About Us

We are ELIYA – so nice to meet you!

As parents, therapists and professionals we know that the first years are the most important and significant years in the lives of our children.

From the age of six months to six years our children grow, develop, learn, with us beside them – step by step. This period is of crucial importance for professional diagnoses, early interventions and the provision of caring tools that help to improve the child’s sight and assist him in coping with sight impairment and associated problems.

We believe that self-confidence and independence are the key factors for optimal functioning. We therefore encourage our children to be independent from the earliest steps of their lives. These are the values that guide us in our care, guidance, support and provision of tools to help them throughout their journey into adulthood.

ELIYA is the leading association in this area in Israel. We operate rehabilitation Day Care Centers advancing children with blindness or impaired vision during the formative period of their lives from six months to six years.

We base our activities on the understanding that vision affects all areas of development, it is the organizing sense that connects us to our environment and stimulates curiosity. It is through our eyes that we absorb and understand the world. Sight affects the motoric, cognitive and behavioral skills. The severity of the impairment and its nature are the main factors affecting the child’s ability to see and develop.

ELIYA was first founded in 1982, and currently operates programs for more than 145 children through five regional Day Care Centers: Petach-Tikva, Rehovot, Beer-Sheva, Jerusalem and Kfar Hamaccabi in the North.

We serve children from diverse backgrounds – new immigrants, religious and secular Jews, Christians and Muslims – without religious or racial discrimination. 

Eliya, founded in 1982, currently cares for over 145 children in five centers and accepts children regardless of religion and race:

The basis for our work is the deep understanding that vision affects all areas of development, it is the organizing sense that pushes us to connect with the environment, stimulates curiosity and through it we perceive and understand the world. Vision affects motor, cognitive and behavioral ability, severity and character of visual impairment, are the important factors in the effect of visual impairment on development.

Eliya’s professional experience and achievements are recognized and valued around the world. A variety of services including diagnosis, treatment, support and rehabilitation characterized by adherence to high professional standards are provided by the best professionals while constantly learning innovations in the field.

Our Milestones

ELIYA Updates
ELIYA moves to its permanent center in Petach Tikvah
ELIYA starts its Graduates Summer Day Camp program
Jerusalem center opens
Michael Segal, CEO, is granted the Award for Charity from Beit Issie Shapiro, NGO providing innovative therapies and services for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities in Israel
Beginning of the Integration Program
An additional Kindergarten Class is opened at ELIYA
Rehovot center opens
Beer Sheva center moves to permanent premises
Establishment of the “Mary Bendet Innovation Program”
Inauguration of permanent premises in Kibbutz Kfar HaMaccabi
Program for children with additional developmental challenges introduced
ELIYA introduces its Family Holiday program
Be'er Sheva center opens
Hydrotherapy pool opens at the Petach Tikvah center
Michael Segal, CEO, receives the Presidential Award for Volunteerism from the President of the State of Israel
The Program for Rehabilitation Teachers is launched countrywide
Jerusalem center moves to permanent premises ELIYA starts Visual Training course
Haifa center opens
Prof. Koslowe joins ELIYA as Director of Professional Services