Neve Hanna Children’s Home

Loving Home

Since 1974, 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 neglect and 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. 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 to the children. Neve Hanna offers these at-risk youth the chance to grow beyond the circumstances from which they emerged. This loving, nurturing and therapeutic environment gives the children the opportunity to heal, thrive and become responsible contributing adults of society.

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. Visitors to Neve Hanna often note the care and attention given to each child, the recognition of individual needs and challenges, and the abundance of smiling faces.

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The Playground Project

Neve Hanna’s playground of 40 years had to be demolished due to safety issues. 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! 

Become a friend!

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. Together, we can fulfill the promise of providing our boys and girls the opportunity to grow into happy, healthy, and successful young adults.

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

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. The staff consists of trained educators, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists, as well as experts in different therapeutic fields.

Library Program

We are raising money to buy additional books for the Library at Neve Hanna Children’s Home. The library fosters a love of reading books and study, provides a new kind of vocational training, instills interpersonal skills and inspires the pursuit of higher education.

Mitzvah Projects

Is your religious school, synagogue, sisterhood or men’s club looking for a new and meaningful social action project? Partner 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.

Join Young Leadership

Become a Goodwill Ambassador for American Friends of Neve Hanna. Be part of Young Leadership, a dynamic group of volunteers, change-makers, a network strong enough to impact positive change in the lives of children.

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

Ziv Neurim

Ziv Neurim, the Path of the Sea program works with 30 teenage boys and girls in need of intensive support in 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.

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


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 share our exciting interview.

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