Shalva National Center – Family Tours


Shalva is a Jerusalem based organization that provides services to children with special needs and their families.

With the opening of their new state of art National Center, Shalva invites families to come on an interactive tour. You will see first hand, the special work that Shalva and its’ staff and volunteers do for families with children with special needs.

The tour begins with a movie about the history of Shalva and continues with a walking tour where you will see kids playing in the exciting indoor gymboree, the nursery (gan) where children from the neighborhood learn together with children with special needs, the cafeteria which can be used for private events, the Beit Knesset, the auditorium and the Shalva cafe.

Tour: 1.5 hours
Ages: whole family
Languages: English or Hebrew
Cost: FREE

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Inclusive Workshops

Prepare beautiful soaps made from high quality materials. Shalva graduates are trained to lead the workshops and teach visitors not only about the beauty of creating with one’s hands but also about the magic of inclusion. Participants to the workshop leave with a bar of soap and an important lesson about acceptance and equality.

Cafe Shalva
Plan to stop in for breakfast or lunch and enjoy a delicious dairy meal. The cafe is run by the owners of Derech Hagefen together with graduates from Shalva.

How to make Shalva part of your Bar/Bat Mitzva celebrations?
Coordinate a special celebration for your family and friends at the Shalva National Center. The activity can include a tour and an activity such as dancing or art project together with children from Shalva. After the activity there are many different options of places within the building to celebrate with a meal or light snack.

It is obviously also an IDEAL place to host the Bar or Bat Mitzva of a child with special needs. Every detail of the event will focus on what is best for the child making it an incredible experience.

Volunteer Activities
Shalva is always looking for volunteers who would like to come and spend time in the National Center.  Activities include helping children with meals, playing games, helping at the therapy pool and other activities. Volunteers are asked to come once a week and commit to a specific day and be able to speak Hebrew & English. Ages 14+

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About Shalva
Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is dedicated to providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion.

Non-denominational and free of charge, Shalva’s programs provide an all-encompassing range of services for hundreds of individuals from infancy to adulthood. Additionally, Shalva supports and enables families to raise their children with disabilities within the family framework. Through nearly three decades of award-winning programs, Shalva partners with government, academic and philanthropic institutions in advocacy efforts to create a more inclusive society.


Whole Family


English / Hebrew


Dairy Coffee shop run by the owners of Derech Hagefen & staffed by Shalva graduates

Venue: Shalva National Center

Address: Leo Weissmann St 2
Jerusalem, Israel
Neighborhood: Ramat Sharet
Parking: Free parking