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Kol Hanearim has an incredible community of founders, stakeholders, and committed volunteers who support our small (but mighty!) year-round staff. From financial and technical operations to marketing, recruiting, engagement, and program development, we are grateful for our team and their commitment to nurturing our amazing grassroots organization.

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Michael Reidler
Andi Koppelman

Founder & Chairman

Executive Director

Ezra Gontownik

VP & Co-founder

Alex Agus

CFO & Co-founder

James Goldberg

CTO & Co-founder

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Shira Ben-David
Rachel Meyer

Co-founder

American Volunteer Director

Lilly Gontownik

Operations Manager

Yael Simon

Israel Engagement

Rachel Gindi Best

Programming Director

Eddie Mattout

COO & Co-founder

Gabriel Low

Head of Advancement

Rav Yair HaLevi

Educational Director Seasonal Staff

Rachel Bargad

Israel Development Leader

Seasonal Staff

 

OUR PARTNERS

For approximately 18,000 of Israel’s most vulnerable youth, a stable, safe, and loving childhood is not attainable in their home environments. Children most endangered by abuse, dysfunction, violence, and neglect are relocated to government-run Children's Homes (also known as Youth Villages or Mishpachtonim in Hebrew) for their protection.

While each Home is unique, most offer professional services such as psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, conventional and para-medical therapies, and education in addition to providing all the children's' daily and long-term needs.

We support and amplify the crucial work of Children's Homes across Israel providing volunteer-lead extracurricular activities, camp, classes, mentorships, and more. 

 

 

 

HOME/YOUTH VILLAGE PARTNERS

 

EMUNAH ACHUZAT SARA - BNEI BRAK

Achuzat Sara is a warm, supportive, year-round home for approximately 140 children, ages 6-18. Here, children have the opportunity to “smile and be educated” while growing up in a family environment with a sense of belonging. Achuzat Sara aims to help children develop self-confidence while growing, flourishing, and progressing towards a better future. The children are referred by the welfare authorities after having been removed from their homes in the belief that an out-of-home placement will be beneficial to them, both now and in the future. 

BEIT HAYELED (AMIT) - GILO

Amit Frish Beit Hayeled is a residential community in the Gilo suburb of Jerusalem providing a welcoming refuge for 120 children ages 5 - 12. These children come from home environments filled with violence and hopelessness.  Amit’s unique pioneering model creates surrogate families led by young couples dedicated to parenting approximately a dozen children. These vulnerable children, living and learning at Beit Hayeled, get to experience a nurturing environment where they feel safe and cared for - in many cases, for the first time in their lives. 

NEVE AMIEL - SDE YAAKOV

Neve Amiel provides individualized educational-therapeutic practices with a focus on empowerment through the acquisition of life skills. Integrated programming helps children maximize their potential with vocational training, high school matriculation, integrated therapeutic intervention, intensive army service preparation, and a rich social involvement program that encourages volunteering in the community and giving back to others.

NEVE LANDY - EVEN SHMUEL

Neve Landy Emunah is a ​Children’s Village located in the southern region of Israel.  Caring for religious children post-psychiatric hospitalization, the village is supervised by the Ministry of Social Affairs is home for approximately 80 boys aged 6-19. Neve Landy Emunah believes in the unique ability of each child and his/her fundamental right to optimal conditions for development.

EMUNAH NEVE MICHAEL - PARDES CHANA

Neve Michael cares for children, ages 4-18,  from all over Israel.

Currently, they are the only multi-disciplinary children’s home in the country providing refuge and loving home to over 250  at-risk youth. Neve Michael has a 24-hour Emergency Crisis Center for girls and young women, an on-campus elementary school, a community center that serves disadvantaged children in the area, a therapy enrichment center tailored to meet the individual needs of the children, and an external crisis center/therapy counseling unit which helps keep families units intact, even under the most trying circumstances.

EMUNAH SARAH HERZOG - AFULA

Originally established in 1949 to provide a haven for young Holocaust survivors, The Emunah Sarah Herzog Children's Center is an oasis of caring, serenity, and stability for some of Israel’s most vulnerable children. The Center is located in Afula and serves 180 children at risk with both residential and after-school therapeutic daycare facilities.

TAPLIOT COMMUNITY FOR ITS CHILDREN - HADERA

Talpiot's mission is to reduce the number of at-risk children and youth / prevent risk situations among distressed families in the Hadera area. The center provides a comprehensive spectrum of community-oriented programs and manages Home for children aged 5-16 with residential/non-residential therapeutic facilities and offers outreach programs throughout the region. 

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