Belev Raanana – Living together in the Raanana community
Belev Raanana is a registered NPO (nonprofit organization), established by parents as a volunteer entrepreneurial organization. We collaborate with professionals in various government offices and local authorities, to advance the interests of young adults with special needs, and to secure their future.
In Hebrew the name בל”ב רעננה stands for ביחד לחיות בקהילת רעננה – Living together in the Raanana community – a motto that expresses our spirit and guides our actions.
Today our main venture is the construction of a home in the community for young adults with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities and in need of nursing care.
For the first time in Israel, these young people will live in a real home-that is neither an institute nor a hostel. As a groundbreaking model, the project is likely to be emulated by other communities throughout the country.
Israela Ringham-Levi, Project Initiator
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." Albert Einstein
When we faced the enormous challenge of raising a child with special needs, we harnessed the strength of our love, and gave him everything it was in our power to give.
It has never been easy, but I have discovered that hardship gives rise to opportunity. In my mind's eye, I saw my son Tommy's future as an adult living in the community, in a home that supports and respects him, just like the home of his childhood. And from this image, a vision was born.
Eventually, through a great deal of hard work, and a fast partnership with a dedicated group of parents, this vision engendered an innovative social startup: building a home in the community for our special children – the first of its kind in Israel. This unique residential complex will be specifically designed and adapted to the needs of young adults with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, and/or in need of nursing care. Endorsed by Israel's Ministry of Social Affairs & Social Services, the project will be built on land allocated by the city of Raanana.
Director of Belev Raanana
Doron Marom, Chairman
I joined Belev Raanana when I understood the intentions of its members, and saw their immense efforts on behalf of their cause.
Having participated in the establishment of social nonprofits in the past, I could see that this organization, even though it was quite new, was already very effective in its endeavors.
As a citizen of this country, I feel it's important for me to contribute my share to the discussion, and more significantly to the actions, that define our role in caring for the weaker members of our society.
As the father of a disabled young man, It's important for me to know that when I grow old, and after I die, someone will be there to care for my son, provide all his needs, understand his difficulties, and even tuck him in every night.
The residential project we are building pioneers new paths and concepts, and I am proud to take part in the unique social endeavors of Belev Raanana. It is thus a great honor for me to invite you to join our efforts. Together we will change a lacking environment, and work for the improvement of our society.
Lorre Goldberg, Founding member
My name is Lorre Goldberg, and I am one of the founders of the parents' NPO Belev Raanana. I joined the organization in order to build a home for our daughter Liora, who was born with Rett syndrome and struggled with many hardships all her life. But in the spring of 2014, when she was only 14, our beloved Liora passed away, leaving us brokenhearted.
Today, even though my own daughter will never enjoy the place we are building, I feel highly committed to my activities at Belev Raanana. I carry on for the sake of Liora's friends, so much in need of a home that caters to their needs, in a caring community, close to their parents and families.
On behalf of all our children, and in the name of my beloved daughter Liora, I now ask all of you: Please help us build this important and special place, which reflects and celebrates Liora's spirit – a spirt of light and love, of generosity and hope.
Alex Daulby, Founding member
My name is Alex Daulby. I am a businessman residing in Raanana and one of the founders of the Belev Raanana NPO.
Not long ago my family faced a painful dilemma: we were looking for a home for our daughter, a sweet, adorable girl with an intellectual disability. Since at the time of our search there was no suitable solution for her needs in our community, we had to find one elsewhere. This experience reinforced our awareness of the importance of the initiative and activities of Belev Raanana.
Today, after years of hard work, we, at Belev Raanana, see with pride and satisfaction how the vision gradually becomes a reality. Planning is already underway, and we know that this building will be much more than concrete, bricks and walls.
The complex we are building will bring a new spirit to the whole community, a spirit of inclusion, acceptance and hope.
I invite you all to partner with us in our innovative social enterprise.
Members of Belev Raanana:
Director and Project Initiator
Dr. Miki Seiffe
Attorney Eli Braude – Legal advisor
Leonard Friedman CPA (ISR.) FCA – Auditor
Uri Keidar – Building consultant (formerly Gen.Dir. of the Raanana Municipality)
Note: All applicants will be screened by objective placement committees, as required by Israel’s Ministry of Social Services.
Registered nonprofit 580490605
Donations are tax deductible (Clause 46A)