Disabilities & Special Needs
As part of its focus on improving quality of life in Israel, Jewish National Fund (JNF) is dedicated to ensuring that no member of Israeli society is left behind. Through a variety of initiatives, JNF provides cutting-edge rehabilitative services, special education, and medical care for people with special needs and makes its forests, parks, picnic areas, playgrounds, nature trails, lookouts and recreational facilities inclusive for visitors of all ability levels. JNF launched the Task Force on Disabilities to serve as an umbrella and coordinating body to support these partnerships in an effort to enhance their strength, fiscal viability, and effectiveness.
AleH Negev-Nahalat Eran
A state-of-the-art rehabilitative village in the Negev, Aleh Negev offers unparalleled care for people with severe disabilities, helping them reach their potential for communication and development. Every square inch of this world class village is dedicated to empowering residents and outpatients to develop a greater degree of independence and become productive members of Israeli society.
Residents are provided with a wide variety of innovative treatments including hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, music therapy, animal therapy, and crafts workshops. Patients benefit from occupational training, special education, and programs that encourage social interaction with family and peers. Aleh Negev has set a new benchmark in the fields of special education and rehabilitative services and is being closely studied by experts from around the world. Click here to donate.
All across Israel, particularly in the Galilee, LOTEM is bringing nature closer to people with special needs, serving close to 35,000 participants a year. Today they offer field trips, accessible hikes and creative workshops in nature for people of all ages with physical, mental and emotional disabilities, at-risk youth, and mothers and children living in shelters. All of LOTEM's activities are adapted to the needs of its participants.
People with visual impairment are provided with three-dimensional models and educational materials in Braille; children on the autism spectrum are given special communication tables; and those in wheelchairs are guided through accessible nature trails, including JNF's first inclusive park, Nahal HaShofet and LOTEM's ecological farm in Emek HaShalom. Click here to donate.
Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center
Located at Kibbutz Grofit, 45 minutes north of Eilat in the Arava Valley, the Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center (RMTRC) provides weekly horseback riding therapy to nearly 200 children and adults with physical and mental disabilities as well as emotional and behavioral issues. Since its establishment in 1996, RMTRC has worked towards the development and advancement of this unique therapy in the southern Arava, making it accessible to the population of a remote region that lacks many other essential medical services.
Special in Uniform
Special in Uniform is an innovative program that aims to integrate youth with disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and assist in preparing them for careers following army service. The program was founded to give everyone a right to fulfill their potential and be accepted into society, regardless of any disability. Special in Uniform goes beyond the walls of IDF bases, helping its graduates integrate into the workforce and Israeli society in meaningful ways. Click here to donate.
As a part of its $1 Billion Roadmap for the Next Decade, JNF is committed to raising $100 million for Disabilities & Special Needs.