History

More than 70 years ago, a couple of Jerusalem doctors, Dr. Malka-Mali and Dr. Avraham Spiegel, immigrant Zionists from Germany, initiated the establishment of the “Akim Association”. Akim was founded together with a handful of friends from Jerusalem, most of whom were like The Spiegel couple, parents of children with special needs.

To this day, the association provides children and adults with developmental disabilities with a comprehensive and diverse package of services that suits the needs of each and every one of them.

1950
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The Spiegel Family established AKIM in Jerusalem

1955
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The inauguration of “Beit Hariga,” the first sheltered workplace

1966
פתיחת מעון אדי שור

The inauguration of the “Edy Shor” kindergarten for children ages 3-6

1968

Opening of the “Rachel Strauss House

School for adolescents with intellectual disabilities

1969
טקס פתיחת הוסטל "בית יוליה"

The inauguration of “Beit Yulia” Israel’s first community hostel for 24 adults with intellectual disabilities

1971

The inauguration of “observed classrooms” for children with developmental delays

1972
טקס פתיחת מבצע "גג לילד המפגר"

The opening ceremony of “Roof for the Retarded Child”

Wife of the President of the State Mrs. Rachel Shazar with Dr. Mali Spiegel

1977

The inauguration of the “Hatena” school for children in need of nursing care

1985
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Magen Hostel Opening Ceremony

1990
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The inauguration of the Model Apartments  program

1992
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The inauguration of the after-school program in the recreation center, the after-school program for children with disabilities

1996

The inauguration of the first apartment to integrate men and women. Afterwards, 18 additional apartments were opened

2002
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The inauguration of the Center to Support Families, a program for home-based assistance

2004
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The inauguration of the Ben Yehuda after-school program

2012
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The renovation and the enhanced accessibility of the Rachel Straus Center

2017
קריאת רחוב על שם ד''ר מלכה (מלי) שפיגל, מייסדת אקים

The naming of a Jerusalem street to honor Dr. Malka (Molly) Spiegel, founder of AKIM

We will be very happy if you find it appropriate to open your heart and join the Akim Jerusalem family too!