Cultural Center for Israelis with Disabilities

People with disabilities are so often overlooked or not given the proper resources to allow them to thrive. Bnai Zion raised money to construct a community center that provides a cultural, recreational, and employment venue for people with disabilities to help them to reach their fullest potential.

“Residents will find a pleasant and bright environment as well as activities that provide them with new opportunities for cultural expression and to enhance their employment skills.”
— David Marcu, CEO of Israel Elwyn

Providing people with disabilities with equal access to opportunities.

We believe strongly in building a society in which people with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities. Bnai Zion raised money to construct a community center at Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Services in Jerusalem that provides a cultural, recreational, and employment venue for people with disabilities to help them to reach their fullest potential. The George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center offers a myriad of supports and opportunities to Israel Elwyn’s service recipients living in the Supported Living Services and in the general community alike. Comprised of a large central hall and smaller classrooms and meeting rooms, the cultural center opens the door to a wide variety of experiences that can help people with disabilities learn to live more independently, work in the community, and enjoy cultural offerings they may not get elsewhere.

Maximizing abilities for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities are so often overlooked and not given the proper resources to allow them to thrive. Israel Elwyn’s range of support services aims to correct this imbalance through early intervention, educational programing, vocational training, job placement services, and self-advocacy training.The Cultural Center offers a venue for many of these services with a spacious central hall as well as smaller, more intimate rooms that provide residents with a place to hold meetings and participate in activities that give them enjoyment, promote self-expression, and encourage the development of social and life skills. Bnai Zion Foundation has worked to address the needs of people with disabilities so they can experience greater fulfillment, happiness, and dignity.

Providing hundreds of residents – and more throughout the community – with tools to succeed.

Israel Elwyn’s residential programs provide housing to 280 adults with intellectual and other disabilities. Founded in 1984, Israel Elwyn now serves more than 4,700 children and adults with disabilities living throughout Israel each day, with the goal of providing them with the tools to enable them to make decisions about their own lives and gain more independence in order to live and work in the community. Bnai Zion Foundation’s contributions to create this cultural center, those people will have increased access to resources in order to live their lives to their utmost potential.


Helping people with disabilities to reach their fullest potential