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Chief Medical Officer of IDF Visits Aleh Negev

Rehabilitative Village Opens its Doors to Wounded IDF Soldiers

Contact: Ariel Vered • JNF Communications Manager • 212-879-9305 ext. 227 •

September 17, 2010 – Ofakim, Israel – Earlier this week, Brigadier General Dr. Nachman Ash, chief medical officer of the Israel Defense Forces, visited Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, a state-of-the-art rehabilitative village in Israel’s Negev Desert for people with cognitive and physical disabilities. The IDF has encouraged any of its soldiers located in the Negev who are in need of rehabilitation services to receive their treatment at Aleh Negev.

“Brigadier General Ash was blown away by what he saw,” said Yossi Kahana, director of development for Aleh Negev. “He didn’t realize that such a center exists in the world; he’d never seen anything like it. In cooperation with the IDF, we are opening the door for wounded IDF soldiers to take advantage of the hydrotherapy pool and other therapies that they need. Aleh Negev will be the only center in the Negev that gives help to soldiers. The IDF takes great care of the young men and women who selflessly and with singular determination guard the State of Israel. And Aleh Negev will be there for them as well.”

Located near the town of Ofakim, Aleh Negev is the only facility of its kind in the Negev that will give help to soldiers. Jewish National Fund (JNF), through its Blueprint Negev initiative to sustainably develop Israel’s Negev Desert into a home for tomorrow’s generation of Israel’s residents, has partnered with Aleh Negev to build the communal rehabilitative village that is providing much-needed services and jobs to the area.

Still under construction, it will be home to 220 disabled adults once completed (more than 120 residents already live there), and will also provide a wide range of vital outpatient therapy services to 12,000 children and adults throughout the Negev. JNF has funded landscaping, park areas and a hydrotherapy pool and is raising funds for a petting zoo and therapeutic horseback riding center.

For more information, contact Ariel Vered at 212-879-9305 ext. 227 or

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers.

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