Retired IDF Veteran and War Hero Dedicates Life to Defending People with Disabilities

Supporters of Jewish National Fund-USA in Northern Ohio will hear from former Israel Defense Forces hero, who after a career of jumping out of planes into enemy territory created an oasis of care in Israel’s desert for people with disabilities



CLEVELAND, Ohio, February 22, 2021 — One of Israel’s most decorated military veterans will address the Northern Ohio community and share why he dedicated his life to creating a world leading rehabilitation village for people with intellectual disabilities.


On Tuesday, February 23, Major General Doron Almog, founder and chairman of Adi Negev-Nahalat Eran, will join the Cleveland community virtually from Israel to discuss Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) life-changing work with people with disabilities while giving Ohio residents an exclusive behind the scenes look at this state-of-the-art rehabilitation center in Israel’s Negev Desert.


“JNF-USA’s Adi Negev rehabilitation village is like no other institution in the region in that it allows people with intellectual disabilities to experience various types of support like animal therapy and experiential interactions with specially designed gardens,” said Barry Feldman, Chairperson of the JNF-USA Northern Ohio Board. “Clevelanders are known for their compassion and desire to support those who need a helping hand, and through JNF-USA, we are driving inclusion and providing the world with an example of the incredible contribution people with disabilities make to our society.”


26 percent of adults in the U.S. and nearly 13% of people in Israel are estimated to be living with a disability that can make life’s daily activities a struggle.  JNF-USA believes passionately that the inclusion of people with disabilities and special needs should be woven tightly into the fabric of Jewish life, and during the month of February, the organization will join hundreds of families across the U.S. to recognize Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month (JDAAIM).


Feldman added: “Adi Negev understands that all individuals deserve the best available care and every possible opportunity to reach their greatest potential. It is a key partner in helping JNF-USA fulfill our vision to make Israel more inclusive, and when complete, the village will be home to over 200 adults with disabilities and serve 12,000 children and young adults with disabilities each year.”


Event details:

What: ADI Negev: Behind the Scenes

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm ET and 7:00 pm PT

Where: Zoom link to be provided upon registration. Register here

Questions about the event? Contact Mindy Feigenbaum at or 216.292.8733 x 790


Throughout the month of February, JNF-USA is hosting numerous events across the country to highlight JDAAIM, featuring representatives from the organization’s affiliates to raise awareness of and foster inclusion for people with disabilities and special needs. The organization is also offering a $1 million contribution match during the month of February.


Visit for additional details and to register for events.


Jennifer Milton

561-447-9733 x 875


About Jewish National Fund-USA

JNF-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation building activities in Israel’s north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, JNF-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs, and heritage site preservation.