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Day centers for adults

AKIM Israel operates 10 Day centers for adults – serving 150 persons, 21 years and older – with severe cognitive disabilities.

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Using a daily transportation from and back to their homes, 150 persons with severe cognitive disabilities enjoy the warmest and full-of-love support and care provided by the dedicated and devoted AKIM Israel Day Centers staff members and volunteers.

Besides directly operating the 10 Day centers for adults mentioned above, AKIM Israel’s Public and Community Advocacy department and its’ 65 branches (staffed with volunteers who are active in 88 towns and cities) throughout Israel maintain ongoing efforts to promote the establishment of more and more regional and municipal Day centers for adults to satisfy the special needs of the entire population of adults with severe cognitive disabilities, in Israel.

What's New at AKIM

Yossi Zvi, was elected as the new chairman of Friends of Akim Israel. Zvi has been in senior management positions in the business sector for the past 30 years and has headed a real estate and mall management company in recent years. “When I was asked to accept the position, I did not hesitate. I felt that now was my time to contribute and allow people to live a better life, “said Yossi Zvi at the meeting.
In 2020 Akim opened 7 new apartments in the community: in Kfar Saba, Karmiel, Yavne, and Rehovot.
AKIM Israel serves as guardian for more than 1,500 persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, regardless of their faith, ethnic background, age or sex
Rabbi Dr. Benyamin (Benny) Lau, who was elected on Sunday, June 20th, 2021, to be the new Chairman of Akim Israel, unanimously by the organization’s General Assembly members. Rabbi Benny Lau will serve as Chairman of Akim in place of Admiral (R) Ami Ayalon, who served in the position for 11 years, years in which he led significant processes in the organization, from establishing it as a human-focused organization, working to hear the voices of people with intellectual disabilities and to lead actions of the policy change and assimilation of positive attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities and their inclusion into Israeli society.