is an ILAN (Israel Foundation for Handicapped Children) hostel for people with physical disabilities. The hostel is home to 80 adults aged 18-45 who suffer from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, head injuries, and other disabilities.
offers a safe environment in which physically-challenged adults can become independent and self-supporting. In providing assistance with finding jobs and a social group, its residents are given the opportunity to live full and fulfilled lives. Some work in the hostel itself in the ??? workshop, bakery, garden, or art rooms, while others work in external rehabilitation centers, study at academic institutions, or serve in the IDF Navy.
The staff and faculty of Shaanan College have adopted Beit Kessler as a way to encourage and facilitate the residents’ continuing education. Making itself disabled accessible and being committed to integrating special-needs communities, Shaanan has been hosting two groups of 20 adults from Beit Kessler over the past two years. These students have immersed themselves in the courses and atmosphere of the College and proudly informed their friends and families of their academic achievements. The cost of their studies – primarily in Bible studies – is covered by Shaanan.
has also organized social outings for the Beit Kessler residents, including visits to Beit Lohamei Haghetaot (Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum) and other sight-seeing and educational trips. G-d willing, later this year a joint delegation of Beit Kessler residents, Shaanan students, and Kav Lachayim volunteers will travel to Poland to commemorate the Holocaust and celebrate 1,000 years of Judaism in Poland.
The partnership between Shaanan and Beit Kessler benefits both the residents and the College. While the latter profits from the educational and social environment of the College, its regular students interact directly with members of the special-needs community and learn to recognize their needs and help fulfill their potential. A mutual bond is thereby created which serves to further the integration of Israeli society as a whole.