Special Needs Populations

Beit Issie Shapiro

Beit Issie Shapiro

Smart Snoezelen: Offering Innovative Multi-Sensory Environments to Treat Children with Disabilities
Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading developer and provider of innovative therapies and state-of-the-art services for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities impacting on over half a million people annually. Beit Issie’s Smart Snoezelen integrates cutting-edge technology to offer new therapeutic possibilities and sensory balance, providing innovative treatment to children with severe, complex, and multiple disabilities. Children who undergo therapies in the Snoezelen environment acquire important skills related to play, communication, motor function, and emotional development that they can transfer into the rest of their lives. Smart Snoezelen provides critically needed therapies for 70 children with severe disabilities at BIS. The knowledge and best practices acquired are documented and disseminated across Israel, including the Karmiel/Misgav region.  Learn more

Israel Venture Network – IVN

Israel Venture Network

IVN – Israel Venture Network – is at the forefront of social impact investing in Israel. 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. Learn More



COVID-19 Prevention Program
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, and revenue for the kibbutz. In 2017-18, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supported an equine therapy program for the residents of Kishorit. Learn more

Krembo Wings

Support for Krembo Wings’ Karmiel Branch
Krembo Wings is a youth movement for young people with and without special needs. The Karmiel branch provides weekly activities for over 100 members with and without disabilities from Karmiel and Misgav. Members are paired with able-bodied youth counselors who receive training to provide fun and enriching activities for children with disabilities while acquiring values and practicing tolerance. Learn More

Jordan River Village

Jordan River Village

Fun & Friendship are the Best Medicine at Jordan River Village
The Jordan River Village is a unique overnight camp for children living with chronic, serious or life- threatening illnesses and disorders as well as children with disabilities. The Village hosts three sessions types: independent camp sessions, family weekends, and school sessions. At each session, campers meet other children who face challenges similar to their own, make life-long friends, and create important support networks. This grant supports bringing children from the Karmiel/Misgav region who live with serious illnesses and disabilities and their families to camp. Learn More

Sunrise Israel

Sunrise-Israel Day Camps
Sunrise Israel provides critically needed programming for Israeli children with cancer and their siblings. Sunrise provides two sessions of camp (a Pesach camp in April and a summer camp) in three regions of Israel, including in Ramat Yochanan (Northern Israel). Sunrise also provides in-hospital programming twice per week at Rambam Hospital in Haifa. All of Sunrise’s programs are offered free of charge to children ages 3½ to 16 who are either in active treatment or within 5 years of active treatment or the siblings of such children. These children are deprived of childhood normalcy. Federation funds are being spent to grow Sunrise’s programming in the North of Israel. Learn More

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

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