The pergolas, landscaping and accessible pathways at ALEH Negev donated by KKL Belgium.
(photo credit: DENNIS ZINN KKL-JNF)
Tuesday, January 30, 2018: A large KKL Belgium delegation traveled to ALEH
Negev – Nahlat Eran, the rehabilitation village for disabled young adults, to
inaugurate a new pergola garden that they donated in memory of Arie Renous, former
Head of the Belgian Jewish Community.
The Founder and Chairman of Aleh Negev – Nahlat Eran, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Doron Almog,
was present to greet the KKL Belgium delegation, which included President of KKL
Belgium Jacky Benzennou and KKL Belgium supporters from the Jewish and general
communities. Several members of the Renous family were also present, including his two
sons Rafael and Michael, and his brother Max who was with his wife Sonia.They had all traveled to the village in Israel, situated near the Negev town of Ofakim, to see
for themselves, for the first time, the new Pergola Garden and its easy access pathways that
were constructed with funds they had donated to honor the late Arie Renous, who served as
the long-time head of the Belgian Jewish Community.
ALEH Negev – Nahlat Eran is a 25-acre state-of- the-art rehabilitation facility which offers
unparalleled care for residents with severe disabilities, helping each one reach their potential
for communication and development. The village provides a high standard of residential,
educational, medical and employment services and opportunities for social interaction that are
difficult to find elsewhere.
President of KKL Belgium Jacky Benzennou said that he was ‘brimming with pride’ to be in
the village with members of his community.
“We are privileged to have been able to contribute to the welfare of the people living here.
We hope that the new pergolas and pathways will give residents easy access to the outdoors
and the ability to enjoy the wonderful views and all that the open-air has to offer.”
The beautiful, well designed and user-friendly pergola has already been in use for several
weeks and had become an integral part of the rehabilitative village. The day's activities ended
with a plaque unveiling ceremony in honor of Arie Renous, which was carried out by ALEH
Negev founder Doron Almog and members of the Renous family. The Renous family was
presented with a KKL-JNF certificate in memory of Arie, signed by KKL-JNF World
Chairman Danny Atar.
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