Special Needs Populations

Beit Issie Shapiro

Beit Issie Shapiro

Federation funding helps to cover: 1) Economic empowerment course for men and women with low average or borderline intelligence and complex learning disabilities, comprising 60 hours of accessible financial education (basic math, banking and insurance); and documentation of the course. 2) To teach participants skills in key areas of money management and consumer behavior to help build their long-term economic future and achieve economic independence for the first time.  Learn more


ELI- Israel Association for Child Protection

The Israel Association for Child Protection (ELI) is recognized by the Government of Israel and other human service agencies as the only organization in Israel that deals specifically and exclusively with all of the various aspects of child abuse. The organization works tirelessly to increase awareness by educating the public at large, by training professionals, by lobbying policy decision makers, and by providing vital information to potential victims and parents.  WIth the support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, ELI has successfully integrated their therapy program into schools for children with special needs, who are at much greater risk of being the victims of all forms of abuse than the general population.  Learn more


Israel Elwyn

Israel Elwyn

The mission of Israel Elwyn is to develop and provide a wide array of support and tools for people with disabilities. Israel Elwyn provides direct services annually to more than 4,000 children and adults throughout the State of Israel. Israel Elwyn opened the Early Intervention Center (EIC) in Karmiel in 2008 with a primary mission to serve toddlers with autism from the Karmiel/Misgav region and the north of Israel. Israel Elwyn’s EIC is the only facility of its kind in the Galilee with the capacity to serve toddlers with autism, and originally accommodated a total of 20 children.  Israel Elwyn’s Early Intervention Centers (EIC) in northern Israel are unique in their integrated treatment of the child and his family. The child’s treatment is through a personal work program prepared by the multi-disciplinary professional staff from the fields of occupational, communication and other therapies as well as psychology. These programs constitute the buildings blocks necessary for the child’s cognitive, motor and language development and relate to his needs and abilities throughout the day. The parents are full partners and fully involved in the child’s treatment program at the EIC and receive intensive guidance from the staff.  Learn more


Israel Venture Network

Israel Venture Network

Ecommunity, an IVN funded impact business located in Misgav, provides employment opportunities for
adults with special needs by recycling raw materials from end-of-life electronics. Ecommunity is also an
effective solution to the growing e-waste problem in Israel. One of the company’s main goals is to be the largest special needs employment center in Israel. IVN’s goals within the partnership are to help the venture achieve financial stability, and nurture their growth as ecommunity continues to scale its operations and staffing. In 2016 and 2017, ecommunity had 89 employees of which 66 had special needs. In 2018 ecommunity had 93 employees of which 72 were employees from the target population.  Learn more


Kishoret

Kishorit

Kishorit is a kibbutz in Misgav Regional Council and a home for life for adults with special needs. It is a supportive community that provides a continuum of residential, social and vocational services.  Kishorit members live full, independent lives, and mature and grow old with dignity. In recent years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supported an organic fruit orchard, which provided employment for Kishorit’s members, fruit for the Kishorit kibbutz kitchen, andand revenue for the kibbutz. In 2017-18, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will be supporting an equine therapy program for the residents of Kishorit. Learn more


Krembo Wings

Krembo Wings is the only inclusive youth movement in Israel for children and youth with and without disabilities, providing weekly social activities for young people with all types of mental and physical disabilities together with their able-bodied peers.  Members with disabilities are paired with two able-bodied youth counselors for the duration of the activity year; these interactions increase the self-confidence of the disabled children, and fosters a sense of belonging for all the participants. Through a comprehensive training program and hands-on volunteer-work at the branch, counselors develop leadership skills and gain a sense of social responsibility. Krembo Wings provides specialized transportation to and from the branch activities for every member with disabilities, and a professional caregiver is present at all activity sessions to perform hygienic tasks.  Established in 2002, Krembo Wings operates tens of branches across Israel, and welcomes thousands of young people aged 7 to 21 from all cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is proud to support Krembo Wings’ Karmiel branch. Learn more


Jordan River Village

Jordan River Village

Jordan River Village is the only year-round, overnight camp and retreat center in the Middle East where children (ages 9-18) living with serious illnesses of all backgrounds can just be kids. By creating free, fun-filled, memorable, empowering, medically sound and safe camping experiences, the Jordan River Village enriches the lives of children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds in Israel, who suffer from a chronic or life-threatening illness. Open year-round, the Village can accommodate up to 64 campers during each session. Jordan River Village has everything expected at a children’s camp: 12 bright and comfortable camper cabins, a communal dining hall, theater, sports center, arts & crafts building, a specially heated and treated pool, library, petting zoo, adventure tower, and more. The Village also has a state-of-the-art, yet unobtrusive 24-hour medical center. Children who visit the Village have the experience of a lifetime. They leave their illnesses at the door, and participate in the broad range of camp activities enabling them to have fun, succeed, come together, and discover new things. In addition, campers meet other children who face challenges similar to their own, and make life-long friends, and circles of support. Learn more

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