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Moshe Leon and Osnat Drori

Glowing photos of SHEKEL volunteers and the people with disabilities they help, were a great attraction at the opening of the Jerusalem municipality's inspiring photo exhibition, devoted to the far-reaching work of the city's volunteers.

2019 "All Rights Reserved"

2019 "All Rights Reserved" at the Jerusalem Cinematheque - SHEKEL awards outstanding employees in memory of Gideon Dror

SHEKEL seminar stresses multi-systemic approach to therapy  

Because answering the therapeutic needs of people with disabilities means working together.

Purim in Bat Yam

As Purim began, SHEKEL participants in Bat Yam sat outside the SHEKEL center and got to work, singing, playing musical instruments and delighting passers-by. 

A groundbreaking partnership between SHEKEL’s graphic design studio “Between the Lines” and Israel’s famed Koren publishing house, is happy to announce the launch of a one-of-a-kind Haggadah.

Exquisitely illustrated by three highly talented SHEKEL artists: Sahar, who has Downs Syndrome, and is known for his stunning color techniques; Raphael, on the autism spectrum, whose sharp beautifully rendered drawings caught the eye of Koren; and Yafit who, using technological aids to overcome the physical limitations of MS, enriched the work with her stunning and popular trade-mark Eretz Yisrael motifs.

All three artists, who work at SHEKEL’s vocational rehabilitation center in Jerusalem, were discovered by SHEKEL’s graphic design studio. Realizing their special talents and skills, the studio, together with Koren publishing house, embarked on a special project to publish this spectacular Haggadah.

Take a look for yourself!

You can complete your Seder table with our new line of Haggadah-inspired Seder night products, featuring our special Haggadah illustration prints:

  • Fabric Afikoman bags
  • Hand towel for ritual hand-washing (Netilat Yedayim)
  • Beautifully designed matza cover

For orders visit our on-line store: http://store.shekel.org.il/he/117

Or drop by our gift shop at Bet SHEKEL: 11 Yad Harutzim st., Jerusalem

Have any questions? Osnat will be happy to help you: 050-5963026

The Boccia Champions

The SHEKEL Bat Yam Boccia team wins Israel's national Boccia cup!

In the national Boccia championships, (an accessible ball game adapted to the needs of people with wide-ranging disabilities), the SHEKEL Bat Yam team defeated a total of seven teams from all over Israel, returning home with the national cup. Congrats to the phenomenal Bat Yam team and their incredible coach Shlomi Drami!!

Meeting Point Conferance - Lihi Lapid

SHEKEL meets the loving heart of Israel’s kibbutzim and rural villages.

Kibbutz Yavneh’s dining hall was transformed into a beating heart of discussion and action for some 200 representatives of Israel’s kibbutzim and moshavim, who came from all over the country to learn of options for creating inclusion and permanent homes for people with disabilities, within Israel’s kibbutzim and rural villages.

מועסקי שק"ל בטקס בכנסת

Knesset Chairman, Yuli Edelstein, was visibly moved as he presented letters of appointment for permanent employment, to seven young people with disabilities who have worked in the Knesset for two years, six of whom are part of SHEKEL’s “employment support” program.

מרכז יום טיפולי ומזדקנים

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.

Annual Gala 2018

800 people attend event to celebrate SHEKEL's 40th year!

“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. 

“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. 

The SHEKEL apartments, which were opened in partnership with the Shoham local council, are intended to give adults with developmental disabilities the chance to live full meaningful lives with independence, as vital members of the general community.

Expressing his thanks to SHEKEL CEO, Clara Feldman, for the wonderful joint initiative, Shoham mayor, Gil Livneh, spoke of Shoham’s deep desire to incorporate and assist the new apartment residents as an integral part of the town’s life and community. 

Feldman emphasized the apartments' significance in “providing opportunity for people with disabilities to build real lives for themselves among the mainstream community”. She expressed her deep appreciation for the extraordinary partnership and assistance on the part of Shoham’s local council, community and parents, and likewise for the support of Israel’s ministry of labor and welfare. 

Housing supervisor for the ministry of labor and welfare, Boaz Azoulay described SHEKEL as a “groundbreaking organization in the field of housing in the general community, the results of which can be felt in the wonderful atmosphere in the apartments”.

Ron, one of the new residents, summed up his personal experience: “It’s fun here in the apartment and it’s so nice to live with friends”.

The two new apartments, one for men and one for women, are part of SHEKEL’s diverse Living in the Community program which numbers 140 apartments, providing housing solutions in the general community throughout the country, for people with all types of disabilities.