Among this year’s Yakir Yerushalayim laureates are Shalva founder Rabbi Kalman Samuels and Hadassah Oncology head Prof. Tamar Yablonski-Peretz.
Yossi Samuels is the inspiration behind Shalva, an association dedicated to providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion.
The graduates came to Shalva at a young age with the goal of one day volunteering in the IDF, especially in the Border Police.
In support of an organization dedicated to helping disabled children their families, the walls of the Old City, Safra Square and the Chords Bridge were all lit up in purple.
US President Donald Trump stood on stage for the whole performance. At the end, a member of the band embraced the president. Another told the president, "I love you so much."
One possible conclusion is that Israel is plagued by the existence of “parallel realities” – one experienced by the general public, and the other by its elected leadership.
During their visit, the visiting ambassadors to the UN Human Rights Council met with several of Shalva’s program participants and professional staff as well as Yossi Samuels.
The Shalva Band told Lovato that she had motivated their famous ‘Here Comes The Sun’ song.
"This is so beautiful and close to my heart! What an inspiring group of talented young men and women!"
Movers and shakers in Israeli society.