

Timo as Tourguide
Timo a volunteer from Germany exhibits many giftings at ALEH Negev. He is very loved with the residents and care takers, and not to forget the social service girls ☺. He also likes to make vlogs about his life in Israel and at ALEH. But when people come to visit ALEH, he also likes to […]More...
BEZEK CELEBRATES TU B’SHVAT AT ALEH JERUSALEM
Last Thursday, 70 Bezek employees (Bezek is the Israeli telephone company) of all levels came to celebrate Tu B’Shvat, the new year of the trees, with residents of ALEH Jerusalem. The Bezek employees made a considerable effort to put on a wonderful event for the residents, and it is hard to describe how great it […]More...
BETH JACOB STUDENTS HELP DANIEL REALIZE HIS BAR MITZVAH DREAM
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, […]More...
BIG man, GIANT heart, HUGE gift! 
Since 2005, Curtis Sparks from Anchorage, Alaska, has been spending his summer vacations volunteering at ALEH’s residential facility in Jerusalem.  From day one, six-foot-five Curtis felt a special connection with tiny Efrat, a resident with multiple disabilities, and the two became virtually inseparable.  During the winter months, Curtis makes sure to stay in touch with […]More...
The sound of silence
Early in the morning I am walking with one of the residents through the grounds of ALEH-Negev. It is quiet and we can feel the warmth of the rising sun. We walk further and he makes a sound that means ‘stop pushing the wheelchair’. He picks a flower from the garden, turns around with a […]More...
SIMON WESTSTEIJN

ALEH’S VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Simon Weststeijn is the first member of ALEH’s administrative staff to arrive every morning and one of the last to leave every evening.  As the point person for all international volunteers for ALEH, Israel’s foremost network of state-of-the-art facilities for children with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, Simon handles all of the logistics prior to […]More...

Thank you ALEH family!
Hi, ALEH! I just thought I would message you with thanks. I’m from Sydney, Australia, and I volunteered for ALEH two years ago when I was on a gap year program for 5 months in Jerusalem called Israel By Choice. When I first started at ALEH, I experienced a whirlwind of emotions. At first, I […]More...
Good Teva Week at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran
40 volunteers from the Teva Pharmaceutical Company came to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, to put on a volunteer activity for the students at the special education school. Every year, Teva holds a week for the benefit of the community, called “Good Teva Week,” during which its staff members volunteer in various social frameworks. This year is […]More...
Dutch Volunteers Clown around at ALEH Moriah
ALEH Moriah was recently lucky to have a very special couple who volunteered for a month at the facility: Mark, a medical clown, and his wife Aafke, from Holland. Mark regularly made rounds of the houses, clowning around with residents and staff. Mark and Aafke connected deeply with everyone at ALEH, interacting without language, but […]More...
ALEH Jerusalem Children Enjoy Summer Camp with Volunteers from Neve Daniel
In what has become a tradition, over 100 children from ALEH Jerusalem enjoyed a fantastic summer camp experience organized and carried out by some 85 teenage volunteers from Neve Daniel (a community outside of Jerusalem). The volunteers themselves raised the money to hold the 4-day camp experience, and took care of all the logistics. This […]More...
A VIP Volunteer: Shai Hajaj, Head of Merhavim Regional Council, Teaches Music Class For ALEH Negev Children
A few weeks ago, the staff of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran advertised for volunteers to facilitate the various enrichment activities at the village. These include a music class, fitness group, movement therapy and story acting. Shai Hajaj, Head of the Merhavim Regional Council, in which the village is located, saw the announcement and immediately offered his […]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...
Peter Paul van Broekhuizen: Drawn To Israel By His Roots
By Rhona Lewis | OLAM | MAY 27, 2016 “Life in Switzerland was always too organized for me,” says Peter Paul van Broekhuizen, a fifty-seven-year-old Dutch hotelier who opened a hotel in Gluringen, a village situated near the main spring of the River Rhone. The knowledge that his maternal grandfather was Jewish and was killed in […]More...
Andy in ALEH Negev
3 months of volunteering at Aleh Negev. Wow, how will I ever be able to put my time here in Israel into words?? Time has flown by and it´s hard to believe that my time in Israel is already over. So let´s start with this: I am leaving with my heart FULL; Full of beautiful memories, Full […]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...
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 […]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...
Crossing the Divide to Volunteer at ALEH
May 5, 2014 By Peter-Paul van Broekhuizen “Be yourself, work from the heart and great things will happen.” ALEH has been privileged to host many workers, volunteers and visitors from all over the world.  Indeed – ALEH’s global family includes friends and supporters from 50 countries!  We are always pleased to welcome people from different […]More...
Granddaughter’s Volunteerism at ALEH Brings Grandparents on Board!
May 15, 2014 Miriam Gozlan has been volunteering at ALEH for the past two years. She is a wonderful volunteer who connects with the children and enhances their day with her warm and caring personality. Miriam is a proud volunteer, and she shared her feelings and experiences at ALEH with her family.  Her enthusiasm was […]More...
British Friends of ALEH Band Together
Mar 10, 2014 As ALEH has grown, so has its extended family of friends and supporters around the world.  Parents and children, caregivers and patients, government ministers and schoolchildren, foundations and caring individuals of all ages across the globe – ALEH has become a global community based on the principles of sensitivity, commitment and kindness, […]More...
ALEH volunteer receives the Brandeis school ‘women of valor’ award
Mar 4, 2014 Atlantic Beach resident Raina Russo and Luann Myers, of Belle Harbor, will be presented with Woman of Valor awards from The Brandeis School in Lawrence during its annual dinner dance, which will be held at the Oceanside Jewish Center on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. Russo, a graduate of the Technion […]More...
The Bride Who Shared Her Wedding Joy with ALEH Kids
Nov 10, 2013 ALEH’s amazing volunteers form a bond with the children and staff that ties hearts together – forever. This special volunteer came to visit ALEH’s children on the day of her wedding.  She bent down to hug and kiss each child in her bridal dress, showering them with heartfelt blessings and receiving their […]More...
With Friends Like These, Anything’s Possible!
Aug 28, 2013 My name is Yoni Brand and I volunteer at ALEH Jerusalem.  “My” resident is Tal.  Tal communicates with me through a special sign language that he made up himself.  Following a short introduction anyone can have a regular conversation with him and understand exactly what he wants to say. For me, Tal […]More...
This was an extremely significant year for me, a special, amazing and extraordinary experience!
Aug 7, 2013 My name is Zahava Eliav.  I am 19 years old and live in Ofakim. With the close of my year of national service duty at Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, I was asked to sum up the year in a few words.  I thought it would be a difficult task, but as soon as […]More...
Friends Forever!
Jan 1, 2013 Esther Greenwald was born and raised in Baltimore, MD.  She made Aliyah to Israel in 1999, and now lives with her husband and three children in Givat Ze’ev. “My first visit to ALEH was surreal,” says Esther.  “Powerful feelings of love and warmth washed over me the moment I arrived.  The corridors […]More...