Celebrate your simcha (joyous event) with a meaningful contribution to the community and become a life member of the Etgarim family.
Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a milestone for every young Jew. It is a time when boys or girls become adults and responsible for their actions spiritually, ethically, and morally. This includes the responsibility of tikkun olam, or “repairing the world.” Celebrate your simcha of becoming an adult and join the rich tradition of tikkun olam by sharing your good fortune with those with special needs!
Etgarim, Hebrew for “Challenge,” is an Israeli nonprofit organization whose goalsare to empower children, teens and adults with special needs - such as physical, sensory or mental disabilities - to allow them to meet their potential, to extend their abilities in all areas of life, and to be a greater part of their community. Etgarim accomplishes this by challenging their participants’ abilities through sports and outdoor activities. President Shimon Peres recognized Etgarim in 2010 with the President’s Award for recognition of Etgarim’s contribution to the State of Israel and to Israeli society.
We invite you to celebrate your Bar/Bat Mitzvah with a unique mitzvah of your own.
Please consider helping Israelis with special needs with a donation to Etgarim.
Together, we can improve the quality of life of those less fortunate by teaching self- reliance and increasing self-confidence. Only together can we meet and conquer the challenges placed in front of us.
How to help:
- “Adopt” a “Child of Etgarim” for one year ($1,000).* Your contribution will cover all costs associated with activities for a child for an entire year.
- “Adopt a Class” for one year ($8,000).* By adopting a class, you will sponsor an activity group, such as sailin for the blind or hand-cycling, for an entire year.
- Funding some of the special equipment needed for our “Children of Etgarim” programs ($400 to 100,000).* Each and every donation will help Etgarim help disabled Israelis become a greater part of our community.
Each Bar/Bat Mitzvah will receive a special “Friendship Certificate” and a gift from Etgarim in appreciation of their contribution.