American Friends of Neve Hanna


Neve Hanna children's home — changing children's lives


RED ALERT UPDATE: Summer 2014 -- a challenging season for the children of Neve Hanna

Ordinarily, summertime brings vacation, outdoor sports and trips to the beach with friends. Summer 2014 is far from ordinary. Fun in the sun has been replaced by hours in bomb shelters listening to the sounds of rockets coming in from Gaza. Visits with family and friends have been curtailed or cancelled.

The simple truth is that, during rocket attacks, their homes are less safe than Neve Hanna and its shelters. We are particularly grateful to our American friends who provided funding for our shelters. Furthermore, the constant stress of living under threat, resulting often in lost wages and employment, have further strained already fragile family dynamics, making it unsafe for many of our children to return to their family settings at this time.

Under these circumstances, Neve Hanna has taken emergency measures to meet the challenge. Volunteers and temporary assistants have helped the children cope. An exciting special summer program – fully in keeping with security guidelines—are giving our children a chance to have some fun.

Our summer house in Rosh Pina provides a respite…“A Week Out of Range of Rockets”. However it can host only 20 children and accompanying staff at a time. Therefore our children take turns visiting our “home away from home” in the North.

Kiryat Gat, where Neve Hanna is located, unfortunately has been one of the more heavily targeted areas for rockets from Gaza. In recent days we have had fewer rocket attacks, though, one rocket did, unfortunately, slip through the Iron Dome System – a reminder of what can happen, if ...

We will continue to deal with a lot of uncertainty as well as trauma for the children and…

Our children continue to need your help. Please join our special campaign: help us provide more “Days Out of the Range of Rockets”, and the additional psychological and emotional support our children need.

Click the “DONATE” button.

We are grateful to all of our supporters. Thank you all again.

With hopes for shalom for all.





Dear Friends,

Most Israeli children eat well each day, go to school, and return to loving homes. But some – whose early lives were scarred by poverty, abuse, or parental mental illness or drug or alcohol addiction – do not.

What happens to the kids who fall between the cracks?

For nearly 40 years, Neve Hanna Children's Home in Kiryat Gat, Israel, has provided a loving home for youngsters from troubled families. Our residents are not orphans, but the sons and daughters of native Israelis in distress – and of Russian, North African, and Middle Eastern immigrants.

By providing a nurturing, therapeutic environment, we give these children the opportunity to heal and thrive.

Our full-time residents live in supportive foster family units, and our non-boarding participants take advantage of an innovative after-school program where they get a hot meal, help with homework, and enrichment activities.

Affiliated with the Masorti (Conservative) movement, Neve Hanna aims to instill a sense of self-worth and a love of Jewish learning, tradition, and values.

We offer sports activities, a petting zoo, a bakery, a library, computer facilities, and much more. Hundreds of youngsters have lived with us at Neve Hanna. Most go on to build successful careers and raise healthy families.

Visitors note the care and attention given to each child, the recognition of individual needs and challenges – and all the smiling faces.

Please join me on a tour of Neve Hanna, meet some of us and see what we are doing.

Join Us!

David "Dudu" Weger
Director, Neve Hanna, Kiryat Gat, Israel