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Bnai Zion Foundation and Israel Elwyn Residents: Taking the Next Step

February 2019

On February 16, Cheryl Bier – Chief Executive Officer of the Bnai Zion Foundation – visited Israel Elwyn’s Beit Chanan supported home in Jerusalem to see the extensive renovation currently under way.  She was particularly interested in seeing the adaptations made to meet the needs of residents who use wheelchairs and walkers and consequently need wider doorways and lower sinks, among other accommodations.  Accompanied by IE professional staff, she also visited one of IE’s supported apartments in the Kiryat HaYovel neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Cheryl Bier with Hofit Itach (IE Social Worker)

Bnai Zion has been a supporter of Israel Elwyn’s services for decades.  Their most recent project was the George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center, comprising the total renovation of an old building located on IE’s Jerusalem campus to provide residents of IE’s Supported Living Services with rooms for small group meetings and a large hall for holidays, other celebrations and conferences.  Today, the foundation is helping Israel Elwyn fulfill the dream of numerous residents:  moving from a large residential facility setting to apartments in the community.

Cheryl Bier with Sara (IE Community Living Services resident)

IE has provided supported apartments in the community in Jerusalem and Herzlia for more than 20 years, and has intensified its goal to help residents of the Supported Living Services make the transition to supported homes in the community.  In addition to finding suitable apartments on the private rental market, this involves showing residents what “living in the community” means and making whatever physical or other adaptations are required, as well as providing critical training for community living.

Bnai Zion and IE are working together to develop an ambitious plan to provide additional supported housing for IE residents, so that they can enjoy all the benefits of living in the community.

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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.

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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:

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American Friends of Israel Elwyn
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American Friends of Israel Elwyn, PO Box 828284, Philadelphia, PA 19182-8284
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Mail checks: payable to "Israel Elwyn", at 20 Henrietta Szold St., Jerusalem 9650200

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