American Friends of Neve Hanna


Neve Hanna children's home — changing children's lives


Neve Hanna Newsletter
Rosh Hashana 5777 / 2016

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The prestigious “Golden Dove of Peace” prize has been awarded to the NEVE HANNA Childrens Home in Kiryat Gat

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In addition, the American Friends worked hard to further raise awareness for NEVE HANNA in the States. Over the past year, we have seen longtime friends as well as new friends visiting NEVE HANNA. Especially exciting was the visit of award-winning American top chef Michael Solomonov and his family. Born in Israel, Michael owns a number of highly rated restaurants in Philadelphia. We are proud and pleased that Michael made a special effort to visit NEVE HANNA; while here, he discussed various possibilities for ongoing cooperation.

We also want to thank the Claire Friedlander Foundation for their support for our tutorial program in math and science education. The children of Neve Hanna showed a marked increase in their grades thanks to the additional tutoring we were able to provide. Further, the Friedlander Foundation also provided emergency support for much needed and highly appreciated vacation time for our children during last summer’s rocket attacks. While, of course, there’s always more to report, it is fitting to conclude our letter with the words of "Roni" who arrived at NEVE HANNA at the age of 11 and left this year when she turned 18. In a very moving letter, she shared: "Looking at NEVE HANNA at the age of 18, I see different things than seven years ago, when I arrived at the children’s home. Let me start with the framework: the attention given to esthetics at NEVE HANNA, the trees and the flowers, the colors and the arrangements of the family groups make you feel welcomed and at home right from the start. Each family group looks different and yet they all have a common ground, to be a warm and loving home. This together with the fact that staff members are chosen very carefully proves that there is a well thought through rationale behind these matters, making NEVE HANNA an even more special place. Taking a deeper look, one has to realize that all the staff members of NEVE HANNA – the youth workers, the various therapists and social workers, the leadership as well as the volunteers – do not come to do simply their work, they give much more than that. They are always there, and we children know that we are secure, have all the help and support one can wish for, since the therapy programs, the remedial teaching as well as the vast enrichment and leisure activities all come down to one crucial matter: At NEVE HANNA you have the chance to grow, to blossom and explore and no matter what and when in our lives, NEVE HANNA will always be a loving and warm home." Again our thanks and best wishes for a healthy, prosperous and peaceful New Year! health and happiness.

David "Dudu" Weger, Director
Rachel (Rali) Loewenthal
Chaim Appel
Members of the Board