Friends of AKIM USA

June 8 2016 Reception

The Friends of AKIM USA reception, held on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, hosted by Consul General of Israel in NYC – Ambassador Ido Aharoni and Mrs. Julie Aharoni was great success.

It was such a remarkable night, with a robust crowd that represented almost every conceivable age group; to hear from Sigal Peretz Yahalomi all about AKIM Israel, and the extraordinary Consul General Ido Aharoni on one of his last nights as Consul General in New York.

Sigal Peretz Yahalomi, AKIM Israel CEO                  Ido Aharoni, Consul General NYC


All 88 of us enjoyed each other’s company so much, and were so excited and motivated to help Friends of AKIM USA, that it was just too hard to leave such a magnificent evening.

Shahram & Diana Rabbani with Sigal                      Omer Rosenhand with Sandra Justin


Dr. Rada Sumareva (on right)                                     Gene & Robert Ukrainski


FOA Board members: Martin & Fay Novack        &        Larry Boord (on right)

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L to R: Sigal Peretz Yahalomi, Lynn Norton Robins, Consul General Ido Aharoni, Ronnie Porat


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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.