Ezer Mizion’s Hakalah Respite Program provides parents of special-needs children the opportunity to celebrate events with their families while knowing that their child is well looked after, and 70% of the employees of Jerusalem café Bistro Harutzim have various special needs.
By: Michael Ordman
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
Respite for parents of autistic kids
Ezer Mizion’s Hakalah Respite Program provides parents of special-needs children the opportunity to celebrate events with their families whilst knowing that their child is well looked after.
Jerusalem opens a special café
70% of the employees of Jerusalem café Bistro Harutzim have various special needs. The café, opened by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, is operated under the auspices of SHEKEL, which enables people with disabilities to enjoy a better quality of life and integrate naturally into the community.
Israel 18th highest on UN human development list
Israel was ranked 18th out of 188 countries on the 2015 UN Human Development Index (HDI) which analyzes economic strength, education, and health. Israel scored higher than Japan, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, all of eastern European, plus African and Arab countries.
Baseball for all
Fifteen 12-year-olds from the Jewish town of Modi’in and 15 sixth graders from a Christian Orthodox school in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Ramle met for the third time to play baseball at the Baptist Village field in Petah Tikva. The program for sixth graders is called Baseball for All.
A great year for the IAC
In 2015 the Israeli-American Council hosted five Celebrate Israel festivals that reached over 43,000 community members. It has established regional centers in nine US cities plus three community centers. Its annual conference attracted 1,300 delegates.
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