We are very excited to welcome our supporters, partners, and friends to Israel for the 18th "Chai" Anniversary Celebration. Last week, we recognized the accomplishments of the partnership between JDC, UJA-Federation, and the Government of Israel since Ashalim's founding in 1998 (pictured below). Over the two day "Chai" Celebration in Israel, we hope reflect on our achievements and consider our future opportunities to develop services for children, youth, young adults, and families at risk in Israel.  


JDC-Israel Ashalim was established in 1998 as a strategic partnership between JDC-Israel, the Israeli government, and the UJA - Federation of New York.

Ashalim develops solutions and services for young at risk populations, starting from birth to age 25, in order to ensure the welfare and well-being of children, youth, young adults, and families at risk.

Ashalim works on personal, familial, and social levels to expand the range of available opportunities for children, youth, and young adults at risk, and their families.


  • Elecha
    Responds to the needs of at-risk pupils within the ultra-Orthodox school system.
  • All in the Family Centers
    Creates a "home" for families of physically, developmentally, and mentally challenged children and youth.
  • Springboard
    Trains and guides immigrant youth and their parents to prepare them for army service.
  • AMEN
    Encourages Israeli youth to adopt volunteerism as a way of life and give back to their community.
  • Father and Son Sports
    Improves relationships and strengthens bonds between fathers and sons through sports.
  • New Beginnings
    Provides early intervention and treatment for children from birth to age six.
  • Better Together
    Presents a grassroots, collaborative approach for disadvantaged neighborhoods.
    Trains professionals to work in early childhood education in the Arab communities.
  • Turning Point
    Encourages entrepreneurship and employment to help disconnected youth enter society.
  • PACT
    Works to minimize gaps in early childhood education between Ethiopian-Israeli young children and their native Israeli peers.
  • Menta
    The program aims to provide useful vocational accreditation and skills to students aged 17-20 who would otherwise have very limited future employment opportunities
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