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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 and who attend school in the regular, inclusive school system.  The program’s aim is to prepare these high school students for independence and adulthood by helping them to: 1) develop social and employment skills, 2) experience social and employment activities, and 3) prepare for meaningful military or national service.

During the Chanukkah 2013 school vacation, participants in the Reshet program and representatives of Israel’s Youth Council (an umbrella organization for all Israeli regional youth councils, and student councils) from Beer Sheba and Ashdod took part in a memorable day against the setting of two Israeli coastal cities: Tel Aviv and Ashdod.

The first stop was in Tel Aviv, renowned worldwide for its Bauhaus architecture.  The high school students stopped at Rabin Square for an activity commemorating the legacy of the late Yitzhak Rabin, who served as Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces and had many roles in government, including two terms as prime minister.  The teens – most of whom were born after Rabin’s assassination – heard about the man and that time period.

They then engaged in an Amazing Race–style competition, implementing urban navigational skills and team work while enjoying Tel Aviv’s beauty and unique attributes.  The teens broke up into five teams, each of which was assigned challenges to be completed through teamwork and with the cooperation of passersby.  Locating specific landmarks, creating ‘living sculptures,’ being photographed with passersby who were twins or wore a particular article of clothing – all these and more were accomplished by the enterprising teens.  After the race, the participating teens reflected that the race was a very meaningful experience that left them with a feeling of empowerment and appreciation for how much can be achieved from working as a team.

The day ended with a visit to the Ashdod branch of the First International Bank of Israel, where they toured the branch’s various departments, saw the safe, and spoke with the manager and members of staff, who related their life stories and explained their work.  Together with the bank staff, the students lit the Chanukkah candles,with one of the Beer Sheba teens reciting the blessings.  This visit was coordinated with the Turning Point program, which since 2007 has unified entrepreneurial and work preparation programs for over 12,500 at-risk youth throughout Israel.  The program is an initiative of JDC Israel, Matan – Investing in the Community (also a nonprofit) and the First International Bank of Israel, which assists Turning Point through funding and the involvement and volunteering of its employees. 

The day in Tel Aviv and Ashdod was a highlight of Reshet’s activities of the past year, providing opportunities to learn and experience, while also encouraging socialization and having fun.

   

We'd love to hear from you!  Also, please let us know in advance of your next trip to Israel and we will give you a tour of the Israel Elwyn programs.

You can also contact one of our North American offices:
United States: (215) 830-9995 or Canada: (416) 649-1655.

If you would like to make a contribution either online or by check, please see the details below.

Sincerely,

 

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. 

Please support the tireless work of Israel Elwyn to provide state-of-the-art services in the areas of childhood early intervention, rehabilitation, assisted living, vocational training and employment services for persons with disabilities by making a gift. 

At PayPal:

For either American Friends of Israel Elwyn or Canadian Friends of Israel Elwyn, please go to http//IsraelElwyn.org.il/en/donate.

By check payable to:

American Friends of Israel Elwyn, PO Box 828284, Philadelphia, PA  19182
Canadian Friends of Israel Elwyn, 74 Tycos Drive, Toronto, Ontario  M6B 1V9

To donate in Israel:

Please visit: http://IsraelElwyn.org.il/en/donate or mail checks: payable to "Israel Elwyn," at 20 Henrietta Szold St., 9650200, Jerusalem, ISRAEL. 






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We'd love to hear from you! Also, please let us know in advance of your next trip to Israel and we will give you a tour of the Israel Elwyn programs.

You can also contact one of our North American offices: United States: (215) 830-9995 or Canada: (416) 649-1655.

If you would like to make a contribution either online or by check, please see the details below.

Sincerely,
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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.

Please support the work of Israel Elwyn to provide state-of-the-art services in the areas of childhood early intervention, rehabilitation, assisted living, vocational training and employment services for persons with disabilities by making a gift:

At PayPal:
American Friends of Israel Elwyn
Canadian Friends of Israel Elwyn

By check payable to:
American Friends of Israel Elwyn, PO Box 828284, Philadelphia, PA 19182-8284
Canadian Friends of Israel Elwyn, 74 Tycos Drive, Toronto, Ontario M6B 1V9

To donate in Israel:
Please click this link: http://israelelwyn.org.il/en/donate
OR
Mail checks: payable to "Israel Elwyn", at 20 Henrietta Szold St., Jerusalem 9650200



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