Thursday, June 27, 2013

Friendship Walk Donates to Hydrotherapy Center in Sha’ar HaNegev

The partnership between the Jewish Federation of San DiegoCounty and the Friendship Circle was apparent again at this year’s San DiegoCelebrates Israel – Yom Ha’atzmaut Festival, at which the 5K Friendship Walk kicked off the festivities for Israel’s 65th Independence Day, which attracted more than 5,000 attendees. The Friendship Walk generated $83,840 for children with disabilities both here and in Israel - $5,000 of which was granted as a designated gift to Federation for the Hydrotherapy Rehabilitation Center in our sister city of Sha’ar HaNegev. Recognized by Israeli Health Services and insurance companies, hydrotherapeutic treatment combines immersion in warm water with directed physical activity to rehabilitate people suffering a broad range of physical and mental disabilities.
The Hydrotherapy Rehabilitation Center offers 15,000 treatments annually and serves the entire region of Southern Israel. This generous grant donated by the Friendship Walk directly supports children with disabilities that utilize the treatments and facilities at the Hydrotherapy Center.  Thank you to those who came out to support, and a HUGE toda to Friendship Walk for supporting this important program!


  1. Amazing work Friendship Circle accomplishes in our community and I am sure the Hydrotherapy Rehab center will be thrilled with this donation. "Friends @ Home", a project of Friendship Circle - impacts hundreds of children with special needs here in San Diego. Thanks to a grant, for the 3rd year, from the Federation's Innovation grants that our donors fund, they can grow and continue their special work. A special shout out to Elisheva Green !!