U.S. trust awards $1.75 million to Israeli agencies for disabled


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two agencies that care for Israelis with disabilities and their families will receive $1.75 million in grants from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The grants announced last week will go to two Israeli institutions that help disabled children and Israeli army veterans and their families.

A $1 million grant will go to Shalva, The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel, to fund a dining hall and events floor in the organization’s new National Children’s Center in Jerusalem.

Shalva provides services to more than 500 Israelis with special needs, from infants to young adults, providing tailored programs and round-the-clock therapies.

A $750,000 grant will go to the Beit Halochem-Tel Aviv, which provides services for disabled Israeli army veterans. The grant is to provide funding for the creation of a professional hydrotherapy facility and renovations to pool facilities.

The Beit Halochem center serves about 5,500 disabled army veterans living in the center of the country, as well as about 13,000 members of the veterans’ immediate families. The center provides rehabilitation services and a place to spend time with their families.

Since the Helmsley Charitable Trust began awarding grants to Israel in 2009, over $112 million has been committed to charitable organizations, including scientific research, health care and communications.

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