Ground Breaking at ALEH Negev
Apr 4, 2005
ALEH, Israel’s leading provider of care and treatment for developmentally disabled children, held a gala fundraiser in Los Angeles’s Luxe Hotel on Monday evening, April 4 to support their Rehabilitative Village in the Negev. The highlight of the evening’s activities was an address by Major General Doron Almog (IDF Res.), former Commander-in Chief of the Southern Israel Command, and architect of the daring 1976 Raid on Entebbe “Operation Thunderbolt”. General Almog now serves at the Chairman of ALEH’s Negev Project, presently under construction near the city of Ofakim. This 25-acre Rehabilitative Village will be home to hundreds of disabled from all over Southern Israel, where there are no facilities of this type.
A crowd of more than 300 listened attentively as the General spoke of his lifelong dedication to protecting State of Israel, and how after 35 years, he has rededicated himself to the welfare of severely disabled infants and children throughout Israel. General Almog’s son, Eran, named after a brother who gave his life in service to Israel, was born with severe brain damage and has been a resident of ALEH’s Moria Center in Gedera for many years. Eran will be among the first residents of the new facility at the end of this year. The Village is being built in stages, and the money raised at this event will help fund the second stage of construction, which is scheduled to begin in 2006.
General Almog, when asked to comment about the overwhelming turnout for the event, had high praise for Uri and Ephraim Harkam, whose Foundation sponsored the event. “The Harkams, and indeed the entire Jewish community of Southern California, really responded to our call and demonstrated genuine concern and commitment for Israel and its disabled. We are greatly encouraged by this display of support from our American brothers and sisters.” The General also expressed his appreciation for Mr.& Mrs. Jackie Bachar, who worked tirelessly to make this event a success, and Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, who did such a wonderful job as master of ceremonies.
To learn more about ALEH and how you can help Israel’s disabled, please visit their website at www.aleh.org or call ALEH’s New York headquarters toll free at 800-317-ALEH.
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