SHALVA Updates & Interesting Stuff

Summer Camp 2018: Great Success!

By | 2018-08-21T13:25:50+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Updates|

Shalva's summer camp, held in the first week of August, was a great success. Hundreds of children and their counselors had an amazing, much needed respite, "sleep away" experience with outings, adventures, connection and fun! The camp allowed the Shalva kids to have a special summer experience and gave their parents a period of respite. [...]

Shalva National Center Approaching Two Year Anniversary

By | 2018-08-21T13:23:33+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Updates|

The upcoming academic year will marks two years since Shalva National Center opened its doors in the heart of  Jerusalem. What started out as a dream has since become our new reality. The new Shalva National Center has helped thousands of children and their families, held incredible events and special celebrations and hosted tens of thousands of [...]

Shalva Represents Israel at International Children’s Games

By | 2018-08-15T13:16:08+00:00 August 12th, 2018|Updates|

Shalva graduates Ortal Karp, Raphael Cohen and Tal Kima were thrilled to be invited to carry the official flag at the opening of the International Children's Games competition- which was held this summer in Israel ( for the first time ever!) Ortal, Raphael and Tal also performed on the stage as representatives of the Israeli delegation.  [...]

Maccabi Youth Share a Day of Sport with Shalva

By | 2018-08-15T13:12:38+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Updates|

Maccabi came to visit! But this was no small tour.  Shalva hosted over 550  athletes, ages fourteen through sixteen, from eleven countries around the world (wow!) at  the Shalva national center as part of a cooperative program with Maccabi World Union.  The Maccabi World Union, which hosted the Maccabi Youth Games in July and August in [...]

Shalva Opens First Independent Living Apartment

By | 2018-08-15T12:47:19+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Updates|

After much preparation and anticipation, Shalva's first independent living home opened this past summer. The apartment is designed and set up in such a way which allows the residents to successfully integrate and participate in community life. Each resident has gained a sense of pride- as they too have taken the next step in adulthood, living independently from [...]

The Shalva Band Performs At Google

By | 2018-06-12T10:57:06+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Updates|

The Shalva Band performed at Talks at Google on March 19th.  After a brief introduction by a Google team member, who said he had seen the band perform earlier that year and was impressed with their talent and professionalism, Shalva's founder Kalman Samuels spoke about the origins of Shalva and how the Shalva Band began. [...]

Kalman Samuels Wins Two Prestigious Awards

By | 2018-05-02T13:04:02+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Updates|

Kalman Samuels, Founder and President of Shalva, received 2 prestigious awards this month. The Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Tzion Prize which recognizes the achievements of outstanding Anglo Olim and their contribution to the State of Israel and the Lions International, Israel's Man of the Year Award. "I am very humbled to receive these prestigious awards on behalf [...]

Shalva Receives Status as Consultant to the UN

By | 2018-04-29T10:23:06+00:00 April 29th, 2018|Updates|

We are proud to share that Shalva recently received official status as a Consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council!  This honorary recognition marks a new frontier for Shalva to scale-up international impact as a leading advocate of inclusion and equality for people with disabilities. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the [...]

Shalva’s Children Open the 2018 European Judo Championship

By | 2018-04-29T12:04:46+00:00 April 29th, 2018|Updates|

Participants of Shalva’s Judo school participated in the official opening ceremony for the European Judo Championship and lead a demo practice for the audience. Among all the Judo players who participated in the three day fight for the championship, was a group, a little bit different that everyone else – 10 young trainees with disabilities from [...]

Team Shalva in the 2018 Jerusalem Marathon

By | 2018-04-09T10:51:15+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Updates|

Neither rain, snow, sleet nor gusting winds could stop many of the 680 runners, most of whom are Jewish high school students from New York and New Jersey, from departing Wednesday evening March 7th  for Israel from Newark and JFK airports to run, jog or walk in the  March 9th Jerusalem Marathon as part of [...]