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  • 1984

    1984

    Jerusalem Elwyn founded at the initiative of the Municipality of Jerusalem and the Government of Israel as an offshoot of the American nonprofit, Elwyn Inc

    Among the first programs: Occupational Training Center (OTC) and Adult Day Center

    1984
  • 1987

    1987

    Opening of Israel’s first supported employment program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

    1987
  • 1988

    1988

    Management of Jerusalem’s Supported Living Services (formerly “the Swedish Village”) is transferred from the government to Israel Elwyn

    1988
  • 1989

    1989

    Opening of the first supported employment program for individuals with disabilities referred by the National Insurance Institute’s Rehabilitation Department

    1989
  • 1991

    1991

    IE assumes management of the Dvora Agmon Preschool Center, founded in 1971 by the late Prof. Naomi Amir, which maintains an international reputation for the education, training and care of children with cerebral palsy and communication disorders

    1991
  • 1992

    1992

    Community Living Services apartments established in Jerusalem

    Early Intervention Center (for ages 18 months to three years) opened at Dvora Agmon Preschool Center

    Training Center for supported employment established at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center

    Opening of program for adults with autism at Jerusalem’s Adult Day Center

    1992
  • 1996

    1996

    The 18+ program was established, a unique transitional program to prepare high school students in special education for the world of work

    1996
  • 1997

    1997

    Israel Elwyn’s community services and management move to the new Sabbah Center building in Jerusalem

    Direct Mail Social Enterprise established at Moshav Ora (near Jerusalem)

    Haifa & Northern Israel branch opened at the request of the Municipality of Haifa, providing continuum of employment services at Hosen Adult Day Center, Adult Day Center, and the Employment Training Center

    1997
  • 1998

    1998

    Name changed from Jerusalem Elwyn to Israel Elwyn

    First job training course established, focusing on the food service industry (“Mirkam”)

    Establishment of Mandell Exchange Program, funded by the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation, enabling annual week-long visits with their overseas colleagues for professionals in Israel and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)

    Israel Elwyn begins operating as an independent entity, ending its managerial ties with American Elwyn Inc

    1998
  • 1999

    Job training programs initiated in the western Negev and in Beit Shemesh for individuals with disabilities referred by the National Insurance Institute

    Early Intervention Program for toddlers 1-3 years of age opened at Adult Day Center in Haifa

    Israel Elwyn joins Inclusion International, an international umbrella organization for organizations working for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the community

  • 2000

    2000

    Job Training Program opened in Be’er Sheba, for individuals with disabilities referred by the National Insurance Institute

    2000
  • 2001

    2001

    Program for retirees with disabilities opened at Sabbah Center (in Jerusalem)

    Inclusive preschool opened in East Jerusalem

    Israel Elwyn joins IAJVS (International Associate of Jewish Vocational Services) – a network of Jewish organizations in North America and Israel that offer employment and vocational services to individuals with disabilities

    2001
  • 2002

    Direct Mail Social Enterprise moves from Moshav Ora to the Talpiot Industrial Area

  • 2003

    2003

    Afternoon Education Services program opened in Haifa for students of the Gil Special Education School

    2003
  • 2004

    Masad course established to train individuals with disabilities in providing logistical assistance to the elderly and other populations, in their homes

    Digital Archiving Social Enterprise established in Jerusalem as a social enterprise

    Israel Elwyn celebrates its 20th anniversary

  • 2005

    2005

    Israel Elwyn residents who volunteer in the “Everyone Can Contribute” program receive Shalem Fund Award for Excellence

    Drama group established at Israel Elwyn’s Community Living Services in Jerusalem – “I’m Inspired” play premiers at Israel Museum

    Patt Forum of Israeli organizations that operate rehabilitation employment programs formed at Israel Elwyn’s initiative

    Florida’s South Palm Beach Federation and Boca Raton Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC) enter into a collaboration with Israel Elwyn

    2005
  • 2006

    Election of Israel Elwyn to manage the sequence of municipal continuum employment services in Ra’anana for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities

    Inauguration ceremony of an operating garden at the Sabbah Center in Jerusalem

    Opening of a supported employment training program on the subject of transition to work, funded by JDC Israel. The program is delivered nationwide by Israel Elwyn to entities that provide services to individuals with disabilities

    Opening of the Tzomet Employment Center in Beit Shemesh. The center supports the acquisition of skills in preparation for the competitive job market for individuals with disabilities referred by the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs

  • 2007

    2007

    Katie Manson Sensory Garden inaugurated in Jerusalem

    Shalem Fund Award received for the Digital Archiving Social Enterprise

    Kibbutz Usha’s Early Intervention Center opened, Haifa & Northern Israel branch

    Beit Bloom building opened on Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Campus in Jerusalem

    Photography exhibition at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens by residents of Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Program

    Inauguration of Beit Hanan supported apartments, in Jerusalem

    2007
  • 2008

    2008

    Dedication of Feinstein Building on Jerusalem’s Legacy Heritage Campus, housing the Dvora Agmon Preschool and the Roizman Early Intervention Center

    Israel Elwyn selected to provide supported employment services in all regions of Israel by the Dept. of Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs

    Israel Elwyn selected by Municipality of Ashkelon to provide employment training and other employment services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities

    Early Intervention Center in Karmiel opened to serve children with autism from the Galilee and northern Israel

    Stein Early Intervention and Family Center dedicated in Haifa

    Israel Elwyn has an influence on the expansion of the Early Intervention Center legislation in the Knesset

    International exchange between young adults from Israel Elwyn and JARC (Jewish Association for Residential Care in Boca Raton, Florida)

    Following the opening of Israel Elwyn’s 18+ program, the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs chose Israel Elwyn to develop a new transitional program after graduating school to prepare for the world of work named “Creating a Future”

    City of Kfar Yona chooses Israel Elwyn to develop continuum employment support services.

    Knesset enters into a standard employer-employee relationship for individuals with disabilities supported by Israel Elwyn and other organizations

    Construction of Weinberg Center for Nutrition in Jerusalem completed

    2008
  • 2009

    2009

    Kfar Yona Regional Employment Training Center opens

    Israel Elwyn employees participate in the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services’ sixth conference on the subject, “Whose Life is This?” in Tel Aviv

    After many years of cooperative activity, Israel Elwyn chosen by the Aroma Espresso Bar chain, as a favored community partner

    2009
  • 2010

    Cornerstone laid for new Albert Beresin Employment Training Center in Haifa

    Establishment of support and guidance group for parents and siblings of aging individuals with disabilities living in Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Program in Jerusalem

    Opening of the Academy for Continuing Education, which offers an ongoing and comprehensive system of training programs, seminars, conferences, lectures, and workshops for a variety of audiences, including professionals and individuals with disabilities and their families

    Expansion of Early Intervention Centers in Karmiel and in the Krayot, a suburb of Haifa, Haifa & Northern Israel branch

    New program opened in Jerusalem at Israel Elwyn’s Sabbah Center for special-education students with cerebral palsy, in preparation for the world of work

    Fully accessible women’s health clinic opened at Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Program in Jerusalem, for periodic checkups and treatment on site. Equipment includes an adapted examination table that can be lowered and raised, and an ultrasound machine.

    Israel Elwyn’s supported employees with disabilities are recognized for cultivating Jerusalem’s sports fields, as part of a public-private partnership between the Municipality of Jerusalem, Aroma Espresso Bar Israel Ltd., and Israel Elwyn, at a ceremony hosted by Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat

    Willner Gardens dedicated in the presence of primary donor, Morris Willner and family; Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat; Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger; representatives of the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs and the National Insurance Institute; residents from Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Program in Jerusalem and their families; and Israel Elwyn staff. With the completion of this project, Israel Elwyn’s main campus in Jerusalem is now completely accessible.

  • 2011

    2011

    Creating a Future transition program for special education students ages 16-21 expanded to schools in Tel Aviv

    Beginning of collaboration with Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Direct employment of employees with disabilities at the Ein Kerem Campus, and transfer of 1,000 technical drawings from the campus to Israel Elwyn’s Digital Archiving Social Enterprise in Jerusalem

    Cooperation begun with the McDonald’s chain, which owns 154 restaurants in Israel, in hiring employees with disabilities supported by Israel Elwyn

    Establishment of a continuum of employment services in Herzliya

    2011
  • 2012

    2012

    Full-day seminar on “Removing Barriers to Employment of Individuals with Disabilities” held at the Knesset, as a partnership between: Israel Elwyn, the Knesset, Tevet – JDC Israel and IAJVS (International Association of Jewish Vocational Services), as part of the World Council of Jewish Community Services (WCJCS)’s international conference

    On Israel Elwyn’s recommendation, corporate award presented to the Israel Electric Corporation by IAJVS (International Association of Jewish Vocational Services), in recognition of its employment of people with disabilities

    2012
  • 2013

    2013

    Israel Elwyn receives its first non-profit seal of approval from Midot, a group that evaluates the effectiveness and transparency of Israeli organizations

    Dedication ceremony for the new Albert Beresin Employment Training Center in Haifa, which will provide a continuum of employment services

    First Self-Advocacy Conference for Individuals with Disabilities, a collaboration between Israel Elwyn and Beit Issie Shapiro, to help advance the development of self-advocacy groups and a leadership cadre among individuals with disabilities in Israel

    Full-day seminar, “We’re All Entitled to Service: Making Medical Services Accessible to People with Disabilities,” a collaboration between the Henrietta Szold School of Nursing at the Hadassah Medical Center and Israel Elwyn’s Academy for Continuing Education and Supported Living Services

    Israel Elwyn’s Academy for Continuing Education initiates a course in job-oriented computer skills for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

    Nine service recipients with intellectual developmental disabilities successfully complete the first leadership training course in Jerusalem, developed as part of Israel Elwyn’s joint project with Beit Issie Shapira, focusing on leadership of self-advocacy groups

    Israel Elwyn’s Academy for Continuing Education begins collaborating with the Law Clinic for the Rights of People with Disabilities (Law Faculty, Hebrew University) on two projects: 1) lingual accessibility of labor laws and workplace regulations for the prevention of sexual harassment, and 2) workshops about workplace regulations for the prevention of sexual harassment.

    Israel Elwyn’s Retiree Program in Jerusalem expands and moves to its permanent home, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Retiree Center

    Early Intervention Center opened in Kiryat Bialik in temporary quarters

    2013
  • 2014

    Premier of the play “Love without Limits” at the Israel Museum, performed by residents of Israel Elwyn’s Community Living Services

    Second Annual Self-Advocacy Conference for People with Disabilities held, with participation of over 100 self-advocates, facilitators and professionals

    Professionals from Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Services begin to participate in meetings of the Knesset’s Health and Social Services Committee on the subject of accessibility regulations for Israel’s medical services

    Israel Elwyn and its partner, the Ortal Human Resources Company, awarded the National Insurance Institute’s contract for placement of employees with disabilities in the competitive job market

    Israel Elwyn’s and Beit Issie Shapiro’s joint Self-Advocacy Project presented at AAIDD’s (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) annual conference in Orlando, by professionals from both organizations

    Israel Elwyn awarded contract by the Ashkelon Municipality and the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs to continue operating a continuum of employment services

    Israel Elwyn chosen by the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services to prepare young adults with disabilities, who are completing their National Service, for the competitive job market through its Reshet (Network) program.

    Israel Elwyn’s new, cognitively accessible booklet, “My Rights at Work,” formally launched

    Operation of the Mosaic Program, as an umbrella organization providing support and guidance to the Shlomit and Aminadav organizations, for inclusion of people with disabilities in National Service

  • 2015

    2015

    Transitions program, to prepare students with disabilities for the competitive job market, opens at Elwyn El Quds (East Jerusalem)

    Israel Elwyn’s CEO David Marcu invited by Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, to sit on the city’s Advisory Council on People with Disabilities, along with heads of municipal departments, and leaders of nonprofit organizations and other public bodies

    Implementation of quality control regulation (ISO 9001) procedures in programs to augment staff professionalism and improve service

    Members of “Photographing from the Heart,” the photography Social Enterprise developed from an activity at Israel Elwyn’s Kfar Yona Employment Training Center, win the Shalem Fund’s Excellence Award in the category of unique activities by people with intellectual developmental disabilities in the world of work

    Within the framework of training courses funded by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles – completion of the course for training female service recipients as assistants for early-childhood education, a partnership between Wizo and Israel Elwyn

    2015
  • 2016

    Course organized in cooperation with the Israeli Institute on Cognitive Accessibility, to train staff members in writing that is linguistically accessible to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

    Israel Elwyn awarded the Miriam Ben-Haim prize by the Technion in recognition of our work with medical students, as part of a course introducing them to Israel’s medical system

    Transition of residents from the Supported Living Services to Community Living Services – in an ongoing process

    Full-day seminar, facilitated by Israel Elwyn’s Academy for Continuing Education, on “Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” for staff members, as part of the process of making employment laws and regulations accessible to service recipients

  • 2017

    2017

    Construction of Early Intervention Center in Kiryat Bialik begins

    The Leonardo Hotel in Netanya (a member of the Fattal group) mounts a permanent exhibition of works from the Social Enterprise “Photographing from the Heart”

    Israel Elwyn wins several significant contracts – the National Insurance Institute’s Rehabilitation Division’s proposal for professional rehabilitative support in the Jerusalem & Southern Israel branch; the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs’ proposal for operating an Early Intervention Center in Kiryat Ata; and the Isfiya local municipality’s proposal for employment services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

    Production of a cognitively accessible booklet on the transition from work to retirement, for service recipients.

    Israel Elwyn and Beit Issie Shapiro, which initiated the National Self-Advocacy Project together in 2011, win the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs’ category of Special Social Enterprises – National Leadership for Self-Advocacy. The project has enjoyed years of generous support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Ruderman Family Foundation.

    2017
  • 2018

    2018

    Full-day seminar, in cooperation with the Hadassah Medical Center’s School of Nursing (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) on making hospital emergency rooms accessible for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

    Opening of Retirees’ Center in Herzliya

    Israel Elwyn wins Ministry of Justice contract to make legal services accessible for children, youth, and adults with disabilities, by training the legal system’s staff through education in the field of disabilities

    Residents from the Supported Living Services participate in Inclusion International’s annual conference on the subject of self-advocacy. The conference was held in England.

    Inauguration of the new Morris Willner Early Intervention Center building in Kiryat Bialik

    2018
  • 2019

    2019

    Opening of accessible courses for people with intellectual disabilities at universities and colleges throughout Israel – “Academic Exposure” at Haifa University, “Equal in Education” at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, learning skills course at the Talpiot College in Holon

    Opening of Chef’s Assistant Professional Training Course, in collaboration with “Ta’amim” College, at Israel Elwyn’s branches throughout the country

    Opening of the Early Intervention Center in Tzfat

    The For a Change volunteer program is awarded The Zero Project entrepreneurial prize at a well-attended ceremony at the UN building in Vienna, Austria

    Israel Elwyn wins a Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs proposal for Early Intervention Centers in Nahariya and Ma’ale Yosef

    Israel Elwyn awarded proposal by the Ashkelon Municipality for Afternoon Education Services program in “Moriya” school

    Israel Elwyn wins a Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs proposal for the Tomorrow Project, involving the placement of groups of employees with disabilities in the competitive job market

    2019
  • 2020

    2020

    The Creating a Future transition program awarded The Zero Project prize at a well-attended ceremony at the UN building in Vienna, Austria

    Ofir Akunis, Minister of Welfare and Social Affairs, visits Israel Elwyn’s Academy for Continuing Education

    Israel Elwyn awarded contract by the Ra’anana Municipality for operating retiree programs

    2020

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