Shalva, the Israel association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, is dedicated to providing quality care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion.

How we are changing the lives of children

Non-denominational and free of charge, Shalva’s ongoing programs provide therapeutic, educational, and recreational care for over 850 individuals from infancy to adulthood. Family support and respite components are essential to all programs, enabling parents to raise their children within the family framework.

The new Shalva National Center

The Shalva National Center, which opened in September 2016, has enabled Shalva to broaden its scope of services to provide care for thousands more children with disabilities and their families. The eleven story, 200,000 square foot building, surrounded by seven acres of inclusion parks, will offer a variety of leading-edge facilities and unprecedented opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Israel. The Shalva National Center is positioned to be Israel’s home base for inclusion and an international leader in program development for individuals with disabilities.

Our Story

Shalva was founded in 1990 by Kalman and Malki Samuels, but its origins go back thirteen years earlier to when their eleven-month-old son, Yossi was injured; becoming blind , deaf, and acutely hyperactive. They never dreamed that seven years later Yossi would break through his barriers of darkness and silence, and miraculously learn to communicate via sign language and speech. Malki remembered a promise she made during those isolating and exhausting years; that if G-d would help, so would she. What began with six children in a small apartment, is today an internationally acclaimed organization that provides all-encompassing care for children and families from the entire spectrum of Israeli society.

Children from birth through adulthood helped on a weekly basis
Hours of transformative therapy provided annually
Children participate in summer camp programs over 8 weeks
Family members receiving ongoing support and guidance
Friends around the world raising Shalva’s flag of hope and inclusion

 Shalva’s operations in Israel have achieved ISO 9001/2000 recognition and certification for compliance with the highest international standards of quality management. Shalva is the first Israeli organization of its kind to attain this status.

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Norman Alpert*
Carol Levin*

Chairs of the Board
Nathan Low*
Leon Wagner*

Chairman of the Board Emeritus
Hillel Weinberger*

Vice President
Adam Chill*

Yoni Leifer*

Jacques Semmelman*

Executive Committee
Raanan Agus
Jane Gol
Michael Kleinberg

Mitchell Presser
Daniel Schwartz
Ari Storch
Loren Weiss
Dov Wiener

Board of Advisors
Nicole Agus
Jane Alpert
Ludwig Bravmann
Ishaia Gol
Nathan Kahn
Sandy Kahn
Lisa Low
Andrew Lowinger
Basya Lowinger
Lauren Presser
Gabrielle Propp
Tommy Rosenthal
Debbie Schwartz
Michael Slade
Ruth Slade
James Tisch

Western Region Leadership
Stanley Black
Bradley Cohen
Michael De Luca
Lloyd Lewis

Shalva Founder & Chairman
Kalman Samuels

Executive Director
Leo Klein

Director, West Coast Region
Allison Krumholz

Development Executives
Chana Miller
Alexis Schwartz

*Executive Committee