Neve Hanna Children’s Home

Loving Nurturing Home

For almost 50 years, Neve Hanna Children’s Home in Kiryat Gat, Israel, has provided a loving home for children from distressed and dysfunctional family circumstances. They are the children of Russian, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern immigrants and native-born Israelis. Sadly, these children have been scarred by poverty, abuse, parental mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction in the home. These at-risk youth come to Neve Hanna where their physical, emotional and educational needs are addressed. Neve Hanna is not an institution. In fact, it is recognized under the Masorti Movement as a Kehilla, the only one of its kind in Israel. The children’s home provides individual therapy, remedial instruction and extensive enrichment leisure time programs. This loving, nurturing and therapeutic environment gives the children the opportunity to heal, thrive and become responsible adults. Neve Hanna offers these at-risk youth the chance to grow beyond the circumstances from which they emerged. Hundreds of children have attended Neve Hanna. Many go on to build successful careers and raise healthy families. Neve Hanna aims to instill in its children, a sense of self-worth, purpose and an attachment to Jewish Tradition and values.

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Changing Children’s Lives

When you enter Neve Hanna, it is impossible not to fall in love with this magical children’s home located in Kiryat Gat, Israel. 

The Playground Project

Our new campaign, the Playground Project is all about fun, fun, fun! Sadly, Neve Hanna’s playground of 40 years had to be demolished due to safety measures. Our goal is to raise the necessary funds needed to build a safe, wonderful new playground for the children to enjoy at Neve Hanna. We dream of wooden installations made to last decades, environmentally friendly and challenging for the children. Places where they can play, climb, hide and seek, explore and learn, and of course have a lot of fun in a safe surrounding. With your help, we can do it! 

Therapeutic Programs

Neve Hanna Children’s Home strives to meet all the physical, emotional, mental and educational needs of its children by enriching them with a wide variety of individualized therapeutic programs, projects and extracurricular activities–thus providing a nurturing and supportive family environment.

Buy a Book, Build a Library!

We are raising money to buy additional books for the Library at Neve Hanna Children’s Home. The library will foster a love of reading books and study, provide a new kind of vocational training, instill interpersonal skills and inspire the pursuit of higher education. Thanks to YOU, our children will gain a love of reading that opens up doors to a world of possibilities!

Tikkun Olam/Tzedakah Projects

Is your religious school, synagogue, sisterhood or men’s club looking for a new and meaningful social action project? Please consider partnering with Neve Hanna Children’s Home for your next TIKKUN OLAM/TZEDAKAH project. Learn more on how you can get involved and take on a mitzvah project in support of the Neve Hanna community in Kiryat Gat, Israel.

Ziv Neurim

Ziv Neurim, the Path of the Sea program works with 30 teenage boys and girls in need of intensive support in this phase of their teen development. Professionally guided group activities on the beach and in the sea are offered through topics such as perseverance, mastering challenges and personal willpower. The youngsters discover new worlds by swimming and rowing, surfing and sailing. The core elements are: perseverance, personal coping, discipline, personal responsibility, physical fitness, self reliance, team work, facing fears and challenges, overcoming obstacles and experiencing success.

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Thanks to the generosity of supporters, Neve Hanna has been able to expand its outreach to at-risk youth facing great difficulty. The support of our friends allows the American Friends of Neve Hanna to increase its assistance and meet critical needs. Your gift will help us move forward as we strive to reach higher goals and opportunities that we cannot accomplish alone ourselves.  

Path to Peace Program

“The NEVE HANNA Children’s Home is privileged to cherish a Shared Community of Jews, Muslims and Christians. We keep on furthering our communal life characterized by tolerance, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence and consider our Shared Community as a source of light and hope for peace for all the people and peoples of our country.”
~ Rabbi Liron Levy Rosensaft – Neve Hanna Children’s Home


American Friends of Neve Hanna
PO Box 640685
Oakland Gardens, NY 11364-0685
(347) 836-8118


“Neve Hanna is a magic jewel that converts sadness into joy, weeping into laughter, tragic destinies into hopeful futures.”

Rabbi Benjamin Kreitman z”l

Care and attention given to each individual and unique child at Neve Hanna gives each child hope and opportunity for growth and living a healthy, happy and productive life.

Rabbi Ellen Wolintz-Fields, Director of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism

November 12, 2021 Podcast Interview with Tommy DiMisa of Philanthropy in Phocus.

American Friends of Neve Hanna joined Tommy D on TalkRadioNYC to tell the story of Neve Hanna Children’s Home. Please watch and share our exciting interview with your family, friends and community.

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