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(Photo: IDF) JERUSALEM — Pvt. Tali Goft, an Israeli soldier serving on a base in northern Israel, didn’t know Erez Orbach, one of the four soldiers killed in a truck-ramming attack here Jan. 8, but she felt a kinship with him. They both volunteered to serve in the military despite medical conditions that ordinarily would exempt them from […]

Toronto, November 28, 2016 For immediate release  Canadian Friends of AKIM announced today that it will be contracting with AKIM Israel to provide support to the persons with intellectual disabilities and their families who have been affected by the devastating fires in and around Haifa. About 20 families supported by AKIM were among the 1800 […]

Photos From AKIM Israel

October 7th, 2015 by admin

      AKIM thanks its Canadian friends for their ongoing support. 

New AKIM Success Stories

October 7th, 2015 by admin

National Service Shai Jamber made history when he became the first intellectually disabled soldier that gained the title of “an outstanding soldier.” Shai is 27 years old, and from the city of Rehovot. He enlisted three years ago as part of the AKIM ISRAEL’s IDF project: Equal in Uniform. This project includes the intellectually disabled […]

Dear Friends, My personal journey with AKIM started when I learned that my niece Zohara had a developmental disability that required special accommodations and services. Zohara never lacked love, but she needed more than what her family could give—she needed AKIM. Because of Zohara, I learned that AKIM needed me, as a donor, a friend, […]

AKIM – A People Centred Organization

August 22nd, 2015 by admin

STATEMENT OF DIRECTOR GENERAL SIGAL PERETZ YAHALOMI Many friends of AKIM – the intellectually disabled themselves, parents, volunteers and employees, are exposed more and more to trends that are developing in the world in the field of treating people with developmental disabilities. These trends greatly strengthen the fundamental values of protecting every person’s respect and […]

Praise for AKIM Israel

August 22nd, 2015 by admin

Citing a survey among 605 people that included respondents from both the Jewish and Arab sectors and was conducted by the B.I. and Lucille Cohen Institute at Tel Aviv University, AKIM CEO Sigal Peretz Yahalomi revealed that 67 percent of those questioned said that they did not know how to talk to a person with […]

Delivered May 2, 2015 Shabbat Itanu has been designed to foster the inclusion of people who have disabilities within the Jewish community. Itanu means “with us” or “together”, so today is devoted to reflection on how we can overcome the exclusion that many people with disabilities and their families feel. My thesis is that by […]

This was an unusual week at the United Nations in New York as praise was heaped upon Israel for its leadership in supporting the rights of persons with disabilities. The recognition came during a meeting of all countries that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Israel ratified the Convention in […]

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