ALEH Negev

Avnet Kleiner, ALEH Negev’s Director of Development, will be visiting CBJ

Last November, Michelle and I saw one of the most beautiful sights we’ve ever seen. More dramatic than Lake Tahoe from the top of a mountain, more monumental than Paris, more awesome than a sunset in Herzilya. We walked into a classroom in which children who were unable to move any parts of their body except for their eyes were using special computer screens that tracked their eye movements; through those screens, they were going to school! At that moment, I realized that the most beautiful place in the world is located in the scrubbiest of desert landscapes: ALEH Negev.

Since 2014, CBJ has supported ALEH Negev, the innovative rehabilitative village located near Beer Sheva that provides severely disabled children and young adults the opportunity to live a rich and productive life within a safe environment. It is more than just a rehabilitation center; it is a warm, loving home where lives are transformed. Many of us have visited, some multiple times.

On Wednesday, April 10, Avnet Kleiner, ALEH Negev’s Director of Development, will be visiting CBJ. At 4:45 pm, Avnet will give a presentation about Aleh Negev to our Religious School students in grades 3-7 to introduce them to this amazing place. Following that, at 5:30 pm, Avnet will present to adults and teens, and will be available to answer any questions you may have. We will also hear from a few members of our community who will share their experiences of visiting ALEH Negev.

I encourage you to come meet Avnet and (re)acquaint yourselves with ALEH Negev. And even if you can’t make it on Wednesday, please join us in supporting ALEH Negev through this link.

I am so proud of Congregation Beth Jacob’s relationship with ALEH Negev. Our partnership helps us to fulfill our vision at CBJ of creating deep and meaningful connections to Israel as a place of sacred Jewish values. Nothing is more representative of these values than ALEH Negev, a place which lives the value of B’tzelem Elohim, that all people are made in God’s image. Thank you for your support, both past and future!!