Ha-Poel Jerusalem hosted Shalva, the Israeli Association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, on the first night of Hanukkah. In honor of the Hanukkah spirit, the children partook in a basketball game before the main event, where they interacted with Ha-Poel Jerusalem players.









Photo Credit: Oren Ben-Chakoon

According to a recent press release, the stars of Israel’s Ha-Poel Jerusalem Basketball team led by ex-NBA superstar Amary Stoudemire hosted the children of Shalva, Jerusalem’s primary outreach center for disabled youngsters, on the first night of Hanukkah. They did this prior to their game where they played against Ha-Poel Tel Aviv last Saturday night. In honor of the Hanukkah spirit, the children partook in a basketball game before the main event, where they interacted with Ha-Poel Jerusalem players.

Shalva, the Israeli Association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, is dedicated to providing care for people with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion. According to their website, their programs are non-denominational and free of charge: “Shalva’s programs provide an all-encompassing range of services for hundreds of individuals from infancy to adulthood.”

The main working principle of Shalva is to ensure that youngsters with disabilities feel included within Israeli society: “Based on the innate value of life, inclusion means that everyone belongs and that all talents must be cherished, encouraged and utilized.  It is only when all members of the community are appreciated that society as a whole can flourish.”

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