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Mission: ALEH is a rehabilitative network of centers caring for the most severely disabled children in Israel. Established in 1982, ALEH believes that every child, regardless of the severity of the physical or cognitive disability, has the right to benefit from the best available care and develop to his or her full potential. Its four facilities located in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gedera and the Negev, provide over 750 children and young adults with all the specialized services they need to live a quality life: residential living, medical care, rehabilitative and therapeutic treatment, special education, vocational training opportunities, plus social and cultural activities. As Israel’s largest organization for the severely disabled, ALEH’s groundbreaking rehabilitative concepts are changing social perceptions regarding the care for the most vulnerable amongst us.

Target demographics: children and young adults throughout Israel with sever disabilities. ALEH currently has 650 residents and services 18,000 outpatients annually.

Geographic areas served: Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gedera, The Negev

Programs: The foundation supports ALEH, a rehabilitative network of centers caring for the most severely disabled children in israel.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are many reasons why ALEH is considered Israel’s foremost network of care for
children with severe complex disabilities.
ALEH’s individualized therapies and advanced medical care have empowered hundreds of children and young adults with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities to advance well beyond their initial prognoses. ALEH is also renowned for its supportive residential environments, special education schools, pioneering rehabilitative programs and child development centers serving the wider community.
Just as importantly, ALEH has helped bring about a crucial shift in societal attitudes towards individuals with disabilities, spreading the light of inclusion in Israel and beyond.
Disability doesn't mean inability.
It simply means adaptability.
In a world full of obstacles and exclusionary practices, ALEH
promotes the acceptance and inclusion of individuals with all levels of abilities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ALEH is amazing! I strong advise anyone who can, to contribute, volunteer, visit, get involved!
Inspiration Guaranteed!!

Donor

Rating: 5

ALEH is a first class facility for children and adults with special needs. As a donor, I know my contribution is going to help these children and not to costly overhead. The staff from the directors to the cook are all so warm, caring and loving and I see feel privileged to be a part of the ALEH family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are Thomas (25) and Erica(22). We come from the Netherlands and we are married now for a year. After we been married we made the decision to spend our time and to serve in Israël. We wanted to be a blessing for the country and especially the Jewish people, because we are christian and we believe that Israël and the Jewish people have a special place in G'ds heart. We really want to show them the love of our messiah Yeshua by deeds. So we saw on different places, like in a church, in a magazine of Christians for Israël and Isreality and on internet advertising for Aleh. So we made the decision to serve there. We we are in Aleh now for 7 weeks. Aleh is an awesome nonprofit organisation, where they really take you as a volunteer into their "family". It is so nice to see that the longer you work with the children/teens of Aleh, the more they recognize you. At the beginning we worked with the children and didn't see much of response, but after a week the children/teens responded to us more and more. Now after a week we have been able to build a special bond with different children/teens. To see their wide smile or sometimes small smile, all the work is worth more. It is also very nice to work in Aleh, because you are also seen as a volunteer. They really need you as a volunteer, and they also show that to us. At the beginning it was sometimes difficult to get used to the way the employees talk to each other, because it is a whole different mentality than we are used to in the Netherlands. But colleagues are also very friendly and show you their gratitude almost every day. We love Aleh and all the people in there. It has become our second family.

Thomas and Erica (the Netherlands)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ALEH is just an amazing organisation, An organisation that respects all human beings just as they are. ALEH gives the children love and patience, takes care of their special needs. Includes them into our society - believes in their abilities... With the team of great doctors, nurses, professionals, care givers, friends, donors and wonderful volunteers ALEH is already the winner! The winner of the moral ethic in our society!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved every moment of my volunteer stint at ALEH. I saw so clearly how these kids have the same feelings and emotions as all of us, they just can't express it in the same way. I loved bringing them joy and seeing their faces light up with such purity. ALEH's care for the children is unsupassed - they really go all out to provide the best quality of life possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always believed that ALEH is a place where angels care for angels. Never before have I seen such care and compassion on display constantly. ALEH's staff and volunteers are unparalleled in their devotion to each individual child and the greater goals of accessibility, inclusion and quality care for individuals with disabilities. ALEH is changing the face of Israel and giving hope to children with severe complex disabilities and their families. I am a proud donor of this warm and wonderful world-changing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ALEH is a great organisation. I have been volunteering with them now for 2 years and am still impressed by the quality of care and the love for the residents that I experience. ALEH is SUPER!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ALEH is not just a special education school, rehabilitation hospital, or therapy center...it's a family. I can not recommend ALEH highly enough.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ALEH is amazing! Every time I visit the facilities I am amazed at the energy! It feels like a real family!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

after visiting the ALEH facility in the Negev and seeing first hand the amazing work they do for children and adults with disabilities, I know that there are angles on earth! It is rare to see such devotion and dedication and I for one was truly impressed and inspired.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 was a bit apprehensive and questioned myself and my abilities. I knew that this experience would be challenging, but little did I realize that it would be the most rewarding experience of my life. When I first got to my class, I met the beautiful children – whose names I still remember: Shimon, Sarah, and Batya.
Within a few weeks into my volunteer experience, I formed an inexplicable bond with all of the children. They taught me the simple act of communication through love rather than voice. They taught me that happiness could be found through any aspect of life. It’s been two years since my time at ALEH, and I can honestly say that there isn’t a day that goes when I don’t think about it.
I think about my kids and how happy they are being in a place like ALEH, where disability isn’t seen as a difference. I feel lucky knowing that I had the opportunity to immerse myself in such a loving and happy environment. But most importantly, I’m thankful. My work at ALEH has allowed me to change career paths, from studying design to social work. It has inspired me to peruse a career with the ultimate goal of empowering those with disabilities and educating those who may not be so familiar with the term.
I would like to thank the whole ALEH family. Thank you for providing such a beautiful, happy place for the kids that are truly the light in this world. I hope to one day return to Israel and reunite with my class again.
Best wishes,
Melanie Vesely

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last summer I worked at ALEH. Had a great time there and really enjoyed the stay.
Beautiful people and feeling a part of ALEH's family

Peter-Paul J. v.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the first dutch volunteer for Aleh Negev. From the first day I felt my self by the residens and staff adopted as a famely member.
I was allowed to give te residents extra attention by walking and plying with them. It was amazing to see how the jewish and beduin caregivers work as a famely together to give every resident the best life that is possible for him or here. To motive them to do as much as posible by them self. I felt in love with Aleh Negev So in 2014 and 2015 I came 4 times back. (It is still emotional for me to remember when I came back that many residents recornized me, some who never say my name during my first 5 weeks welcomed me by saying PETER.).in dec 2015 I got my israelian ID. In 2016 Aleh Negev offerd me a job as caregiver. I'm proud to be allowed to to work in this amazing village for sevierly disabled residents.
Follow your Hart and great things shall happen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2014 and 2015 a was 3 periods (5 weeks, 2.5 months and 3 months) a volunteer at Aleh Negev nahalt Eran.
From the first moment a felt me excepted like a member of the Aleh Negev family. I was allowed to help the caregivers to take care of the residents. I walked many hours with them helped them during work therapie and more. It is amazing to see how every person in Aleh is giving love and kindness to the residents. For me it was the best vacation ever. I hope to come back soon. Because I miss the atmosphere, the residents the caregivers and the staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ALEH is the most beautiful family I have ever encountered. Not many people within its network of facilities across Israel are actually blood relatives, but they are all connected by the inseparable bond of compassion, commitment and care. I am inspired by both the residents and staff. This beautiful family makes me want to be a better person. Supporting ALEH is the easiest way to steer our society in the right direction: towards caring, understanding, and true inclusion.

Donor

Rating: 5

I know ALEH for about twenty years. Seeing is believing! ALEH's care, devotion proffessionalism, the attention to every last detail of the need of every single child and adult alike, ist just unparalleled. Amazing is just the beginning of how you describe ALEH. Seeing the
children thrive and progress is the best vote for ALEH! GO ALEH GO! Keep the great
work up!!

Israel V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ALEH is a very special organisation. I visited them a few years ago and was very impressed by the care and love they give to the children. So I decided that I would like to volunteer with them for some longer period, which only increases my respect for the organisation and the great people working here!

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Donor

Rating: 5

ALEh is such a special place. Every time I visit the facilities I am overwhelmed by the genuine love, care and concern that the staff gives to the children there. What impresses me the most is how happy the kids are. ALEH is, hands down, the leader in care for the disabled. I feel honored to be a part of the ALEH family!

1 Ayala Y.

Advisor

Rating: 5

ALEH is truly a family, they care for every one of their children as their own. The warmth at ALEH from the staff, to the volunteers is unparalleled. I am honored to be associated with such an incredible organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aleh's care and commitment to a population often forgotten is unparalleled.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have actually seen all 4 of ALEH's facilities - each one is absolutely amazing. The care, dedication and love given to the disabled children is so special and noteworthy.
ALEH is more than just a special education school, rehabilitation hospital, or therapy center...it's a HOME where each and every resident is given everything they need to help them grow.