NJ Community Supports Israelis With Disabilities
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NJ Community Supports Israelis With Disabilities

Supporters of Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA) are close to meeting a $1 million match challenge for Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAAIM). Every February, Jewish community groups throughout New Jersey and across the country drive awareness about the significant contribution people with disabilities make to communities everywhere.

JNF-USA’s partners (donors) have touched the lives of tens of thousands of Israelis with disabilities by providing them with support and promoting greater inclusion. The organization has led efforts to help people with disabilities by making parks and nature trails more accessible, providing animal therapy to children and adults, aiding individuals who want to join the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), a rite of passage for young adults in Israel, and supporting the leading rehabilitation village for people with intellectual disabilities in Israel, located in the country’s Negev Desert.

“We support life changing programs like Special in Uniform that give young Israelis the chance to serve their country by volunteering with the Israel Defense Forces,” said JNF-USA Northern New Jersey Co-President Bob Oppenheimer. “Initiatives like these not only drive greater inclusion, but they also provide real-world employable skills that participants in the program can utilize when they join the workforce following their military service.”

Northern New Jersey Co-President Joan Oppenheimer added: “The pandemic has made it difficult for all of us to travel to Israel; however, JNF-USA’s work on the ground hasn’t stopped. In fact, our philanthropic investments in the Negev and Galilee have increased as we continue to support people with disabilities while also looking to support Israel’s economic comeback.”

For more information, contact JNF-USA Northern New Jersey Director, Jacqueline Yehudiel at jyehudiel@jnf.org or 973-593-0095 x823.

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