I've met many of ALEH's volunteers and staff, each of whom was a wonderful, caring and dedicated individual. The work that ALEH does is exceptional. ALEH is constantly updating their technology and improving their centers, ensuring that their standard of care is the highest. There is nothing like the smiles seen on the faces of ALEH's residents.
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ALEH transformed the 8th annual Jerusalem Marathon into a celebration of disability inclusion and acceptance. With participants in every race, cheering sections on every sideline, and one of the largest groups at the 800-meter ‘Community Track,’ including more than 50 “runners” with severe disabilities, ALEH was everywhere at once, spreading the message of inclusion and highlighting the importance of quality care for Israel’s disability community.
Boasting more than 100 runners of all ages, ‘ALEH Ascend,’ the organization’s inclusive running team, was a force to be reckoned with on the 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon tracks. Team members included young men and women from the Tri-State area currently on gap year programs, officers from the Jerusalem Police Department, firefighters from the Jerusalem Fire Department, doctors and nurses from Hadassah Medical Center, and top lawyers from the firms of Goldfarb Seligman, Ephraim Abramson & Co., Herzog Fox & Neeman (HFN), and Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal (Meitar).
While ALEH Ascend made its mark at the competitive races, a group of officers from the Jerusalem Police Department and their ALEH running partners won the day on the ‘Community Track’ for the fifth straight year. After months of training, the officers used specialized walkers and words of encouragement to lead the ALEH residents down the 500-meter stretch as hundreds of ALEH supporters cheered them on. In some cases, the police officers actually wore residents who could not use walkers in special walking harnesses, giving children who have never even moved their own legs the ability to “run” in the marathon.
All told, more than 500 ALEH supporters attended the Jerusalem Marathon to support the organization’s vital work and promote disability inclusion in Israel.
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What made me decide to join the ALEH family? It was the day I walked into the Jerusalem center. I was not there as part of a guided tour or a planned visit, and it was clear that I was witnessing daily life at ALEH just as it was, without any pretense or show. I was immediately struck by the warm, personal connections between residents and their dedicated caregivers, as well as the superlative level of support. While I had previously volunteered at a number of facilities for people with developmental disabilities, I had never seen and experienced anything like this. ALEH felt like a real home, a place in which each person was treated as an individual, where feelings were given their due, where communication went far beyond speaking, where programs and therapies were tailored to each resident's capabilities. Now, over a decade later, I have seen amazing advancements in rehabilitative technology and inclusion, but the underlying foundation of care - where each resident is seen and valued for who they are - has not changed. I am proud to be associated with this organization.
The love and care that ALEH imparts to residents - babies, children, teens, young adults and adults - can be felt in the air as soon as you enter one of the ALEH buildings. ALEH gives its all to residents, their families and the community-at-large, never compromising on professionalism, always searching for a better way to advance and improve the lives of those who cannot care for themselves. By reaching out to the community and expounding the principles of acceptance and equality, ALEH is making our lives better as well, and making our world a better place to live in.
ALEH is an amazing organization that is so professional and at the same time so warm and caring. The children are treated with real dignity and the families have so much comfort. It's so special to see how they take the children out for weekends, with their feeding tubes and medical paraphenelia. Nothing stops them!
I have worked for several years with agencies for the disabled, but I have never come across a place like ALEH Village!
Two years ago, I visited Israel for the first time. On the plane ride back home, I noticed a donation envelope on the seat of the plane for ALEH.
I went home and searched for ALEH on the internet. I was completely enamored with the vision and the mission of ALEH.
I noticed that there were opportunities for people to be International Volunteers at ALEH. I applied and was approved.
This was one of the greatest decisions of my life. ALEH is an organization like no other.
Those who receive services from ALEH receive more than professional help - they receive massive doses of Love.
I have a daughter with special needs and I know how important it is for caregivers to truly care - from the heart.
ALEH is a great place. Full of love and compassion.
Laughter and music are the common sounds. ALEH is truly a place full of light!
ALEH is such a warm, caring, loving place where children and young adults with severe disabilities are given the best of everything! Medical care, rehabilitation, every type of therapy, schooling, and more but the most important thing that ALEH gives these folks is lots and lots of LOVE! I am attaching a fantastic video I recently saw about just one amazing aspect of ALEH.
Aleh is An amazing organisation. We have worked for three months in Aleh- Jeruzalem. The people very kind andere it was amazing tot see the love, for the children, but also for us, as voluteers. It was a great time with a lot of party's, food andere most of all love. A place where the staff are good for jews and arab children.
Thomas & Erica Wierks
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)
ALEH is a great organization. I have been volunteering with them now for over 2.5 years now and am still impressed by what I see and experience. The loving care for the residents and the professional attitude. ALEH is worth your support!
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!
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.
ALEH is amazing! I strong advise anyone who can, to contribute, volunteer, visit, get involved!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
ALEH is not just a special education school, rehabilitation hospital, or therapy center...it's a family. I can not recommend ALEH highly enough.
ALEH is amazing! Every time I visit the facilities I am amazed at the energy! It feels like a real family!
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.
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.