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SHEKEL – Center for Social and Sexual Education

A healthy outlook on sexuality is a natural part of everyone's mental well-being. Healthy sexuality includes the need and the ability to have socially meaningful relationships with friends and members of the opposite sex, to enjoy warmth, love and physical contact and relate emotionally, physically and meaningfully. Realizing the need of professionals, caregivers and parents to receive guidance about this complex and sensitive subject for people with special needs, SHEKEL founded the Center for Social and Sexual Education. The service is provided by professionals working with people with special needs with special training and expertise in treatment, counseling and instruction in social and sexual education.


The center offers instruction, treatment and individual/group counseling in social and sexual education. An individualized plan is drawn up for each client according to his special needs together with the referring agency or institution. Group workshops are conducted about men, women, relationships with the opposite sex, friendships, couples, special relationships, intimacy, birth control, etc. The center offers individual and group instruction to staff members of formal and informal educational services.

Contact: Reut Mirom, Center Director, Tel: 02-6720157, Ext 212    or E-mail:

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Case Histories

P. aged 23, lives in a hostel near Jerusalem and has developmental disabilities. After her mother died, she came to Israel with her father, step-mother and sister. She didn’t get along with them and at 16 moved to an apartment with her sister. She continued going to a special education school and worked cleaning apartment stairwells. Her sister often brought home suspicious men who abused her sexually. After finishing school she moved to the hostel where one of the instructors sexually attacked her. The hostel contacted the SHEKEL center and a systematic plan was formulated including treatment of the victim, instruction of the staff and group meetings with the hostel residents who were forced to deal with the fact that a staff member attacked one of their firends.


B. and L. have developmental and emotional disabilities and live in a community housing program. After a 2-year relationship as a couple, they want to live together but hesitate because of unsuccessful and emotionally damaging past relationships. They came to the center for help in preparing them for the change. They had regular counseling sessions and their relationship has gotten closer. They communicate better and are less reliant on the staff.

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