THE SHEKEL ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR THE DISABLED

aka SHEKEL - Inclusion for People with Disabilities   |   Flushing, NY   |  www.shekel.org.il/en

Mission

SHEKEL was founded in 1979 to provide comprehensive inclusion in Israeli society for all people with disabilities and prevent their isolation from the community in institutions. SHEKEL is Israel's largest and most veteran organization for inclusion, operating a living-in-the-community program with 150 apartments, 4 vocational rehabilitation centers training hundreds of people with disabilities for satisfying and challenging employment, over 90 cultural and enrichment programs, an extended school day program in 7 special education schools and kindergartens, 2 therapeutic treatment centers, and international accessibility consultation services. All programs are catered to each participant's needs. SHEKEL cares for over 8,000 children and adults with disabilities in Israel each year.

Ruling year info

2001

CEO

Mrs. Clara Feldman

Main address

C/O Dr. Simcha Fishbane 7044 137th St.

Flushing, NY 11367 USA

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EIN

31-1746608

NTEE code info

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One in about ten Israelis has a disability, and this disability often forces them to the sidelines of society in the realms of daily life. They are often invisible, sometimes institutionalized, though they have the ability and right to live, work, and enjoy life as a part of society, not apart from it. With proper training and gradual acclimation to new challenges, they can enjoy life as equals and it is our imperative to make sure they have this opportunity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Extended School Day for Children with Disabilities

After-school rehabilitation and extra-curricular activities in 18 special education kindergartens and schools in order to allow their parents time for their siblings before they return home. The program thus enables the children to remain with their families and communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Operating 150 group homes in the community for 310 residents with various disabilities teaching independence and social skills.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Training and employing full-time 650 people with various disabilities in independent and semi-independent employment, including supported frameworks for fully independent employment in the general workforce, such as the Mobileye hi-tech company for participants with autism.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Operating over 90 cultural, leisure and sports clubs in art, music, photography, film, drama, computer literacy and more for over 1,100 participants.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Increasing public awareness about need for accessibility, publishing national magazine annually on latest advances in accessibility, counseling, advising and implementing public accessibility projects and operating Haifa Hearing Center.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The only two centers authorized by the government (from Haifa through Eilat) to provide individual therapy for victims (and perpetrators) of physical and sexual violence among this population. Also provides counseling for families, and professionals both in Israel and overseas.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SHEKEL is a non-profit organization whose goal is enabling comprehensive integration for all people with special needs in the general community, irrespective of race, religion, national or ethnic origin.

SHEKEL provides independent community housing, vocational rehabilitation and specialized professional training, cultural and leisure activities, accessibility solutions, an extended school day program in special education kindergartens and schools, and social and sexual education and therapeutic treatment for people with special needs. SHEKEL annually cares for over 8,000 children and adults with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities from all sectors of Israeli society.

As Israel's largest and most veteran organization for inclusion for people with disabilities, SHEKEL has proven its capabilities in successfully creating multiple comprehensive solutions for all people of all ages with disabilities in every realm of daily life: housing, employment, leisure and cultural activities, including therapy and accessibility - all of this within the general community, not in hostels or institutions.
Ever since its founding in 1979, SHEKEL has not only received over nine awards for reaching these goals; it has also become a primary government service provider for many thousands of referrals and dozens of nationwide and overseas projects.

SHEKEL's plans are to furs include the following: independent housing in 140 apartments across Jerusalem; vocational rehabilitation and specialized professional training for over 700 people with special needs; 1,500 participants in over 90 enrichment, cultural and leisure activities; local and global accessibility solutions (such as for the Jerusalem Light Rail and the Prime Minister's terror protection program for 300 Jerusalem bus stops); extended school day programs in 10 special education kindergartens and schools for 200 children; hearing center serving thousands in Haifa and the Galil; and therapeutic treatment for special-needs victims of sexual violence and special counseling training for caretakers from across Israel. SHEKEL annually cares directly for over 8,000 children and adults with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities from all sectors of Israeli society. SHEKEL has 190 full-time employees, 310 part-time employees, and 700 volunteers from Israel and abroad.

Financials

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Operations

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THE SHEKEL ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR THE DISABLED

Board of directors
as of 10/03/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Haim Ariel

Adv. Yehoshua

Yossi Tal-Gan

Gideon Drori

Arie Hecht

Doram Bialik

Arale Amit

Anat Vilnai

Herzl Levy

Yitzhak Brick

Yoel Lutfi

Yaakov Kopf

Gal Doron

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/3/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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