Israel is a powerhouse in medical innovation, with developments that are transforming and enriching lives across the planet. One recent leading innovation in the field of healthcare is the ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton.

Invented by Dr. Amit Goffre, an Israeli who became a quadriplegic after an ATV accident, ReWalk is a wearable device that enables hip and knee motion to individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries. In most basic terms, it enables there individuals to stand upright and walk again. “This revolutionary product will have an immediate, life-changing impact on individuals with spinal cord injuries,” says Larry Jasinski, CEO of ReWalk.

Check out the video above to see the ReWalk in action, and visit www.rewalk.com for more information about this incredible device! 

Whether living in Israel or just visiting, there are so many ways one can take in the culture. Music is a huge part of Israeli culture, and going to live musical performances is a great way to take in Israel’s rich and diverse live music scene.

CHW’s Israeli Representative Haley Burkes recently had the pleasure of attending her very first concert in Israel last week. When she heard that The Idan Raichel Project was going to be performing in Tel Aviv, she knew she had to go!

Founded by Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel, The Idan Raichel Project combines Hebrew, Arabic and Ethiopian lyrics and music to create a style that crosses cultures and promotes ethnic tolerance and awareness. One of the most popular bands in Israel, the group has become internationally recognized and even performed in Brooklyn, New York for Israel’s 66th Independence Day earlier this year.

For Haley, attending the concert was a truly memorable experience. Idan connected with the audience, sharing many personal stories. As an Israeli, he spoke about friends he lost during Operation Protective Edge, and dedicated songs in their memory.

What makes Idan even more special is his connection to CHW. As a teen, he worked as a counsellor at the dormitories of CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village. And he has maintained a connection with CHW Hadassim after all these years, working with former dormitory students on Israel’s hit TV show “The Voice”, as well as by supporting the Youth Village by donating part of his band’s proceeds.

CHW focuses a great deal of its efforts on promoting and advancing the rights of women in Israel and Canada.

CHW provides numerous avenues - through shelters, women’s centre, parental hotline, and daycare centres – which ensure that women are given the tools and opportunity to live a safe, strong, and successful life.

Recently, feminine care brand Always introduced #LikeAGirl– a campaign designed to curb the insinuation of doing something “like a girl.” This movement connects with the work that we, as women, all advocate and do.

We hope you enjoy the touching video that kicked off the movement, and don’t forget to retweet with the hashtag #LikeAGirl!

With all that we’ve been experiencing in Israel, we could use a little cheer in our lives! So when we discovered this fun and unique video, we knew we had to share it with you!

In 2010, StandWithUs, a pro-Israel education and advocacy organization, pioneered a project called Israel through Instagram: Once in a Lifetime. This project  brought together leading bloggers, photographers, and other social media users from around the world to visit Israel. Once in our beautiful country, they toured and saw all the sights and sounds, sharing their experiences on their social media websites in real-time.

In the words of StandWithUs, these users “shared Israel through their lens to over 2 million followers worldwide.” We hope you enjoy the video!

CHW Netanya: Student’s Showcased in Tnuva Magazine

Matan Shteinzltz and Shai Ben-Hayon are two students from the Patisserie Stream at the CHW Netanya Technological High School, and were recently featured in Tnuva Magazine. Tnuva is one of the leading suppliers of dairy products in Israel, Europe and the United States. For over 80 years, Tnuva has made Mediterranean-style dairy products in Israel’s Galilean Hills. As the company grew, they began producing a monthly magazine, and are featuring promising students from CHW Netanya.

Matan, whose Challah bread recipe received a 5-star rating in the magazine, shared with us how proud his family is of this accomplishment. “My family was so excited for me to be published in Tnuva Magazine. My mom has saved the recipe and even tried to make it herself,” he shared.

And Shai also feels great pride in his accomplishment. His now infamous Orange and Chocolate Mousse dessert received a 4-star rating, and he always gets requests to make it for family and friends.

Nurit Peled, a teacher at CHW Netanya, expressed to us how important is it for these young students to receive the honour of being featured in the magazine, as it boosts their self-confidence and allows the public to see how talented these students are. 

In light of the current situation in Israel, this week’s entry focuses on the reality of what is happening in the country: on-going sirens and the threat of missiles. On a daily basis, those living in Israel have been subject to loud sirens signalling missiles being launched at the country. In this video, you can clearly hear the sirens sounding multiple times, followed by large booms as the Iron Dome intercepts missiles.

These are the same sounds heard by the children in CHW’s daycare centres and youth villages. These are the same sounds that wake the children up in the middle of the night. Sadly, they are learning at a young age the need to act fast and seek shelter for their safety.

The CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design provides enriching opportunities to students, allowing them to develop current skills in their respective field. With the school year now complete, students are eagerly awaiting their final grades for their year-end projects.

Third year students in Visual Communications were given a year-end project to create a mobile or tablet application, also known as an ‘app’, which would allow users to legally download music. Idan Yaniv work stood out amongst his class, as he invented an app that allows users to share their song catalogues with others on a communal network. Check out the video above for a demonstration of Idan’s app.

CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design Graduates Are on a Path to Success

Students at the CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design are preparing for professional careers, while nurturing their individual creativity. This holds especially true for Heli Kalkstein and Yael Ginzburgski-Eisenberg, two recent graduates of the Fashion Design program who have embarked on a path to success.

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Upon graduating, a few short years ago, Heli and Yael, opened a bridal and evening gown boutique in Tel Aviv. Named Eisen-Stein, an amalgamation of the owners’ last names, the boutique has achieved success since its opening. Together, the duo make gowns exclusively from their own designs, and today, their creations are highly sought after.

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CHW Hadassim: Coaching for Life

CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village is one of many youth villages in Israel that participates in Coaching for Life, a unique program designed for Ethiopian children who live in dormitories and are in need of positive role models. Coaching for Life is a mentorship program that pairs an Ethiopian child with an adult who is trained to assist them with the social, emotional, behavioural and academic challenges they may face. 

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CHW Hadassim has a large population of Ethiopian children residing in the dormitories and family units, and the Coaching for Life program has a remarkably positive impact on the well-being of the children living there. The program runs for the duration of the school year, and culminates with a ceremony honouring those who participate.

This recently took place at CHW Hadassim. The evening kicked off with the presentation of a touching film that documented the Ethiopian Aliyah. Connecting to CHW’s Annual Campaign theme, Today’s Dream Tomorrow’s Reality, the film highlighted the dream of Ethiopian Jews to come to Israel for a better life.


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Mr. Abraham Harari, mayor of Even Yehuda, where CHW Hadassim is located, spoke about the unwavering support and the pride the city has towards the children living on the youth village. Dr. Carmela Dekel, Chairperson of the Education Division at World WIZO specifically acknowledged and thanked CHW for their support of CHW Hadassim.

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In an effort to thank their mentors, the children prepared special performances of traditional Ethiopian dances. The dancing and music brought everyone to their feet. In turn, the mentors took the stage to commend the children on their dedication to the program and the incredible growth that they witnessed throughout the year.

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A highlight of the evening was the appearance of Titi Aynaw, winner of the 2013 Miss Israel pageant. Titi, the first African Miss Israel, has been a positive role model for the children at CHW Hadassim. As a young girl, Titi made Aliyah after her parent’s death in order to live with her grandparents. Shortly after arriving in Israel, she moved into the dormitory of a youth village to receive better care. Her positive outlook on life as well as her incredible success has motivated and inspired the children at CHW Hadassim. Titi spoke eloquently to the audience, and specifically to the children, encouraging them to dream big and pursue their goals because with hard work it is possible. She humbly urged them to look at her story any time they feel the need for inspiration.

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Through this program, special relationships and bonds are created. Over the course of the year children and mentors bond with one another; becoming family to one another. As a result of Coaching for Life, the children have gained the confidence and skills needed to succeed. Many graduates of this program go on to achieve high ranks in the army, attend excellent universities, and fulfill their dreams of having successful futures. 

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CHW’s Sandy Martin Alberta Daycare Centre offers an impressive music program that is enjoyed by the children, as well as by their parents.

The children’s singing, dancing and playing of instruments is always entertaining, and it is remarkable to see how interested and inspired the children are in learning through music.

Please enjoy this video of the children at their most recent music lesson.