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A Very Special Israeli Wedding

A Very Special Israeli Wedding
August 2017 “Love makes my heart flutter because you are the love of my life.  Your beauty pulls at my heartstrings.  Please hug and kiss me.”  Simona said these words to Yechiel as they stood under the chuppah, and he answered with an...

College Study Leads to Child’s Play

College Study Leads to Child’s Play
August 2017           For the past year, Israel Elwyn’s Carmiel Early Intervention Center (EIC) was a learning laboratory for students at the ORT Braude Academic College of Engineering.  Through a...

Commemorating 40, Celebrating 10: Israel Elwyn’s Katie Manson Sensory Garden

Commemorating 40, Celebrating 10:  Israel Elwyn’s Katie Manson Sensory Garden
August 2017 The late Katie Manson was a young woman who loved beauty and nature and would have turned 40 this year.  Israel Elwyn (IE) and its service recipients commemorated this event on June 25 with a party in IE's Katie Manson Sensory Garden in...

No Longer Wishing to Be Labeled “With Disabilities” Self-Advocacy Participants Declare Themselves to Be “Individuals with Difficulties”

No Longer Wishing to Be Labeled “With Disabilities” Self-Advocacy Participants Declare Themselves to Be “Individuals with Difficulties”
June 2017        With the support of the National Self-Advocacy Project – a joint program of Israel Elwyn and Beit Issie Shapiro created in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation and the Jewish Federation of...

George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center Opens

George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center Opens
June 2017      L-r: George Schaeffer unveiling the sign on the building ; George Schaeffer and his Daughter Nicole,at entrance to the George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center   Individuals with disabilities who...

Israel Elwyn Supported Employee Chosen as Jerusalem YMCA’s “Outstanding Worker"

Israel Elwyn Supported Employee Chosen as Jerusalem YMCA’s “Outstanding Worker
June 2017    An employee supported by Israel Elwyn’s employment services program was named “Most Outstanding Worker” by Jerusalem YMCA.  Avi* is a 36 year-old with a disability who lives in Israel Elwyn's...

Israel Elwyn Staff Learns from Service Recipients

Israel Elwyn Staff Learns from Service Recipients
March 2017      Israel Elwyn (IE) regards itself as a learning organization and actively seeks out opportunities to expand staff knowledge on a range of subjects relating to the world of disability.  No less important is the...

Let's Meet Over a Cup of Coffee at the Weinberg Retiree Center

Lets Meet Over a Cup of Coffee at the Weinberg Retiree Center
March 2017         Several years ago, Israel Elwyn opened the Weinberg Retiree Center in Kiryat HaYovel, in Jerusalem, for adults with intellectual and other disabilities who wished to retire or curtail their working hours,...

IE Senior Staff Attend Zero Project Conference at UN

IE Senior Staff Attend Zero Project Conference at UN
March 2017   Late in February, Israel Elwyn (IE) sent a delegation composed of David Marcu (CEO), Sarah Sadovnik (COO) and Margalit Piller (Assistant to the CEO for Employment and Community Day Programs) to the Zero Project Conference 2017 at...

Israel Elwyn CEO Shares Experience with US Disability Activists

Israel Elwyn CEO Shares Experience with US Disability Activists
February 2017       On February 9, Israel Elwyn's CEO, David Marcu, made a presentation on self-advocacy by people with disabilities in Israel to a Rockville, Md. audience that included members of the Jewish community and disability rights...

New Beginnings: Breaking Ground in Kiryat Bialik (Northern Israel)

New Beginnings: Breaking Ground in Kiryat Bialik (Northern Israel)
February 2017                L-r:  Child and teacher at IE EIC; ground works at the Bialik site; children playing "mother" at IE EIC.     We're pleased to announce that...

Students from Rutgers University Visit Israel Elwyn

Students from Rutgers University Visit Israel Elwyn
January 2017        L-r: Rutgers students and staff; Receiving explanation of Sensory Garden's equipment from the Garden Coordinator   Since 2011, a delegation of students and staff from Rutgers University’s...

A Light to Shine Throughout the Year

A Light to Shine Throughout the Year
January 2017      L-r: Oil and wick menorah; menorah with wax candles The service recipients at Israel Elwyn's Sabbah Occupational Training Center (OTC) in Jerusalem often perform work that relates to upcoming holidays. Just in time...

Professional US-Israel Exchange Continues

Professional US-Israel Exchange Continues
January 2017      L-r: Exchange members with senior management of: Elwyn El Quds (left) and Haifa & Northern Israel Branch (middle). In Philadelphia (right):  Mazal Levi (Director, Dpt. of Social Services, City of...

Accessibility: What Does it Really Mean?

Accessibility: What Does it Really Mean?
November 2016    L-r: Exterior of the IE Haifa & Northern Israel Branch; experiencing wheelchair accessiblity oustide IE's Beresin Occupational Training Center, site of the accessibility workshop As part of preparations by Israel...

IE Staff Train to Expand Mosaic Program for National Service Volunteers

IE Staff Train to Expand Mosaic Program for National Service Volunteers
October 2016   Graduates proudly display their certificates   On September 8, 2016, fifteen Israel Elwyn coordinators and program managers graduated from a 60-hour course on the rehabilitation and recovery of young adults dealing with...

Socially Responsible Workplace Has Room for Everyone

Socially Responsible Workplace Has Room for Everyone
October 2016 Of Tov worker with IE support staff at fair held during the company's Social Responsibility Day   A group of five workers with disabilities, who receive support services from Israel Elwyn (IE), is employed by Of...

IE Supported Workers Employed in Marketplace, Producing Holiday Items

IE Supported Workers Employed in Marketplace, Producing Holiday Items
October 2016       L-r: Modeling the holiday apron; Bullshirt production; 424 Gourmet Salt being packaged This year, Israel Elwyn's Haifa & Northern Israel Branch has been producing some exciting gifts for the...

Israel Elwyn Leads Professional Trip to Australia

Israel Elwyn Leads Professional Trip to Australia
August 2016 (l-r) Marcia Pinskier, GAICD,* Board member, Jewish Care of Victoria; David B. Marcu, CEO of Israel Elwyn; Hon. Shmuel Ben-Shmuel; Ambassador of Israel to Australia; Yoram Wakshlak, Israeli delegation leader David Marcu, Israel...

Israel's UN Ambassador Looks to Replicate Knesset Program for Employment of People with Disabilities

Israels UN Ambassador Looks to Replicate Knesset Program for Employment of People with Disabilities
August 2016         (l-r) Knesset employee, Ambassador Danny Danon, Knesset employees In May 2008, the United Nations General Assembly adopted an international convention (treaty) to help eliminate discrimination against...

Israel Elwyn Hosted by Bensadoun Laurent Foundation in Uruguay

Israel Elwyn Hosted by Bensadoun Laurent Foundation in Uruguay
August 2016 (l-r, clockwise) Paul-Emile Bessade, Pres. (FBL); Emmanuelle Laurent, VP/Exec. Dir. (FBL); Nora Kiwelowicz (IE); Santiago Rodriguez (FBL); Eugenia Gonzalez Presto (FBL); Paola Garcia, Becky Sabah's Personal Assistant (FBL); Frederico Canabal...

My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper

Conference about Siblingship in the Disabilities Community

My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper
July 2016       (L-r) Mr. Ms. Ilana Trok (Director of Education, Culture, Social Services and Community Administration, City of Haifa); David Marcu (CEO of Israel Elwyn); Ms. Ilana Ben Laish (Director, Social Services...

Focus on Self-Advocacy at the Residence of the US Ambassador to Israel

Focus on Self-Advocacy at the Residence of the US Ambassador to Israel
July 2016 Group photo of roundtable participants On May 4, 2016, the Ambassador of the United States to Israel, Mr. Daniel Shapiro, and his wife, Ms. Julie Fisher, hosted a roundtable discussion to honor the work of Professor Michael Stein, Executive...

IE's Kfar Yona OTC Bounds into Paratrooper Training

IEs Kfar Yona OTC Bounds into Paratrooper Training
June 2016       L-r: Soldiers refold parachutes; OTC service recipients receive a tour in the belly of a plane Eighteen service recipients along with staff from Israel Elwyn's Kfar Yona Regional Occupational Training Center (OTC)...

Gaya and the Wizzybug

Gaya and the Wizzybug
June 2016        Above, Gaya enjoys the freedom and mobility that the new Wizzybug offers Three and a half-year old Gaya's parents and doctors knew that she had delayed development, but her diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy was...

American Friends of Israel Elwyn Host Annual Gathering

American Friends of Israel Elwyn Host Annual Gathering
June 2016 David and Cyndi Kosloff and sons   Last month, the Board of the American Friends of Israel Elwyn, together with the Board of Israel Elwyn, had its annual gathering which was graciously hosted by IE Board member David...

Teaching Technion's Future Doctors

Teaching Technions Future Doctors
May 2016      l-r: Miriam Ben-Haim and Ya'ara Haspel, IE's Director of Community Day Programs, Haifa & Northern Israel Branch;logo for Technion's Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine; Miriam Ben-Haim (seated);...

Israel Elwyn Welcomed by Uruguay Jewish Community

Israel Elwyn Welcomed by Uruguay Jewish Community
May 2016      (l-r) IE Residents with disabilities pose at a beach on Punta del Este, a beach in Uruguay; horseback riding on a ranch; visiting the Sephardi synagogue in Montevideo This month, ten residents of Israel Elwyn's Community...

From Vision to Practice

From Vision to Practice
March 2016      Accessibility symbols from the booklet and poster for service recipients Israel Elwyn's vision foresees a society in which people with disabilities will be citizens with equal rights; a society in which we all...

Israel Elwyn’s Mosaic Helps Volunteers with Disabilities to Achieve their Goals

Israel Elwyn’s Mosaic Helps Volunteers with Disabilities to Achieve their Goals
March 2016     L-r: Rafi Eliav at work; Dudu Deal being interviewed Israel Elwyn’s (IE) “Mosaic” program provides Israeli Army and National Service volunteers who have disabilities with supports that help them make their...

The Meaning of Time

The Meaning of Time
February 2016      Experimental, adaptive devices designed together by students and self-advocates   In the course of the regular gatherings of Israel Elwyn's Self-Advocacy group in Jerusalem, group members Dudu and his...

Self-Advocates at the Knesset

Self-Advocates at the Knesset
February 2016      Member of Knesset (MK) Slomiansky, center, with self-advocates   One way to promote change is through legislation in the Knesset. Activists in the national self-advocacy group for persons with intellectual...

Israel Elwyn Receives Third Stage of Major Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

Israel Elwyn Receives Third Stage of Major Grant from  the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
February 2016   Israel Elwyn (IE) is pleased to announce that the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles continues to partner in IE's Supported Employment program.  The goal of the Foundation's $100,000 multi-year grant, awarded...

IE Nominee Wins Corporate Award

IE Nominee Wins Corporate Award
January 2016   For the Fourth Time: An Israel Elwyn Nominee Wins International Corporate Award      L-r: Genie Cohen (IAJVS), MK Itzik Shmuli, Raffi Sadeh (Dan Hotels); David Marcu, CEO of Israel Elwyn, Genie Cohen, Raffi...

Unique Course for Pre-kindergarten Teaching Aides

Unique Course for Pre-kindergarten Teaching Aides
Unique Course for Pre-kindergarten Teaching Aides Israel Elwyn developed a training course for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities looking for work in the competitive job market as pre-kindergarten teaching aides, in cooperation with the...

Students from Rutgers University Visit Israel Elwyn

Students from Rutgers University Visit Israel Elwyn
January 2016 Since 2011, a delegation of students and staff from Rutgers University’s School of Social Work has each year visited Israel Elwyn (IE) in Jerusalem as part of a two week study tour.  This year, the focus was on IE’s...

Professionals from the Republic of Guatemala Visit IE's Weinberg Retiree Center in Jerusalem

Professionals from the Republic of Guatemala Visit IEs Weinberg Retiree Center in Jerusalem
December 2015 Guatemalan professionals  with senior members of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services and Israel Elwyn professionals Two professionals from the Republic of Guatemala visited Israel Elwyn’s (IE) Harry and Jeanette...

Now Accessible: Regulations on Preventing Sexual Harassment

Now Accessible:  Regulations on Preventing Sexual Harassment
December 2015 The image above is a component of the cognitively accessible poster The Hebrew University's Clinic on the Rights of People with Disabilities and Dr. Sigal Uziel-Karl, an expert on cognitive accessibility, joined Israel Elwyn (IE) to...

West Coast Jewish Business Leaders Gather to Learn About Israel Elwyn

West Coast Jewish Business Leaders Gather to Learn About Israel Elwyn
December 2015 L-r: David Marcu, CEO of Israel Elwyn; David Jacobs, attendee; Jim Felton, IE Board member On the morning of December 4 more than 50 local Jewish entrepreneurs, professionals, and business leaders gathered at the El Caballero Country Club...

Professionals from Germany Visit Herzliya OTC

Professionals from Germany Visit Herzliya OTC
November 2015 Professionals from Germany Visit IE’s Herzliya Occupational Training Center A group of 30 professionals from BBW Leipzig Gruppe, an organization that provides educational and other services to people with speech and hearing...

Chinese Officials Visit IE’s Weinberg Retiree Center in Jerusalem

Chinese Officials Visit IE’s Weinberg Retiree Center in Jerusalem
November 2015    Officials from the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Visit IE’s Weinberg Retiree Center in Jerusalem A group of officials from the Civil Ministry of the People’s Republic of China...

Kfar Yona Photography Group Receives Prestigious Award

Kfar Yona Photography Group Receives Prestigious Award
November 2015 Members of the Kfar Yona Photography Group with Israel Elwyn's CEO, David Marcu Several years ago, Meir Goldstein, a professional at Israel Elwyn’s Kfar Yona Occupational Training Center, initiated a photography course to help...

Not Our Bubbie's Tea: Revisiting a Tradition

Not Our Bubbies Tea: Revisiting a Tradition
November 2015   Tea sommelier Carol Mark Earlier this month, Canadian Friends of Israel Elwyn (CFIE), a Canadian national charitable organization that develops and promotes awareness of, leadership in, and financial support for Israel Elwyn, hosted...

Broward County Donors See Results of Generosity

Broward County Donors See Results of Generosity
October 2015   An exterior view of Israel Elwyn’s unique Weinberg Retiree Center in Jerusalem   The Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Florida, contributed to the building of Israel Elwyn’s...

IE Workers Support Israeli Economy

IE Workers Support Israeli Economy
October 2015 IE supported workers at the Sabbah OTC preparing Chanukkah packages Each year, the workers with disabilities at Israel Elwyn’s (IE) Sabbah Occupational Training Center in Jerusalem perform a wide range of jobs for their customers....

Ruderman INclusion Summit

Ruderman INclusion Summit
October 2015 Israel Elwyn is a proud sponsor of the Ruderman INclusion Summit.  The conference will focus on advocacy and awareness as they relate to the key sectors of employment, education, housing, religious life and community life. A variety of...

"Photographing from the Heart"

Photographing from the Heart
Israel Elwyn “PhotographingIsrael Elwyn “Photographing from the Heart” Exhibition at Aroma Espresso Bar Ltd.  September 2015      L-r: Aroma barista competing for the top spot; the wall of photography; IE...

Craft Sale at Weinberg Retiree Center Draws In Neighbors

Craft Sale at Weinberg Retiree Center Draws In Neighbors
September eNewsOn September 8, the seniors with disabilities at Israel Elwyn’s Weinberg Retiree Center in Jerusalem opened the Center’s doors for a sale of the handicrafts they had created.   Most of the 42 seniors at the Retiree Center have...

“I Am the Other” Project Bonds Schoolchildren and People with Disabilities

“I Am the Other” Project Bonds Schoolchildren and People with Disabilities
“I Am the Other” Project Bonds Schoolchildren and People with Disabilities     For the last four years, Israel Elwyn’s Jerusalem & Southern Israel Branch has been running the “I Am the Other” project in the...

IE Helps Young Volunteers Transition to Independence

IE Helps Young Volunteers Transition to Independence
July 2015 Group photo with Knesset members One year ago, Israel Elwyn (IE) was asked by the National-Civic Service Administration to operate a professional support program for other nonprofits providing services to National-Civic volunteers with...

Welcoming Garden in Ra'anana

Welcoming Garden in Raanana
  June 2015     Preparing the soil and designing the signage for the Welcoming Garden The City of Ra’anana, the location of Israel Elwyn’s Occupational Training Center and other programs, is known for its innovative...

A Memorial to Board Member Jon B. Singer, z''l

A Memorial to Board Member Jon B. Singer, zl
May 2015 Jon B. Singer, z''l On May 14, 2015 Israel Elwyn and the American Friends of Israel Elwyn presented a framed lithograph by the well-known artist and Hebrew calligrapher Mordechai Rosenstein to IE Board member, Ina Singer, in memory of...

IE Residents Explain Self-Advocacy to College Students

IE Residents Explain Self-Advocacy to College Students
May 2015     L-r: IE Self-advocates and David Yellin College, Jerusalem   Three residents of Israel Elwyn’s (IE) Community Residential Services were recently invited to teach first year students at the David Yellin Academic...

Israel Elwyn Pays Tribute to Chairperson Emeritus Franklin Riesenburger

Israel Elwyn Pays Tribute to Chairperson Emeritus Franklin Riesenburger
May 2015          L-r: Honoree Frank Riesenburger; Koi Pond at the Parkway Corporation; Frank and Chairperson Stuart Rudoler On May 14, 2015 Israel Elwyn and the American Friends of Israel Elwyn paid tribute to Franklin...

Good Deeds Abound at Israel Elwyn

Good Deeds Abound at Israel Elwyn
April 2015 The annual “Good Deeds Day” celebrated in Israel took place on Tuesday, March 24.  This extraordinary social enterprise was established in 2007 by Shari Arison, a prominent Israeli businesswoman, as a ‘holiday’ for...

3rd National Self-Advocates Conference in Jerusalem

3rd National Self-Advocates Conference in Jerusalem
February 2015 IE Self-Advocates convene from across the  State of Israel  On December 25, the National Self-Advocates Conference was held in Jerusalem for the third year in a row.  Over 120 self-advocates, facilitators and professionals...

Residents of Israel Elwyn’s Community Residential Services Feature in Israeli Film

Residents of Israel Elwyn’s Community Residential Services Feature in Israeli Film
February 2015 Promotional poster for the film Over the past two years, two residents from Israel Elwyn Community Residential Services in Herzliya have participated in the filming of a new Israeli movie, “Next to Her” (At Li Lyla). ...

IE Weinberg Retiree Center Hosts

Hadassah Medical Center, Israel National Institute and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

IE Weinberg Retiree Center Hosts
February 2015 Logo for The Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman International Conference  On January 21, Israel Elwyn hosted an evening reception at the IE Weinberg Retiree Center in Jerusalem for approximately 60 overseas participants and...

“Reshet” Students Celebrate Hanukkah with Young Hospital Patients

“Reshet” Students Celebrate Hanukkah with Young Hospital Patients
    High school students visit children hospitalized at the Barzilai Medical Center's Pediatric Department during Hanukkah Being hospitalized during the holidays can be particularly difficult for children, who generally count the days...

Students from Rutgers University Visit Israel Elwyn

Students from Rutgers University Visit Israel Elwyn
  Rutgers students listen to a presentation by Moshe Pensachov, Reshet Coordinator in Ashdod   In each of the past several years, a delegation of students and faculty from Rutgers University’s School of Social Work have visited Israel...

Workers with Disabilities Warmly Welcomed by New Partner Company

Workers with Disabilities Warmly Welcomed by New Partner Company
   IE supported workers at the Of Tov kosher poultry company in Beit She'an Just over a year ago, the management of the Of Tov kosher poultry company in Beit She’an decided to include people with disabilities in their workforce.  A...

Delegation from Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Visits Israel Elwyn

Delegation from Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Visits Israel Elwyn
Members of the two Jewish Federation of Los Angeles delegations pose during their IE visits On the morning of October 22, delegations from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles visited two of Israel Elwyn's flagship programs:  Supported...

Conference Participants Visit Israel Elwyn's Sensory Garden

Conference Participants Visit Israel Elwyns Sensory Garden
     A group of 100 professionals from the Children Development and Rehabilitation Conference spent a morning at Israel Elwyn’s Katie Manson Sensory Garden in Jerusalem.  They took full advantage of this opportunity to experience the...

Technology - High and Low - Has Its Place in Child Development

Technology - High and Low - Has Its Place in Child Development
    In mid-September, staff from Israel Elwyn’s (IE) Haifa & Northern Israel Branch gave lectures and presented professional posters on the work done at IE’s Early Intervention Centers supporting toddlers with developmental and...

Workers from Israel Elwyn’s Sabbah Center Visit Eilat

Workers from Israel Elwyn’s Sabbah Center Visit Eilat
IE' Sabbah Center workers pose at the Underwater Observatory Marine Park Forty-five workers with disabilities from Israel Elwyn’s Sabbah Center wound up their summer with a weeklong visit to Eilat, Israel’s Red Sea resort city. On the...

IE and American Friends of Israel Elwyn Pay Tribute to Founding Board Member

IE and American Friends of Israel Elwyn Pay Tribute to Founding Board Member
      L-r: Former Chairman Frank Riesenburger, Esq., presents award to the Hollins; Mrs. Sande Hollin and the Honorable Harris N. Hollin; Tribute Co-Chair, Mitchell Hollin On May 21, 2014 Israel Elwyn and the American Friends of...

City of Lights

Residents of Israel Elwyn's Community Residential Services Visit Paris

City of Lights
Residents of Israel Elwyn's Community Residential Services Visit Paris   L-r: IE residents visiting Asterix Park; group photo in front of the Eiffel Tower  Earlier this month, fourteen residents of Israel Elwyn’s Community Residential...

Minister of Social Affairs and other Special Guests Visit Weinberg Retiree Center

Minister of Social Affairs and other Special Guests  Visit Weinberg Retiree Center
L-R:  Margalit Piller, Bonnie Goldberg, Meirav Dadia, Gideon Shalom, Yossi Silman, David Marcu, Avner Zaken, Vivian Azran, Rachel Vaya, and Houda Abu Suiy* On August 7, the Director of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Mr. Yossi...

Shutterfly “Bites” IE Residents

Shutterfly “Bites” IE Residents
          Some of the photos recently exhibited by Israel Elwyn's Kfar Yona photography group  which inspired the Jerusalem group Workers with disabilities at Israel Elwyn’s (IE) Ra’anana...

Looking Good: Cosmetics Packaged at Israel Elwyn’s Sabbah Center

Looking Good:  Cosmetics Packaged at Israel Elwyn’s Sabbah Center
          Workers at Sabbah Center preparing cosmetics for shipping   The workers with disabilities at Israel Elwyn’s Sabbah Occupational Training Center are proud of their work and enjoy seeing the...

Partnership with Dan Hotels Chain Continues

Partnership with Dan Hotels Chain Continues
  Students from IE's Transition program attend a presentation at the Dan Hotel Israel Elwyn (IE) and the Dan Hotels chain have been partners since 2010 in providing employment for adults with disabilities through IE’s Supported Employment...

Recognition from a Partner to other Partners

Recognition from a Partner to other Partners
Israel Elwyn (IE) is proud to be supported by the Ruderman Family Foundation, which this month has celebrated the contributions of five organizations that operate innovative programs and provide services fostering the full inclusion of people with disabilities...

Water, Chocolate and Nature

Israel Elwyn Residents Vacation by the Kinneret

Water, Chocolate and Nature
    L-r: Beit Chanan residents tour by horse-drawn wagons along the Jordan; Hands-on chocolate seminar During quieter times in May, which we hope and pray will return very soon, 32 residents of Israel Elwyn’s (IE) Beit Chanan Supported...

Self-Advocacy Initiative Increases Scope

Self-Advocacy Initiative Increases Scope
L-r standing:  Self-advocates Asaf Buzaglo, Avital Ohayun, Simona Idan, Shai Asuline, and Dudu Cheftzadi. Sitting:  Yoav Kreim,  well-known spokesperson for people with disabilities. (Credit:  Ruderman Family...

Weinberg Center Dedication Marks Many “Firsts”

Weinberg Center Dedication Marks Many “Firsts”
   L-r: Audience at Dedication; Meir and Bari removing donor sign; Tamir Pinchas, Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef (Director General - National Insurance Institute); Mrs. Audrey Meline, Dr. Barry Alter and Dr. Sam Meline (all from...

Board Chairperson Stuart Rudoler, Esq. Awards Gift to Outgoing Chariperson, Franklin J. Riesenburger, Esq.

Board Chairperson Stuart Rudoler, Esq. Awards Gift to Outgoing Chariperson, Franklin J. Riesenburger, Esq.
L-r: Outgoing Chairperson, Frank Riesenburger, Esq. and Stuart Rudoler, Esq., Incoming Chairperson During the May Board meeting of Israel Elwyn (IE) in Philadelphia, incoming Board Chairperson, Stuart Rudoler, Esq., awarded a gift to his predecessor,...

A Day to Network...and to Dream

A Day to Network...and to Dream
Reshet program participants networking with adult volunteers  Israel Elwyn (IE) has programs providing services to people with disabilities from early childhood through retirement.  IE’s Reshet (Hebrew for “network”) program is...

Ra’anana Mayor Visits Israel Elwyn’s Ra’anana Occupational Training Center

Ra’anana Mayor Visits Israel Elwyn’s Ra’anana Occupational Training Center
   L-r: Mayor Ze'ev Bielski at IE Ra'anana Occupational Training Center (OTC) with David Marcu, IE's CEO;  Electronic recylcing at OTC. Eighty individuals with intellectual and other disabilities ages 21 and older come to...

Employers Learn About Advantages of Employing People with Disabilities

Employers Learn About Advantages of Employing People with Disabilities
   L-r: Two employers and Rafik Halabi, Mayor of  Daliat El Karmel; Dr. Michal Wilf, Director of IE's  Haifa & North Israel Branch. Early in April, an “Employers’ Evening” was held in Daliat El Karmel, the Druze...

At the Stein Early Intervention Center: Fun for the Entire Family

At the Stein Early Intervention Center: Fun for the Entire Family
    L-r: Snoezelen therapy; mat time; children making a sign. Finding down-time with the kids is challenging for any parent – getting time off from work, budgeting the cost, finding amenities to fit everyone’s individual needs are some...

The Lifelong Bond of Siblings

The Lifelong Bond of Siblings
Israel Elwyn Partners with Bar-Ilan University to Hold National Conference on the Siblings of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities      (L-r: Siblings panel and view of audience). On February 17, Israel Elwyn (IE) and Bar-Ilan...

Haifa Retirees Enjoy the Beauty in Art and Nature

Haifa Retirees Enjoy the Beauty in Art and Nature
   L to r: Path in Adamit Park; Haifa Retirees; Stone arch from Cave. Israel Elwyn (IE) established its Retiree Program more than a decade ago as a response to a request from one of the aging workers with disabilities at the Sabbah Occupational...

Self-Advocates Meet for Second Annual National Conference

Self-Advocates Meet for Second Annual National Conference
L-R standing:  Self-advocates Asaf Buzaglo, Avital Ohayun, Simona Idan, Shai Asuline, and Dudu Cheftzadi. Sitting:  Yoav Kreim,  well-known spokesperson for people with disabilities. (Credit:  Ruderman Family Foundation) On January 27,...

Youth Engage in Amazing Race

Youth Engage in Amazing Race
   Israel Elwyn established the Reshet (Hebrew for “network”) afternoon program for teens with disabilities who are considered eligible for the service by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services’ Rehabilitation Department...

IE Supported Employee Presents Flowers to Canadian Prime Minister

IE Supported Employee Presents Flowers to Canadian Prime Minister
L-r: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edestein, Tami, Laureen Harper. Tami Volonchero, who has worked in the offices of the Israel Knesset’s Speaker for many years and who receives employment support services from Israel...

"Love Without Limits" A Smashing Success

Love Without Limits A Smashing Success
       Cast members of "Love Without Limits." An audience of families, friends and Israel Elwyn employees had the opportunity this month to attend the premier of a new show inspired and performed by actors with...

Volunteers Rewarded in Memory of Maya Koopstein

Volunteers Rewarded in Memory of Maya Koopstein
   L-r: Volunteer Naftali Schiff with Aya Roth, Director of Supported Living Services; Eitan Koopstein and Yung Gu Kim; Korean dancers. Late in December 2013, residents of Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Services gathered with their...

Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

for supplementary training and other skill-building activities

Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
Israel Elwyn Receives a Major Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles IE supported employee with supervisor and fellow employee Israel Elwyn was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles to provide...

Dreams Come True

New Retiree Center

Dreams Come True
   L-R: IE's new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Retiree Center; Meir. Meir’s Dream About fifteen years ago, sixty-two year old Meir had a dream:  to retire and spend his days at a retiree center where he could fill the hours of each...

President of France connects with IE Supported Employee

Tami Volonchero

President of France connects with IE Supported Employee
President of France connects with IE Supported Employee    L-R: President Hollande; Knesset Chairperson, Mr. Yuli Edelstein; Ms. Valérie Massonneau and Tami Volonchero Israel Elwyn supported employee Tami Volonchero, who has been...

IE Volunteer:

What He Gets from Giving

IE Volunteer:
What He Gets From Giving Over the years, Israel Elwyn and its more than 3,000 service recipients have benefitted from the generosity of numerous volunteers.  Israelis and foreigners alike, these volunteers generously give of their time to help people...

IE Residents Participate:

Jerusalem’s International Arts and Crafts Festival

IE Residents Participate:
    L-R: Residents supervising the art booth; the festival scene at night; residents' work on display. For 38 years, the International Arts and Crafts Festival in Jerusalem has been one of the high points of the summer for locals and...

Celebrating International Women's Day

at IE's Ra'anana Occupational Training Center

Celebrating International Womens Day
                                 L-R: A participant-made sign; International Women's Day logo; Art class participant proudly displays her bag. In June, the workers and...

Speaking Out as Leaders

Self-Advocacy as a Life Changing Means to Independence

Speaking Out as Leaders
Speaking Out as Leaders:  Self-Advocacy as a Life Changing Means to Independence On April 26, the Jerusalem-based Self-Advocacy and Leadership Group of Israel Elwyn's joint project with the Beit Issie Shapiro organization held a ceremony to mark...

Nothing About Us Without Us

Nothing About Us Without Us
    e-Newsletter - February 2013 Self-advocacy group in session. Dear Friends and Colleagues,    The subject of self-advocacy by...

Music Makes It Possible

Eight Young Musicians Visit Tal Supported Living Program

Music Makes It Possible
YOUNG MUSICIANS HOSTED AT SUPPORTED LIVING PROGRAM         Eight young musicians from the Israeli nonprofit organization called Youth and Music Israel (http://youthmusicisrael.wordpress.com/) were...

IE Gets Seal of Approval

from Midot

IE Gets Seal of Approval
ISRAEL ELWYN RECEIVES "MIDOT" SEAL OF APPROVAL   Israel Elwyn is proud to announce that following a lengthy process to assess the effectiveness and transparency of our organization, we have received the official Seal of Approval from Midot...

New Albert Beresin Occupational Training Center Dedicated

New Albert Beresin Occupational Training Center Dedicated
New Albert Beresin Occupational Training Center Dedicated    See end of article for photo captions. On April 11, Israel Elwyn celebrated the dedication of the Albert Beresin Occupational Training Center (OTC) in Haifa. All of the attendees...

IE Pays Tribute to Partnership with JARC

Jewish Association for Residential Care

IE Pays Tribute to Partnership with JARC
A TRIBUTE TO OUR PARTNERSHIP See end of article for photo captions. On Wednesday evening, February 13, Israel Elwyn hosted a groundbreaking and successful event at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, celebrating IE’s long partnership with the Jewish...

Telling My Story

Residents Use Computers for Self Expression

December 2012 Dear Friends and Colleagues, There's an old saying: your only true possessions are your memories. It's also true that our memories of the past shape our present, but what about the memories of an individual who is unable to express...

Activist on Courageous Path Receives Recognition

Activist on Courageous Path Receives Recognition
Activist on Courageous Path Receives Recognition Israel Elwyn submitted the name of Yoav Kraiem, a renowned Israeli advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, and a person with a disability, as a candidate for the 2013 Henry Viscardi Achievement...

Israel Elwyn Board Member Recognized for Outstanding Service to Children with Disabilities

Israel Elwyn Board Member Recognized for Outstanding Service to Children with Disabilities
Sheldon Bernick, D.D.S., an Israel Elwyn Board member and volunteer dentist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) (the first pediatric hospital in the USA) for the past 15 years, received The Manuel M. Album Award at the annual meeting of the...

Seeing Gaudí and Dalí

Residents of IE’s Community Residential Services Travel to Spain

Seeing Gaudí and Dalí
IE Residents and Staff Pose for a Group Photo in Spain. On May 29, 14 residents of IE’s Community Residential Services (CRS) flew to Spain for a well-deserved vacation, paid for from the salaries they earn year round in their jobs.  ...

Israel Elwyn Receives $200k Grant from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation

Israel Elwyn Receives $200k Grant from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation has awarded Israel Elwyn a grant of $200,000, payable over two years, to renovate IE’s Occupational Training Center (OTC) in Ashkelon.   This generous support ensures that Israel Elwyn will be able to begin...

IE Gets in the Game...Maccabiah Games

IE Gets in the Game...Maccabiah Games
This year, the workers with disabilities in Israel Elwyn’s (IE) Sabbah Occupational Training Center (OTC) in Jerusalem were excited to be among those helping to prepare for the 19th Maccabiah Games, which were held in Jerusalem from July 17 through...

Israel Elwyn and Haifa University: Joint Day of Learning

Israel Elwyn and Haifa University: Joint Day of Learning
    L-R: Student Volunters with workers at OTC. Motivational speaker Eran Shachar. Students and professionals gather for the IE/Haifa University Day of Learning. Israel Elwyn is continually working towards a future in which people with...

Making Medical Services Accessible

Making Medical Services Accessible
Making Medical Services Accessible to People with Disabilities A Milestone Is Reached On April 29, a seminar entitled "We're All Entitled to Service:  Making Medical Services Accessible to People with Disabilities" was held at the...

Learning Computer Skills Leads to Good Jobs

Learning Computer Skills Leads to Good Jobs
Computer literacy is a critical skill in the modern job market.  To ensure that people with disabilities who enter the competitive workforce are in a position to take advantage of all potential employment opportunities, Israel Elwyn’s Academy for...





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David B. Marcu, Chief Executive Officer

IE's mission is to develop and provide a wide array of supports and tools for people with disabilities, while constantly striving for excellence of service and the creation of a just society. Together with people with disabilities and society at large, we shall continue working as an innovative and cutting-edge organization.

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