AMERICAN FRIENDS OF SHALVA ISRAEL INC

Inspiring Hope. Changing Lives.

aka American Friends of Shalva Israel Inc.   |   New York City, NY   |  www.shalva.org

Mission

Shalva, the Israel association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, is dedicated to providing quality care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion. We provide an all-encompassing range of services and life-cycle programs, operating 24 hours a day for 2,000 individuals with disabilities and their families. Shalva gives equal access and opportunity to all participants regardless of religion, ethnic background, or financial capability.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director, American Friends of Shalva

Mr. Leo Klein

Development Executive

Ms. Alexis Schwartz

Main address

315 Fifth Avenue 6th Floor

New York City, NY 10016 USA

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Formerly known as

American Friends of Shalva

EIN

56-2676533

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mental and physical disabilities are prevalent in Israeli society, affecting 17% of the general population. 9% of children born in Israel have disabilities. This significant sector spans the spectrum of Israeli society; extending to all ethnicities, religions, and socio-economic segments. Most individuals with disabilities in Israel live in regular communities and rely on local infrastructure for necessary therapies and services. National surveys reflect that two out of three children with disabilities are not receiving the medical, educational, and therapeutic services that they legally deserve; thereby hindering their development and potential for social inclusion .

Our programs

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

Life Cycle Programming

Programs for Children: Me and My Mommy: An early intervention therapy program for infants with disabilities and their parents. Through an intense regimen of weekly, personal therapy sessions infants are guided in achieving development milestones. Parents struggling with the foreign and isolating reality of raising a child with disabilities find the hope and acceptance as co-therapists in their child's rehabilitative process. Inclusive Day Care: (ages 1-3) Classes of children with mental impairments, physical disabilities, communication disorders, and typical development grow and develop in a therapy focused, inclusive environment. Inclusive Preschool: (ages 3-6) An enriching curriculum combines didactic lessons, developmental growth and values of inclusion; preparing children for inclusion in the mainstream school system by first grade. After School Activity Center: (ages 6-21) Children with disabilities together with peer volunteers from the broader community enjoy daily therapy-oriented activities like sports, drama, arts, music and swimming. Respite Program: (ages 6-21) Children with disabilities sleep-over at Shalva's respite quarters once a week, allowing them to master independence skills while their families experience a rare opportunity to rejuvenate their spirits and focus on personal needs. Summer Camp: (ages 6-21) Children with disabilities participate in day camp and overnight camp at the Shalva National Center. The program demonstrates both inclusion and reverse inclusion by enabling children with disabilities to experience public attractions and activities together with peer volunteers from the broader community. Sports and Wellness Center: The children who participate in Shalva's core programs and over 1,000 additional children with disabilities attending special education programs throughout the country regularly utilize Shalva's state-of-the-art gymnasium, swimming pools, and sports facilities. They enjoy hydrotherapy and swimming lessons, inclusive basketball and soccer teams as well as Shalva's rehabilitative Judo school. Oral Health for Everyone: OHEV is a pioneering program geared toward decreasing the cost and risk of dental treatments for children with disabilities and improving their long-term health and quality of life. The program includes regular dental check-ups, individualized oral health guidance, classroom education as well as seminars for parents and caregivers. Programs for Adults: Independent living in the community: Shalva operates community-based apartments for adults with disabilities and a supportive program which encourages the employment and social inclusion of the residents. Vocational training: Courses designed for various cognitive and development levels to educate adults with disabilities in various fields of employment. Graduates receive certification from the Ministry of Labor and training in navigating job interviews and workplace social norms. Employment: The Shalva National Center is an integrated workplace setting that employs adults with disabilities in its programs and facilities. Workshop Studio: Shalva conducts inclusive, creative workshops for adults with disabilities; including pottery, jewellery and soap making. Shalva’s young adults produce marketable products that are sold to vendors in Israel and abroad. They also lead workshops that are open to the broader community, especially popular among Bar/Bat Mitzvah groups and visiting families. Inclusion and Community Initiatives: Café Shalva: A boutique café located in the Shalva National Center that offers a decorative menu and an inclusive work environment, with adults with disabilities working side-by-side their peer counterparts without disabilities as waiters and sous-chef. The café provides a unique quality of cuisine to its diners and quality of life to its staff. Shalva SHOP: The Shalva National Center gift shop offers visitors a selection of meaningful souvenirs and all profits directly support Shalva. Cultural and community events: The Shalva National Center also functions as a community center for the broader community, hosting comedy, music, and theater performances several times a month. Over 200,000 people visit Shalva every year to attend tours of the center, educational seminars, and events. Shalva Band: The Shalva Band is comprised of talented vocalists and musicians with disabilities who are employed by Shalva perform by invitation with celebrity artists and at cultural events. Inspiring crowds with its professional musical repertoire and charm, the band is a model of inclusion for audiences around the world. Research and Education: Academic research projects: For several years, Shalva has been the subject of both government and academically sponsored research projects. Currently, Shalva is the case study for three projects; respectively concerning the Me and My Mommy program, Inclusive education, and oral health intervention for children with disabilities. Development of pioneering therapy solutions: Shalva is involved in developing new programs and therapy solutions to enhance the development of people with disabilities. Shalva utilizes unique educational methodologies, ground-breaking clinical treatments, and leading-edge technology software to open new doors of opportunity. Educational Courses and Conferences: Throughout the year, Shalva hosts educational seminars and international conferences on a variety of disability topics. Shalva also organizes therapy training courses for disability professionals.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

International Organization for Standardization (ISO), certified by Bureau VERITAS 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

SHALVA strives to enhance the lives of children with special needs and their families.
• To support the inclusion of mentally and physically challenged individuals by providing innovative, high quality and comprehensive therapies; early intervention programs; a warm, accepting environment; and educational services that enable disabled individuals to become contributing members of their communities.
• To empower the families of mentally and physically challenged children by offering an experience of partnership, support, trust, and respite services; to enhance effective parenting at home.
• To ensure the availability of these services free of charge to all in need, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or financial status.
• To advance social change through advocacy initiatives in the field of disability, guaranteeing the accessibility of disability legal rights, and facilitating the inclusion of individuals with disabilities as valued members of society.
• To share SHALVA’s unique educational model with interested organizations in Israel and around the world.

Shalva, The Israel Association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities provides an all-encompassing range of services for 2,000 individuals from infancy to adulthood and their families. Shalva's provides therapies, inclusive educational frameworks, social and recreational activities, employment training and independent living, as well as respite and family support. Shalva gives equal access and opportunity to all participants regardless of religion, ethnic background, or financial capability.
Shalva empowers and enables families to raise their children with disabilities within the family framework; and partners with communities worldwide as well as government, academic, and cultural institutions to create a more inclusive society. The Shalva National Center is the largest and most advanced center for inclusion and disability care in Israel, changing the standard of disability services and impacting the lives of people with disabilities in Israel and around the world.

With nearly three decades of award winning program development, Shalva has been distinguished with several prizes and endorsements; including the Ruderman Prize for Inclusion, the President of Israel’s Prize for Excellence, and the Knesset Speaker’s Quality of Life Prize. In 2018 Shalva was awarded consultative status to the United Nations, distinguished to provide consultation and guidance on disability issues. Shalva’s management standards continue to be recognized by the ISO 9001/2008 certification and Midot’s Seal for Outstanding Effectiveness. Shalva's financial accountability and transparency have merited a four-star rating on Charity Navigator and have been recognized with Gold status by GuideStar. Each of Shalva’s programs are authorized by Israeli government ministries, certified to provide professional care for the entire disability spectrum: physical disabilities, mental impairments, and communication disorders.

As an organization, we reached milestones that for many years were merely dreams of a distant future. In addition to operating our ongoing programming for 2,000 children with disabilities and their families, we developed three new genres of disability care which have expanded and enriched Shalva’s scope of services in very meaningful ways:
Programs for adults with disabilities
For twenty-eight years we gradually expanded our programs to escort the child and the family from birth through adulthood. This year, as an organization we broke a glass ceiling as we introduced a series of programs for adults with disabilities. Vocational training courses, employment and job placement, independent living apartments in the community as well as social support circles have opened a whole new world for our Shalva graduates and introduced us to people with disabilities who were not with us in their youth.
Early intervention for children with Autism and communication disorders
This year we added top medical professionals in the field of Autism assessment to our staff, opened a class for children with communication disorders in our inclusive preschool and developed a unique early intervention development unit for children with Autism and their families.
Rehabilitative programs for children with low cognition and behavioral disorders
Our After School Activity Center has embraced an additional disability category of children with limiting cognition levels and behavioral disorders. The Horizon program was established to provide the rehabilitative support necessary to enable their day-to-day growth and social inclusion.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF SHALVA ISRAEL INC

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Nathan Low


Board co-chair

Mr. Leon Wagner

Nicole Agus

Board of Directors

Jane Alpert

Board of Directors

Ludwig Bravmann

Board of Directors

Ishaia Gol

Board of Directors

Jane Gol

Board of Directors

Nathan Kahn

Board of Directors

Sandy Kahn

Board of Directors

George Karfunkel

Board of Directors

Lisa Low

Board of Directors

Basya Lowinger

Board of Directors

Andrew Lowinger

Board of Directors

Lauren Presser

Board of Directors

Gabrielle Propp

Board of Directors

Tommy Rosenthal

Board of Directors

Debbie Schwartz

Board of Directors

Michael Slade

Board of Directors

Ruth Slade

Board of Directors

James Tisch

Board of Directors

Norman Alpert

Carol Levin

Yoni Leifer

Treasurer

Nathan Low

Co-Chair

Leon Wagner

Co-Chair

Jacques Semmelman

Secretary

Adam Chill

Vice President

Hillel Weinberger

Chair of the Board Emeritus

Raanan Agus

Executive Committee

Mitchell Presser

Executive Committee

Ari Storch

Executive Committee

Dov Wiener

Executive Committee

Daniel Schwartz

Michael Kleinberg

Loren Weiss

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable