About Us

Nice to Meet - We Are Eliya

ELIYA is Israel’s leading organization for the care and advancement of blind and visually impaired children, as well as for children with additional developmental challenges. Founded in 1982, ELIYA now serves populations in centers throughout the country, from its first and central location in Petach Tikvah, to Jerusalem, Rehovot, Beer Sheva in the south, and Haifa in the north.

ELIYA’s focus is on children from birth to age six, in the belief that professional and intensive intervention during these formative years is critical for the development of skills that will help them to successfully integrate into mainstream education and the community at large.

ELIYA’s children are offered a wide range of rehabilitative programs through its daycare, nursery and kindergarten facilities. These treatments are tailored to meet the needs of each individual child. An inseparable part of the child’s successful development is his or her family. ELIYA offers counselling and support to family members as part of its services. At ELIYA we believe that each child can and deserves to reach his or her own optimal level of achievement.

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 established
1988
ELIYA moves to its permanent center in Petach Tikvah
1996
ELIYA starts its Graduates Summer Day Camp program
1998
Jerusalem center opens
2003
מיכאל סגל, מנכ"ל אלי"ע, מקבל את אות החסד מעמותת איזי שפירא
2005
תכנית שילוב יוצאת לדרך
2012
פתיחת כיתה נוספת בפתח תקווה
2015
Rehovot center opens
Beer Sheva center moves to permanent premises
Establishment of the “Mary Bendet Innovation Program”
2018
Inauguration of permanent premises in Kibbutz Kfar HaMaccabi
1982
Program for children with additional developmental challenges introduced
1994
ELIYA introduces its Family Holiday program
1997
Beer Sheva center opens
2001
Hydrotherapy pool opens at the Petach Tikvah center
2003
מיכאל סגל, מנכ"ל העמותה, מקבל את אות המתנדב מנשיא המדינה
2009
תכנית מורות שיקומיות ברחבי הארץ יוצאת לדרך
2014
Jerusalem center moves to permanent premises ELIYA starts Visual Training course
2017
Haifa center opens
Prof. Koslowe joins ELIYA as Director of Professional Services
2020
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