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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 Elwyn (IE) in Jerusalem as part of a two week study tour.  This year, the focus was on IE’s “Reshet” (“Network” in Hebrew) program, which provides Israeli high school students with disabilities studying in the regular educational system with experiential preparation for what life as an adult offers them.

Sixteen students from Rutgers – undergraduates and Master’s candidates – were introduced to IE’s programs and toured the Sabbah Occupational Training Center.  They also had an opportunity to enjoy the Katie Manson Sensory Garden, which is fully accessible for individuals with any disability and provides a green environment in which to experiment with the senses – sight, hearing, touch and taste/smell.

The highlight of the visit was their meeting with three students from IE’s Reshet program in Ashdod following a presentation explaining Reshet’s aims and content by Moshe Pensachov, Reshet Coordinator in Ashdod. Answering questions from the Rutgers students, the teens explained what exposure to their post-graduation opportunities has meant to them and how meeting other high school students with disabilities through Reshet activities has expanded and enriched their social life.

In previous years, the groups of Rutgers students have been exposed to IE’s Self-Advocacy Project, retiree program for adults with disabilities, and work with the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center to educate teens and adults with disabilities about protecting themselves from sexual predators.

IE’s Reshet program is for teenagers with physical and sensory disabilities and diminished cognitive skills who are students in the regular, non-special education system.  This extracurricular program aims to prepare 16-to-18-year olds for independence while providing them with a broad range of experiences and extensive exposure to opportunities in the post-high school world – military or national service, employment, and continuing education, as well as interaction with the community.  Reshet’s activities provide the participants with the tools to make knowledgeable choices about their future.

Israel Elwyn’s partners in the program are the National Insurance Institute, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, the Ministry of Education, and Ashalim-JDC 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: (267) 225-5132 or Canada: (416) 649-1655.

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

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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