ALEH residents throughout Israel look forward to the summer and all the special activities it brings. The change in routine broadens their horizons, gives them experiences they would otherwise never enjoy, and creates long-lasting memories.

Residents of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran enjoyed a wonderful day at the beach in Ashkelon, initiated and organized by a unit of Israeli Navy soldiers!

After their moving visit to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran two months ago, the soldiers from the operations unit of the Israeli Navy felt that they wanted to continue their relationship with the residents, and hold a significant voluntary project. And so the soldiers and their commander organized a very special day at the beach, completely on their own initiative!

Residents arrived at the beach in Ashkelon, together with their caregivers and National Service girls, and met the soldiers, who had organized mats, chairs, guitars, fruit and games especially for them. Beach access roads are not wheelchair accessible, so taking residents to the beach is a complex and infrequent activity. But this time, thanks to the amazing unit of soldiers that was on hand to organize and assist, many residents were able to participate in the outing, and they all got to enter the water—even those in wheelchairs! It was an unforgettable experience, full of positive energy and excitement!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the soldiers and commanders who organized the activity and helped the residents have such a wonderful experience. We are looking forward to the next event…

Meanwhile in Jerusalem…

Summers are always great fun at ALEH Jerusalem, with a variety of special activities and outings. In late July, 27 children, accompanied by some 70 volunteers, enjoyed a special overnight trip to Kibbutz Ein Tzurim. There they had the special treat of waking in the morning to blue skies, green trees and bird song… Two days of pure fun!

This special trip was possible thanks to ALEH Jerusalem’s AMAZING volunteers, who organized the myriad details involved in making this a reality: the fundraising, equipment, schedule, activities, technical arrangements, and more—and also provided nonstop joy, morale and love.

In addition to the overnight trip, a wide range of outstanding summer activities were held at ALEH Jerusalem.  They concluded with a prayer service held for the residents at the Kotel (Western Wall). These prayers must certainly have a direct line to heaven!

It may be hot outside, but ALEH Moriah’s residents were nice and cool in the water! They traveled all the way from Gederah to the far north of Israel, for a special summer trip to the Dan Nature reserve. The residents very much enjoy bus rides, relaxing and watching the scenery go by, and this was indeed a nice, long ride. When they arrived at the reserve, they headed straight for the natural wading pool, enjoying its cold water together with many other holidaying families. They also enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch in nature.

Residents were accompanied by the wonderful volunteers from the Baharan Ulpana and the Yad Binyamin branch of Bnei Akiva. These young people volunteer at ALEH Moriah all year long, and are joined by volunteers from overseas. We could never have done the trip without them!

Everyone returned to ALEH Gedera in the evening, tired but happy, looking forward to the next round of wonderful summer-camp fun!

They say that a dog is a person’s best friend, and the children of ALEH Bnei Brak had very special canine visitors as part of their summer camp! Some five dogs and their trainers from the “Good Dog” organization came to play ball, jump and roll around with the children. The smiles, laughter and non-verbal communication were absolutely fantastic.

Simon the Drummer came to wrap up the summer activities at ALEH Bnei Brak. His solo show brought rhythm, joy and excitement to the residence. Children participated in a drum circle and it was a perfect closure to a wonderful summer, full of fun for the children.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the generous donors to ALEH’s summer camps. All these special activities and the change of routine make a huge difference to our children. Without you, none of the above would be possible.