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Ari's Bar Mitzvah Project

ALEH - A school and home in Israel for children with special needs

Ari understands how blessed he is to wake up each morning and get himself dressed, walk himself to the bus stop, navigate his day, feed himself, and otherwise take care of his own basic needs. But there are some kids who cannot walk, cannot talk, and may need extra care to get around and communicate.

Ari discovered an organization called ALEH, based in Israel. It focuses on serving the needs of less fortunate children. ALEH was founded in 1982 by a group of parents seeking the best available care for their children and others with multiple severe disabilities. ALEH serves more than 750 children and adolescents in residential settings and thousands more through outpatient services. ALEH has grown to encompass four locations in Israel - Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gedera and the Negev. 

The level of care provided by ALEH is state of the art and includes hydrotherapy, computer aided communication tools, clown therapy, pet therapy, supervised staff assisted outings at major events such as the Jerusalem Marathon, volunteer - assisted home visits and many other activities. All these services support one overriding goal - to allow ALEH's residents to each achieve their potentials and engage with the world in ways that are enjoyable and meaningful to them. 

ALEH has attracted wide acclaim in Israel and a small army of over 1,000 volunteers to supplement the work of the staff. ALEH has received glowing praise from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Rabbi of the Kotel Shmuel Rabinowitz, and others. Surely this is a very worthy charity. 

Thanks to ALEH, these children are able to live in much the same way as children without special needs, attend school, participate in vocational programs, and enjoy activities such as swimming at the beach or touring Israel's beautiful sites. In its efforts to change common attitudes and create a more caring and inclusive society in Israel, ALEH has developed numerous Tikkun Olam programs involving families, schoolchildren, university students, the IDF, and hundreds of volunteers both in Israel and abroad.

Will you help by making a small donation to ALEH? Every bit counts.