Friends of AKIM USA

Friends of AKIM USA – Aftercare & Equal in Uniform


We want to make the Israeli Society a better place for everyone. AKIM Israel provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their relatives. Our goal is to create a respectful, warm and accepting society that facilitates self-realization, acknowledging differences and provides equal opportunities.

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About AKIM Israel

AKIM Israel, founded in 1951, is the national organization caring for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Israel.

Today, AKIM is the largest and most comprehensive provider of programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – regardless of their age, faith, ethnic background or gender – serving 35,000 children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens, as well as their 140,000 family members, throughout Israel.



Sponsor a child and AKIM will make sure another family, in Israel, maintains a regular day to day life.

In Israel, parents of school age children with intellectual and developmental disabilities are able to complete their working day, while their beloved children are professionally taken care of by AKIM Israel AFTERCARE special education services.

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The honor of serving in the IDF is an integral “rite of passage” for every young Israeli.

Now, thanks to AKIM Israel, young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to be integrated and serve in the IDF.


We, as an honourable, moral and humane society need to remember to never leave our weakest members behind.

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Contact Us

Office Address
Friends of AKIM USA
127 W 26th St. #503
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-727-3600

“An Inclusive Society, is a Strong Society..”

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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.