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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 supplementary training and other skill-building activities to people with disabilities seeking to join the competitive job market.  The purpose of the training is to heighten the ability of a projected 100 more people with disabilities to participate in job training in the community in each of the coming three years. The goal is to achieve inclusion in the competitive job market through comprehensive training that leads to individual professional fulfillment and economic independence, and to continue to receive the ongoing support they need to succeed.

According to Israel Elwyn’s CEO, David Marcu, “We are proud that Israel Elwyn has been a pioneer and leader in the field of supported employment in Israel.  Our governmental partners have been encouraging and have provided funding, and with this added support we aim to develop additional job opportunities for more people and continue our emphasis on self-advocacy by helping people with intellectual disabilities realize their rights and obligations in the labor market.”  Israel Elwyn is gratified by the fact that nearly 85% of our program’s participants have found employment in the competitive job market; the remaining individuals were referred to other employment programs that suited their needs and desires at the time. 

We are grateful for the generous support of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and look forward to the increasing acceptance – and opportunities – for people with disabilities in the workforce.

About The Foundation: Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is the largest manager of charitable assets and the leader in planned giving solutions for Greater Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists.  The Foundation currently manages assets of $812 million (as of Dec. 31, 2012) and ranks among the 11 largest Los Angeles foundations. In 2012, The Foundation and its more than 1,000 donors distributed $53 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations with programs that span the range of philanthropic giving.  For more information, please visit

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You can also contact one of our North American offices: United States: (267) 225-5132 or Canada: (416) 649-1655.

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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:
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Mail checks: payable to "Israel Elwyn", at 20 Henrietta Szold St., Jerusalem 9650200

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