Hundreds of Children in Israel Were Saved This Year a Minute Before Their Parents Killed Them
November 8, 2010
With these stark words, Israel’s Minister of Welfare Yitzhak Herzog opened a ceremony awarding him and 3 other heroes for making a real, daily difference in creating a better, more caring Israeli society.
The ceremony, sponsored by Rotary Israel, was held on November 4, the day of the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 15 years ago. The ceremony was dedicated to eradicating violence within Israeli society, and the Rotary organization awarded the prestigious Paul Harris prize to 4 individuals who have devoted themselves to this cause.
Another awardee was Major General (Res) Doron Almog, Chairman of the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabiliative Village. Established through Almog’s untiring efforts, ALEH Negev is an innovative village in the south of Israel that offers hope and a quality of life to severely disabled young adults.
In accepting the award Almog remarked “In Israel, we need to establish at least another 10 villages along the same model as ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, which was designed as a home for life for people with severe cognitive disabilities and physical handicaps. The village offers services to hundreds of people. It provides unconditional love and a real quality of life to Israel’s most vulnerable populace, some who have been defenseless since birth and others who became disabled as a result of an accident. We still have a long journey ahead of us in creating for this special population a better society and in breaking down the stigmas and stereotypes that surround them. “
The other two awardees of the Paul Harris prize were Nava Barak, President of Elem, and Tzipi Pines, Director of the Lesin House, for their dedicated efforts to build a better, more caring society for the people of Israel.
May they all continue to go forward in their inspiring endeavors!
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