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Director of revolutionary Negev project to speak

A child at Aleh Negev fingerpainting. A child at Aleh Negev fingerpainting. Yossi Kahana, director of Aleh Negev, an organization that provides services for children with severe cognitive and physical disabilities throughout Israel with high-level medical and rehabilitative care, will be the guest speaker for the Jewish National Fund’s Tampa Bay “Tree of Life” dinner.

Negev is one of JNF’s partners in its Blueprint Negev initiative to alleviate a serious shortage of medical, therapeutic and special education services for residents off the Negev Desert, who are far from the major cities of Israel.

Together they have built a state-of-the-art communal Rehabilitative Village situated in Ofakim that is providing much-needed services and jobs to the area.

The Aleh Negev concept is considered a revolutionary one in Israel. The intent is to a create a community that meets the needs of the people with severe disabilities throughout their lives, while making them feel comfortable and instilling a sense of belonging.

Aleh Negev is home to over 500 residential adults with disabilities and will serve some 12,000 children and young adults with disabilities each year on an outpatient basis. Until now, those with severe disabilities have grown up in hospitals, with no sense of home or societal framework. Modern and technologically advanced buildings house professional staff, residents and visiting relatives. In addition, the village provides vocational training, occupational therapy and medical facilities.

Funds from the JNF dinner will go to support Aleh Negev.

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