Ziv Neurim

Empowering our youth at risk, enabling them to grow and realize their potential. We will be using educational activities in the challenging environment of the sea which boost the personal and social abilities of the children. Under the guidance of a skilled marine training team, and our social workers, Isheh and Michal, Ziv Neurim’s approach in its Path of the Sea program is based on strengthening teen self-image, building up their ability to cope with stressful situations, creating positive experiences and encouraging them to persevere and cope with obstacles.

This new exciting high spirited marine activities program is offered by the
non-profit association Ziv Neurim which was founded in the year 2000 by
ex-members of the Israeli elite Naval Commando Unit in memory of Ziv Levy,
a fellow commando who fell in the line of duty.

The Educational Program

The Core Elements:
Personal coping
Personal responsibility
Physical fitness
Self reliance
Team work
Facing fears and challenges
Overcoming obstacles and experiencing success

Each element is implemented via a series of values expressed in the marine activity, using the range of sea craft, such as kayaks, SUPs, surfing and windsurfing, sailing and diving.

The connection with the sea and development of expertise in handling small sea-craft instils values and enhances their abilities and skills, with a positive effect on their studies, their national service and their future working careers.

One of the girls was terrified of the sea. There was no persuading her to overcome this fear. We just waited until she was ready. An hour later, she joined the surfing group, in the water. She did not know that she could handle her fear and enjoy the sea. The bonding I experienced with this group was stronger than any former time.” – Michal Saidi, Neve Hanna senior staff for 21 years

Our aim is to provide the youngsters with the experience of success in the challenging environment of the sea, to improve their personal and social skills, integrate them into a social and educational group framework, impart the values of good citizenship and active involvement in the community, the preservation of nature and the quality of the environment.