SHEKEL's innovative new day center, which opened in 2018, is dramatically changing the lives of 46 participants who are aging or who have low-functioning disabilities.
“Something new is starting for me right now”
With these words, Eden Hartel officially launched a moving housewarming celebration for the two new ‘Living in the Community’ SHEKEL apartments recently opened in Shoham. Like many young Israelis, Eden now enjoys living his own life in an apartment he shares with three other friends. Eden and his flat-mates work during the day, enjoying full social lives and pursuing individual interests and hobbies after work.
‘Bet Hiba Zion’, a unique housing project that is the first of its type in Israel for adults on the autism spectrum, recently opened in Ramat Gan. A total of 19 residents between the ages of 30 – 45, now live in the multi-story apartment building. Each resident has their own fully equipped flat and each goes to work during the day while also benefitting from personalized daily programs supervised by counselors.
That’s how Yehuda Oren of moshav Masuoth Yitzhak, defined the newfound daily reality of six young women with disabilities who recently launched their adult lives as part of the welcoming moshav. Members of Masuoth Yitzhak warmly embraced the idea of creating a supportive SHEKEL apartment that would allow the women to live full lives as an inseparable part of the moshav community.
The applause of over 100 people who turned out to watch "I Will Have It" a play acted by SHEKEL actors at Moshav Rinatya, resounded with support and pride. The 14 actors from SHEKEL's vocational rehabilitation center in Hevel Modiin, took part in a theatre course made possible thanks to a great partnership between the "Hishtachvaya" community theater, SHEKEL, the Shalem Fund, and the Hevel Modiin Regional Council. According to Irit Kossover, director and group instructor: "The play was a moving journey. The actors experienced no small amount of difficulty and frustration on the way but in the end they overcame the obstacles in their path and succeeded. It was a wonderful feeling which empowered them."
The kind of fun day out that many of us take for granted, marked a groundbreaking milestone for 36 people with intellectual and physical disabilities from SHEKEL’s day center in Petach Tikva. Sailing from the Herzliya Marina with their parents and SHEKEL staff, they enjoyed an exhilarating boat trip at sea for the very first time in their lives.
Two Guys make history for second time!!
Guy Sagiv and Guy Niv first made history as part of the historic "Centennial Tour" bike ride, organized by SHEKEL and Kids Kicking Cancer, to mark 100 years since the ANZAC victory at the Battle of Be'er Sheva!
Today they are doing it again – this time as the first Israelis in history to take part in the prestigious Giro d'Italia world cycling competition.
At the Centennial Tour bike ride they were interviewed by Yoram Kahn from SHEKEL's T.V. and video making program.
Here's what they had to say
Guys! From all of us here at SHEKEL – WE’RE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY!!
28/5-31/5 Jerusalem Cinematheque
The Festival promo clip:
When a hundred people get up and run with all their hearts, for one goal – to make room for people with disabilities in our society – the world changes a little…
When hundreds and thousands of people cheer them on with love and support, the world starts to look completely different.
The momentum has started – now everything depends on you!
A collection of poems and stories that will touch your soul.
There were once seven writers and poets. Not all of them knew they had a gift for writing – and they are the true heroes of this story. There was one other hero, a cinema person, author and poet, who woke up one sunny morning and decided to volunteer a creative writing course at SHEKEL College.