Hertz Family Foundation Completes $1 Million Support Grant to Aleh Foundation in Israel

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Aleh, with four centers in Israel, cares for children with medical conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, as well as genetic disorders including Tay-Sachs, Canavan disease and Rett syndrome. In 2009, Judah Hertz and his family have met pledges of more than $2 million made to programs in Israel.

The Aleh organization in Israel provides a caring home for 650 children with high-level medical and rehabilitative needs. My family and I are pleased to be able to assist Aleh and its director general, Rabbi Yehuda Marmorstein, with the support they need to continue Aleh's vital work.

The Hertz Family Foundation of Santa Monica has completed a $1 million grant to Aleh, Israel's largest network of residential facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities.

Said Judah Hertz, founder and CEO of Hertz Investment Group: "The Aleh organization in Israel provides a caring home for 650 children with high-level medical and rehabilitative needs. My family and I are pleased to be able to assist Aleh and its director general, Rabbi Yehuda Marmorstein, with the support they need to continue Aleh's vital work."

Aleh, with four centers in Israel, cares for children with medical conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, as well as genetic disorders including Tay-Sachs, Canavan disease and Rett syndrome.

Says Rabbi Marmorstein: "The grant we have received from the Hertz family will help these children overcome their handicaps and do the things that other children do, such as climb on jungle gyms, splash in the pool, finger paint, sing and dance. Others are learning for the first time how to feed themselves and how to get dressed by themselves. Without Aleh and the generosity of donors like the Hertz family, these children would never have the opportunity to develop beyond the boundaries of their initial prognoses."

Said Judah Hertz: "Rabbi Marmorstein serves as Director General of the Aleh organization which operates four centers inside Israel at Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gederah, and the Negev.    He is also a recognized widely respected and effective advocate for the care of the disabled and has represented their cause before labor, religious, and political forums. The work and breakthroughs achieve by the Aleh organization under his leadership have become a model for the world."

About the Hertz Family Foundation

The Judah Hertz family makes project-specific grants and supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to a select group of grantee organizations. There is a preference for projects promoting medical research, Jewish education and Jewish culture in Los Angeles, New York, and Israel.

In 2009, Judah Hertz and his family have met pledges of more than $2 million made to programs in Israel including:

  • Aleh - Israel's largest network of residential facilities for children with severe physical and rehabilitative care.
  • Ohr Somayach - a yeshiva based in Jerusalem, catering mostly to Jewish college-age men, who excel in their secular studies and are interested in returning to and learning more intensively about Judaism.
  • Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem - a new complex under construction and designed by Frank Gehry, which is dedicated to promoting coexistence in Jerusalem, to include a conference center, theater, and two museums.

Judah Hertz has also led successful efforts to raise more than $2 million for the Ahmanson / UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, the first and one of the largest facilities dedicated to providing care to the growing number of patients with congenital heart disease who reach adulthood.

The Hertz family is an enthusiastic supporter of several additional organizations focused on teaching Jewish scripture and the family provided support in 2009 to a group of Jewish institutions of secondary and higher education.

Significant educational grants in 2009 were made by the Hertz family to Yeshiva Gedolah, the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, Merkaz Hatorah Community Kollel , and Etta Israel Center in Los Angeles; Gerer Yeshiva Mesifta in New York City; Yeshiva Mir Jerusalem; the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore; Ichud Mosdos Gur in Brooklyn; and the Rabbinical Council of California.

The family also regularly funds selected medical programs, including significant 2009 grants to UCLA / Ahmanson, Maayanei Hayeshua' Hospital in Israel, AmfAR Foundation for Aids Research, and the Leukemia & Lymphona Society.

For more information, visit us at http://www.hertzgroup.com on the Web.

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