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Afternoon Leisure Activities

Managed by the Culture, Education and Sport department, AKIM Israel provides a variety of leisure activities, for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – regardless of their age, faith, ethnic background or gender  in Israel.


35 Afternoon Leisure Clubs – are being operated by AKIM Israel, daily, throughout Israel, using local municipal facilities. Among them:

  • 11 AFTERCARE clubs– for children and teens between ages of 3-21 years old, as special education school hours “extension”.  Parents of children with developmental disabilities can spend a full day in their work places, while AKIM operates special education school hours “extension”.
  • 24 clubs – for young adults and older population with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Annual “protected” (free of charge) vacation: 1,000 employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities  (of all work “frames”), as well as people with severe cognitive disabilities are being accommodated by AKIM Israel for an annual “protected” vacation in several resort facilities in Israel. This week time, full of programs and other leisure activities vacation, during the summer time, brings the necessary relief to the targeted population, as well as to their family members.


Summer Camps: 200 children (ages 3-21) with intellectual and developmental disabilities enjoy, every year, the AKIM Israel Summer Camps.
AKIM annual Summer Camp is aimed to serve the families’ needs by full filling the 2 weeks “gap” between the end of summer programs (provided by the Israeli Ministry of Education) and the beginning of the new school year.

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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.