Social Development

Na’aleh
Therapy from Nature
Shoulder to Shoulder
From Dependency to Independence

Na’aleh

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Photo : JAFI

“I came to Israel alone, without my parents, as a 16 year old from Minsk in Belarus. I lived at school but I spent weekends and holidays on a kibbutz, visiting with the families, eating home-cooked food, doing laundry and spending invaluable time with a loving and supportive ‘adopted’ family. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Israel would be my home forever.”

Na’aleh enables young Jews to come alone to Israel to complete their secondary school education in Israel. Participants are housed in absorption centres and other residential facilities where their basic needs are met and cultural enrichment is provided.


Therapy from Nature

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Photo : JAFI

“My son was a 12-year old boy whose life was complicated by communication problems and social difficulties. He was not comfortable in the counselling room. Instead, he preferred to take his therapist for walks that led to a crucial turning point in his life. He dramatically expanded his use of language, his desire to connect with the therapist and to tell his own story.”

This program takes a troubled population out of the pressured daily routine and into nature to enjoy sports, education and health related activities that are adapted to individuals with special needs and enable them to move forward and integrate within the general population.


Shoulder to Shoulder

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Photo : JAFI

“Before we joined the program, we were at the lowest point in our lives. Financial stress was taking a toll on our marriage. Just when it seemed there was no hope to escape this poverty, we were linked with a mentor family. They helped us find the tools necessary to succeed and improve our quality of life. We would never have been able to survive these difficult times in our lives without Shoulder to Shoulder and the emotional support of our mentor family.”

Through a partnership between families, the program strengthens the recipients, while inspiring a broader feeling of community solidarity.


From Dependency to Independence

Photo : JAFI

Photo : JAFI

“Finding a job was very difficult for me and holding down a job when I did have one was just as hard. When I dropped out of school, it was very easy for me to get into trouble with the authorities and I became alienated from my family and my community.”

This program connects with at-risk drop-out teens and assists them in becoming normative members of society. In this way, they become positive and influential contributors to their community.