Distance Learning During COVID-19 Outbreak

As synagogues, schools and cultural institutions close around the globe, we are thinking of you and praying for our collective health. Although we are practicing “social distancing,” we are keenly aware of how inter-connected we truly are.

Needless to say, the students at Keren Or are in the highest risk category for contracting Covid-19 and experiencing serious complications. It came as no surprise, therefore, that the government of Israel ordered the closure of all special education facilities. Prior to the closure, our staff maintained the highest levels of hygiene, while not compromising the level of care that they provided to our students. Thankfully, there have been no cases of Corona diagnosed among our students or staff. Although Keren Or’s school building and pool have been closed to students, our staff refuses to abandon our families in their hour of need.

As our school remains closed, we’ll be sending updates to show how our kiddos are doing and highlight all the ways we continue to work with our Keren Or families, despite these uncertain times.

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Our Wellness Event Taught Us to Thrive!

Thank you to our  Wellness Workshop attendees
Our December 9th alignment and movement event with guest presenter Marcia Polas was inspirational and thought-provoking. A great time was had by all! 
Special thanks to Martine Fox for organizing and sponsoring, and to the Soref-Breslauer Foundation for their support.

Weren’t able to attend? Check out Marcia’s strategies for thriving
Interested in contributing to support the series? Donate online.


If you have ideas for future events, please contact us.

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Thank you to those of you who were able to join us at our Sukkot party this year. We had a blast welcoming our US-based friends to our Israel center.
Upon our arrival, Director Shira Reifman and many staff members showed us what Keren Or does for each and every one of the students.They have an individual program for every student so that they can each reach their full potential. We concluded the inspiring visit to Keren Or with a fun shabbat party which included live music, delicious treats, and most important of all singing and dancing with the students and staff. Everyone left understanding what a truly special place Keren Or is. We all look forward to coming back again!
-Nicole Appelman
It is always a true inspiration to go back to the Keren Or Center in Israel. Returning many years after I volunteered, and after my daughter spent time as a volunteer, it reminds me of exactly how important the work the organization does really is. I’m grateful to have Keren Or’s presence in my family, so that I can keep learning from these incredible children and their families. I’m so proud of supporting them for all these years, and look forward to continuing to see the center, students and families continue to grow.
-Kari Levine
If you are planning on visiting Israel in the next year, make sure to keep Keren Or in mind as you plan your itinerary! We will be hosting more events, and are always happy to organize individual visits to the center.
Additional Ways to Stay Involved
  1. Visit the Keren Or Center in Jerusalem.
  2. Participate in upcoming Women’s Division Events, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and West Side Story.
  3. Attend our wellness event series.
  4. Give generously to help the children of Keren Or.
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Thank you for joining us and welcoming Shira Reifman into the Keren Or family! We had a wonderful time together and are happy to share photos from the lovely afternoon.

Ways to Stay Involved
  1. Visit the Keren Or Center in Jerusalem.
  2. Participate in upcoming Women’s Divison Events, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and West Side Story.
  3. Attend our wellness event series.
  4. Give generously to help the children of Keren Or.

Shanah Tovah U’Metukah

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Our First Wellness Event Was a Huge Success!

Thank you to our Inaugural Wellness Workshop attendees.

Our September 16th cooking demonstration and dinner with guest speaker Robert Raeder was a huge success. A great time was had by all!

Special thanks to Bella and Stephen Brenner for opening their beautiful home and hosting us.

If you have ideas for future wellness events, please contact us.

L’Shanah Tovah

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Meet Shira Reifman

Keren Or welcomes Shira Reifman as Director, who will replace Tamara Silberberg when she retires at the end of the year, after 12 devoted years of service.

Shira was most recently employed at Kishorit, a kibbutz in the Galilee for adults with special needs, where she has been the Director of Development since 2012.

Prior to making aliyah in 2007, she worked for the Orthodox Union for ten years in both their youth and special needs divisions.  She served as the Coordinator of National Projects for the OU’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities and the Coordinator for Junior Yachad, a youth group that brings adolescents with special needs together with their same-age peers, for weekend retreats, summer camps, and a range of social and educational programs. 

Shira holds a Bachelor’s Degree, a Masters in Social Work (MSW), and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), all from Columbia University in New York City and was selected by the Wexner Foundation as a Wexner Graduate Fellow.  Shira is married to Rabbi Daniel Reifman, a teacher at the Pardes Institute and the Bar Ilan kollel, and they are the proud parents of five daughters.

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A Special Thank You To Our Women’s Division Gala Attendees

On a lovely May afternoon, members of our KO family gathered at NYC’s renowned, Harmonie Club for our annual Women’s Divisions Gala. Faces, both new and familiar came together to celebrate our work as well as honor very special guest,  Jane Gural Senders. 

In a city where things happen in a New York minute we are thankful for moments like these where we can come together to recognize our successes as well as all those who continue to help make our mission possible.

Thankful to all who attended and participated in our annual, Women’s Division Gala!







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