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Causes: International

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

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lirit Tzirman Z.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The endless care and innitiative is inspiring for whom ever walks those doors...
The people who work at Aleh and the volunteers are angels.
There's so much to be done - but whatever is done is always with a huge smile and great care.
The parents od Aleh children say "this place hasn't just changed their lives...they actually started living". I wish for them to always have that smile and big heart when taking care of these great children. This place does make a change! and a big one!

god bless

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in the neighborhood of ALEH in Jerusalem. I see the children going out to the zoo, the beach, a nature hike, a weekend sleepover and more. I see them dancing in the courtyard and being taken for a march over the Jerusalem bridge. The atmosphere is always so positive and the attitude is that the kids deserve the best! The volunteers are so devoted and it's incredible to see how much they love the children and really give of their whole hearts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ALEH is an organization that is all heart - caring for children and adults with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities and medical conditions, most of whom are totally dependent for all basic daily living activities. ALEH provides top quality medical and rehabilitative care, schooling and vocational opportunities; at the same time it invests so much effort and resources into giving the kids a real quality of life - there is always some interesting activity or outing or community integration going on, and the kids show their enjoyment with the most beautiful smiles. I love going to ALEH because I feel the kids are my friends, and they give back to me in a deep way that can't be expressed in words.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Over the last decade, I absolutely fell in love with ALEH. Initially, ALEH was my client, and I worked diligently to secure media coverage for the organization. But for every story placed in the media, there were 100 more happening behind the scenes that blew my mind and filled my heart - innovative approaches to disability care and inclusion, the highest attention paid to every child's individual needs, development far beyond initial prognoses thanks to the dedication of ALEH's professional staff and volunteers. To me, ALEH represents the very best of humanity. As a member of the ALEH team, it is now my privilege to help the organization advance disability care, inclusion, equity and access in Israel (and beyond).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ALEH Israel is not what you expect it to be - it's not some run down and dirty building, with angry and underpaid staff and neglected kids. ALEH is a happy place, on all levels. The kids are being genuinely cared for, plaid and worked with. Staff and parents, volunteers and batei/bnei sherut work hand ind hand to help the residents go beyond their doctor's and their own expectations. ALEH is a home, a school, a kindergarten, a playground, a work place. It's warm and caring, happy and sometimes sad, nurturing and encouraging. ALEH is a community, and whoever is part of it, is truly blessed.

2 yenrali

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I already heard about ALEH the Netherlands. I learned about their amazing work and commitment towards their residents. After visiting the ALEH Negev- and Jerusalem facilities, those feelings were only confirmed. A special place for special people. I enjoyed the staff's professionalism and pleasantness. Plus, for the residents' families, there are no 'visiting hours', that shows a great sense of transparency. Dear greetings!

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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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been in a tour at Aleh facility in the Negev and was stunned! I never expected to see such a beautiful and relaxed place! We saw the children being taken care of by workers and volunteers who try to bring a smile to their face. The whole place is like a big clean and pleasant park that includes a little zoo, swimming pool amd more facilities. Very nice to see how they invest. Well done for your holy work!

3 Ariella R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3 ALEHisnumberone

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JOIN TEAM ALEH THIS YEAR ON FRIDAY MARCH 15TH 2019 - CLICK HERE TO JOIN https://runforaleh.org/

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.

Learn more about ALEH: www.ALEH.org

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3 Shalhevet Z.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Seeing firsthand how Aleh changes the lives of the most vulnerable was a life-changing experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Dov H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3 Thommytjw

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Much blessings,

Thomas & Erica Wierks

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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)

3 Israel V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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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!